St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church

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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
MARCH 8, 2015

Welcome Home to Healing

Catholics in the Diocese of Paterson, especially those who have been away from the Church, are invited to experience God's healing love and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Catholic churches in Morris, Sussex, and Passaic Counties will be open for Confession every Monday:  March 9, 23, & 30th, 2015 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


The rite for the Sacrament of Reconciliation involves four parts: contrition, confession, penance, and absolution.


Contrition: a sincere sorrow for having offended God and the most important act of the penitent. There can be no forgiveness of sin if we do not have sorrow and a firm resolve not to repeat our sin.

Confession: Confronting our sins in a profound way to God by speaking about them--aloud--to the priest.

Penance: an important part of our healing is the "penance" the priest imposes in reparation for our sins.

Absolution: the priest speaks the words by which "God, the Father of Mercies" reconciles a sinner to Himself through the merits of the Cross.

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24 hours for the Lord

"God Rich in Mercy"

March 13-14,2015

The initiative entitled 24 Hours for the Lord was received with great enthusiasm in 2014 and will be celebrated once agin in 2015 on March 13-14.


Pope Francis will preside at a penitential celebration in St. Peter's Basilica in order to place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center of the Church's mission of the new evangelization.


The theme which will guide the reflection in 2015 is GOD RICH IN MERCY (EPH 2:4)


"24 Hours of the Lord": On Friday, March 13, from 5:00 p.m. - Saturday 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas the Apostle Church will be open for prayer and reflection. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be in the Daily chapel. Confessions will be available on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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Feed the Working Poor

All parishioners of both St. Thomas and St. John's are again invited to help feed the working poor by cooking and freezing a tray of food to feed a family of four. Trays and instructions will be available after all Masses NEXT weekend, March 14/15. Please return your frozen tray at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Trays may be dropped off in front of STA or in front of St. John Vianney church, not in Madonna Hall. Please be on time when dropping off your tray, as volunteers will be awaiting our arrival with the trays.

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Easter Ceramic Sale

The Department for Persons with Disabilities will be holding their annual Easter Ceramic Sale after all the Masses in the Social Hall at St. Thomas the Apostle Church the weekend of March 21/22.

AND........

Saturday March, 21 after the 5:00 p.m. Liturgy, the Department for Persons with Disabilities' Artists' will be presenting an Art Show of all their work in the Social Hall. Please come and enjoy their creations and support our local artists.

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Stations of the Cross 

Stations of the Cross will be held EVERY FRIDAY during Lent at both St. Thomas the Apostle  and St. John Vianney Churches  at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of Good Friday, when stations of the Cross will be held at 3:00 p.m.

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St. John Vianney Knightsof Columbus Counsil #12649

Annual Fish and Chip Dinner(s)


 The third of three fish and chip dinners will be held on Friday, March 20th in Madonna Hall from 5-8 p.m. Take-outs will be available. Cost is $12.00 per person. Coffee and Tea will be available. 

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Think of Catholic Charities Clothes 

Donation Boxes

 The clothing box revenues help to feed almost 9000 people every month in our pantries as well as fund other emergency services for the poor.

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Food Pantries need your Help!

We are asking everyone in our parish families every time they come to Mass at St. John Vianney or St. Thomas the Apostle to please bring at least one food item, personal product, gift card, or donation. The items can be left in the vestibule at St. John Vianney or in the Social Hall at St. Thomas the Apostle. You will be supporting: Harvest House, Sussex; Hope House, Dover; New Hope Food Pantry, Oak Ridge; Partnership for Social Services, Franklin.


We thank all of those who faithfully and generously, every week share what they have with those who have nothing.




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