January 2018 E Newsletter

January 2018


In this issue:

  • Pictures
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – January 18–25, 2018
  • Catholic Schools Week – January 28-February 3, 2018
  • Feast of the Presentation – February 2nd
  • Feast of St. Bernadette – February 11th
  • Lent Begins February 14, 2018
  • 26th Annual Irish Night – February 24, 2018
  • Upcoming Events

 

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The Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity – January 18–25, 2018

The theme for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power,” is taken from the book of Exodus 15:6. The resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the churches of the Caribbean by an ecumenical team of women and men under the leadership of His Grace Kenneth Richards, Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, the Antilles Episcopal Conference, together with Mr. Gerard Granado, General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC).

Throughout the Biblical narrative of salvation, an unmistakable motif is the unrelenting determination of the Lord to form a people whom He could call His own. The formation of such a people, united in a sacred covenant with God, is integral to the Lord’s plan of salvation and to the glorification of His name. The prophets repeatedly remind Israel that their covenant demanded that relationships among its various social groups should be characterized by justice, compassion and mercy. Reconciliation often demands repentance, reparation and healing of memories.

As Jesus prepared to seal the new covenant in His own blood, His earnest prayer to the Father was that those given to Him by the Father would be one, just as He and the Father were one. When Christians discover their unity in Jesus, they participate in Christ’s glorification in the presence of the Father, with the same glory that He had lived in the Father’s presence before the world existed. Therefore, God’s covenanted people must always strive to be a reconciled community that serves as an effective sign of how to live in justice and peace for all the people of the earth.

The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Fr. Paul Wattson, SA Founder of the Society of the Atonement, to cover the original days of the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter (January 18) and the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) , and therefore have a symbolic significance.

Read more at: http://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/theme_announcement_2018.html


Catholic Schools Week – January 28-February 3, 2018


National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is January 29 – February 4. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Daily Themes:
Celebrate the following daily themes and celebrations during Catholic Schools Week 2018.Sunday – In Our Parish
Monday – In Our Community
Tuesday – In Our Students
Wednesday – In Our Nation (National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools)
Thursday – In Our Vocations
Friday – In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers (Teacher Appreciation Day)
Saturday – In Our Families
Please visit our Parish School Website at http://www.stthomastheapostlenj.com

For more information about Catholic Schools Week, please visit http://www.ncea.org/our-services/catholic-schools-week


Feast of the Presentation: February 2nd

Jesus is presented at the temple 40 days after his birth.

Luke 2:22-32
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,”
and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him.

It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”


St. Bernadette Feast Day: February 11th

Bernadette Soubirous was a young French girl who saw a vision of the Blessed Virgin in a cave in Lourdes, France in 1858. The Blessed Virgin told St. Bernadette to pray for sinners and to have a church built on that spot. When asked many years later what the Blessed Virgin Mary looked like, St. Bernadette replied, “She was so beautiful, that to see her again, one would be willing to die”. Eventually, St. Bernadette became a Sister of Charity and died at the age of 35 years old after a painful illness. St. Bernadette was canonized, not because of the visions she had, but because of the patience and trust with which she bore the trials which resulted from them.


Lent 2018: February 14- March 31


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.

Ash Wednesday – February 14
Masses with Distribution of Ashes 7:30AM and 11:30AM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes 4:00PM and 7:30PM
Calendar of Lenten Events at St. ThomasStations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30PM
Reconciliation on Saturdays at 11:00AM.

26th Annual Irish Night


For more information on these events
please visit our online calendar or the bulletin online.
Click here for the Saint Thomas Online Calendar
Click here for the Saint Thomas Online Bulletin

Parish Events:

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, January 21 from 8:30AM – 12:00PM

Hospitality in Saint Peter’s Room
Sunday, January 21 at 9:45am-12:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, January 22 from 11:00AM – 8:30PM

Presenting “Catholicism – A Journey to the Heart of the Faith” (Part 3 of 10)
Thursday January 25 at 7:30PM

Wedding Music Showcase
Saturday January 27 after the 5:00PM Mass

Catholic Schools Week
Sunday January 28-February 3

Presenting “Catholicism – A Journey to the Heart of the Faith” (Part 4 of 10)
Thursday February 1 at 7:30PM

First Reconciliation
Saturday February 3 at 11:00 AM and
Saturday February 3 at 1:30 PM

Boy Scout Sunday Mass
Sunday February 4 at 9:00AM

Presenting “Catholicism – A Journey to the Heart of the Faith” (Part 5 of 10)
Thursday February 8 at 7:30PM

World Marriage Weekend
February 10 and 11

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday February 14
Masses with Distribution of Ashes at:
7:30AM and 11:30AM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes at:
4:00PM and 7:30PM

Presenting “Catholicism – A Journey to the Heart of the Faith” (Part 6 of 10)
Thursday February 15 at 7:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday, February 16 at 7:30PM

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, February 18 from 8:30AM – 12:00PM

Hospitality in Saint Peter’s Room
Sunday, February 18 at 9:45am-12:00PM

President’s Day
Monday February 19
Mass at 8:30AM only and Parish Center Closed

Presenting “Catholicism – A Journey to the Heart of the Faith” (Part 7 of 10)
Thursday February 22 at 7:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday, February 23 at 7:30PM

Pre Cana
Saturday, February 24-25 in the Parish Center

Irish Night
Saturday February 24 from 6:30PM – 10:30PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, February 26 from 11:00AM – 8:30PM

Presenting “Catholicism – A Journey to the Heart of the Faith” (Part 8 of 10)
Thursday March 1 at 7:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday, March 2 at 7:30PM


Ministry Meeting Dates:

If you are not part of a ministry but are interested in the group, please feel free to stop by for more information.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, January 21 at 10:30AM

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, January 21 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM

September Club Meeting
Monday, January 22

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, January 22 7:30PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, January 28 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, January 29

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, February 2 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, February 4 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, February 5

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday, February 5 7:00PM

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, February 5 7:30PM

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, February 9 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, February 11 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, February 12

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, February 16 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, February 18 at 10:30AM

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, February 18 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, February 23 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, February 25 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, February 26

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, February 26 7:30PM

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, March 2 at 7:00PM