October 2020 E-Newsletter

October 2020


In this issue:
  • Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action Series
  • Faithful Citizenship
  • Virtual Christmas Pageant Registration
  • Boy Scout Troop 22 Used Clothing Drive
  • Home and School Cheesecake and Pie Sale
  • Around the Community Page Update
  • Respect Life Month
  • October – The Month of the Rosary
  • Advent Giving Tree
  • Pope’s Encyclical – Fratelli Tutti
  • Holy Mass and Beatification of Carlo Acutis
  • All Saints Day
  • All Souls Day


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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 meetings will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 28th and will be scheduled for 3 additional nights in the coming weeks. 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 https://forms.gle/kxMLbxF6u37mPL6W8

For more information, please click the following

Open Wide Our Hearts



See related Social Concerns

Faithful Citizenship

USCCB Guidelines on Faithful Citizenship and learn how to register and vote in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Faithful Citizenship Information on our website, with references to the USCCB and Archdiocesean websites

Christmas Pageant



Christmas Pageant Information on our Website

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Boy Scout Troop 22 Used Clothing Drive



Boy Scout Troop 22 Used Clothing Drive


Home and School Cheesecake and Pie Sale

The Home and School is having a Cheesecake and Pie Sale. The deadline is Friday November 13, 2020. Use the link or click the image button below for more information

Cheesecake and Pie Sale


Around the Community

Some explanation of programs for those facing difficulty paying their mortgage or rent,

please visit our around the community page.


Respect Life Month



Please visit the Archdiocesan Respect Life Page

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

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
Luminous
The St. Thomas Rosary Page has links to the USCCB site for the Rosary, a St. Thomas Rosary Guide to use on your computer/mobile device or to print, links to the Stained Glass Windows at St. Thomas depicting images of the Mysteries of the Rosary, and a YouTube Video with a Rosary for Peace in our Land.

Saint Thomas Rosary Page

Fratelli Tutti

Pope Francis gave his latest encyclical in Assisi on the vigil of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 3rd, 2020. The Encyclical entitled ‘Fratelli Tutti’ translates to ‘On Fraternity and Social Friendship.’ From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website “This greatly welcomed encyclical is a beautiful reflection on humanity’s path forward to a deeply desired and sought-after peace. Pope Francis addresses his renewed call to universal fraternity ‘to all people of good will, regardless of their religious convictions.’ ”

Fratelli Tutti on the Vatican Website

The button below is a link to the USCCB website that provides a two page PDF summary of Fratelli Tutti and also a twenty-one page chapter by chapter overview of the encyclical.



Fratelli Tutti Overview and Summary on USCCB


Holy Mass and Beatification of Carlo Acutis

Carlo Acutis applied himself to creating a website dedicated to cataloguing each reported Eucharistic miracle in the world. Carlo died of leukaemia in 2006 at age 15 and has already been dubbed “the patron saint of the internet”.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/who-was-carlo-acutis-a-cna-explainer-19684

YouTube video of the Mass for the Beatification of Carlo Acutis


All Saints Day – Sunday November 1, 2020

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 – Monday November 2, 2020 – 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.
2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

Mass Times

Weekend Masses – Saturday 5:00PM,
Sunday 8:00AM, 10:00AM and 12:00PM
Weekday Masses – Monday-Friday 11:30AM
Reconciliation – Saturday at 1:00PM

Guidelines

  • Everyone must wear a mask before entering the Church and while in the building
  • Everyone must stay 6’ apart when on the church property (both inside and outside the Church)
  • Everyone must sanitize your hands before entering the church (please bring hand sanitizer with you) If you are sick or feel that you’ve been infected or exposed to someone who has been infected with Covid-19, you must wait 14 days before entering the Church
  • We are happy to welcome you back for Mass but please note that even with the best health practices and social distancing, anyone who enters a public space should recognize there is a risk in contracting Covid-19. We will be increasing the cleaning of our Church, but no one should expect they will be any safer from germs here than in other public areas.