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Visit Catholic Faith Network (click here) to watch Bishop Barres celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week live from St. Agnes Cathedral:   Wednesday, April 8 Chrism Mass at 11:00AM   Holy Thursday, April 9 Morning Prayer at 9:00AM Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8:00PM   Good Friday, April 10 Morning Prayer at 9:00AM Celebration of the Passion and Death of Our Lord at 3:00PM   Holy Saturday, April 11 Morning Prayer at 9:00AM Easter Vigil at 8:00PM   Find Bishop Barres' Pastoral Letter on Holy week by clicking here. 

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Celebrating Sunday At Home - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (April 5, 2020)
While Public Mass is not being celebrated in our church, participation in televised Masses is certainly one way to continue worshipping. Below is a format for you to use in your own household perhaps at the usual time you would have come to Mass at St. Thomas:   Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion April 5,  2020   Greeting   Leader: O Lord, open my lips. All: And my mouth shall declare your praise.   Introductory Psalm - Psalm 95   Leader: Come, let us sing to the LORD and shout with joy to the Rock who sa...

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Pray Together By Phone

Posted on April 04, 2020 in: General News

Join Deacon Jacques and George & Debbie Nieves for communal prayer by phone throughout the week: Saturday, April 4 at 7:00PM: The Rosary and a brief talk from Deacon Jacques Sunday, April 5 at 4:00PM: A Spiritual Communion Prayer Service (Sunday's Readings, Gospel, Spiritual Communion Prayer and Homily by Deacon Jacques) Monday, April 6 at 7:00PM: The Holy Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet*, and special Holy Week prayers Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00PM: The Holy Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet*, and special Holy Week prayers Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00PM: The Holy Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet*, and spec...

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Pastors have received the following instruction from the Diocese: "Do not plan to distribute Palms or make them available. There is no way to safely do this and guarantee that crowds will not form or that the virus will not be passed on amidst the palms. If possible, hold the blessed palms for possible distribution after the crisis has ended." In this parish we have canceled our order of palm. We plan if possible to bless palm and distribute it in September in connection with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  

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Good Friday Dispensation

Posted on March 31, 2020 in: General News

To assist the Faithful who may be struggling during this crisis, Bishop Barres has issued a general dispensation from the law of abstinence (refraining from eating meat) for Good Friday 2020.  All are reminded however, that Good Friday remains a day of fasting and penance.

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Bishop Barres has transferred Msgr. Alesandro to the St. Pius X Enhanced Living Facility for Senior Priests in Amityville as of Friday, March 27. Soon after the diagnosis of the condition which has caused his upper body weakness, Msgr. Alesandro shared the news with the Bishop who has regularly kept himself informed on Msgr. Alesandro's condition. Given the current worldwide health crisis but not solely because of it, the Bishop decided to make this transfer. I know we all wish Msgr. Alesandro well in his new residence. When the current health crisis is passed we look forward to celebrating with him a Mass of Thanksgiv...

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Click title (above) to view Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Thomas the Apostle.

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Many of us have been praying Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours on Tuesdays before the 9:00 Mass for the past 11 years.  In an effort to continue this practice, I will email a booklet for Morning Prayer for that day to anyone who would like it, whether or not you've ever attended at church in the past.  Just send me an email telling me that you'd like to receive a booklet, and I will email it to you on Monday evening.  (Booklets do not need to be printed out.)  If there is enough interest, I'd also do this for Sundays. Send the email to: DeaconJohnFord@yahoo.com We need all t...

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The Vatican has announced special indulgences for those infected with COVID-19, for those in quarantine, for medical personnel, and for all who are praying for them.  Click here for full details.

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As of Sunday, March 22 at 8:00PM, no further liturgies will be permitted until further notice. This includes funerals, weddings, baptisms, and any other cause for gathering people together in the Church, other than private prayer. Emergency sacraments are permitted, as always, but while exercising the proper health precautions outlined in previous memos. Burial services may be offered if possible, while observing all safe distance precautions, and should be done at the grave site. Wake services should no longer be conducted. Both wakes and funeral (memorial) Masses can be postponed.  Confessions may not be advertis...

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Support St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Your priests and deacons here at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish regret that the current health crisis has interrupted our celebrating Mass together. We miss being with you and join in your prayers for your health and well-being and for the crisis to pass as soon as possible. In this time of uncertainty, St. Thomas Parish continues to need your support. I am very conscious of the economic hardship many of you are experiencing and greatly appreciate the sacrifice if you are willing to continue your support. Faith Direct offers a safe and secure way to donate to our parish at t...

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(Click here for additional instructions received on March 21, 2020) Diocesan Episcopal Vicars offer this advice to pastors: Each of us as Vicars has received inquiries about ideas/adaptations. Permit us to offer some observations. The purpose of the extraordinary decision to cancel all public Masses, devotions, meetings, etc., is to respond to the directives of medical professionals and government officials to slow transmission of the virus and permit them time to prepare and cope with large numbers of very sick people. Our sacrifice is an act of the most basic charity in the defense of vulnerable human life, espe...

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How to Baptize in an Emergency

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: General News

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “In case of necessity, any person, even someone not baptized, can baptize, if he has the required intention.  The intention required is to will to do what the Church does when she baptizes" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1256).  Baptism must be administered by pouring the water three times over the head of the one being baptized while saying, "(Name), I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

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Liturgical Guidelines Until Further Notice (updated March 18, 2020)
As of March 15, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control announced that it is recommended that all events involving 50 people or more be suspended or postponed.  In an effort to promote the health and safety of everyone (clergy included), the Diocese of Rockville Centre announces the following measures: As of now, all Masses (weekday and weekend), liturgies, devotions, meetings, and non-essential activities are suspended or postponed through Tuesday, April 14, 2020.  This will include all Holy Week and Easter Liturgies.  Reconciliation Monday is also cancelle...

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I remember, when I was a child in elementary school, how terrifying polio was. According to Wikipedia, the U.S. experienced severe outbreaks of 58,000 cases in 1952 and 35,000 cases in 1953, just as I entered first grade. Deaths in those years numbered 3,200 and 1,400. I don’t need Wikipedia to remind me that even for those who survived, the recovery often took a very long time with effects that looked like they would last a lifetime. Pictures of children my age quarantined in huge iron lungs made the disease a horrible reality to me, as did my parents’ fear of my ever using a public pool or swimming hole....

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An Act of Spiritual Communion

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: General News

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.

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Sign Up for Updates by Email

Posted on March 17, 2020 in: General News

Sign Up for Updates by Email
Would you like to receive parish news via email?  Then sign up for St. Thomas eNews!  In addition to regular monthly messages, you will get urgent parish updates as they become available.  CLICK HERE and sign up today - or send an email to STAeNews@outlook.com with your last name and the word “subscribe” in the subject line.

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Lenten Observance

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Lenten Observance
Catholics who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain entirely from meat/poultry on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive are also bound to observe the law of fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Two other light meals may be taken during the day. These dietary restrictions are not meant adversely to affect the heath of those who are temporarily or chronically ill and should be sensibly observed by those who are.  Work ...

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"What Catholics Believe" Refresher Course
What Catholics Believe will not meet through April 14.   Were you old enough to drive yourself to the last religion class you attended?  Do you feel confident answering questions about our Catholic faith? Have you ever looked at the basic teachings of Catholicism with the eyes of an adult? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you are invited to take another look at what Catholics believe.  Join us on Mondays* in the Parish Library at 7:30pm beginning March 2nd.  Click here for a full list of topics to be discussed.  A...

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Show Your St. Thomas Spirit!

Posted on December 22, 2019 in: General News

Show Your St. Thomas Spirit!
CLICK HERE to visit the St. Thomas the Apostle Spiritwear Store, where you can order hats, sweats, tees, and more!  If you don't have a child in St. Thomas School, enter your own name as the "Student Name" and type the word "Parish" plus your phone number as the "Teacher and Class." Have questions?  Need assistance?  Contact Terri Leno at 516-729-4607.

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Dinner Dance Photos!

Posted on December 11, 2019 in: General News

Dinner Dance Photos!
Our Annual Dinner Dance was a great success and a fun time was had by all!  CLICK HERE for some photos from the evening.

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Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!

Posted on November 26, 2019 in: General News

Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!
The 2020 Cash Calendars are now available...Just $15 per calendar gives you 151 chances to win prizes totaling $5,825!  Winning tickets are re-entered after each pick.  CLICK HERE for the calendar and entry form! Return the entry form to the Rectory or in the collection basket at Mass.  Checks should be made payable to: St. Thomas the Apostle.  Checks are mailed at the end of each month to winners. You have to be in it to win it!! Questions?  Email:  staparishoffice@mail.com OR call the Rectory at 516-489-858...

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Join VOMO

Posted on October 25, 2019 in: General News

Join VOMO
Our St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family is dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus. We strive to be a people who actively live our faith throughout our daily lives. Now it’s easier than ever to connect to our mission! St. Thomas the Apostle Parish has signed up for a brand new technology platform called VOMO. This tool will help connect us with opportunities to put our faith into action. Think of it as our Church Hub for making an impact. Use it online or download the app, and see how easy it is to get involved. You will be able to explore opportunities here at St....

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Animal Blessing Photos!

Posted on October 11, 2019 in: General News

Animal Blessing Photos!
Our Annual Blessing of Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi was a joyful celebration of our St. Thomas Parish Family's pets!  CLICK HERE for some photos from event.

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Try the Coffee Crew!

Posted on October 01, 2019 in: General News

Try the Coffee Crew!
If you’ve ever thought about joining the Coffee Crew but weren’t sure if it’s for you, now’s your chance to give it a try as a substitute. You’ll receive a call when a sub is requested, then you can accept or decline depending on your availability for that day. As you serve, you’ll get to meet other members of our St. Thomas Parish Family, welcome newcomers and visitors, and make everyone feel more at home as they enjoy food, drink and fellowship. On a typical morning, you’ll spend 2-3 hours (including your time at Mass...

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Opportunities for Remembrances
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish offers a variety of ways in which you can request prayers for your loved ones, living or deceased, or to memorialize someone who has passed away.  This includes a variety of Mass cards, Purgatorial Society memberships, bell ringing dedications and a Memorial Garden.  CLICK HERE for more details.  You can also CLICK HERE for the Memorial Garden form, HERE for the Bell Dedication form, and HERE for the *NEW* Tree of Faith form.

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There is such a great need for service in the life of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and often a huge number of young people who want to help those in need.  This Service Corps is one way to make this connection. Here’s how it works: 1. ANY middle school, high school and college aged students send their contact information to Bridget Jordan at bjorda5@pride.hofstra.edu. 2. As requests for help come from or come into our parish, you’ll be contacted to see if you can help. 3. If you can help with a particular project, great!  If not, no problem.  You’ll be contacted for the next o...

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Shop on Amazon and Help St. Thomas

Posted on December 02, 2018 in: General News

Shop on Amazon and Help St. Thomas
Shop for everyone on your gift list this Christmas at smile.amazon.com/ch/11-1642733 and Amazon donates to St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.

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Sign Up for Formed

Posted on July 19, 2018 in: General News

Sign Up for Formed
Enjoy free online access to a huge library of Catholic videos, audios, and written materials!  Visit www.stthomasapostle.formed.org and follow the prompts to create an account.  Once you are registered, you can sign in any time to access everything Formed has to offer. 

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Raise Funds for St. Thomas at Amazon.com
St. Thomas the Apostle is now participating in Amazon.com's charitable contribution program:  Amazon Smile. Through this program Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Thomas if you designate our parish as your charity of choice.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service - all you have to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com CLICK HERE for answers to many frequently asked questions and to GET STARTED... Youc an also click on the picture above, or go to the...

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Enjoy Our New Web Site

Posted on May 31, 2016 in: General News

Enjoy Our New Web Site
We have a lot of exciting things to share, so please browse through the many pages of our new website. Some points of interest for first time users are as follows: Parish Directory Sunday Bulletins Parish News and Announcements "How to…” sections on everything from receiving a  sacrament...to planning a baptism or wedding… to  arranging Mass intentions Daily Scripture Readings Directory of Ministries and Organizations Ministry Schedules “Ask the Pastor&rdqu...

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