He is Risen, Alleluia!

04-04-2021Pastor's LetterFr. Jerome A. Johnson

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish,

He is Risen, Alleluia! Easter is celebrated for fifty glorious days beginning today culminating on the Solemnity of Pentecost. This is the “mother of all feasts” because we remember that great love of the Father for us, whose Son, Jesus Christ, by dying destroyed death and by rising restored all of us to life. This is the feast of the Passover of the Lord, the new day; the new creation, the new life, the eighth day. Easter reminds us that we have been reconciled with God the Father.

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Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, Feburary 17.

01-21-2021Pastor's LetterFr. Jerome A. Johnson

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. After consulting with Infectious disease experts at St. Peter's Hospital, Bishop Checchio allows for the practice of imposition of ashes by a single use Q-tip for each penitent. After the ceremony the Q-tips should be either burned or buried.

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Christmas Day Reflection

12-17-2020Catechist's CornerGrotto

Authentic joy comes in a form we would never expect: a newborn baby, who arrived 2,000 years ago and who still comes into our lives during Christmas and every day of the year.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

12-17-2020Pastor's LetterRev. Jerome A. Johnson

"In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways.. In these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son." With deep joy and gratitude, I extend to you all ...both parishioners and visitors alike, my prayerful best wishes for a holy and blessed Christmas! During this Advent Season, it was my prayer that each of us would find opportunities to reflect on our own faith and relationship with the Lord and His Church.

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Origin of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

12-08-2020Catechist's CornerFr. Hal Stockert, Fishnet

An Underground Catechism....Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829, when Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England, were prohibited from ANY practice of their faith by law - private OR public. It was a crime to BE a Catholic. The songs gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith. The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn't refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

12-03-2020About the SaintsFranciscan Media

The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.

A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57 year old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.

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Some brief updates at STA

11-16-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Jerome A. Johnson

Hello Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish Family!

Some brief updates at STA:

Daily Mass will be at 8:00am and 12:15pm. Only the 12:15 will be live-streamed.

Adoration on First Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm.

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Growing in Love of God and Neighbor

10-20-2020Gospel RelfectionAllison Gringas

What presently has your heart? What occupies your mind? And what are you trying to gain at perhaps the cost of your soul? How can you love God with all you have? How can we love God with all our heart surrounded by so many others whom we love?

Exodus 22:20-26
1 Thessalonians 1:5C-10
Matthew 22:34-40

Embracing Obedience

09-27-2020Gospel RelfectionBr. John-Marmion Villa

While many of us have learned to maintain our composure, we know that deep within, there flows a river of molten negativity that monastic spirituality calls grumbling. It is so common in monastic life that the Rule of St. Benedict admonishes against this in several places throughout. The prevalence of grumbling in the Rule 2 and even in our own personal and spiritual lives 2 shows us an area of growth well worth embracing: obedience seen as humility.

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Some brief updates at STA

09-01-2020Pastor's LetterFr. Jerome A. Johnson

Hello Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish Family!

Some brief updates at STA:

Beginning Monday, September 14, daily Mass will be at 8:00am and 12:15pm. Only the 12:15 will be live streamed.

Adoration on First Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays at the Fatima Shrine at 12:30pm.

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