June 2020 E-Newsletter

Saint Thomas the Apostle Church Bloomfield New Jersey

June 2020

In this issue:
  • Solemnity of the Trinity Mass Online
  • Saint Thomas the Apostle Class of 2020 Graduates
  • Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. on the Death of George Floyd and the National Protests
  • Chrism Mass 2020 Live Stream
  • Prayer for Peace
  • Brickwork Repairs
  • Stewardship
  • Solemnity of the Trinity – Sunday June 7th
  • Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua – June 13th
  • Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Sunday June 14th
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Parish History – Anniversary of the First Mass June 25th
  • Feast Day of St. Thomas the Apostle – July 3rd

Solemnity of the Trinity Mass Online

Available Sunday morning by 7:30AM.

Congratulations to the Saint Thomas the Apostle Class of 2020 Graduates

Socially distanced Graduation Photo Class of 2020 – (notice the 6 foot separation between students)

Justin Anguisaca, Isabella Calleo, Zarabeth Campanella, Gabriella Cuevas, Rey Diaz, Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Michael Florczak, Armando Garcia, Jr, Alexa Gentile, Chelsey Georges, Makayla Kondreck, Rustico Lapugot, Kaitlyn LeSuer, Caroline Miller, Kyle Miskowsky, Angelina Munoz, Mary Nakrosis, Diana Prisco, Isabella Rivera, Nicholas Rossi, Camille Schiralli, Gianna Stern, Andrew Tellez, Matthew Wendling

Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. on the Death of George Floyd and the National Protests

Link to the post on the Archdiocesan Website (https://www.rcan.org)


Chrism Mass 2020 Live Stream

You’re invited to view the Chrism Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Tobin live streamed on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 6 pm in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart with the Auxiliary Bishops, Episcopal Vicars, Masters of Ceremonies.

Please go to the link on https:/www.rcan.org

Archdiocese of Newark’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/NwkArchdiocese

Prayer for Peace

Eternal God, author and sustainer of life,
help us to value all persons as being created in Your image and likeness.

Give us the grace, patience and mercy to be ardent listeners to Your voice in order to respond to Your call.

St. Michael and St. Francis Stained Glass Window from St. Thomas the Apostle’s Christ the King Window

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Let us ask the help of St. Michael the Archangel to defend us from the snares of the devil.

Brickwork Repairs June 2020

The brickwork repair on our beautiful church has begun. Your generosity and support help to make these needed repairs happen. Thank you!


Living the 3 T’s by sharing your Time, Talent, & Treasure

TIME – The Gift of Our Action Time is the very gift of each moment – every second of every hour. 24 hours are given to us each day. To use these hours as God intends means that we use our time wisely and always for the good. Reflect on how you use your time each day.

TALENT – The Gift of Our Ability Talent includes the variety of gifts and abilities that we all have. As stewards, we acknowledge that these gifts come from God and that he intends for us to use them in ways which reflect his love.

TREASURE – The Gift of Our Worldly Possessions Treasure is the gift of our possessions and financial resources. Making money is a result of how we use some of our time and talent. It is a direct consequence of using what we have been given by God. Our treasure, therefore, must be used to better enhance our time and talent as well as our life with God and one another. We are also called to exclusively dedicate a fair and just portion of our treasure to God for the building up of the church and our sharing in the mission of Jesus.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Sunday June 7, 2020

The central mystery of Christian faith and life" is the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity (CCC, 234 – Click Here to read more).

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity celebrates the doctrine of the Triune God, one God in three divine persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The stained glass window is from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, NJ.

Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Sunday June 14, 2020

Measured by Church time, the solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is quite young dating from the mid-thirteenth-century. For hundreds of years, in fact, it was commonly referred to as nova sollemnitas, "the new solemnity" (The Liturgy and Time, 104). This celebration has been given many names over the centuries: feast of the Eucharist, feast of the Most Precious Sacrament, even feast of God. In France it is still commonly known as the Fete-Dieu. The solemnity developed at about the same time as the elevations of the consecrated elements during Mass, and it arose out of the desire of the faithful to see the Blessed Sacrament at a time when they did not often receive it. The solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is an expression of our Catholic faith in the real presence of the risen Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Yet, this celebration is also outward-looking, carrying the liturgy out of the Church and into the streets.

The stained glass window is found in the parish center at Saint Thomas the Apostle, Bloomfield, NJ.

Saint Anthony of Padua, Missionary & Doctor – Feast Day June 13th

St. Anthony began as a missionary to Muslims but poor health resigned him to monastery work where he realized his great gift of preaching and biblical knowledge. Through his eloquent words many notorious sinners, heretics and careless people were brought to conversion. He was given the title, "Doctor of the Church" in 1946 by Pope Pius XII because of his orthodox preaching and teaching. He died of frail health when he was only thirty-six. Although pictured with lily and Child Jesus, Anthony was known as the "Hammer of Heretics" for his fearless and strong opposition to oppression, clerical abuses and the laity's half-hearted dedication to their faith.

Prayer to Saint Anthony

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

The stained glass window is from the north tower in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

St. Thomas the Apostle History

Click on any picture for a larger image

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.

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:

Mission Statement

The Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Thomas the Apostle recognizes God’s call to be a sign of His Kingdom in the communities we serve.

We respond to this call by:
  • Leading people to a deeper relationship with Christ by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, renewal, education, the celebration of the Sacraments, and the worship of God in the sacred liturgy;
  • Encouraging a commitment to justice and to service of those in need;
  • Promoting good stewardship of our time, talent, and treasure;
  • Building a community of hospitality and support in the daily living out of Christian ideals by nourishing mutual respect and understanding within our Church, our families, our community, and other faith traditions.