September 2017 E-Newsletter

September 2017


In this issue:

  • Saint Thomas Website Update
  • Vatican Agency’s Work in Middle East & Other Regions & Cardinal’s Refugee Resettlement Initiative
  • The Saint Thomas the Apostle Increased Giving Campaign
  • Saint Francis Pledge
  • Saint Matthew, Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Francis Stained Glass Windows in Our Church
  • Upcoming Events

 

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The Saint Thomas Website 2017 Update

Over the summer of 2017 our parish website was updated to become more mobile friendly. If you haven’t visited the website recently, please check it out on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/”

Some highlights:
Bulletins
https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/bulletins/

Ministry List
https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/ministries/

Photo Gallery
https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/photo-gallery/

Parish History
https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/parish-history/

Images of our Stained Glass Windows
https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/saints/

The website is entirely maintained by parishioners. If you or someone you know would be interested in either helping as graphic artist, supplying articles, photos, videos, or can help maintain the website, please email webmaster@stahchurchbloomfield.com.


The Saint Thomas the Apostle Increased Weekly Giving Program is Now Underway

Please respond by using the response envelope enclosed with the letter you received by mail from Father Charles. The participation of ALL parishioners is essential for the success of this effort. If you increased your weekly offering but did not use the special envelope, please do so next weekend so we can acknowledge your response properly.


Saint Francis Pledge


Nature and care of nature is among Saint Francis of Assisi’s many patronages. With his feast day coming up on October 4th, please consider making the “Saint Francis Pledge” to help preserve and conserve our common home.

The Catholic Climate Covenant sponsors the pledge. Please visit http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/pledge

For more information about Laudato Si, you can visit our parish website at https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/care-for-our-common-home/


Pope Francis’ Beatitudes for the Modern World

During a homily in the fall of 2016, Pope Francis offered six blessings for those living in our modern world:

– “Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.”

– “Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.”

– “Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.”

– “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.”

– “Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.”

– “Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”


St. Thomas the Apostle’s
October 12th Program on Vatican Agency’s
Work in Middle East & Other Regions &
Cardinal’s Refugee Resettlement Initiative.

You are invited to an informational and discernment program
that will take place in St. Peter’s room on Thursday, October
12, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on: the scriptural basis for
“welcoming the alien and stranger”; the current circumstances
of some vulnerable international regional populations by
Vatican agency speakers; and, a description of Cardinal
Joseph Tobin’s initiative for the resettlement of 51 refugee
families by a representative from the Archdiocesan Office of
Catholic Charities.

The St. Thomas ministries that are co-sponsoring this event
include: The Rosary Society, Men’s Cornerstone, the Young
Adult/Youth Group, and the Holy Name Society.

Speakers are experienced in refugee resettlement from the
Archdiocese and in providing international aid to all from a
Vatican agency, the Catholic Near East Welfare Association
(CNEWA), founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926 to do pastoral
and relief work in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, Eastern
Europe, and India.

Recognition will be given for the local refugee resettlement
efforts of Sacred Heart Church, St. Teresa of Calcutta and The
Greater Bloomfield Interfaith Partnership.

No fee will be charged for attendees, but a request will be
made for a free-will offering which will be split between
CNEWA and the Archdiocese resettlement office.

For further information, contact Steve St. Hilaire (973) 338-5371


St. Matthew – Feast Day September 21st
This Stained Glass Window is located in the Sanctuary.
St. Matthew was an apostle and evangelist, a tax collector whom Jesus called to follow Him. As a tax collector, St. Matthew was a member of a hated and despised profession, known for unfairness and greed. By inviting St. Matthew to become an apostle, Jesus showed that God invites all people, even sinners and outcasts, to experience his healing friendship. St. Matthew eventually wrote down the stories and words of Jesus in Aramaic, the ancient language of Palestine. According to legend, St. Matthew spread the Good News in the East, where he was martyred in Ethiopia.

St. Michael the Archangel – Feast Day September 29th
This window is on the lower level in the Christ the King transept.
St. Michael’s name means “Who is like God?” He is the archangel who is the great prince, the guardian of God’s people. In the Book of Revelation, St. Michael is the protector of the Church and the angel who escorts the souls of the departed to heaven. St. Michael is usually depicted in art as an angel in soldier’s armor.

St. Gabriel the Archangel – Feast Day September 29th
This window is part of the Queen of the Universe window in the transept.
St. Gabriel is an Archangel and Messenger of God. One of the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible. Appeared to the prophet Daniel to explain the prophet’s visions relating to the Messiah. (Daniel 8:16-26; 9:21) Appeared to Zachariah in the temple to announce the coming of Zachariah son, John the Baptist, and to strike Zachariah mute for his disbelief. (Luke 1:11-20) Appeared to Mary to let her know she’d been selected to bear the Savior. (Luke 1:25-38)

Saint Francis of Assisi – Feast Day October 4th
This window is part of the Christ the King window in the transept.
St. Francis Assisi is one of the most beloved Saints of all time. When he was young he was a wealthy soldier. Then he had a vision of Christ that radically changed his life. St. Francis was devoted to the poverty stricken and the care of the sick. He began religious orders of priests and brothers and with the help of St. Clare an order of nuns. St. Francis had a great love of earth and nature. He once said to a withering tree, “Sister tree, speak to me of God!” and the tree blossomed. Before he died St. Francis said, “Nothing comforts me so much to think of the life and passion of our Lord. Were I to live to the end of the world I would need no other book”.

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:

Special Collection to aide those affected by Hurricane Harvey
Saturday&Sunday, September 16&17 at all masses

Catechetical Weekend
Saturday&Sunday, September 16&17

Blood Drive in Herron Hall
Sunday, September 17 8:30am – 2:00pm

Hospitality in Saint Peter’s Room
Sunday, September 17 from 9:45am-12:00pm

Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday, September 17 from 8:30am – 12:00pm

Religious Education Classes Start
Monday, September 18 at 3:40pm for 3rd-8th grade
Tuesday, September 19 at 3:40pm for 1st-2nd grade

Wedding Music Showcase
Saturday, September 23 at 6:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday, September 25 from 11:30am-8:30pm

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, September 30th at 7:00pm

Tour of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church
Sunday, October 1 at 1:00pm

September Club Finger Lakes New York
Tuesday – Thursday, October 3-5

Blessing of Animals
Sunday, October 8 at 2:00pm in the parking lot behind the rectory

Columbus Day Observed – Parish Center Closed
Monday, October 9

Informational Program on Refugee Resettlement
Thursday, October 12 at 7:30pm

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

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

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

Women’s Day of Reflection
Saturday, October 28 at 9:30am-1:30pm

Confirmation
Sunday, October 29 at 3:00pm

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

All Souls Day
Thursday, November 2


Ministry Meeting Dates:

If you are not part of a ministry but are interested in the group, please feel free stop by for more information.

Prayer Shawl Meeting
Sunday, September 17 11:30am – 2:00pm

Monday, September 18
September Club Meeting

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm

September Club Meeting
Monday, September 25

Men’s Scripture Reading & Reflection
Monday, September 25 at 7:30pm

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, September 29 at 7:00pm

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday, October 2 7:00pm

September Club Meeting
Monday, October 2

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, October 6 at 7:00pm

Friday Night Small Christian Community
Friday, October 13 at 7:00pm

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

September Club Meeting
Monday, October 30