Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent – March 7, 2021






Click the Lent button for a list of scheduled liturgies and events




Cardinal Joseph Tobin grants Catholics dispensation from obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. See button and link below.

https://www.rcan.org/cardinal-joseph-tobin-grants-catholics-dispensation-obligation-abstain-meat-friday-march-19


Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.







2021 Annual Appeal – Archdiocese of Newark




February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount pledged is $64,922.

Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up in the 2022 parish operating budget year. If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing. Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference.

Thank you for your prayers and support.


Girl Scout Cookie Sale 2021

Girl Scout Troop 20204 of St Thomas the Apostle School will be having their annual Girl Scout Cookie sale. Sunday, March 21, 2021 9:45am-1:00pm in parking lot in front of the school-across the street.


 $5 Per box and $6 for S’mores and Toffee-tactics.

Proceeds go towards all troop projects.

Masks are required. Any questions please email Blanca at BDRmunoz@gmail.com.



Direct Link and look for the following button.

https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=bra2rg0papf#/home/

Contact homeschool@staschoolnj.org


The 300 Club Raffle drawing will be held Thursday May 20th. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each. First prize is $10,500 or 35% of tickets sold, second prize is $3,000 or 10% of tickets sold and third prize is $1,500 or 5% of tickets sold.

Click the ‘Download’ button below for the form to signup. You will only need to print and fill out the first page.











Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent – February 28, 2021










Click the Lent button for a list of scheduled liturgies and events




Cardinal Tobin has written a Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist called “Returning to Grace”.  Please see the following link for a video and more information.




February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount Pledged is $27,412.


Will you join your fellow parishioners in supporting this effort that strengthens many important programs and ministries across the Archdiocese of Newark including our own parish school? If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing . Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference. Thank you for your prayers and support.

A brief statement by Father Larry at the 11:30AM mass on Friday February 26, 2021.


The Equality Act is again being brought up before congress.  Below is a link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website regarding the Act and why they oppose the Act as it is written, including a fact sheet and a link to contact your federally elected officials.

https://www.usccb.org/equality-act

A brief excerpt from the page

“Human dignity is central to what we believe as Catholics.  Every person is made in the image of God and should be treated accordingly, with respect and compassion.  That means we need to honor every person’s right to be free of unjust discrimination.”

“The Equality Act purports to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from unjust discrimination. Although this is a worthy purpose, the Equality Act does not serve it. And instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith precisely because of those beliefs.  In the process, the Equality Act codifies the new ideology of “gender” in federal law, dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as only a social construct.”

A direct link to the Equality Act itself is located at
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5/text

A select number of bishops, including our own Cardinal Tobin, have signed a statement called “God is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth” that encourages the dignity of all human life and opposes any form of violence, bullying or harassment.
https://tylerclementi.org/catholicbishopsstatement/


Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.




Centering Prayer Group For Lent: The God You Are Seeking Is Seeking You




Direct Link and look for the following button.

https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=bra2rg0papf#/home/

Contact homeschool@staschoolnj.org











Mass for the First Sunday of Lent – February 21, 2021





Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #P-400168. All rights reserved.

To go full screen click the in the lower right of the embedded YouTube Video once you start it

To enable Closed Captioning, provided by YouTube, click the CC icon.. The size of the font can be controlled by the gears button to the right of the CC button. You can also set the quality of the video by clicking the gears, selecting quality and then the highest number.


Click the Lent button for a list of scheduled liturgies and events




Catholic Hymnody Series – Part 2

February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount pledged is $64,922.

Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up in the 2022 parish operating budget year. If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing. Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference.

Thank you for your prayers and support.


Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.







Centering Prayer Group For Lent: The God You Are Seeking Is Seeking You




Eucharistic Adoration Page with Worship Aids


Direct Link and look for the following button.

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Contact homeschool@staschoolnj.org










Ash Wednesday 2021

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #P-400168. All rights reserved.

To go full screen click the in the lower right of the embedded YouTube Video once you start it

To enable Closed Captioning, provided by YouTube, click the CC icon.. The size of the font can be controlled by the gears button to the right of the CC button. You can also set the quality of the video by clicking the gears, selecting quality and then the highest number.


Stations of the Cross Friday in Lent at 7:00PM. Worship Aids can be found by using this link.

11:30AM Mass Monday through Friday during Lent, Starting February 18, 2021.


Direct Link and look for the following button.

https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=bra2rg0papf#/home/

Contact homeschool@staschoolnj.org

Lent 2021: February 17th – April 3rd

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.


Seating is limited to the first 150 people .


Calendar of Lenten Events at St. Thomas

Lenten Regulations

Stations of the Cross, including worship aids

Daily Mass Livestream for Lent

Please see the online calendar for Stations of the Cross 
Please see the online calendar for Reconciliation 
Prayer Life Resources on the STA website
Prayer Life Resources external to the STA website

St. Thomas School Virtual Open House 2021

Join us for our first Virtual Open House beginning Sunday, January 31ST

www.staschoolnj.org

Click on the Virtual Tour link to see all the wonderful opportunities STA has to offer.

We will also be having a New Family  Q & A on February 3, 2021 via Zoom see link to register https://forms.gle/ffr2dW4b1QkFPYmUA

Alert of Gift Card Scams

Please be wary of any solicitation of funds, or other unusual requests, from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church unless you hear about it in a mass announcement or in the bulletin.  Electronic media is susceptible to being compromised and anyone can create an email address that looks legitimate.  If you receive an email or see a post on our website/social media that looks suspicious, please contact the parish center to ensure it is legitimate before responding. Know that the clergy and staff of our parish will never make a request such as this.

See also from the past:

Report Online and International Scams

Report fake websites, emails, malware, and other internet scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Some online scams start outside the United States. If you have been a victim of an international scam, report it through econsumer.gov. Your report helps international consumer protection offices spot trends and prevent scams.

Please beware of fraudulent emails or text messages claiming to be from a pastor
or a representative of the archdiocese asking you to purchase gift cards to help the poor or sick. Such fraudulent activity should be reported to the State of New Jersey Cyber Crimes Unit at (609) 584-5051, ext. 5664, or online at http://www.njsp.org/division/investigations/cyber-crimes.shtml. Please feel free to call the
parish or school office to validate the authenticity of any suspicious email claiming to be from our priests or staff.

2021 Annual Appeal – Archdiocese of Newark

Videos in Spanish and Portuguese available at https://www.rcan.org/video

To donate online please visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing

February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount pledged is $64,922.

Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up in the 2022 parish operating budget year. If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing. Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, on violence in U.S. Capitol

Taken from https://www.rcan.org/statement-cardinal-joseph-w-tobin-cssr-archbishop-newark-violence-us-capitol

Jan. 7, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s violence in the United States Capitol:

As I watched the appalling chaos in the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I witnessed an icon of democracy occupied and hostage to mob rule.  The procession of violent images was deeply troubling.  Particularly disheartening is that this event unfolded amid a deadly pandemic, a terrible plague that our troubled nation should face in solidarity.

The events of yesterday are a graphic exposure of the deep and advancing polarization in American society that has festered for years. This divisiveness disregards faith, justice and the rule of law.  As shocking as it may be to glimpse how disordered our nation has become, the terrible truth is that we are not immune from further moral and social decay.

If we wish to claim it, Catholics have a legacy that is crucial to the healing of the nation.  Our faith includes a commitment to mutual respect, dialogue, and the principles on which our democracy is based.  We must come together as one nation under God, who loves and bestows dignity on all. The person with whom you may vehemently disagree is also a beloved child of God. For two millennia, our community has tried to live the teachings of Jesus. We are at our best when we put others first, with the common good as our guiding star.

Let us join with all people of good will in a choice for peace during this arduous time.  We pray for our Savior’s protection and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, Prince of Peace, teach us the way forward.  Our Lady of the Americas, pray for us.