May 2018 E-Newsletter

May 2018


In this issue:

  • St. Thomas 300 Club Raffle
  • Pictures
  • Solemnity of Pentecost – Sunday May 20
  • Solemnity of the Trinity – Sunday May 27
  • Memorial Day – Monday May 28
  • Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Sunday June 3
  • Feast of Saint Anthony – June 13th
  • Upcoming Events

 

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St. Thomas 300 Club Raffle

St. Thomas the Apostle and your Finance Committee invite you and your friends to participate in our 300 Club.  Only 300 tickets available, each ticket costs $100.

The Raffle will be held Wednesday May 23, 2018
Prizes are as follows:
1st Prize – $10,500 or 35% of tickets sold
2nd Prize – $3,000 or 10% of tickets sold
3rd Prize – $1,500 or 5% of tickets sold
Click here for the 2018 STA 300 Club form


Photos

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








Solemnity of Pentecost – Sunday May 20, 2018

For the Jewish people, Pentecost was a feast of thanksgiving that marked the conclusion of the grain harvest; it was also a time to commemorate the giving of the law at Sinai. It was celebrated 50 days after Passover. For the first Christian believers, gathered to celebrate this feast in Jerusalem, the giving of the Holy Spirit reinvented Pentecost. It marked a new beginning: God would be present among his people not in words carved in stone, but in a whole new way, living in their hearts, and speaking through them. Just as the old feast was a time to celebrate the abundance of God’s gifts by giving back to God the first fruits of the fields, so the new Pentecost celebrates the incredible abundance of God’s giving, the many gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost is “the joyful conclusion of the Easter season” (Proclamation of the Dates of Easter on Epiphany). It ranks with Christmas, Epiphany, and the Ascension (see General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar,59). It is a day to pull out all the stops, a day for incense, processions, banners, for creative expression of the truth we celebrate: the gift of the Holy Spirit has been given to us. Jesus is here!

Pentecost is 50 Days after Easter and is known as the birthday of the Church.

Click Here to read about Pentecost in the Bible (Acts 2)

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


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Sunday May 27, 2018


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.

Memorial Day – Monday May 28, 2018

We are grateful for and inspired by those service men and women who have given their lives for our country. Thank you!

Staff Sgt. Kerrin Kampa of Mifflinburg, Pa., and Staff Sgt. Judy Dukes of Aurora, Ill., plant U.S. flags at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on May 23, 2013 in honor of the fallen to mark Memorial Day. CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec
God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride.

Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.

Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

R. Amen

Prayer taken from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

More Prayers for Those in Military Service

Content taken from http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/memorial-day-prayer.cfm.


Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Sunday June 3, 2018


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 St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, NJ.

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:

Pentecost
Sunday, May 20

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, May 20 from 8:30AM – 12:00PM

Hospitality in Saint Peter’s Room
Sunday, May 20 at 9:45AM-12:00PM

Stop & Shop and Shop Rite Gift Cards on Sale

Sunday, May 20 at 10:00AM-12:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, May 21 from 11:00AM – 8:30PM

St. Thomas 300 Club Raffle
Wednesday, May 23

September Club Trip – Spring Lake with Lunch at the Breakers
Wednesday, May 23

Memorial Day – Parish Center Closed
Monday, May 28

Stop & Shop and Shop Rite Gift Cards on Sale

Sunday, June 3 at 10:00AM-12:00PM

Saint Thomas the Apostle School Graduation
Friday, June 8

Father’s Day
Sunday, June 17

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, June 24 from 8:30AM – 12:00PM

Hospitality in Saint Peter’s Room
Sunday, June 24 at 9:45AM-12:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, June 25 from 11:00AM – 8:30PM

Summer CCD
Wednesday June 27 – Friday July 6, Except July 4

Summer Directed Retreat By The Ocean
Thursday June 28 – Sunday July 1

September Club Trip – Empire City Casino in Yonkers NY
Wednesday, July 18

September Club Trip – Jersey Dreamers Joe Zisa & Friends “Boardwalk” Show & Lunch at the Brownstone
Tuesday, August 7


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, May 20 at 10:30AM

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, May 20 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM

September Club Meeting
Monday, May 21

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, May 21 7:30PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, June 3 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, June 4

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday, June 4 7:00PM

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

September Club Meeting
Monday, June 11

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, June 11 7:30PM

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30AM Mass
Sunday, June 17 at 10:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday, June 18

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, June 24 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM