March 2018 E-Newsletter

March 2018


In this issue:

  • Lent
  • Dan Schutte in Concert at Saint Thomas- March 23, 2018
  • Holy Week
  • Easter
  • Symbols on Our Baptismal Font
  • Pictures – School, Troop 22, Irish Night
  • Feast of Saint Patrick – March 17th
  • Feast of Saint Joseph – March 19th
  • Upcoming Events

 

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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.

Calendar of Lenten Events at St. Thomas
Lenten Regulations
Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30PM (except March 23rd, when they will be at 7:00PM)
Reconciliation on Saturdays at 11:00AM.
Prayer Life Resources on the STA website
Prayer Life Resources external to the STA website

Dan Schutte in Concert at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church invites you to a wonderful musical and spiritual Evening: A Lenten Concert/Reflection with Dan Schutte, renowned composer of Catholic liturgical music.

Friday, March 23rd at 8 pm in the Church
60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield, New Jersey

 

Cost: Single tickets $15. Students $10. Groups [3 or more] $10. at the Door $20.00

You can order online at https://www.itickets.com/events/394727

Dan Schutte is the composer of “Here I Am, Lord,”; “Where Love is Found,”; “O How Blessed,”; “Glory in the Cross”; and scores of other beloved songs for worship as well as the most popular mass setting since the 2010 Revision, “Mass of Christ the Savior.”; In fact, he is one of the best-known and most influential composers of Catholic music for Liturgy in the English-speaking world. In addition to his Jesuit formation, Dan holds two masters degrees, one in theology, and one in liturgy from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and studied composition with Fr. Kevin Waters, SJ at Seattle University. Dan also holds three honorary doctoral degrees for his contribution to the life of the Church.

You can visit Dan’s website at http://www.danschutte.com

The event on his website is https://www.danschuttemusic.com/wordpressstore/event/bloomfield-nj-parish-concert-workshop/

If you love the power of music and scripture in liturgy or are just looking for a deeply meaningful way to prepare for Holy Week and the Triduum, you will want to attend this concert and reflection as Lent draws to a close!


Holy Week

Come Celebrate Holy Week With Us!

Saturday March 24, 2018 – Palm Sunday Mass at 5:00PM

Sunday March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday Masses at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00 Noon

Monday March 26, 2018 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Tuesday March 27, 2018 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Wednesday March 28, 2018 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Thursday March 29, 2018 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30PM & Holy Thursday Night Prayer at 11:00PM

Friday March 30, 2018 – Good Friday Morning Prayer at 8:30AM, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00PM & Living Stations of the Cross at 7:30PM

Saturday March 31, 2018 – Holy Saturday Morning Prayer at 8:30AM and The Great Easter Vigil at 8:15PM

Sunday April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday Mass at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00 Noon

Holy Week is quiet week
No ministry events are scheduled and all are encouraged to attend Holy Week services.


Easter Sunday

Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Through our baptism we are baptized into the death and Resurrection of Christ. God continues to call us to go deeper into the Paschal Mystery, but especially at Easter and the Easter Season.

Through God’s power and our response to His grace we are created anew, his chosen people. Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter Season we have the opportunity to reflect on our lives in light of these great mysteries of faith. Through the liturgical life of the Church – the readings, prayers, rites, and devotions – we are more immersed into these realities to be a visible sign of Christ in the world.


Photos

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School Photos
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Boy Scout Troop 22
For more, visit Troop 22’s Facebook Page.




Irish Night 2018










Men’s Commission 2018

Father John Gordon was the Master of Ceremonies. Jesse Romero, Joe Lombardi and Hector Molina were speakers. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin celebrated mass and gave the homily.





Baptismal Font Symbols

As we continue our Lenten journey to Easter, where we will renew our baptismal vows, let’s look at the symbols on the baptismal font at Saint Thomas the Apostle.

There are eight symbols on the font, four with a blue background and four with a red and gold background. The ones with red and gold backgrounds represent an aspect of the Trinity while the ones with blue represent part of our faith here on Earth.

The Star of David is on the Baptismal Font because Jesus is descended from King David (Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38) and was raised as a Jew. This symbol shows the importance of Judaism and the Old Testament to Christianity because Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.
Jesus is the Lamb of God.  Here the lamb is shown in a victorious state, winning the battle over death, sin and the devil.
Cockleshells symbolize the hospitality pilgrims enjoy as they spread God’s Word.  Cockleshells represent our baptismal call to spread the Good News.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is surrounded in thorns and ablaze with love.
The loaves and fishes is one of Jesus’ miracles. This miracle is recorded in each Gospel.

See Matthew 14:13-18 and 15:29-39, Mark 6:30-44 and 8:1-11, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-14

The dove represents the decent of the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ Baptism.
This symbol of an anchor represents the theological virtue of hope.  In Hebrews 6:19, hope is called the “Anchor of the Soul.”
The crown and the downward pointing hand represents God the Father.  Recall that at Jesus’ baptism God the Father speaks from the heavens “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16, Luke 3:22, and Mark 1:11.


Saint Patrick Feast Day March 17th

St. Patrick was enslaved by Irish raiders at 16, as a herdsman in harsh conditions, he learned to pray and grew in great holiness. As a missionary to pagan Ireland, he brought the Faith to the Gallic Peoples. Patrick is depicted with a snake (for his legendary removal of snakes from Ireland), a shamrock (to explain the Trinity: 3 persons, 1 nature); a book to represent this “Confessio”, one of few authentic writings which presents him as humble and courageous in converting the people of Ireland, a staff, jewel and green vestments and miter, since, as Bishop of Ireland he divided Ireland into dioceses, founded monasteries, ordained many priests and encouraged spiritual growth among laity. The harp represents the hymn he wrote, “Breastplate: Christ with me… before me… beneath me… above me… on my right… on my left… when I lie down… when I arise… in the heart of every person who thinks of me…in the mouth of every person who speaks of me…in the eye that sees me…in the ear that hears me”.

The stained-Glass Window is from St. Thomas’ North tower.


Saint Joseph Feast Day March 19th


St. Joseph is Jesus’ earthly father and protector of the Holy Family. St Joseph is not recorded as saying a single word in the Gospel, but obedient to God’s voice.

St. Joseph is patron of fathers, immigrants, workers, carpenters and many more.

Memorare to Saint Joseph
Remember, O most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, my beloved Patron, that never has it been heard that anyone invoked your patronage and sought your aid without being comforted. Inspired by this confidence I come to you and fervently commend myself to you. Despise not my petition, O dearest foster father of our Redeemer, but accept it graciously.

Amen.


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:

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

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

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

ShopRite and Stop & Shop Gift Card Sale to Support STA Home & School
Sunday, March 18 at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Bloomfield Parishes’ Reconciliation Service at Saint Thomas
Monday, March 19 at 7:30pm

Stations of the Cross
Friday, March 23 at 7:00PM

Dan Schutte in Concert at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church
Friday, March 23 at 8:00PM

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 25

Holy Thursday
Thursday, March 29

Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM

Holy Thursday Night Prayer
Thursday, March 29 at 11:00PM

Good Friday
Friday, March 30

Good Friday Morning Prayer
Friday, March 30 at 3:00PM

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Friday, March 30 at 3:00PM

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

Holy Saturday
Saturday March 31

The Great Easter Vigil
Saturday March 31 8:15PM

Easter Sunday
Sunday April 1

Easter Sunday Masses
Sunday April 1 at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00 Noon

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, April 15 from 8:30AM – 12:00PM

Hospitality in Saint Peter’s Room
Sunday, April 15 at 9:45am-12:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, April 23 from 11:00AM – 8:30PM


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.

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

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

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

September Club Meeting
Monday, March 19

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

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

Holy Week is a Quiet Week
No meetings scheduled March 26-March 30

September Club Meeting
Monday, April 2

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, April 2 7:30PM

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, April 6 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, April 8 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, April 9

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday, April 9 7:00PM

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, April 13 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, April 15 at 10:30AM

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, April 15 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM

September Club Meeting
Monday, April 16

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, April 16 7:30PM

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, April 20 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, April 22 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, April 23

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, April 27 at 7:00PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, April 29 at 10:30AM