October 2017 E-Newsletter

October 2017


In this issue:

  • Boy Scout Troop 22 Celebrates 75 Years at Saint Thomas
  • Feast of Saint Francis and Caring For Our Common Home
  • Cub Scout Pack 22 Pasta Dinner
  • Pictures – School and Scouts
  • Saint Luke Stained Glass Window
  • October – The Month of the Rosary
  • All Saints Day and All Souls Day
  • Upcoming Events

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Boy Scout Troop 22 Celebrates 75 Years at Saint Thomas

Boy Scout Troop 22 is celebrating its 75th anniversary at a special Court of Honor, November 12th at 12:00 pm in Herron Hall. Alumni and friends are invited to attend, share stories and memorabilia. (Cost, $12 for a light lunch.) For more information contact troop22bloomfield@gmail.com or 973-338-0097.


Feast of Saint Francis and Caring For Our Common Home


Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see
nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks
to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty
and goodness. ‘Through the greatness and the
beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy
their maker’ (Wis 13:5); indeed, ‘his eternal power
and divinity have been made known through his
works since the creation of the world’ (Rom 1:20).
For this reason, St. Francis asked that part of the
friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild
flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who
saw them could raise their minds to God, the
Creator of such beauty. “Rather than a problem to
be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be
contemplated with gladness and praise.” (Pope
Francis: Laudato Si’ 12)

This is a simple prayer in the spirit of St. Francis:
God of all creation, we thank you for the abundant
gifts you have given us—the gift of your
unconditional love, the gift of each other and the
gift of all created things. We praise you for your
generosity and your loving care for us. We hear
your call to us to live in right relationship with
each other and with creation. Help us to always be
mindful of how our actions affect your gifts—for
good or for bad. We ask this in the name of your
Son, our Redeemer, and in your Holy Spirit.

Amen.


Cub Scout Pack 22 Pasta Dinner – October 14, 2017

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Photos

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STA School Pictures

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Boy Scout Troop 22 Pictures
Pictures courtesy of Troop 22’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Troop22BSABloomfieldNJ.









Feast of St. Luke. October 18th


This stained glass window is located in the sanctuary at St. Thomas the Apostle.

St. Luke, a physician himself, is the patron saint of physicians. He was a friend of St. Paul, and is author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. According to tradition, St. Luke died in Greece at the age of 84. In art, he is represented by ox because his gospel begins with the account of the priest Zechariah sacrificing in the temple.


October – The Month of the Rosary:


In the 1200s Mary appeared to St. Dominic in a vision and gave him the powerful prayer of the Rosary. The lower stained glass windows in the nave of St. Thomas focus on the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary. Use the links below to view the stained glass windows mysteries of the rosary and the theological virtue (faith, hope and love) associated with each.

Joyful
Sorrowful
Glorious


All Saints Day – Wednesday November 1, 2017

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.
Masses at 7:30AM, 11:30AM and 7:30PM.
Click Here for list the artwork of Saints we have at St. Thomas.


All Souls Day – Thursday November 2, 2017 – 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.

2016 2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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:

Pack 22 Pasta Dinner
Saturday, October 14 @ 4:30pm

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, October 15 from 8:30am – 12:00pm

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

Shop Rite and Stop & Shop Gift Card Sale to Support STA Home & School
Sunday, October 15 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm

Young Adult Eucharistic Adoration
Thursday, October 19 @ 7:00pm

September Club Craft Fair & Food Emporium
Sunday, October 22 at 8:00am-2:00pm

Confirmation
Sunday, October 22 at 3:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, October 23 from 11:00am – 8:30pm

First Reconciliation Meeting for Parents
Monday, October 23 at 7:00pm

First Reconciliation Meeting for Parents
Wednesday, October 25 7:00pm

The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola
Wednesday, October 25

Are You a “Be-Attitude” Woman? – Women’s Day of Reflection
Saturday, October 28 at 9:30am-1:30pm

Shop Rite and Stop & Shop Gift Card Sale to Support STA Home & School
Sunday, October 29 at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Confirmation
Sunday, October 29 at 3:00pm

All Saints Day
Wednesday, November 1
Masses at 7:30am, 11:30am and 7:30pm

All Souls Day
Thursday, November 2

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 5

Veteran’s Day
Saturday, November 11

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, November 12 from 8:30am – 12:00pm

Hospitality in Saint Peter’s Room
Sunday, November 12 at 9:45am-12:00pm

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

Troop 22 75th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, November 12 @ 12:00pm

Young Adult Eucharistic Adoration
Thursday, November 16 @ 7:00pm

Advent Giving Tree Weekend – Trees are up in the Church
Saturday & Sunday November 18-19 at all masses

Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday, November 23 9:00am

Thanksgiving Break – Parish Center Closed
Thursday & Friiday, November 23-24

Advent Giving Tree – Return Items
Saturday & Sunday November 25-26 at all masses

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, November 27 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.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30am Mass
Sunday, October 15 from 10:30am

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, October 15 from 11:30am – 12:00pm

September Club Meeting
Monday, October 16

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, October 16 at 7:30pm

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, October 20 at 7:00pm

September Club Meeting
Monday, October 23

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, October 23 7:30pm

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, October 27 at 7:00pm

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30am Mass
Sunday, October 29 from 10:30am

September Club Meeting
Monday, October 30

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, November 3 at 7:00pm

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30am Mass
Sunday, November 5 from 10:30am

September Club Meeting
Monday, November 6

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday, November 6 7:00pm

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, November 6 7:30pm

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30am Mass
Sunday, November 12 from 10:30am

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, November 12 from 11:30am – 12:00pm

Support Group For Those Grieving the Death of a Loved One
Sunday, November 12 @ 12:00pm

September Club Meeting
Monday, November 13

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, November 17 at 7:00pm

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30am Mass
Sunday, November 19 from 10:30am

Support Group For Those Grieving the Death of a Loved One
Sunday, November 19 @ 12:00pm

September Club Meeting
Monday, November 20

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, November 20 7:30pm

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30am Mass
Sunday, November 26 from 10:30am

September Club Meeting
Monday, November 27

 


Mass Times

Weekend Masses – Saturday 5:00p.m., Sunday 7:30a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:30a.m. and 12:00p.m.
Weekday Masses – Monday-Friday 7:30a.m. and 11:30a.m.; Saturday 8:30a.m.
Holy Day Masses – 7:30a.m., 11:30a.m. and 7:30p.m.
Holiday Masses – 8:30a.m. Only
Reconciliation – Saturday at 11:00a.m.


 

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.