Lent 2016: February 10th - March 24th


Lent 2016: February 10th - March 24th

Lent is a time of good resolutions and new beginnings. Lent is a season of repentance and a season of hope. In Lent we reconnect with our baptismal spirituality as the Lenten practices help us to prepare to renew our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. The goal of Lent is Easter.

The word Lent means springtime. This word comes from the same root as lengthen. Daytime lengthens during Lent. The northern hemisphere turns toward the sun, the source of life, and winter turns into spring. In Hebrew, the word for repentance is the same as the word that means to turn, like the turning of the earth to the sun, like the turning of the soil before planting.

Ash Wednesday - February 10
Masses with Distribution of Ashes 7:30AM and 11:30AM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes 4:00PM and 7:30PM
Calendar of Lenten Events at St. Thomas

Lenten Regulations

Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30PM
Reconciliation on Saturdays at 11:00AM.
Pray the Stations at home the rest of the week with this video.
Prayer Life Resources on the STA website
Prayer Life Resources external to the STA website

Summer CCD 2016 Registration is Delayed

Summer CCD registration is delayed due to a shortage of teachers.  If anyone is interested in teaching please call Tracey at 973-338-7400.  Summber CCD registration will not take place until there are enough teachers.

Catholic School's Week


Catholic Schools week - January 31-February 6, 2016

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is January 31 - February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
Daily Themes:
Celebrate the following daily themes and celebrations during Catholic Schools Week 2016.

Sunday - In Our Parish
Monday - In Our Community
Tuesday - In Our Students
Wednesday - In Our Nation (National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools)
Thursday - In Our Vocations
Friday - In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers (Teacher Appreciation Day)
Saturday - In Our Families

Please visit our Parish School Website at http://www.stthomastheapostlenj.com

For more information about Catholic Schools Week, please visit http://www.ncea.org/our-services/catholic-schools-week

Mission Statement

The Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Thomas the Apostle recognizes God's call to be a sign of His Kingdom in the communities we serve.
We respond to this call by:

  • Leading people to a deeper relationship with Christ by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, renewal, education, the celebration of the Sacraments, and the worship of God in the sacred liturgy;
  • Encouraging a commitment to justice and to service of those in need;
  • Promoting good stewardship of our time, talent and treasure;
  • Building a community of hospitality and support in the daily living out of Christian ideals by nourishing mutual respect and understanding within our Church, our families, our community, and other faith traditions.