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Entries for March 2020

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 the 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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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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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
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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: Beginning today, Monday, March 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM, 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 cancelled.  C...

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Rectory Office Closed Today

Posted on March 16, 2020 in: General News

Rectory Office Closed Today
The Rectory Office is closed today, Monday, March 16.  It will re-open tomorrow, March 17 at 9:00 AM.

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Event Cancellations

Posted on March 16, 2020 in: General News

Event Cancellations
The following parish events will not take place as previously scheduled: What Catholics Believe refresher course - canceled for Monday, March 16 Tuesday Morning Prayer - canceled until further notice Religious Education classes - canceled for March 17-18 Next Steps Forward meeting - canceled for Wednesday, March 18 Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross and Prayer Service - canceled for Friday, March 20 Social Sunday - canceled for Sunday, March 22 Living Our Faith gathering - canceled for Sunday, March 22 What Catholics Believe...

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Weekday 9:00 AM Masses DO NOT Return to Chapel
Until further notice, all weekday Masses will be celebrated in the Lower Church (except 9:00 Mass on Friday, March 20 will be upstairs in the Main Church). 

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During these challenging times, we encourage everyone to turn to our Lord Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother in prayer, especially for those who are sick or vulnerable, and for those who care for them. As individuals and as a community, it is important that we act prudently, but without panic. Therefore, as a health precaution, the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre announces the following directives effective immediately: 1. Catholics are hereby dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29. Churches will remain open and Mass schedules will remain ...

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Blood Drive on Sunday, March 8th
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive at St. Thomas on Sunday, March 8th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium. Giving blood saves lives -- please consider donating, you could save someone's life.

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Pray, Pizza & Play!

Posted on March 02, 2020 in: General News

Pray, Pizza & Play!
St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group & Divine Mercy Ministry invite you to attend First Friday Holy Hour & Dodgeball on March 6th, 6:00-9:00 PM.  Come adore our Lord with meditations from the Diary of St. Faustina and live music provided by the New Life Youth Ensemble!  Everyone who attends the Holy Hour from 6:00-7:00 PM is welcome to come for free pizza & refreshments in the Parish Center at 7:00.  All middle and high school students are invited to stay for an exhilarating Dodgeball Tournament in the school gym, 7:30-9:00 PM.  (Doors open ...

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