St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church

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THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
DECEMBER 25, 2014

"FOR TODAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN FOR YOU WHO IS CHRIST AND LORD. AND THIS WILL BE A SIGN FOR YOU: YOU WILL FIND AN INFANT WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES AND LYING IN A MANGER." ---- LK 2:11-12.



Dear Parish Family,

            As we gather with our parish family and our own family's this Christmas Day, we rejoice with the entire world in the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our time of waiting in prayerful expectation is over, we join with the angelic choir and sing "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will!"


            Emmanuel means: "GOD-WITH-US"; our great and mighty God came to us in a humble stable, not in a magnificent palace; as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, not in a fancy gown; in the little town of Bethlehem, not in a bustling city. It was a quiet, peaceful, holy night; where shepherds nearby heard the singing of angels and were led to the Christ child and his parents.


            My brothers and sisters, we gather from various parts of Oak Ridge and Stockholm and come to gather around this new-born babe. We open our hearts to the greatest gift God has given to us - Himself. :Come, Let us Adore Him."


             I wish all of our families a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Holy, Healthy and Happy New Year.


Peace,

Fr. Matt

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My Dear Friends,

           We are often told that Christmas is stressful for some and lonely for others and too much of a spending energy for the majority. However, Christmas is also a time when we look beyond ourselves and wish the best for those closest to us and for all who are in need in our world.


            It is also a time to hear again the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. A time when we long of a hope, love, and joy among all people! But Christmas is more than just the celebration of the birth of a baby. As we see the nativity scene, we are moved by the memory of that experience. We are invited to look beyond what we see, to look beyond that baby, and to catch a glimpse of God whose gift is hope; the hope of peace and goodwill, of  beauty and love.


               Christmas Day is upon us, and this day we are singing "Joy to the world, the Lord is come!"  Our Advent wait is over; Christ is born in Bethlehem. But as we celebrate the birth of this tiny Child, we still await his second coming. In that sense, our Advent continues as we strive every day to conform our lives to Him.


              As your Parochial Vicar, It has been wonderful celebrating Christmas with all of you. I would like to extend my very wishes for a Merry Christmas! May you and your families be filled with joy and peace during this season. Christ is born! Glorify Him! FELIZ NAVIDAD.


Fr. Jhon

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Christmas Mass Schedule, 2014


Christmas Eve:


St. Thomas the Apostle: 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 (Midnight)

St. John Vianney: 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 (Midnight)


Christmas Day:


St. Thomas the Apostle: 10:00 a.m.

St. John Vianney: 10:30 a.m. 





Saint Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church

5635 Berkshire Valley Road

Oak Ridge, New Jersey 07438

973-208-0090  

stsec@optonline.net

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LITURGY SCHEDULE

Weekend Liturgies

Saturday (Vigil Mass): 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Week-Day Liturgies

Monday: 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. 


Holy Days: 8:00 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Saturday Evening
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
By request contact 
the parish office