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Watch Sunday Mass Live Online

Posted on October 22, 2020 in: General News

Watch Sunday Mass Live Online
Beginning this Sunday, October 25, the 10:30 AM Mass from St. Thomas the Apostle will be streamed online.  Watch live at 10:30 AM - or view the recording after the Mass has ended - by visiting https://www.facebook.com/groups/25076504444 .

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Join the Youth Group

Posted on October 22, 2020 in: General News

Join the Youth Group
Calling All Middle School and High School Students!  Join the St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group for our Zoom Meetings!  We are looking forward to meeting up with our returning members as well as welcome new ones!  For COVID purposes there will be no registration fee at this time.  All Zoom meetings are FREE!  Click here to sign up and let us know what you are looking for and how we can meet together in fellowship to build on our faith and our relationship with Christ and each other!  For more information contact your Youth Minister, Br...

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Try Prayer in the Spirit Online - October 22
Have you ever wondered how the readings from Mass apply to your own life?  Are you looking for more support and encouragement in your prayers?  Would you like to spend an evening with others who are interested in these things, too?   Then join the next “Zoom edition” of Prayer in the Spirit: Evenings of Scripture and Petition on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30PM to reflect on the Sunday readings and pray for one another’s needs.   Spend the first forty minutes discussing Sunday’s scriptures. After a five minute break, ret...

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A Message from the Director of Human Services
I would like to take this opportunity to inform my fellow parishioners that I am retiring on September 30 as Director of Human Services. I have had the wonderful experience of overseeing this ministry for twelve years and I thank Msgr. Maniscalco for the opportunity to become director, and for his support and faith in me all these years. I also want to thank all my fellow staff members, the parish’s employees, and all my wonderful volunteers serving in the many ministries that comprise Human Services. The support, dedication and faith of everyone I encountered has so ...

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Weekend Updates

Posted on September 11, 2020 in: General News

Weekend Updates
1.) Beginning September 12, confessions will be heard on Saturdays from 11:00AM until Noon in the Parish Center (downstairs from the Main Church) rather than in the Auditorium.  Confession also can be heard at another time by appointment (516-489-8585). 2.) A limited number of bulletins have been printed and are available in the Church and Chapel this weekend.  You may take one if you wish as you leave Mass – one per household, please.  You can also find the bulletin online by clicking here. 3.) Next weekend, September 19-20, there will be a bless...

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Opportunities to Offer Support

Posted on September 11, 2020 in: General News

Opportunities to Offer Support
The generosity of all those who are maintaining your spiritual and financial support of St. Thomas is deeply appreciated.  We are facing a substantial deficit for the coming year.  Presently our weekly collection brings in each week about 75% of what we received last year on the same weekend.  Anything you can do to help the Parish financially – including one-time gifts – will be most helpful.  You may place your donation in the collection box as you enter the church or chapel, send it to the rectory office, or donate online (click here for d...

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Distribution of Holy Communion at Mass
The Diocese has told parishes that distributing Holy Communion may be returned to its customary place in the Mass, but it is not a requirement.  Opinions were divided among the parish clergy and re-opening committee whether St. Thomas should do so right away.  Obviously, the distribution must be returned to its proper place eventually.  However, the problems this creates in the present circumstances include: people will be more likely to come into face-to-face contact as they return to their pews; distributing Holy Communion after Mass helps to e...

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A Message from the Director of Human Services
School Supplies:  Thanks to numerous donations, we were able to buy Staples gift cards for the school children of our families in need.  They were extremely grateful!   Food Pantry:  Parishioner Caitlin Bowe, Director of Community Engagement for Drive Out Hunger, Inc., along with President, Molly Miskiewicz, donated  bags of pantry items they collected from people unable to go out and directly donate to our pantry.  They have created this program as a result of COVID and have grown to include Nassau/Suffolk and Upstate NY.  All these...

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Additional Information about Masses and Sacraments
For those who will not attend Mass in person this weekend, Sunday Mass from St. Thomas the Apostle will be available on the St. Thomas the Apostle website (www.StThomasApostle.org) as of 10:00AM on Sunday, September 6.  Please join your St. Thomas the Apostle Family in celebrating the 23rd Sunday of the Year. When you decide you are ready to come back to Mass in person for the first time, please click here to read about the new procedures that have been put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.  Volunteers to assist with new Mass procedures -- eithe...

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Bereavement Update

Posted on August 18, 2020 in: General News

Bereavement Update
“Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear” ~Unknown Our Bereavement Facilitators are keeping you in our prayers as you face the day to day journey through loss of your loved one. We are available to speak with you during your journey. Please call Human Services (516)538-7465 if you would like to speak with a member of the Bereavement Team. In the meantime, there are some online support programs available this Fall:   Catholic Health Services Long I...

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Join the Baptism Team

Posted on August 14, 2020 in: General News

Join the Baptism Team
As we re-start our regular schedule of Baptisms, volunteers are needed in our Baptism ministry which involves teams of two volunteers each – often a married couple – being present at our baptismal ceremonies which occur about twice a month on Sundays at 1:30PM. We currently are limiting each session to 4 children and each family to 8 adults to ensure the health and safety of the families, volunteers and clergy. Baptisms will not take place at the font but at individual tables set up to provide as little contact between families as possible. Volunteers are n...

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 Highlighting St. Thomas the Apostle School
Our St. Thomas the Apostle School shifted gears quickly during the COVID-19 crisis to meet the educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of students and their families.  Last week the diocesan Office of Communications released an article describing this good work.  To read all about it, click here.

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Church Bells Ring

Posted on July 08, 2020 in: General News

Church Bells Ring
Church bells have been the traditional way to summon the congregation to worship. In the Catholic tradition they are also rung at 6:00AM, 12NOON and 6:00PM to invite Catholics to pray the Angelus. In our parish, we ring the Angelus twice, at 12NOON and 6:00PM.   In the current crisis we are taking advantage of our carillon technology to invite those within the sound of the carillon to pray in their homes. Our carillon now plays these hymn tunes at the times indicated:   11:00AM - Be Not Afraid 1:00PM - All Glory, Laud and Honor 3:00PM - Amazing G...

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While Bishop Barres continues to offer a dispesation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, 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:     Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ June 14, 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 s...

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I am happy to let you know that we will be resuming some Masses in our church and chapel this weekend, June 13-14.  In looking forward to this, I can truly say in the words of St. Paul, “How I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” We are restarting by scheduling three Masses this weekend: 5:00PM Saturday evening and 10:00AM on Sunday in the church; 11:00AM on Sunday in the chapel. Each Mass will have limited capacity.  To avoid turning away anyone, please make a reservation for the Mass you choose on our parish website (click here) or by calling the parish offic...

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New Memorial Mass

Posted on May 26, 2020 in: General News

Msgr. Maniscalco is celebrating a new Mass for all those in our community who have died since the parish has not been able to have funeral Masses.  The Mass will be on our website as of Thursday, May 28 at 10:00AM.  Please view the Mass and pray for those we will remember by name and also those whose names we do not yet know.  Those who will be remembered by name can be found by clicking here.  Call the Rectory at 516-489-8585 if you would like to add the name of your loved one.  Please provide your contact information so that we can follow up with you. The new Memorial Mass is also available...

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Join Deacon Jacques and George & Debbie Nieves for communal prayer by phone throughout the week.  You are invited to call in at 7:00PM every evening (Sunday through Saturday) to participate in the Holy Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.* To participate, call 1-425-436-6397 and use the access code 296094# (If you have difficulty with this, first dial 1-209-399-9053, then Backup conference number: 425-436-6397, and finally the access code: 296094#) *The Holy Father has granted a Plenary Indugence for those who say the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the Intention, "to implore Almighty God the end of the ep...

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Bishop Barres will celebrate a White Mass this Sunday, May 17 in St. Agnes Cathedral offering prayers in thanksgiving for all health care workers and for their safety and well-being.  You can view the White Mass on Catholic Faith Network (click here), beginning at 11:00AM on Sunday.  It is also found on Optimum channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296 and Spectrum channel 162/471.  The Mass can be viewed any time after 11:00AM on cfntv.org and drvc.org.  Msgr. Maniscalco will also offer Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle in thanksgiving for our health care workers.  This Mass will appear on ...

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Crisis Helplines and Support Resouces: If your situation is urgent, please call the 24/7 Response Hotline at (631)751-7500. The Mental Health Association of Nassau County (click here) The peer support “warmline” is open 24/7 and can be reached by calling (516)489-0100 ext. 1. Please click here for information on ongoing peer support groups offered by MHANC. Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW) Mental Health Helpline (click here) Click here for a variety of resources available through the MHAW website, including information about their ...

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On Mothers Day, May 10, mothers of our parish came to the parking lot behind St. Thomas the Apostle Church to receive a blessing from our priests and deacons.  Nearly 200 cars brought moms to participate in this special event.  We thank Haydee Torres and Mike Durso for capturing the occasion in photos and video.  If you would like to see these images, click here to view the photos and here to view the video.

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Three Talks

Posted on May 05, 2020 in: General News

In separate interviews, Msgr. Maniscalco speaks with Mary Ann Pellegrino, our director of religious education, Irene Peplinski, our director of Human Services and Dr. Valerie Serpe,  our school principal, about how the current health crisis is affecting their ministries and their future plans.  Click the links below to view these three conversations. Mary Ann Pellegrino, Director of Religious Education Valerie Serpe, School Principal Irene Peplinski, Director of Human Services

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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 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 (deaconjohnford@yahoo.com) telling me that you'd like to receive it, and I will email it to you on Monday evening.  Since the pandemic, I am also sending Morning Prayer for Sundays, sending that out on Saturday evenings. Deacon John

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We have begun an online prayer list for Frontline Responders and Essential Workers.  If you or your family member is an Essential Worker who would like to be included in this list, please send your/their name and occupation to Cindy.StThomas@live.com.  If you would like, you might also send a picture of yourself at work (or elsewhere) so that we can put a face with your name - but this is not required.  To view the list, click here.  We thank you and pray for your good health and safety as you continue your important work during these challenging days.

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Memorial Mass

Posted on April 28, 2020 in: General News

Msgr. Maniscalco offers Mass for all those in our community who have died since the parish has not been able to celebrate funeral Masses. The Mass will be on our website starting Thursday, April 30 at 10:00AM. Please view the Mass then and pray for those we will remember by name and also those whose names we do not yet know.  The Mass  will remain on our website and in our video archive for viewing at other times as well. 

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If you need Mass Cards, call the Rectory Office at 516-489-8585 and we can make arrangements to mail for you.  Leave your name and phone number and you will get a return call. To learn about other opportunities for remembrance at St. Thomas the Apostle such as Purgatorial Society memberships, bell ringing dedications and the Memorial Garden, click here.

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Diocesan Text to Give Program

Posted on April 08, 2020 in: General News

Diocesan Text to Give Program
With the current health crisis affecting so many of our parishioners we thank all those who are keeping up their support. For all those who are not able to do so, our prayers are with you that you will be restored to fiscal health as our nation recovers its physical health.   Faith Direct (click here for info) offers a safe and secure means of supporting our parish.  For those who do not use Faith Direct, our Diocese has developed its own Text to Give Program.    Here’s how it’s done: Text keyword 063parishstthomas to (516) 271...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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