March 12, 2020 – Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, announced today that he has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Additionally, he has suspended the public celebration of Mass for Saturday evening, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, 2020, after evaluating recommendations of state and health officials. This decision will be reviewed daily, and any new determination will be announced next week. Read more below….
|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.
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 Father Larry or Father Anton. Please use the parish phone number 973-338-9190.
Reconciliation will resume on Saturday May 23, 2020 at 11 am in our parking lot. On July 18, 2020 reconciliation will begin at 1 pm.If you can’t go to confession, take your sorrow directly to God, Pope Francis says
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