November 2015 E-Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish Memorial Concert
  • Pictures
  • All Saints Day and All Souls Day
  • Christ the King
  • Advent
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Upcoming Events

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Mozart Mass in C Major to be performed at Saint Thomas the Apostle

Saint Thomas the Apostle Choir

Saint Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield will be presenting a Memorial Concert on Sunday November 15 at 7:30 PM. The concert will take place in the church and feature choir members from St. Thomas as well as featured local singers and soloists. The singers will be accompanied throughout the evening by an orchestra.

The showpiece of the concert performance will be the Mozart Mass in C Major KV 317, also known as the ‘Coronation Mass’. It will be sung in Latin by the choir and accompanying Mezzo-soprano, Tenor and Bass-baritone soloists.

Additional music appropriate to this Memorial Concert will be presented as well.

The month of November is traditionally the month dedicated to the remembrance of ‘All Souls’ and departed loved ones. Among those being memorialized by this performance are the recently departed pastors and priests who had served the parish of St. Thomas in the past, including Monsignor Vincent Coburn, Monsignor William C. Hatcher, and Father Peter K. Funesti.

A keepsake Memorial Program will be distributed at the concert, containing the names of those remembered and memorialized by St. Thomas parishioners. Those being memorialized need not be parishioners of St. Thomas.

Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the performance for a suggested $10 donation.


Welcome Weekend Concelebrated Mass

Welcome Weekend







School Pictures




All Saints Day – Sunday November 1st, 2015

The Church honors all the saints of heaven–God’s holy ones–those known and unknown to us. This solemnity celebrates all who have been examples of faith throughout the ages, those whose lives mirrored the Paschal Mystery of Christ. As we heard in the Proclamation of the Date of Easter on Epiphany, it is in the lives of the saints that the Church proclaims the Passover of Christ. Today’s solemnity honors all the saints, in particular those who are not individually recognized throughout the year.
Click Here for list the artwork of Saints we have at St. Thomas.

All Souls Day – November 2 – All the Faithful Departed

As we remember our faithful departed in the month of November, we must remember that our prayers for the dead bind us to them in the communion of faith and life promised by Jesus to all who believe in Him. All Souls day is a commemoration of all those who have fallen asleep in Christ marked with the sign of faith and who, we pray, may one day join the saints around the great banquet table of the Lamb. We pray for the dead; we pray for the forgiveness of all their sins; and we pray that God, in his great mercy, will take them to himself.
Please pray for those deceased members of our parish family. The following links are to the bulletins with the names of deceased parishioners from the previous years.
2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1st-7th, 2015


Please pray for the priests and sisters that serve our parish and for new vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Stain Glass Windows are from St. Thomas the Apostle. They are Holy Orders for the priesthood, a window dedicated to the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of St. Dominic. Both orders of sisters have faithfully served the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle over the years.
Prayers for Vocations
National Vocation Awareness Week Resources on the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Website
Archdiocese of Newark’s Vocation Website

Feast of Christ the King – Sunday November 22

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. Its official name is the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. This solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, an observance celebrating an aspect of Jesus’ identity rather than of his life. Conventional understandings of kingship and power are transformed. Rather than calling up images of Jesus Christ dressed in kingly robes, the Gospel proclaims him as king by the sign over his head on the throne of a wooden cross (I.N.R.I.: –IESUS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM– Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Paradoxically, it is the thief who recognized in Christ the Lord and Messiah.

Through our baptism we share in Christ’s kingly office, exercising good stewardship for people and things we are put in charge of. (Lumen Genitum 31).

Advent begins November 29, 2015

Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. We prepare for the annual celebrations of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas, his manifestation at Epiphany, and the beginning of his mission at the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Advent means “coming.” We are to prepare for the coming of God among us as a child who is a King, as an infant who is a Savior, as one born at a given time and place yet who is a Messiah for all ages and people.

Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare us for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.

Immaculate Conception of Mary – Tuesday December 8th, 2015

Masses at 7:30AM, 11:30AM and 7:30PM.

Immaculate Conception of Mary. Saint Anne and Saint Joachim are her parents. The stain glass is from the “Mary Queen of the Universe” Window in the right transept.

According to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was conceived free from original sin and all its penalties. This privilege was granted to Mary because she was to give birth to Jesus, the Savior. Mary was the first to benefit from the saving passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Mary was conceived and born without sin because of the merits of her Son, Jesus.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception always occurs during Advent. Under the title of the Immaculate Conception, Mary is the patroness of the United States. This special feast of Mary is a holy day of obligation in the United States.