|Lent is a time of good resolutions and new beginnings. Lent is a season of repentance and a season of hope. In Lent we reconnect with our baptismal spirituality as the Lenten practices help us to prepare to renew our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. The goal of Lent is Easter.|
|Ash Wednesday – February 26, 2020
Masses with Distribution of Ashes 7:30AM, 11:30AM and 7:00PM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes 4:00PM
The Archdiocese of Newark continues to monitor the questions that are arising about the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states that the Diocesan Bishop “must promote, regulate, and be vigilant over the liturgical life of his diocese.” In light of the coronavirus, the uncertainty of how widespread and impactful it is and/or could be and as a precaution, Cardinal Tobin has directed the following, available on the Archdiocesan Website https://rcan.org:
Congratulations to Reverend Michael A. Saporito went to Saint Thomas the Apostle.
U. S. Census -The 2020 Census for the Federal Government will take place from mid-March through mid-May. Faith communities have been asked to help to reach out to parishioners to make people aware of the importance of this event.
Please use the links below for more information on how taking part in the Census helps the community or if you are looking for work as a census taker.
STA “300 Club” St. Thomas the Apostle and your Finance Committee invite you and your friends to participate in our “300 Club”. You will find that this Club is better than State Lotteries, Casino Slots, or Bingo. Your participation in this year’s “300 Club” raffle is not only exciting for you, but it is an investment in the future of your parish. This year’s raffle proceeds will go toward various building repairs. Here is how it works… ONLY 300 TICKETS AVAILABLE!!! Tickets are $100 each. 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 Raffle to be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at St. Thomas Church.
Summer CCD registration is now openSummer CCD dates are weekday from June 29 – July 10, 2020 from 8:45AM to 12:45PM. No class on Friday July 3rd. No absences allowed.
Christians around the world begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please pray to the Lord “That they may become one in your hand.”
The theme for 2020 is: They Showed Us Unusual Kindness (Acts 28:2).
For more information and resources, please see the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity site.
The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was developed by Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA, at Graymoor in Garrison, New York, and was first observed at Graymoor from January 18-25, 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).
In 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began collaborating as a common international text for worldwide usage. Since 1968 these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.
Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.
Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. (1)
Ordinary Time begins after the Christmas season with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. It continues until the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Ordinary Time continues after Pentecost which closes the the Easter Season 50 days after Easter Sunday. Ordinary Time ends with the feast of Christ the King, usually in November. The following week begins the new Liturgical Season with the Advent Liturgical Season.
(1) Taken from US Conference of Catholic Bishops website.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
If you need the sacrament of reconciliation arrangements may be made for confession/reconciliation by contacting the parish.
There will be no reconciliation on Saturdays at 11AM until further notice.
The reconciliation room is below the stained glass window of Mary Queen of the Universe in the Right Transept (closest to the door for the handicapped entrance).
Reconciliation can also administered by request.
For first Reconciliation: Enroll and attend classes in the parish religious education program.
For examine of conscience, please visit the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ site at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-conscience.cfm
Some helpful documents:
Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments