Join us this Wed., March 22nd at 7PM for a short Liturgical Service followed by individual confessions where several priests will be available.
LENTEN SCHEDULE • All weekday Masses are celebrated in church (8:15am, 12:10pm and 7pm; Saturday 8:15am). • Stations of the Cross: Each Friday, following the 7pm Mass. • Mary’s Way of the Cross April 7, • Living Stations of the Cross, Good Friday, April 14, 7:30pm • Reconciliation/Confessions: Individual confessions most Saturdays (12:30pm and after 5:30pm Mass) or by appointment. No confessions on Holy Saturday. • Lenten Penance Service: See above. INSTRUCTIONS • Days of Fast: Good Friday, The “Easter Fast” (Holy Thursday until Easter Vigil/Holy Saturday) is an ancient tradition that should be observed and encouraged. (One full meal, applies to those 18-59 years of age.) • Days of Abstinence: ALL Fridays of Lent (No meat.)
Saturday, March 25, 7pm in our church!!! St. Thomas the Apostle Church welcomes violinist, Alexei Yavtuhovich, and organist Shea Vellso, as they team up for what is certain to be a memorable experience. Alexei, a 21-year resident of Old Bridge, is critically acclaimed for his amazing performances throughout Europe and Asia. You may have heard him play here at mass on Christmas Day or at Confirmation this past week! Shea a recitalist throughout the tri-state area and performs on public television and the radio show “Pipedreams.” Don’t miss this delightful duo in concert. Free admission (free will offering accepted). More info: Justin 732.251.4000 x8216.
IMMACULATE HEART OF OUR LADY STATUE …will arrive here on February 20, 3pm (with a procession, including our children) until 8pm (church). Mass will be celebrated at 7pm (Novena: 6:40pm). Please visit and venerate Our Lady of Fatima throughout the day.
3;00 PM Vigil Begins
3:30 Rosary followed by silent prayer
5:30 Talk by Custodian of Statue
6:00 Flower Offering
6:30 Miraculous Medal Novena
7:00 Mass followed by Indoor Procession
8:00 Fellowship and Refreshments in Pastoral Center
CALLING ALL YOUNG ADULTS !!! (18-35) STA is excited to announce that we are starting a young adults group! The goal is to create a community where young adults can come together, forge relationships and stay connected to the Church. Next session is: Sunday, February 19, 6:30pm, Parish Room. Moving forward, we are planning to meet the third Sunday of every month. Info: John Genovese: email@example.com. Please join us!!!
Join us as we begin Catholic School’s Week at the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday. Student representatives will speak briefly at each mass this weekend.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, January 29th from 11:30am -2:00 PM
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Msgr. Richard A. Behl, 75, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church in Old Bridge, and Diocese of Metuchen Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy.
He was born June 5, 1941 in New Brunswick. He attended St. Joseph School in Bound Brook and St. Peter’s High School in New Brunswick. Msgr. Behl entered minor seminary immediately after high school, studying at St. Charles College in Catonsville, MD for two years. He spent the next two years at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then attended North American College in Rome, Italy to complete his studies for his for the priesthood at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University with his doctorate in sacred theology and was ordained on Dec. 17, 1966 at St. Peter’s Basilica. Msgr. Behl also earned a doctorate in ministry from Princeton University in 1975.
Msgr. Behl served as associate pastor of St. Mary Parish in South Amboy, St. James Parish in Red Bank and the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. In 1977 he received his first pastorate, at Our Lady of the Mount Parish in Warren. In 1985 he was made pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bernardsville. In 1995 he was appointed rector of St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen. In 2007, he was named pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Old Bridge. He is also on the national board of Pontifical Mission Societies. In 2008 Msgr. Behl was knighted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.
He was predeceased by his parents Mae Lillian and Harold Behl.
He is survived by his cousins Jerilynn Wilson and Eileen Kohler.
Monsignor’s body will be received at the St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church on Wednesday at 1pm. He will lie in state on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 1-7:30pm and Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 9-10:30 am.
A Mass of Commemoration will be offered on Wednesday 7:30pm at St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church, with Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop Emeritus Diocese of Metuchen as Principal Celebrant.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday 11:00am at St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church, with Bishop James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, as Principal Celebrant, followed by interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bound Brook, for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Extraordinary Fund 1 St. Thomas Plaza old Bridge, NJ 08857.