November 2020 E-newsletter

November 2020

Published November 20, 2020

In this issue:
  • Pastor’s Message
  • Christ the King
  • Thanksgiving Day Mass
  • Advent Giving Tree
  • Boy Scout Troop 22 Christmas Wreath Sale
  • Advent Begins November 29, 2020
  • Advent/Christmas Word Search
  • Giving Tuesday – December 2, 2020
  • Feast of St. Francis Xavier – December 3, 2020
  • Immaculate Conception – December 8, 2020
  • Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action Series
  • Virtual Christmas Pageant December 23, 2020 at 7:30PM

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Pastor’s Message

Dear Members of the St. Thomas the Apostle parish family,

Here is our November parish email filled with important updates.

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Because of the Covid 19 restrictions we are limited to 150 people at each Mass. Our Mass will be at 9:00 am and will be on a first come/first available basis. Entrance will be through the Handicapped door only and will be opened at 8:30 and closed when we reach 150 people. This year we are asking each family to bring their own bread to be blessed (for safety reasons).

Giving Tuesday is December 1st this year. You can read more about this event on our website ( and in our bulletin.

Our Giving Tree will be very different this year. There will be no physical tree in the church. The wish lists for charities are on our website ( Click on the green “Advent Giving Tree” button and you will find the list of charities and requested gifts. You may drop them off in the church and leave them where we usually have the tree the weekends of November 28/29 and December 5/6.

Our Christmas Mass schedule is the following: 12/24 – 4 pm in the church and 4pm in the school; 12/24 – 6 pm and 10 pm in church; 12/25 8am, 10 am, 12 noon all in church.

Attendance is limited to 150 at each Mass and people will be admitted by reservation only. Please bring your email confirmation with you. If your plans change and you cannot attend the Mass that you have reserved please call the parish center by December 23rd so that the spot may be available for someone else. The link to reserve your spot at Mass will appear on our website on December 21st. Admittance to church will be through the handicapped door only. The door will be opened one half hour before each Mass and will be closed when we reach our capacity of 150.

Let’s continue to pray for one another.

Be well and stay safe!

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).

Thanksgiving Day Mass – Thursday November 26, 2020 at 9:00AM

Advent Giving Tree

The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.

Advent Giving Tree

Drop off will be in the church in the usual places (where the Giving Trees usually stand) on the weekends of November 28/29 and December 5/6.

Boy Scout Troop 22 Christmas Wreath Sale<

Advent begins November 29, 2020

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.

Advent/Christmas Word Search

Click the image or this link to open the PDF to open the word search.

Giving Tuesday – December 1, 2020

Visit our Giving Tuesday page by this link or clicking the image below

Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Thursday December 3, 2020

St. Francis Xavier was one of the founding Jesuits, and the first Jesuit missionary. He was a friend of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who convinced him to use his talents to spread the Gospel.

As a missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, St. Francis baptized more than 40,000 converts to the faith. He dined with head hunters, washed the sores of lepers in Venice, and taught catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month.

Stained Glass Window is part of the “Mary Queen of the Universe” in the right transept of the church.

Immaculate Conception of Mary – Tuesday December 8th, 2020

Holy Day Mass at 11:30AM.

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The photo (left) shows the stained glass window of “Mary Queen of the Universe” in the right transept of the church. Shown across from Mary are her parents, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim.

The stained 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.

Open Wide Our Hearts

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action.

The parishes in our area will be hosting four evenings of reflection and prayer via the Zoom meeting platform to discuss Open Wide Our Hearts, the pastoral letter from the US Catholic Bishops published two years ago that calls all of us to a deep conversion of heart to address the moral and theological problem of racism in the US. The final session will be at 7 PM on Wednesday, December 2nd. We welcome you to join one or all of them for a journey of prayer and action. Sign up with the link below so you can receive the Zoom link!

The Link to register for the event is

For more information, please click the following

Open Wide Our Hearts

See the Social Concerns page on our parish website.

For the USCCB’s document “Open Wide Our Hearts” and their Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, please visit

Virtual Christmas Pageant December 23, 2020 at 7:30PM