February 2021 E-Newsletter

February 2021

Published February 12, 2021


In this issue:
  • Ash Wednesday and Lent
  • Annual Appeal 2021
  • Email Scam Warning
  • St. Thomas the Apostle School Virtual Tour
  • Catholic Hymnody Series
  • Adoration February 22, 2021 at 7:00PM
  • Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount
  • Works of Mercy

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Ash Wednesday and Lent

This year Ash Wednesday is February 17th. Masses will be celebrated at 11:30AM and 7:00PM. There will also be a prayer service at 3:30PM. The 7:00PM mass will be livestreamed.

Due to the COVID pandemic ashes will not be distributed in the usual way this year; instead of the imposition of ashes on the foreheads, the ashes will be sprinkled on each recipient.

Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday in Lent beginning on February 19th at 7pm in the church. They will be livestreamed on 2/26 and will then be available on our website and YouTube for the remaining weeks. Materials for the stations can be found on our website.


Lent is a time of good resolutions and new beginnings. Lent is a season of repentance and a season of hope. In Lent we reconnect with our baptismal spirituality as the Lenten practices help us to prepare to renew our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. The goal of Lent is Easter.

The word Lent means springtime. This word comes from the same root as lengthen. Daytime lengthens during Lent. The northern hemisphere turns toward the sun, the source of life, and winter turns into spring. In Hebrew, the word for repentance is the same as the word that means to turn, like the turning of the earth to the sun, like the turning of the soil before planting.

Ash Wednesday – February 17 – Masses at 11:30AM and 7:00PM and prayer service at 3:30PM

Stations of the Cross Fridays at 7:00PM in the Church.
Reconciliation on Saturdays at 1:00PM.
Calendar of Lenten Events at St. Thomas

You can find additional information about Lent in our February 14, 2021 bulletin.

Annual Appeal 2021

This year our goal is $99,856. Your generosity to this campaign will help us to achieve this goal. Pledge forms can be found at the doors of the church or you can pledge online at https://www.rcan.org/sharing. If you do pledge online please be sure to credit our parish. Your gift will truly make a difference.

Click the image below to view the video on YouTube or visit https://www.rcan.org/video




Email Scam Warning

There was a fraudulent email sent with Fr. Larry’s name attached to it in late January with the subject line stating MANY BLESSINGS

Please know OUR PRIESTS, DEACONS, and STAFF DO NOT SEND PERSONAL EMAILS FOR MONEY, GIFT CARDS, ETC.

If you receive requests from anyone through an email for money, gift cards, etc., no matter who it is, you should always check with that person through another means, texting or a phone call, NOT BY RESPONDING BACK TO THAT EMAIL.

See also https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/alert-of-gift-card-scams/


St. Thomas the Apostle School Virtual Tour

Click the image below to view the video on YouTube or visit https://www.youtube.com/embed/3d8IA-tb6DM



Visit our school’s website at https://www.staschoolnj.org, Facebook Page, and Twitter Feed


Catholic Hymnody Series

Click the image below to view the video on YouTube or visit https://www.youtube.com/embed/dI-29h6YEzI




Adoration February 22, 2021 at 7:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration will be held on February 22, 2021 at 7:00PM. Worship Aids and other resources are available at https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/eucharistic-adoration

Click the image below to view the livestream for this event on YouTube or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fItGrgIO5EQ




Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount

Lent is an opportunity to reflect on the many burdens and blessings we carry as individuals as well as those that we share as a church family and world community. On March 11th, 18th and 25th we will gather via Zoom to consider how we can answer the call given to us in the “Sermon on the Mount.” (Matthew 5 through 7:1-28 and Luke 6:17-49)

We will reflect on how we can more deeply live in accordance with Christ’s teachings in the face of the pandemic and deepening divisions in our country and the world. Christ has called us to be the salt of the earth, and a light to the world; what does that mean to you, today, as a Catholic American? Share your thoughts and ideas as we discuss how we can use our faith to guide us in actions that contribute to greater mercy and justice in our families, communities, and the world. We invite you to join us on our ongoing Lenten journey. Perhaps your participation in this reflective process could be a balm for you, your family and others in these challenging times.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. Call details and suggested reference materials will be emailed to you once you register. Please register no later than March 4th, 2021 via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8


Works of Mercy

“The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2447)

As Lent begins we hear about its three pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We are reminded of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy as ways following Jesus during this Lent as we prepare for Easter.

Links go to the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website.

Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the Hungry
Give Drink to the Thirsty
Shelter the Homeless
Visit the Sick
Bury the Dead
Visit the Prisoners
Give Alms to the Poor


Spiritual Works of Mercy
Counseling the Doubtful
Teach the Faith to Those Who Uncatechized
Admonishing the Sinner
Comforting the Sorrowful
Forgiving Injuries
Bearing Wrongs Patiently
Praying for the Living and the Dead



Mass Times

Weekend Masses – Saturday 5:00PM,
Sunday 8:00AM, 10:00AM and 12:00PM
Weekday Masses – Monday-Friday 11:30AM
Reconciliation – Saturday at 1:00PM

Guidelines

  • Everyone must wear a mask before entering the Church and while in the building
  • Everyone must stay 6’ apart when on the church property (both inside and outside the Church)
  • Everyone must sanitize your hands before entering the church (please bring hand sanitizer with you) If you are sick or feel that you’ve been infected or exposed to someone who has been infected with Covid-19, you must wait 14 days before entering the Church
  • We are happy to welcome you back for Mass but please note that even with the best health practices and social distancing, anyone who enters a public space should recognize there is a risk in contracting Covid-19. We will be increasing the cleaning of our Church, but no one should expect they will be any safer from germs here than in other public areas.