Frequently Asked Questions

REGISTRATION FOR ST. THOMAS PARISH

If you are presently not on our mailing list, receiving envelopes and the various parish mailings, the chances are that you are not a registered member of our parish. You are not automatically a registered member because you were married here or even if you were brought up here and lived in the parish with your parents–or went to school here. Membership is by formal registration only. Just call the Parish Center at (973) 338-9190 and let us know that you wish to register and the registration form will be mailed to you. Thank you.

MOVING?

Please let us know.

  • Within the parish –  To update new address
  • Out of parish –  To discontinue mailings

Please call the Parish Center at (973) 338-9190.

ELECTRONIC GIVING

You can sign up online at http://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/egiving or you can call the Parish Center and request the paper be sent to you.

ARE YOU GOING INTO THE HOSPITAL? DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER IN THE HOSPITAL?

We would like to visit our parishioners who are homebound, in the hospital or other health care facility. Because of patient confidentiality laws, however, the only way we can know is if someone

informs us. Call the Parish Center at (973) 338-9190, leaving your name and number so we may return your call, or you may leave the information at the Parish Desk on Sunday mornings.

KEEP CHRIST IN YOUR VACATION

During the summer months, let us remember to keep the Lord in our lives. The opportunity to witness His message through Scripture and to be strengthened by the Eucharist is a necessity in our relationship with God and with each other. As you travel on vacation, take time to visit and worship the Lord in a nearby Church. For those remaining at home in your Parish, and to all visitors, the invitation for continued worship at St. Thomas’s is extended and will certainly serve to enrich your summer. For Nationwide Mass Times & Locations, call 1-410-676-6000 or visit www.masstimes.org on the web.

How to Report Abuse

The Archdiocese takes very seriously any and all allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, Religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese. We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform us immediately so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse. Individuals who wish to report an allegation of sexual misconduct may do so by calling the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection at (201) 407-3256.

Wellness Ministry Cares: Assistance Program

The Wellness Ministry phone line is available:  Mon-Fri, 9am to 8pm.

Call the Parish Center at: 973-338-9190 ext. 120.

A return call will be made within 24 hours.  A Parish Nurse will provide limited confidential health counseling & referrals to Community health resources & services. Volunteers are vailable for errands, home visits and phone contacts.

How Do I Arrange a Wedding?

Archdiocesan policy requires that arrangements be made with a Parish Priest at least one year before the wedding date. Arrangements can be made by calling the Parish Center, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You should be a registered parishioner of St. Thomas in order to be married here.

"Time of Marriage"

Well in advance of making other arrangements for your wedding, the time of your marriage should be arranged with one of the Parish Priests.

“Directives”

You should consult one of the parish priests concerning the current Church law when a Catholic is marrying a person of another faith. All procedures for Marriage Preparation must still be followed, in preparation for Marriage here at Saint Thomas, you would ask you to be willing to follow the norms set by Canon (Church) Law, Archdiocesan and Parish Policy.

Baptisms

We remind you to contact the parish at least three months prior to the Baptism of your child. We have scheduled various dates for Baptisms during the year. These schedules are published in the Bulletin and are available at the Parish Center. Baptism is a community celebration. Individual Baptisms are normally performed only in case of necessity.