June 2018 E-Newsletter

June 2018

In this issue:

  • St. Thomas the Apostle Parish History
  • Feast Day of St. Thomas the Apostle – July 3rd
  • Pictures
    • Saint Thomas the Apostle School
    • Saint Thomas the Apostle Graduation, with Cardinal Tobin as the Commencement Speaker
    • Boy Scout Troop 22
  • Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle – July 3rd
  • Upcoming Events


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St. Thomas the Apostle History

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On June 25th, 1939 the first parishioners of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish gathered to worship in a rented 60 x 100 foot tent that was erected on the current property.
The first mass said by the first pastor Fr. Herron in the tent. If you have heard the term the “tenters” at St. Thomas, it comes from those early days of our parish that started with just 300 families.

Graduation Class from Saint Thomas the Apostle in the early 1940s.

Herron Hall Mass when the current school building was both the church building and the school

Ground breaking for the current Saint Thomas the Apostle church building was in September 1956 with the pastor, Monsignor Magnier, digging the first spadesful of dirt. The first mass said in the current church was February 21, 1960.

Celebration of Mass in the tent for the 50th Anniversary of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in 1989. Around the altar are priests and deacons that served St. Thomas.

Father Danik, Father Charles Murphy, Father Michael O’Keefe, Father Michael Kreder, Father Anthony Ciorra, Monsignor Franklyn Casale, Father Joe Doyle, Monsignor Vincent Coburn, Father Joe Kukura, Monsignor Vincent Doyle, Deacon Al Tizzano, Monsignor George Trabold, Deacon Jack Walsh, Father Charles Noble, Father Dennis Cohan, Father Matthew Conva, Father Strelecki.

More pictures and documents about the history of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish are located at https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/parish-history/

Feast of St. Thomas – July 3rd
My Lord and My God Window at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
St. Thomas, our parish patron Saint, was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was a Jew from Galilee called by Jesus to accompany him on his mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When Jesus’ life was threatened as he went to raise Lazarus from the dead, Thomas said to the others, “Let us also go, that we may die with Jesus’.
Thomas doubted that Jesus had truly been raised from the dead. The Resurrection was proven to Thomas when Jesus appeared to him. Thomas said, “My Lord and My God”.
St. Gregory the Great once said, “The unbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. Our doubts are answered by the demand of St. Thomas to know that Jesus’ resurrection was real.
According to tradition, St. Thomas preached the gospel in India.

Links to Scripture about St. Thomas the Apostle:


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Saint Thomas the Apostle School Pictures (Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/STABloomfield)

Saint Thomas the Apostle School Graduation Pictures (Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/STABloomfield)
Congratulation to the Saint Thomas the Apostle School Class of 2018 Graduates – Dalialah Aballo, Dominic Ancey, Melissa Baudouin, Ashton Daza, Christopher Eardley, Michael Eardley, Natalia Ferruggia, Maeve Harrigan, Anthony Holmes, Juliet Howell, Kevin McLaughlin, Stefani Mildon, Devin Miller, Brianna Monroy, Alexa Murphy, Ethan Ortega, Michael Pasquale, Eric Rosier, Riya Shah, Emma Somma, Joseph Stern, Alexis Strollo, Luis Torres, Maximilian Zwiener.

Boy Scout Troop 22 (Courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/groups/Troop22BSABloomfieldNJ)