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Prayer Marathon to End the Pandemic
Pope Francis has called for a “marathon” of prayer during the month of May to appeal for divine assistance in bringing about an end to the COVID pandemic. Marian shrines around the world have been chosen by the Holy See to lead the rosary each day of the month. The shrines chosen for ...

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Human Services Update

Posted on May 14, 2021 in: General News

Human Services Update
Our Ministry of Consolation brings comfort to the families of the recently deceased by assisting them with planning the Funeral Mass, offering guidance, and supporting family members and friends by attending the liturgies.  Ministry of Consolation Greeters act as ushers, welcoming and directing...

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Ascension Thursday

Posted on May 12, 2021 in: General News

Ascension Thursday
The schedule of Masses for Ascension Thursday, which falls this year on May 13, is: Wednesday evening (May 12):       At the Church (24 Westminster Rd.) – 7:30pm                &nb...

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Honorary Human Services Volunteers
Mrs. Maureen Pica's second grade class recently visited St. Thomas Human Services to make a donation to the Food Pantry.  The students also helped the workers in Human Services to put away their donated items.  We thank these honorary Human Services Volunteers for offering their assist...

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Pentecost Sunday

Posted on May 11, 2021 in: General News

Pentecost Sunday
The Easter season comes to a close on Pentecost Sunday.  As we commemorate the sending of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, we will also celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist with members of our parish family. Gather around them and show your support as they receive these sac...

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Food Pantry Update

Posted on May 11, 2021 in: General News

Food Pantry Update
Thank you to all who continue to donate to our pantry.  There are close to 50 families and individuals who rely on the pantry.  Funds they don’t spend on what the pantry can provide can be spent on expenses like medical, rent or electric.  The need among the economically challen...

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Offertory Collections Return Next Week
       In line with actions taken by New York State, the Diocese is permitting more openness in our churches.  At the same time, the Diocese states that "The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation Masses remains in effect.  We ...

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Molloy College is distributing the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine today, May 3, until 5:00pm.  This vaccine program is open to any individual 16 years of age and older.  There is no cost to the vaccine recipient.  The second dose will be scheduled for 21 days from today. Walk-ins are welc...

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New Office Hours

Posted on April 29, 2021 in: General News

New Office Hours
The Rectory Office is now open on Saturdays from 9:00am until 1:00pm.  (It will continue to be open 9:00am-5:00pm on weekdays.)

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Vaccination Hotline for Seniors
Nassau County is launching a designated hotline to answer seniors' questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and help them book an appointment.  Call the hotline at 516-227-9590, Monday through Saturday, 9:00am-4:45pm. To preregister for a COVID-19 vaccination with the Nassau County Departmen...

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First Saturday Devotion

Posted on April 23, 2021 in: General News

First Saturday Devotion
Our Lady of Fatima Communion of Reparation First Saturday Devotion   Join the Divine Mercy Ministry as we make an act of Reparation for the offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.   Saturday, May 1 9:00am Mass in the Lower Church, followed by Adorati...

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Coping with COVID-19

Posted on April 23, 2021 in: General News

 Coping with COVID-19
NY Project Hope offers free, confidential, anonymous emotional support to any resident of New York State who is struggling to cope with the changes that have been brought on by COVID-19.  You will have an opportunity to talk with someone who is trained, knowledgeable and never judges. To view a...

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Peer Support Group for Children
Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park is hosting its spring Rainbow Program beginning on May 2 to assist children who are experiencing a difficult transition in their family or the death of a loved one.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, learn more by viewing the flyer th...

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Funeral Arrangements for Margaret Mary Maniscalco
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Msgr. Maniscalco’s sister Peggy, who passed away this morning.  Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Aposle Church this Saturday, April 17 at 9:45am.  Watch the Mass live online or view a recording after the Mass...

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Good Friday and Easter Vigil Photos
After the pandemic prevented us from gathering in person for Holy Week last spring, we were joyfully invited to come together at St. Thomas - observing proper safety precautions - for this year's Holy Week and Triduum liturgies.  Thanks to Haydee Torres, we have photos to remember and share...

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Good Friday

Posted on April 02, 2021 in: General News

Good Friday
The Rectory Office is closed today, April 2 in observance of Good Friday.

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Message from Msgr. Maniscalco

Posted on April 01, 2021 in: General News

Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Last year our churches were closed at this most sacred time of the Christian year. Ceremonies were taped in empty churches to offer some spiritual nourishment to those not only prevented from being in church but also confined to their homes.   Thank God this year, although limitations on ...

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Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Posted on March 29, 2021 in: General News

Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Celebrate Holy Week with St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.  We welcome you to join us for as many of these special celebrations as you can:   SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) Monday, March 29: 3:00pm - 9:00pm in the Parish Center & Lower Church Saturday, April 3: 11:00...

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Divine Mercy Sunday - April 11

Posted on March 29, 2021 in: General News

Divine Mercy Sunday - April 11
Join the St. Thomas the Apostle Divine Mercy Ministry as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with the 1st Class Relics of St. Faustina and Blessed Father Michael Sopocko at all Masses in the Church on April 11.  We will be reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy after the 12:00pm Mass.

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Palm Sunday - March 28

Posted on March 22, 2021 in: General News

Palm Sunday - March 28
Palm Sunday Masses will be celebrated this weekend:   At the Church: 5:00PM (Sat.), 9:00AM, 10:30AM,* 12:00Nn At the Chapel: 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 12:30PM *This year the 10:30 Mass will begin in the Church.  There will be no procession from the auditorium at the beginnin...

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The St. Thomas the Apostle Virtual Lenten Garden is in full bloom!
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed (Proverbs 19:17) Thank you to all who planted flowers and watered our Virtual Lenten Garden with corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  During Lent, Human Services received 90 bags of pantry items, ...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
St. Thomas the Apostle School will close at the end of the current school year.  For more information about this situation, please use the following link to read an important letter from Msgr. Maniscalco to all St. Thomas parishioners:  https://www.stthomasapostle.org/Portals/st-thomas-...

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Blood Drive on Sunday, March 7

Posted on March 03, 2021 in: General News

Blood Drive on Sunday, March 7
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive at St. Thomas on Sunday, March 7 from 9:30AM to 2:00PM in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium. Please consider donating. Blood supplies are very low at this time of year so it is even more important to give this gift...

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Lent retreat with Bishop Barres and Chris Stefanick
The seven-week Lent retreat with Chris Stefanick and Bishops from around the country (including our own Bishop Barres) begins TOMORROW!   Watch The Search and experience a Lent like no other.  Find it for free by going to Formed.org and searching for "The Search."  ...

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Do not come to 9am Mass today

Posted on February 19, 2021 in: General News

Please do not to come to the 9:00AM Mass today due to the extremely icy condition of the sidewalks and outdoor stairs. Thank you and be safe.

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Exposition and Stations Canceled, Office Closed
Due to the dangerously icy conditions, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross are canceled for today.  The Rectory Office is closed.

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Rectory Office Closed Today

Posted on February 18, 2021 in: General News

Rectory Office Closed Today
The rectory office is closed today due to the snowstorm.  Be safe.

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Pray by Phone with Deacon Jacques

Posted on February 17, 2021 in: General News

Pray by Phone with Deacon Jacques
The Divine Mercy Ministry invites you to join every evening at 7:00PM as Deacon Jacques Philippeaux leads the Holy Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy over the phone.  To participate: First dial: 1-209-399-9053 Then when prompted, enter:  425-436-6397 Then when prompted, enter...

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Virtual Lenten Garden

Posted on February 17, 2021 in: General News

Virtual Lenten Garden
Beginning today (Ash Wednesday) you are invited to contribute your corporal and spiritual works of mercy to our Virtual Lenten Garden.  You can plant and water flowers as you journey through Lent 2021, and watch the garden grow!  Details are available at https://www.stthomasapostle.org/Our...

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Ash Wednesday - February 17, 2021

Posted on February 16, 2021 in: General News

Ash Wednesday - February 17, 2021
On Ash Wednesday, we receive blessed ashes on our heads as a symbol of our intention to change our lives and turn more toward God.  This year’s Ash Wednesday schedule is:   At the Church (24 Westminster Rd.): 7:45am (Service*); 12:10pm (Mass); 6:00pm (Service); &nbs...

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"What Catholics Believe" Refresher for Adults
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...

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Presidents' Day

Posted on February 15, 2021 in: General News

Presidents' Day
The Rectory Office is closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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Lenten Stations of the Cross

Posted on February 13, 2021 in: General News

Lenten Stations of the Cross
Beginning on Friday, February 19, Stations of the Cross will be held in the Lower Church at 4:30PM on all the Fridays of Lent except Good Friday.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the 9:00AM Mass and will conclude with Benediction after the Stations.

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Spring School Fundraisers

Posted on February 11, 2021 in: General News

Spring School Fundraisers
Spring is around the corner!  Click the following links to learn more about fundraisers that will support our school as you celebrate Easter and Mothers Day and as you start spring cleaning:   Gift Card Fundraiser (orders due by March 17) Easter Plant Sale (orders due by March 18)...

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Make an impact on the world this Lent
You want meaningful community and you want to make a meaningful impact in the world, don’t you? Small groups can help you do both!   This Lent, we're going to show you how to:        1. Form deeply meaningful and spiritual friendships  &nbs...

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Important Announcement

Posted on February 09, 2021 in: General News

Important Announcement
Information regarding the deadlines for filing proofs of claim in the Diocese’s chapter 11 case and the forms to use can be found by clicking on the following link to the Diocese’s bankruptcy website and scrolling down the page:   https://dm.epiq11.com/drvc  

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Annual Blessing of Married Couples

Posted on February 06, 2021 in: General News

Annual Blessing of Married Couples
Each year around World Marriage Day (the second Sunday of February), a special blessing is offered to married couples who come to Mass together at St. Thomas.  This year the Blessing of Married Couples will take place at all Sunday Masses at the Church and Chapel the weekend of February 13-14.&...

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Little Black Books for Lent

Posted on February 05, 2021 in: General News

Little Black Books for Lent
The Little Black Books are back!  Spend six minutes a day preparing for the most holy season of the year.  Pick up your copy from the front left area of the Church or Chapel when you come to Mass this weekend and enter more deeply into the season of Lent.  Quantities are limited, so d...

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Join Bishop Barres and Chris Stefanick…
...for your most meaningful Lent ever!   You’re invited to join Chris Stefanick from Real Life Catholic and Bishops from around the country, including our own Bishop Barres, for a seven-week Lenten retreat using The Search. Beginning February 17, we will be exploring the major quest...

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Knitting & Crocheting Ministry Update
The Knitting & Crocheting Ministry pick-up/drop off scheduled for Wednesday, February 3 has been cancelled.   The re-scheduled date will be announced shortly.

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 Offices Closed/Religious Education Cancelled
With continuing bad weather and the need to clean up, the Rectory Office and Human Services Office will remain closed today, February 2.  All of tonight’s Seventh Grade Religious Education classes are cancelled. 

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Tuesday Religious Education Classes Cancelled
Due to the snow, Seventh Grade Religious Educaton classes are cancelled for Tuesday, February 2.

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Confirmation Preparation for Adults 2021
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, baptized Catholics receive the Holy Spirit to help them become more like Christ and be strengthened in bearing witness to him. This year's Confirmation preparation sessions for Catholic adults (18 and older) will be held online on Monday evenings beginning Febru...

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What are you searching for this Lent?
Why am I here?   What is the life I was made for?   Is there a God?   Does He even care about me?   These are questions we all ask ourselves. Are there answers? Can true peace be found? The Search unapologetically reveals that you were made for God, that y...

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Blessing of Bibles - January 23-24
Sunday, January 24 is the Sunday of the Word of God.  This annual celebration gives us an opportunity to reflect upon the riches of God's Word and its importance in our everyday lives.  In recognition of this special occasion, a blessing of Bibles will be offered at all weekend Masses....

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted on January 15, 2021 in: General News

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Rectory Office is closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Rectory Office Closed Today

Posted on January 15, 2021 in: General News

Rectory Office Closed Today
The Rectory Office is closed today, January 15.  

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Rectory Office Closed This Afternoon
The Rectory Office is closing at noon on Thursday, January 14.

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Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski is coming on Sunday
Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski will be celebrating the 10:30AM Mass in the Main Church this coming Sunday, January 17.  All are welcome!

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Announcement about 5:00PM Mass on Saturday, January 1
A symptom-free person who had a COVID-19 test tested positive. This person was in the Main Church last weekend at the 5:00PM Mass, was masked and did not spend more than 15 minutes with any one individual. Based upon contact tracing and Nassau County DOH criteria, this person was not in close contac...

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Funeral Arrangements for Msgr. Alesandro
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Msgr. John A. Alesandro who died on Sunday at St. Pius Residence.  A wake will be held in the Main Church on Friday, January 1, 2:00-5:00pm.  The Mass of Transferral will be celebrated in the Main Church at 7:30pm that evening.  The Fu...

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Time Change for Sacrament of Reconciliation
This Saturday, January 2, confessions will be heard from 1:00pm until 2:00pm in the Parish Center.  Next Saturday, January 9, they will return to their regular time of 11:00am until 12:00pm.

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Celebrate Mary, Mother of God

Posted on December 26, 2020 in: General News

Celebrate Mary, Mother of God
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is on Friday, January 1st.  The schedule of Masses is as follows:   Thursday, December 31st 5:00PM Main Church*   Friday, January 1st 9:00AM Chapel 12:10PM Main Church   The Rectory Office is closed on January 1st. ...

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Celebrating Christmas At Home (December 25, 2020)
While Bishop Barres continues to offer a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days, 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 C...

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Message from the Pastor about Christmas Masses
I am writing to update you on our Christmas Masses at St. Thomas the Apostle. My joy in celebrating our Savior’s birth is tempered this year by the limits the pandemic has placed on us.  The space available in our church and chapel is only a fraction of what is usually the case.  ...

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Christmas 2020

Posted on December 23, 2020 in: General News

Christmas 2020
Many thanks to everyone who participated in our survey about Christmas Masses.  Your responses were important in making decisions about how best to celebrate Christmas as safely as possible at St. Thomas the Apostle this year. Learn what has been planned for this year's Christmas Masses ...

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Announcement about 9:00AM Mass on Sunday, Dec. 13
A volunteer attending the 9:00AM Mass on Sunday and helping to prepare for later Masses on Sunday morning, 12/13, has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  The parishioner wore a mask, was not exhibiting any symptoms and did not have extended contact with anyone else.  Based on our contact tracin...

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Rectory Office Closed Today

Posted on December 17, 2020 in: General News

Rectory Office Closed Today
The Rectory Office is closed today, Thursday, December 17, due to inclement weather.

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Angel Giving Tree Thank You!

Posted on December 15, 2020 in: General News

Angel Giving Tree Thank You!
Like many Holiday Traditions, the current health crisis forced our 2020 Angel Giving Tree to change – we created a ‘virtual’ tree to be filled with gift card Angels and Share-a-Gift donation presents. What didn’t change though, was the generosity and love of the St. Thom...

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Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!

Posted on December 14, 2020 in: General News

Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!
The 2021 Cash Calendars are now available...Just $20 per calendar gives you 150 chances to win prizes totaling $5,800!  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 co...

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Baby Jesus Blessing

Posted on December 06, 2020 in: General News

Baby Jesus Blessing
Bring the Baby Jesus from your Nativity set or another symbol of the Baby Jesus from your home for a special blessing this Advent.  Come to any Mass the weekend of December 12-13, where you will be asked to stand in place and hold your symbol to be blessed.  Masses that weekend will be ...

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Celebrate the Immaculate Conception

Posted on December 01, 2020 in: General News

Celebrate the Immaculate Conception
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on Tuesday, December 8th.  The schedule of Masses is as follows: Eve of Holy Day: Monday, December 7th 7:30 PM Main Church   Holy Day: Tuesday, December 8th 7:45 AM Main Church 9:00 AM Chapel 12:10 PM...

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Blood Drive on Sunday, December 6

Posted on November 24, 2020 in: General News

Blood Drive on Sunday, December 6
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive at St. Thomas on Sunday, December 6 from 9:30AM to 2:00PM in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium.  Please consider donating.  Blood supplies are very low at this time of year so it is even more important to give...

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2020 Virtual Dinner Dance and Celebration
Did you miss Saturday night's livestream of the 2020 Virtual Dinner Dance and Celebration honoring Msgr. Maniscalco's 75th Birthday and 50th Anniversary?  You can view the festivities on our parish website or YouTube beginning at 7:30PM tonight!

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Blessing of Thanksgiving Food

Posted on November 21, 2020 in: General News

Blessing of Thanksgiving Food
The parish family of Saint Thomas the Apostle invites you to join us for our Thanksgiving Day Liturgy on Thursday, November 26th at the 9:00 AM Mass in the Main Church.  A Blessing of Food will take place during the Mass.  Please bring any items for your Thanksgiving meal that you would li...

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Christmas Mass Survey

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Christmas Mass Survey
A very important survey is on our website and will also appear in our parish bulletin this weekend to help guide us as to how many Masses we need to celebrate on Christmas at St. Thomas the Apostle.  This Christmas is an uncertain time, and we wish to have enough Masses so that parishioners fee...

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Celebration Raffle This Saturday

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Celebration Raffle This Saturday
This December, Msgr. Maniscalco will celebrate his 75th birthday.  In May, he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.  If you are a registered parishioner, hopefully you received a letter in the mail explaining how the parish plans to celebrate these occasi...

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Missalettes for 2021

Posted on November 19, 2020 in: General News

Missalettes for 2021
The new church year begins on Sunday, November 29.  Instead of putting our new missalettes in the pews, we are selling them for you to have a personal copy to use throughout the year.  A single copy can be purchased for $12 and a Family Pack of three costs $30.  You may make your p...

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Prayer in the Spirit Online - November 19
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”...

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Advent Giving Tree and "Share-A-Gift"
As we prepare for the birth of our Savior, join us in showing our love for Him by remembering those in our community who are not as blessed as we are.   This year, out of an abundance of caution, instead of individual gifts from the Angel Giving Tree, families will receive gift cards from...

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Shop on Amazon and Help St. Thomas

Posted on November 13, 2020 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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Updated Mass Schedule and Vigil Candles
Beginning tomorrow (November 14), weekday Mass will be celebrated in the Lower Church at 9:00AM Monday through Saturday each week.  Beginning December 6, 12:30PM Mass will resume in the Chapel every Sunday. Also starting tomorrow, vigil candles will be available for lighting.  Please li...

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Morning Prayer

Posted on November 13, 2020 in: General News

Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is one part of the Liturgy of the Hours.  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, all Christians are obligated to pray, and their prayer should include the official, communal prayer of the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours, if it is truly going to be Christian prayer in...

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Show Your St. Thomas Spirit!

Posted on November 13, 2020 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!  Orders are delivered the last day of each month.  If you don't have a child in St. Thomas School, enter your own name as the "Student Name" and type the word...

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Veterans Day

Posted on November 10, 2020 in: General News

Veterans Day
The Rectory Office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Beginning Friday, December 4 there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 9:00AM Mass until Noon each Friday.

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Election Day Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
On Election Day, November 3, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 9:00AM Mass until Noon for those who wish to offer prayers as federal, state and local officials are being chosen.

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Human Services Thanksgiving Food Drive
On Thanksgiving, please join in sharing your gratitude for the many blessings God has bestowed on us by donating to the Human Services Thanksgiving Food Drive. Pantry items and supermarket gift cards donated during the drive are provided to the needy in our community to help create a Thanksgiving...

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All Souls Mass

Posted on October 24, 2020 in: General News

All Souls Mass
Please join us on Monday, November 2 in the Church at 7:00pm for our annual All Souls Mass. Parishioners  are invited to prayer for all the deceased, especially those who died this past year. Members of the Bereavement Team will be available to offer assistance.

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Celebrate All Saints Day

Posted on October 23, 2020 in: General News

Celebrate All Saints Day
Come celebrate All Saints Day at St. Thomas the Apostle! MASS SCHEDULE Saturday Evening October 31 5:00 PM in the Church   Sunday November 1 7:30 AM in the Chapel 9:00 AM in the Church 9:30 AM in the Chapel 10:30 AM in the Church 11:00 AM in the Chapel 12:00 PM ...

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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 10:30AM Mass from St. Thomas the Apostle will be streamed online.  Watch live at 10:30AM - 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 t...

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Memorial Mass for Fr. Damian's Mother
You are invited to a Memorial Mass for Sabina Umeokeke, Fr. Damian's mother, this Friday, October 16 at 5:00PM in the Main Church.  May she rest in peace.

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Mike Durso's Ordination & First Mass

Posted on September 23, 2020 in: General News

Mike Durso's Ordination & First Mass
At 2:00PM today, September 23, parishioner Mike Durso will be ordained a deacon at St. Agnes Cathedral.  You are invited to watch live on Catholic Faith Network.  This Sunday, September 27, Deacon Mike will celebrate his first Sunday Mass at Noon in the Main Church.  At this special M...

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Blessings of Backpacks and Catechists
Attention all students!  Be sure to bring your backpack to Mass this weekend, September 19-20 for a special blessing to start the new school year!  All catechists are also invited to come receive a special blessing to begin this new year. Catechists and young people will be asked to ...

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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 s...

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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...

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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 weeke...

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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 m...

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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., alon...

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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 Sund...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco

Posted on August 25, 2020 in: General News

A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend. The trauma of the pandemic has made all of us cautious about how safe we are outside our own homes, even at church. Our Mass attendance, though improving, is only about 30 percent of what it was before the crisis.  I hope our p...

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Reopening Survey

Posted on August 20, 2020 in: General News

Reopening Survey
A survey has been placed on our St. Thomas website to get your input for our re-opening committee about what steps you believe are still needed to give you a sense of security coming to church for Sunday Mass and what changes we can make in our precautions. Please click here and fill it out as so...

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12th Annual Friends of the Poor 5K Walk/Run
On September 26, Long Island St. Vincent DePaul Conferences will come together “virtually” to celebrate the Annual Friends of the Poor Walk.  This is the only event on Long Island that draws attention to the issue of poverty in our communities.  See below for how you can join u...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco

Posted on August 18, 2020 in: General News

A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend or watched our taped Mass. I appreciate the willingness of all coming to our church or chapel to cooperate with the actions taken by our parish to keep us all safe.   This is a crisis with no by-standers. We have all been victimi...

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A Message from the Director of Human Services
Food Pantry: Thank you to all for continuing to support our Pantry with scheduled drop offs of donations and gift cards!  School Supplies: We are not collecting school supplies due to COVID.  Instead we are asking for donations of gift cards to Staples to help parents purchase the neede...

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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 ar...

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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 ...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco

Posted on August 10, 2020 in: General News

A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend.  The trauma we experienced within the last few months makes us sensitive about being in gatherings for an extended period of time.  I hope our precautions help you feel secure.  This coming weekend, while we are still aski...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco

Posted on August 04, 2020 in: General News

A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend.  One of the unexpected and happy consequences of asking for parishioners to register for Mass is the opportunity to experience directly and personally your great desire to come to our church and chapel to celebrate together.  T...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend.  I said weeks ago that we had to go through Purgatory before reaching the heaven of celebrating together again as we once did.   We have had a Purgatory of limited space in church and chapel and procedures that seem st...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend.   I am happy to tell you that we are adding a 10:30AM Mass in the church for this coming Sunday.  Before I give you the rest of the schedule of Masses, I would like to thank all of you who are coming to Mass, for your coo...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend. Before I give you the schedule of Masses, I would like to thank all of you who are coming to Mass, for your cooperation with our volunteers who are checking in our Mass attendees and our ushers who are helping you be seated.  Thi...

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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, ...

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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 a...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend.   We are making a change in this weekend’s schedule.  Instead of a 12:30PM Mass in the chapel, we are scheduling a 9:30AM Mass in the chapel for this weekend.  The schedule for July 11-12 will be: 5:00PM ...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Given that this weekend is the July 4th weekend, with the advice of the re-opening committee, I am maintaining the same Mass schedule as it was last weekend, namely:   5:00PM Saturday in the church 7:30AM Sunday in the chapel 9:00AM Sunday in the church 11:00AM Sunday in the chap...

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You can 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. EXCEPT this Saturday, July 4, you are inv...

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Food Pantry News

Posted on June 24, 2020 in: General News

Food Pantry News
We are opening our pantry effective July 1, 2020 with the following hours and new procedures:   Monday - Thursday: 10:00AM - 3:30PM   All donations are to be scheduled by calling Human Services (516-538-7465) prior to bringing your donation to the Rectory Meeting Room.  An...

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A Message from Msgr. Maniscalco
Once again thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend.   Because of the excellent response, we are scheduling six Masses for this weekend, June 27-28.  The schedule will be:   5:00PM Saturday in the church 7:30AM Sunday in the chapel (time changed from last we...

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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 Sunday, June 28.  Please join your St. Thomas the Apostle Family in celebrating the 13th Sunday of t...

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Weekend Masses for June 20-21

Posted on June 16, 2020 in: General News

Weekend Masses for June 20-21
Thanks to all who attended our Masses last weekend – the first public Masses held in our church and chapel in three months. Because of the excellent response, we are scheduling five Masses for this weekend, June 20-21: 5:00PM Saturday in the church 8:00AM Sunday in the ch...

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Holy Communion will now be distributed at all parish Masses, both weekend and weekday, including funerals and nuptial Masses. Volunteers to assist with new Mass procedures -- either cleaning or the check-in/seating process -- are much needed.  Please call the Rectory Office at 516-489-8585 i...

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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: ...

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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 sche...

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A Message from Irene Peplinski, Director of Human Services
I am pleased to report that last week we delivered and distributed over 70 pantry bags to our families in need after being closed for ten weeks!  Also included in the bags were supermarket gift cards that totaled over $1,700.  Recipients called the office with extreme gratitude, joy, and a...

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Share Your Feedback

Posted on May 30, 2020 in: General News

Help the St. Thomas the Apostle Reopening Committee plan how best to resume weekend Masses by taking the Parish Reopening Survey.  To take the survey online, click the link at the end of this paragraph.  Those who would prefer to take the survey by phone may leave a message with their name...

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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 ...

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Bereavement Support

Posted on May 19, 2020 in: General News

As part of its ongoing effort to support families who have lost a loved one, Catholic Health Services Good Shepherd Hospice is offering three virtual bereavement support groups  One for those grieving a loved one who passed from COVID-19 will start on Wednesday, May 20 for six consecutive...

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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 ...

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I have been looking at plans for re-opening worship, whether theoretical or practical. They all add up to our worship being for a time very different from what it has been in performance, if not in substance. Wearing masks, using perhaps only a third of the pews and putting markings on the floo...

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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.  ...

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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)4...

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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 occ...

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Marian Hymn Concert

Posted on May 08, 2020 in: General News

We will celebrate Mother's Day and the individual blessings with a concert of Marian hymns played on our Carillon.   At 10:55AM there will be a peal of bells to signal the start of the blessings.  The schedule of hymns is as follows: 11:20AM: Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Ab...

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Mother's Day Blessing

Posted on May 07, 2020 in: General News

Msgr. Maniscalco wishes all the mothers of our parish, grandmothers and women who serve in a motherly capacity a happy Mother's Day. This Sunday, May 10 please watch our St. Thomas the Apostle Mass at 10:00AM on our home page (click here).   During this Mass, Msgr. Maniscalco will offer ...

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May School Mass

Posted on May 06, 2020 in: General News

Every month our school students come to church for a "School Mass."  If you wish to see Msgr. Maniscalco offering a Mass for our students for the month of May, please click the "May School Mass" heading above, then click here.

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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.&...

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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 t...

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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 sen...

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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...

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Tuesday Talks

Posted on April 26, 2020 in: General News

During these days when so many parishioners are isolated at home, the parish staff has been reaching out by phone to offer an opportunity to touch base and chat.  If you would like to receive a Tuesday phone call from a parish staff member, leave a message with your name and phone number at the...

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If your loved one has passed, please accept our sincerest condolences and contact the Rectory at 516-489-8585 with their information. We will put your loved one's name on our Memorial web page (click here), and Irene Peplinski, our Director of Human Services, will reach out to you and&...

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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...

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Catholic Health Services of Long Island is currently hiring at all of its facilities.  For information about these career opportunities - along with links to other useful resources from Catholic Health Services concerning your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being during the COVID-19 crisi...

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As you know, due to the pandemic our pantry has been closed.  We are still helping our families in need by mailing them supermarket gift cards.  They are, also, referred to Island Harvest for food.  If you wish to donate, supermarket or fast food gift cards can be dropped into th...

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Spring is such a happy time in our parish as our young people complete their initiation into the Christian community with the Sacrament of Confirmation and other young people continue it by receiving First Holy Communion.   Before calamity struck, I was able to celebrate special Masses fo...

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“Sometimes in our lives We feel a great deal of pain Because we lose someone special...” ~Amber Carrico Our Spring Bereavement Program was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 28.  Due to the impact of COVID-19 we regret we are unable to provide the Spring program this yea...

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Celebrating Sunday At Home - Easter Sunday (April 12, 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:   Easter Sunday April 12,...

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The liturgies of the Sacred Triduum will be available on the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish website according to the following schedule:   Holy Thursday (April 9) Morning Prayer: 10:00AM Mass of the Lord's Supper: 9:00PM   Good Friday (April 10) Morning Prayer: 10:0...

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This is Monsignor Frank Maniscalco. In the past I have called you during Holy Week to invite you to our church's most beautiful and important celebrations. It is with the greatest regret I am not able to do so this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. But we can still be united in spirit and through...

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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...

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Good Friday Dispensation

Posted on April 04, 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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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We regret not being able to serve you here at St. Thomas as we have in the past. Because of the difficulty of keeping such large areas as our church, lower church and chapel continually sanitized, they are currently closed. The diocese has notified pastors that no further liturgies are permitted unt...

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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 t...

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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 uncertain...

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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 publ...

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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). ...

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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 mea...

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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 Wikipe...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 mea...

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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 me...

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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. Ther...

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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 w...

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Ash Wednesday - February 26, 2020

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Ash Wednesday - February 26, 2020
On Ash Wednesday, we will receive the sign of the cross with blessed ashes on our foreheads as a symbol of our intention to change our lives and turn more toward God.  This year’s Ash Wednesday schedule is: At the Church (24 Westminster Rd.): 7:45am (Mass); 12:10pm (Mass); 6:0...

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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 sing...

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Lenten Fridays

Posted on February 25, 2020 in: General News

Lenten Fridays
Come celebrate daily Mass, visit the Blessed Sacrament, and pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent! Daily Mass is held in the Lower Church at 7:45 AM every Friday. 9:00 AM Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and Stations of the Cross will take place as follows: Feb...

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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 ...

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Living Our Faith

Posted on February 18, 2020 in: General News

Living Our Faith
Do you have questions about what we believe as Catholic Christians?  Or about how we can live our faith day-to-day?  Would you like to explore different forms of prayer?  Or get to know others who are seeking to follow Jesus more closely?  Whether you are new to Catholicism, retu...

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Men's Retreat 2020

Posted on February 10, 2020 in: General News

Men's Retreat 2020
This March, the men of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish are invited to participate in a retreat weekend at Bishop Molloy Retreat House.  The retreat opens with dinner at 7:00pm on Friday, March 6 and concludes with Mass at 11:00am on Sunday, March 8.  This “Retreat” from everyday ...

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Confirmation Preparation for Adults 2020
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, baptized Catholics receive the Holy Spirit to help them become more like Christ and be strengthened in bearing witness to him. This year, Catholic adults (18 and older) will have a choice of preparing for Confirmation on Wednesday afternoons beginning January 8 or o...

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Family Festival - Save the Date

Posted on February 10, 2020 in: General News

Family Festival - Save the Date
This year's St. Thomas the Apostle Family Festival will be held Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17.  YOU are invited to join the Festival Planning Committee, which will meet on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00pm in the School Auditorium.  Click here for details and contact information.&...

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Annual Blessing of Married Couples

Posted on February 08, 2020 in: General News

Annual Blessing of Married Couples
Each year around World Marriage Day (the second Sunday of February), a special blessing is offered to married couples who come to Mass together at St. Thomas.  This year the Blessing of Married Couples will take place at all Sunday Masses at the Church and Chapel the weekend of February 8-9.&nb...

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Bishop Barres Coming On Saturday

Posted on January 30, 2020 in: General News

Bishop Barres Coming On Saturday
Bishop John Barres is coming to our parish this Saturday, February 1 to celebrate the 5:00 PM Mass at the Main Church.  Join your St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family for this very special Eucharist with our bishop.

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Blessing of Candles

Posted on January 27, 2020 in: General News

Blessing of Candles
On February 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  Following ancient Jewish custom, Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the temple forty days after his birth to present him to the Lord.  There they met Simeon and Anna, who recognized Jesus as the promi...

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"Souper Bowl" of Caring

Posted on January 26, 2020 in: General News

"Souper Bowl" of Caring
Confirmation candidates will be at the doors as you leave Mass on Satuday and Sunday, February 1st and 2nd, collecting monetary donations to help those in need on this "souper bowl" weekend.  The money will be sent to the INN - the Interfaith Nutrition Network - to help feed the hungr...

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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2020
All are welcome to visit St. Thomas School during Catholic Schools Week 2020.  We offer programs for 3-year-olds through 8th grade in a Christ-centered environment that fosters a love of God, self, others and learning.  Sunday, January 26: Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:3...

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Special Eucharistic Exposition

Posted on January 21, 2020 in: General News

Special Eucharistic Exposition
St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group & Divine Mercy Ministry invite you to attend First Friday Eucharistic Adoration on February 7th, 6:00-7:00 PM in the Lower Church.  Come adore our Lord.  Hear meditations from the Diary of St. Faustina.  Live music provided by The New Life Youth ...

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Living Our Faith

Posted on January 13, 2020 in: General News

Living Our Faith
Do you have questions about what we believe as Catholic Christians?  Or about how we can live our faith day-to-day?  Would you like to explore different forms of prayer?  Or get to know others who are seeking to follow Jesus more closely?  Whether you are new to Catholicism, retu...

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Singles Social Group "After Christmas Gift Swap"
If you are 50+ and single, widowed, or divorced, you are invited to come join the fun!  Bring a gift you received that wasn’t on your Christmas list or a new gift (max $10 value & gift wrapped) on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 PM in the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center.  The...

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Know Your Child's Faith

Posted on January 02, 2020 in: General News

Know Your Child's Faith
Catholic children learn about their faith, first and foremost, from their parents. Your support and encouragement make all the difference in your child’s faith development. Make a resolution in 2020 to learn more about the Catholic faith so that you can better share it with your child. Sign...

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Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Join us for Mass in the Church (24 Westminster Rd.) or the Chapel (intersection of Nassau Blvd. & Hempstead Ave.) as we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.   Tuesday, December 31st 5:00 PM in the Church; Wednesday, January 1st 7:45 AM in the Church; 9:00 AM...

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Health Program for Seniors

Posted on December 31, 2019 in: General News

Health Program for Seniors
The Town of Hempstead is presenting a program -- Managing Your Doctor Visits.  This is being presented through the Department of Health and Substance Abuse.  The program is being held on Monday, January 6 beginning at 12:30 pm at the American Legion Post 1087 on Woodlawn Road.  All ar...

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Sweetheart Dance is February 9th

Posted on December 20, 2019 in: General News

Sweetheart Dance is February 9th
St. Thomas the Apostle's annual Sweetheart Dance will take place on Sunday, February 9th from 4-8pm at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square.  Little ladies and gentlemen in grades Nursery through 8th and their escorts - be it Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle – w...

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Christmas Season Mass Schedule

Posted on December 17, 2019 in: General News

Christmas Season Mass Schedule
Join us for Mass in the Church (24 Westminster Rd.) or the Chapel (intersection of Nassau Blvd. & Hempstead Ave.) as we celebrate together the mystery of the coming of Jesus Christ: Christmas Eve (December 24)   In the Church 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 12:00midnight; In the Chapel 5:00pm, ...

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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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Christmas Poinsettia Dedications

Posted on December 08, 2019 in: General News

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
Looking for a great way to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion this Christmas?  Order your Christmas Poinsettia Dedication by Sunday, December 22, and help support the Youth Group!  Only $30 for a poinsettia with the inscription of your choosing to be...

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"Attending to Grief in a Season of Cheer"
The St. Thomas Bereavement Ministry will host an evening on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:30pm in the Parish Center to assist those coping with the loss of a loved one. The evening will begin with an opening prayer which will be followed by a presentation on helpful coping tips for the upc...

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Blood Drive on Sunday, Dec. 8th

Posted on November 26, 2019 in: General News

Blood Drive on Sunday, Dec. 8th
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive at St. Thomas on Sunday, December 8th from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium. Giving blood saves lives -- please consider donating, you could save someone's life.

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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 co...

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Craft Fair

Posted on November 25, 2019 in: General News

Craft Fair
The Annual Craft Fair will be held in St. Thomas the Apostle School on Sunday, December 1st, 10am-4pm.  It will include fun for everyone with crafts, vendors, food, carolers, raffles, etc. For information on reserving a vendor table or questions, click here or contact Petal Scantlebury ...

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Advent Giving Tree and "Share-A-Gift"
As we prepare for the coming of our Savior, may we share our blessings and show our love and concern for our brothers and sisters by giving to those in need...Human Services invites you to help those in need by participating in the Advent Angel Giving Tree in the Church or Chapel and the Share-A-Gif...

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Enjoy an Advent Calendar and Little Blue Book
Stop by the Holy Family altar at the front left of the Church or Chapel and take home an Advent calendar.  Begin using it on the First Sunday of Advent (December 1) to count down the days of waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Also be sure to pick up a Little...

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Blessing of Thanksgiving Food

Posted on November 23, 2019 in: General News

Blessing of Thanksgiving Food
The parish family of Saint Thomas the Apostle invites you to join us for our Thanksgiving Day Liturgy on Thursday, November 28th at the 9:00 AM Mass in the Main Church.  A Blessing of Food will take place during the Mass. Please bring any items for your Thanksgiving meal that you would like to ...

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Weekday 9:00am Masses Move to Lower Church
Beginning Monday, December 9, the 9:00 A.M. Mass usually celebrated in the Chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be celebrated in the Lower Church of the Main Church until mid-March.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive Now Taking Place
Thanksgiving is a time to express our gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives by helping those less fortunate then ourselves. Please put your donation in the brown basket in the Church or Chapel, or bring to the Rectory/Human Services by Sunday, November 17th. Items needed include: Instant ...

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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 pl...

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All Souls Mass

Posted on October 24, 2019 in: General News

All Souls Mass
Our annual All Souls Mass will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00am in the Lower Church. All are invited to pray for the deceased members of our parish and those dear to us as their names are read at this Mass. Hospitality will follow Mass in the Parish Center. The Ministry of C...

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Thursday Prayer & Scripture Night

Posted on October 21, 2019 in: General News

Thursday Prayer & Scripture Night
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? Come to the Lisante Rectory Meeting Room (downstairs fr...

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Celebrate All Saints Day

Posted on October 21, 2019 in: General News

Celebrate All Saints Day
Come celebrate All Saints Day at St. Thomas the Apostle! ALL SAINTS DAY HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION MASS SCHEDULE Eve of Holy Day: Thursday, October 31 7:30 PM in the Church Holy Day Friday, November 1 7:45 AM in the Church 9:00 AM in the Chapel 12:10 PM in the Church 7:30 PM in the...

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St. Thomas School Christmas Social
Come to the Msgr. Smith Auditorium on Friday, December 6th, 7:00-11:00pm for a special holiday celebration as we joyfully bring together our school and alumni communities.  There will be live music, appetizers and beverages, raffles, vendor tables for holiday shopping, and special nods to retur...

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Parish Dinner Dance 2019

Posted on October 18, 2019 in: General News

Parish Dinner Dance 2019
The annual Dinner Dance, which will take place on Saturday, November 16th, is now sold out.  The honorees - Rosalie Norton, Sr. Julie Thompson, and Sr. Cathy Regan - each exemplify this year's theme, "Live in Harmony with One Another." Although no more tickets to the dance are ...

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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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Living Our Faith

Posted on October 04, 2019 in: General News

Living Our Faith
Do you have questions about what we believe as Catholic Christians?  Or about how we can live our faith day-to-day?  Would you like to explore different forms of prayer?  Or get to know others who are seeking to follow Jesus more closely?  Whether you are new to Catholicism, retu...

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Parish Dinner Dance 2019

Posted on October 02, 2019 in: General News

Parish Dinner Dance 2019
Invitations and raffle tickets for our annual Dinner Dance have been mailed out.  If you did not get yours, please call the Rectory (489-8585) and one will be sent to you.   This annual social event and fundraiser will take place on Saturday, November 16th at nearby Pompei Ristorante from ...

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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. ...

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Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 5th
Join us as we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis with a "Blessing of Animals" on Saturday, October 5th at 12:30 p.m.  We will gather on the lawn in front of Msgr. Smith Auditorium on Westminster Road.  

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Youth Group BBQ Kickoff

Posted on September 18, 2019 in: General News

Youth Group BBQ Kickoff
The St. Thomas Youth Group will kick off the new year with a BBQ on Sunday, September 29, 2:00-4:00pm in the school courtyard.  All Youth Group members in grades 6-12 are free with $50 Registration Fee!  Any additional guests, parents, or siblings are $10 each.  There will be Food! Fr...

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Celebrate Msgr. Michael!

Posted on September 17, 2019 in: General News

Celebrate Msgr. Michael!
On Friday, September 27, Msgr. Michael Barimah-Apau will celebrate his 65th birthday and 37th priestly anniversary.  Join him for a Mass of Thankgsiving featuring the Ghana-American Choir.  Mass begins at 7:30pm in the Main Church.  Come after Mass to congratulate Msgr. Michael at a r...

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“Journey: Reconnecting to the Catholic Faith”
“Journey: Reconnecting to the Catholic Faith” is a six-week program beginning the evening of Tuesday, September 24 where Catholics who are returning to regular attendance at Mass (and those who are thinking about returning) can take another look at Catholicism. Your questions and concern...

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Fall Bereavement Sessions begin Soon
Are you grieving the loss of someone you love? Could you use some support? You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. FALL Bereavement Support Groups at St. Thomas the Apostle begin on Tuesday, October 8, 7:00-9:00 pm.  These meetings will continue for six weeks (October 1...

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Solemnity of the Assumption Mass Schedule
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation, is on Thursday, August 15th.  Come celebrate with us! The schedule of Masses is as follows: Eve of Holy Day: Wednesday, August 14th, 7:30 PM Main Church Holy Day: Thursday, August 15th, 7:45 AM Main...

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Thank You to the Coffee Crew!

Posted on July 26, 2019 in: General News

Thank You to the Coffee Crew!
Members of our Coffee Crew gathered in July for their annual summer dinner meeting.  We are grateful to all of you for making Social Sundays possible at St. Thomas.  Your warm and dedicated service helps to build stronger relationships among members of our St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Fam...

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Bishop Barres Coming On Sunday
Bishop John Barres is coming to our parish this Sunday, July 21 to celebrate the 12:00 noon Mass at the Main Church.  Join your St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family for this very special Eucharist with our bishop.

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Register Now for Fall Religious Education Classes!
If your child is entering the first grade in Public School, or is in an older grade and has not attended Religious Education classes, it is time to register. In order to be prepared for the sacraments, the children must attend classes from grades 1 through 8. If you haven’t registered your chi...

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Come to the Tag Sale

Posted on June 25, 2019 in: General News

Come to the Tag Sale
Mark your calendars!  The St. Thomas Tag Sale will take place on Friday, June 28 (9:00am-2:00pm) and Saturday, June 29 (9:00am-3:00pm) in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium. Come find new-to-you treasures in the cool indoors! Parking is available behind the building off Argyle Road. All proc...

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Sight & Sound Theatres present JESUS
Join the St. Thomas Divine Mercy Ministry to see the live presentation of Sight and Sound Theatres' JESUS on Saturday, September 21.  The bus will leave from St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 6:00am.  Your payment of $145 ($95 for ages 3-12) includes transportation, admission to the ...

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Divine Mercy Pilgrimage

Posted on June 12, 2019 in: General News

Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
Join the St. Thomas the Apostle Divine Mercy Ministry on a Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, MA on St. Faustina's Feast Day, Saturday, October 5.  On this trip you will experience: Life-sized Stations of the Cross with Recitation of “St. Faust...

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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 G...

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Tag Sale Donations

Posted on June 10, 2019 in: General News

Tag Sale Donations
Do you have treasures at home that someone else may want or need? Consider donating them to the St. Thomas Tag Sale! Your generous donations help us make this event a huge success year after year.  Have something in mind? Attend one of our scheduled donation days in the Msgr. Smith Auditoriu...

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Pentecost Potluck Party - June 9, 2019
You’re invited to a Pentecost Potluck Party for the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family! Come to the Parish Center on Pentecost Sunday (June 9) after the 10:30 Mass to mark the close of the Easter Season and celebrate with those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Thomas the Apo...

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Ascension Thursday Schedule of Masses
The schedule of Masses for Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation which falls this year on on May 30th, is: Wednesday evening (May 29)       At the Church (24 Westminster Rd.) – 7:30pm           &nbs...

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Volunteer Appreciation BBQ!

Posted on May 16, 2019 in: General News

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ!
We at St. Thomas are filled with gratitude for the spirit of giving shown by our many volunteers throughout the year.  We invite all PARISH VOLUNTEERS to a THANK YOU BARBECUE in celebration of your generous dedication on Sunday, June 2nd at 1:30pm in the school courtyard (Rain site: School...

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Family Festival Jackpot Drawing
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win prizes totaling $15,000!  ONLY 200 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD.  Cost per entry is $150 per ticket and gives you FIVE chances to win prizes totaling $15,000 in CASH!!  All winning numbers will be returned to the drawing giving you the opportuni...

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Blessing of the Newly Baptized
Children baptized at St. Thomas since last spring have been invited with their families for a special blessing at the 10:30am Mass in the Church on Sunday, May 19, followed by our monthly Social Sunday reception in the Parish Center.  This festive occasion will give us all the opportunity to pe...

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Come to the Family Festival!
Come to the St. Thomas Family Festival May 16th-19th...Lots of exciting rides for the kids and thrill seekers, St. Thomas' famous food tent, Skill games for every age, Local Entertainment Stage and much much more! Hours: Thursday 6-10pm Friday 6-11pm Saturday 2-11pm Sunday 2-8pm...

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S十a十ions of 十he Cross

Posted on April 09, 2019 in: General News

S十a十ions of  十he Cross
Join the St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group this Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm in the Upper Church for an awe-inspiring evening of reflection and contemplation about the Lord’s ultimate sacrifice. All Are Welcome!

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Join us for Divine Mercy Sunday
Join the St. Thomas the Apostle Divine Mercy Ministry and Knights of Columbus as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on Sunday, April 28 here at St. Thomas 12 noon: Holy Mass at the Main Church 1-1:30pm: Light Lunch (sponsored by the Knights of Columbus) will be served in the Parish Center 1:...

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Singles Social Group April Events
The St. Thomas Singles Social Group has scheduled a wide variety of events for April!  If you are 50+ and single, widowed or divorced, you are invited to join in the fun.  Click here for a flyer with all the details.

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Applications for School Board Positions Now Being Accepted
Applications for the 2019-2020 St. Thomas School Board are now being accepted.   The deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 8.  Please CLICK HERE for more information and the application form.

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Spring Bereavement Sessions begin Soon
Are you grieving the loss of someone you love? Could you use some support? You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. SPRING Bereavement Support Groups at St. Thomas the Apostle begin on Tuesday, April 30, 7:00-9:00pm. These meetings will continue for five additional weeks (M...

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Easter Lily Dedications

Posted on April 03, 2019 in: General News

Easter Lily Dedications
The Youth Program invites all our Parish & Youth Group Families to purchase a lily plant in “Celebration of Easter” as part of the Easter floral display.  A special dedication label will be placed on each lily before it is placed in the Church/Chapel altar.  A “Celebr...

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Bishop Kicanas is Here!

Posted on March 17, 2019 in: General News

Bishop Kicanas is Here!
Bishop Gerald Kicanas, bishop emeritus of Tucson, is has arrived at St. Thomas the Apostle!  Come hear his dynamic preaching during special Lenten Mission prayer services on March 25 & 26 at 7:30 pm in the Main Church.  Click here for a flyer with additional details.  

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Come To The Scrutinies

Posted on March 16, 2019 in: General News

Come To The Scrutinies
On the First Sunday of Lent, our St. Thomas Parish Family pledged our prayers and support for one of our catechumens who is completing his final preparation for initiation.  At the Rite of Election, Bishop Barres declared Bryce to be a member of the elect who has been chosen by God and will rec...

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St. Faustina's Way of the Cross
St. Thomas the Apostle's Divine Mercy Ministry will sponsor "St. Faustina's way of the Cross" on Friday, March 15th.  CLICK HERE for details.     

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Lenten Living Tree

Posted on March 08, 2019 in: General News

Lenten Living Tree
Lent is a time of: Prayer - Fasting - Almsgiving...As we begin our Lenten journey, let us remember those in need who are suffering with their crosses every day. Please take a leaf, whenever you are at Church or the Chapel, from the Trees, and replace it each time with a flower from the basket. As th...

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Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019

Posted on February 25, 2019 in: General News

Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019
On Ash Wednesday, we will receive the sign of the cross with blessed ashes on our foreheads as a symbol of our intention to change our lives and turn more toward God.  This year’s Ash Wednesday schedule is: At the Church (24 Westminster Rd.): 7:45am (Mass) 12:10pm (Mass) 6:00pm ...

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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...

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"What Catholics Believe" Refresher Course
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...

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Confirmation Preparation  for Adults 2019
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, baptized Catholics receive the Holy Spirit to help them become more like Christ and be strengthened in bearing witness to him. This year's Confirmation preparation sessions for Catholic adults (18 and older) will be held on Monday evenings beginning March 11.&nb...

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Come and See...

Posted on December 14, 2018 in: General News

Come and See...
The St. Thomas Journey Team invites you to bring a friend to come and see what the Church has to offer and to talk about what you are seeking.  Stop by the Parish Center (downstairs from the Main Church) on Tuesday, January 15 or Wednesday, January 23 between 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Every...

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Weekday 9:00am Masses Move to Lower Church
Beginning Monday, December 17, the 9:00 A.M. Mass usually celebrated in the Chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be celebrated in the Lower Church of the Main Church until mid-March.

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Christmas Poinsettia Dedications

Posted on December 11, 2018 in: General News

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
Looking for a great way to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion this Christmas?  The St. Thomas Youth Group invites you to purchase a poinsettia plant in “Celebration of Christmas” as part of the Christmas floral display.  A special dedication label will ...

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Baby Jesus Blessing and Blessing of Expectant Parents
A special blessing will be offered to all expectant parents who come to the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Main Church this Sunday, December 9.  You can also bring the Baby Jesus from your Nativity set or another symbol of the Baby Jesus from your home to be blessed during this Mass.  

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Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule

Posted on December 03, 2018 in: General News

Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation, is on Saturday, December 8th.  The schedule of Masses is as follows: Eve of Holy Day: Friday, December 7th 7:30 PM Main Church   Holy Day: Saturday, December 8th 7:45 AM Main Chu...

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"Attending to Grief in a Season of Cheer"
On Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30pm in the Parish Center, the St. Thomas Bereavement Ministry will host an evening to assist those struggling during the Christmas season after losing a loved one.  The evening will begin with an opening prayer which will be follwoed by a present...

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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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Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!

Posted on November 26, 2018 in: General News

Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!
The 2019 Cash Calendars are now available...Just $15 per calendar gives you 150 chances to win prizes totaling $5,800!  Winning tickets are re-entered after each pick.  CLICK HERE for a printer friendly copy of the calendar! Return the entry form to the Rectory ...

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Blessing of Thanksgiving Food

Posted on November 13, 2018 in: General News

Blessing of Thanksgiving Food
The parish family of Saint Thomas the Apostle invites you to join us for our Thanksgiving Day Liturgy Thursday, November 22nd at the 9:00 AM Mass in the Main Church.  A Blessing of Food will take place during the Mass. Please bring any items for your Thanksgiving meal that you would like to hav...

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Singles Social Group

Posted on November 13, 2018 in: General News

Singles Social Group
The St. Thomas Singles Social Group will enjoy a pizza party on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.  If you are 50+ and single, widowed or divorced, you are invited to drop in.  There is a $5.00 hospitality fee.  Click here for details, or call St. Thomas Human Servi...

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 Veterans Day Observed - Monday, November 12
Due to the Veterans Day holiday which will be observed on November 12, there will be no 7:45am Mass at the Church on Monday.  Mass will be celebrated at 9:00am in the Chapel (876 Hempstead Avenue).  The Rectory Office will be closed.

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Annual Craft Fair & Santa's Breakfast
The Annual Craft Fair will be held in St. Thomas the Apostle School on Sunday, December 2nd from 10am-4pm.  It will include fun for everyone with crafts, vendors, food, carolers, raffles, etc. Breakfast with Santa will take place 11:30am-1pm.  The cost is $25 for a family of four a...

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Celebrate All Saints Day

Posted on October 30, 2018 in: General News

Celebrate All Saints Day
Come celebrate All Saints Day at St. Thomas the Apostle!   MASS SCHEDULE   All Saints Eve - Wednesday, October 31: 7:30 PM in the Church;   All Saints Day - Thursday, November 1: 7:45 AM in the Church; 9:00 AM in the Chapel; 12:10 PM in the Church; 7:3...

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All Souls Mass

Posted on October 30, 2018 in: General News

All Souls Mass
Our annual All Souls Mass will take place on Friday, November 2nd at 7:30pm in the Lower Church.  All are invited to pray for the deceased members of our parish and those dear to us as their names are read at this Mass. Hospitality will follow Mass in the Parish Center. The Ministr...

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Thanksgiving Food Drive Now Taking Place
Thanksgiving is a time to express our gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives by helping those less fortunate then ourselves. Please put your donation in the brown basket in the Church or Chapel, or bring to the Rectory/Human Services by Sunday, November 11th. Items needed include: Instant ...

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Upcoming Event: Dinner Dance 2018

Posted on September 20, 2018 in: General News

The St. Thomas the Apostle Dinner Dance is a wonderful night out with the community to support the parish. This year's theme is "Do Every Good Deed in Love". We hope to see you there on November 10 at Pompei Ristorante!

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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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Tag Sale Donations Needed!

Posted on June 22, 2018 in: General News

Tag Sale Donations Needed!
Do you have treasures at home that someone else may want or need?  Consider donating them to the St. Thomas Tag Sale!  Your generous donations help us make this event a huge success year after year. Have something in mind?  Attend one of our scheduled donation days in the Msgr. Smi...

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Discounted Pay-One-Price Bracelets!

Pay-One-Price Ride Bracelets for the St. Thomas Family Festival will be available for a discounted price if purchased online by 12noon on Thursday, May 31st.  CLICK HERE for details.

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High School Entrance Exam Prep Course

NEW TO STA IN THE FALL! CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAM (CHSEE) COURSE WHEN Six (6) Two (2) Hour Sessions beginning Saturday, September 15th through Saturday, October 20th 9:00 am – 11:00 a.m. [CHSEE EXAM HELD -10/27/18] CLICK HERE for more information.

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Family Festival Volunteers Needed!
The success of the Family Festival is due to the generous support of our Parishioners and School Families who dedicate their time to make this event better every year. This year's event takes place Thursday, May 31st – Sunday, June 3rd.  Everyone is invited to participate...

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Volunteer Appreciation BBQ!

Posted on April 26, 2018 in: General News

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ!
As the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost, we at St. Thomas are filled with gratitude for the spirit of giving shown by our many volunteers throughout the year. We invite all PARISH VOLUNTEERS to a THANK YOU BARBEQUE in celebration of that spirit on Pentecost Sunda...

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Sacraments of Initiation on Pentecost Sunday
You’re invited to support those who will receive Sacraments of Initiation at St. Thomas the Apostle this Pentecost! Come to the 10:30 Mass in the Main Church on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th,  to mark the close of the Easter Season and celebrate with those who are receiving Sacraments of Ini...

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Applications for School Board Positions Now Being Accepted

Applications for the 2018-2019 St. Thomas School Board are now being accepted.   The deadline for submiission is Thursday, April 26th..  Please CLICK HERE for more information and the application form.

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Join us for Divine Mercy Sunday
Join the St. Thomas the Apostle Divine Mercy Ministry and Knights of Columbus as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on Sunday, April 8th here at St. Thomas 12 noon: Holy Mass at the Main Church 1-1:30pm: Refreshments (sponsored by the Knights of Columbus) will be served in the Parish Center ...

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St. Thomas School Clothing Drive
St. Thomas School will be holding a Clothing Drive Fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday, April 14th & 15th.  Just drive up -- and drop -off!  Our school will earn cash for your gently used items.  Items being accepted include:  clothes, shoes, handbags, linens, stuffed anim...

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Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
You Can Understand the Bible! Topic: Bible Study: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible Date: Mondays, April 9 to June 4 Time: 7:30-9pm Cost of your Student Workbook: $19.95 (purchased online) For more information or to sign up: Please visit AscensionPress.com, or con...

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Weekday Masses at Chapel to Resume
Weekday Masses in the Chapel at 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, will resume on Monday, March 19th (weather permitting).    

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St. Thomas School Flower Sale Orders Due

You can plan your spring garden and support our parish school at the same time!  Flower orders are due by Wednesday, March 28th.  CLICK HERE for the order form and more information. 

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Golden Wedding Liturgy

Posted on March 05, 2018 in: General News

Golden Wedding Liturgy

The Diocese of Rockville Centre will celebrate a Golden Wedding Liturgy honoring couples who have been married fifty years or more on Sunday, April 29th at 2:30pm at the Church of St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa

Couples who wish to participate are asked to fill out a registration form, have it signed by Msgr., Maniscalco, and then return it to the Office of Worship.  CLICK HERE for the form and to learn more details.

Registration must be received by April 13th.  If you have questions you can call 516-678-5800, ext. 504.

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St. Faustina's Way of the Cross on March 16th

St. Thomas the Apostle's Divine Mercy Ministry will sponsor "St. Faustina's way of the Cross" on Friday, March 16th.  CLICK HERE for details.   

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Come to "Sip 'n Paint" on March 8th
A professional artist will provide step-by-step instructions to create a work of art while you socialize... sipping wine and enjoying light snacks.  Go home with a masterpiece -- no art experience needed! All supplies will be provided so you don’t have to worry about a thing (ex...

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Appeal for Increased Weekly Giving

Posted on February 20, 2018 in: General News

Appeal for Increased Weekly Giving

Our parish needs your help...Please CLICK HERE to listen to Msgr. Maniscalco's appeal for our increased offertory drive.

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Lenten Giving Tree

Posted on February 16, 2018 in: General News

Lenten Giving Tree
Lent is a time of: Prayer - Fasting - Almsgiving...As we begin our Lenten journey, let us remember those in need who are suffering with their crosses every day. Please take a leaf, whenever you are at Church or the Chapel, from the Trees, and replace it each time with a flower from the basket. As th...

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Family Festival Sponsorships Available!
The St. Thomas the Apostle School Family Festival will take place from May 31st through June 3rd on the school grounds.  As always, there will be carnival rides, food, and entertainment.  The event lasts four days and is a highlight in our community.  People look forward to ...

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St. Faustina's Way of the Cross

Posted on February 05, 2018 in: General News

St. Faustina's Way of the Cross

St. Thomas the Apostle's Divine Mercy Ministry will sponsor "St. Faustina's way of the Cross" on Friday, February 16th.  CLICK HERE for details.   

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Spring Bereavement Sessions begin Soon
Are you grieving the loss of someone you love? Could you use some support? You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Spring Bereavement Support Groups at St. Thomas the Apostle begin on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 7:30-9:00pm in our Parish Center.   CLICK HERE ...

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Men's Retreat: The Reign of God Is Now!
Bishop Molloy Retreat House invites the men of St. Thomas the Apostle to participate in a retreat the weekend of March 2nd. The retreat opens with dinner at 7pm on Friday and concludes with Mass at 11am on Sunday. This is a “Retreat” from everyday “busyness” and is held ...

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"Souper Bowl" of Caring

Posted on January 31, 2018 in: General News

"Souper Bowl" of Caring
Confirmation candidates will be at the doors as you leave mass on Satuday and Sunday, February 3rd snd 4th (except at 7:30am and 6pm) collecting monetary donations to help those in need on this "souper bowl" weekend.  The money will be sent to the inn, the Interfaith Nutriti...

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Sign Up Today for "Living the Eucharist"!
Renew your faith through "Living the Eucharist" this Lent by joining one of the small groups which will meet weekly from February 12 through March 24th. Sign up by calling the Parish Office or submitting the registration form found in the bulletin or through the link below. Space...

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"What Catholics Believe" Refresher Course
Were you old enough to drive yourself to the last religion class you attended?  Do you feel confident answering questions about our Catholic faith? Heve you ever looked at the basic teachings of Catholicism with the eyes of an adult? If you answered “no” to any of these questions...

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Say Thank You for Choosing Life

Posted on January 17, 2018 in: General News

Say Thank You for Choosing Life
The St. Thomas Youth Group is holding a Baby Shower Fundraiser during the month of January to benefit the single mothers of Regina Residence.   Items will be collected in a box at the church throughout the month of January.  Regina Residence provides housing and supportiv...

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Father/Daughter Dance is February 11th
St. Thomas the Apostle's annual Father/Daughter Dance, “A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: A Special Night with Your Special Girl" will take place on Sunday, February 11th from 4-8pm at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square.  Little ladies in grades Nursery through 8th and thei...

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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas
All are welcome to visit St. Thomas School during Catholic Schools Week 2018 -- a school where our students "Learn. Serve. Lead. SUCCEED."  We offer programs for 3-year-olds through 8th grade in a Christ-centered environment that fosters a love of God, self, others and ...

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Open Meeting on Evangelization

Posted on December 28, 2017 in: General News

Open Meeting on Evangelization
The next Pastoral Council meeting, on Wednesday, January 10, will an be open meeting on evangelization. It will be held in the Parish Center at 7:30pm. All parishioners are invited. After describing what the parish has been doing for evangelization the last few years, the Pastoral Council membe...

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March for Life on January 19th

Posted on December 28, 2017 in: General News

March for Life on January 19th
On Friday, January 19th, 2018, St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners and friends will travel by bus to participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. We will witness to the truth that the unborn child has the right to life. Mass will be held in the church at 5:30 a.m. and the bus will de...

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Family Mass Photos!

Posted on December 15, 2017 in: General News

Family Mass Photos!

The children of the parish and their families celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany at the monthly children's Mass celebrated by Msgr. Maniscalco at 10:30 on Janury 7th.  CLICK HERE for photos.

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Invitation to Anointing of Catechumans

All parishioners are invited to attend the Rite of Anointing with the Oil of Catechumens at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 9th in the Lower Church.  CLICK HERE for details.

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New Date for Supermarket Bingo!

Posted on December 14, 2017 in: General News

New Date for Supermarket Bingo!
St. Thomas the Apostle School's Parents Club is hosting a FAMILY SUPERMARKET BINGO on Friday, MARCH 2nd (NEW date) in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium.  Doors open at 6pm and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  Games begin at 7pm and admission is $7 for adu...

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Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!

Posted on December 05, 2017 in: General News

Cash Calendars Make Great Gifts!

The 2018 Cash Calendars are now available...Just $15 per calendar gives you 150 chances to win prizes totaling over $5,750!  Winning tickets are re-entered after each pick.  CLICK HERE for a printer friendly copy of the calendar!

Cash Calendars make great gifts -- use them as stocking stuffers! Buy some for yourself or as gifts for family, friends, teachers or even as a Kris Kringle gift.

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Blood Drive on Sunday, Dec. 10th

Posted on November 27, 2017 in: General News

Blood Drive on Sunday, Dec. 10th
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive on Sunday, December 10th from 8:15am - 12:45 pm at St. Thomas in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium. Giving blood saves lives -- Long Island is currently experiencing a blood shortage emergency -- please consider donatin...

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Dinner Dance Photos!

Posted on November 22, 2017 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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Spirit of St. Thomas Awards

Posted on November 17, 2017 in: General News

Spirit of St. Thomas Awards
On Sunday, November 19th, at the 10:30am mass the Spirit of St. Thomas Award was given to Lou and Gina Imperioli, Haydee and Manuel Torres and Enid Cervino, although Enid was not able to be present at the Mass. This award is an acknowledgment of the contributions that the recipie...

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Msgr. Alesandro Receives Diocesan Award
On Sunday, November 4th Msgr. Alesandro was awarded the Immaculate Conception Medal by Bishop Barres at the annual Te Deum Dinner held at the Seminary in Huntington.  Read below Msgr.' Maniscalco's letter regarding this award: "Last Sunday evening Msgr. Alesandro was awarded the...

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Christmas Poinsettia & Wreath Sale

Posted on November 03, 2017 in: General News

Christmas Poinsettia & Wreath Sale

The St. Thomas the Apostle School Parents Club is accepting orders for fresh Christmas wreaths, grave blankets and poinsettias.  Orders are due by Friday November 17th and items can be picked up on Sunday, December 3rd.  CLICK HERE for order form and more details.

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Parishioner Receives St. Agnes Service Award
Parishioner Donna Martin was recently honored by the Diocese for her service to our parish with the St. Agnes Service Award. Msgr. Maniscalso's weekly letter for the November 5, 2017 bulletin provides details as follows:   "Last Sunday the weather “celebrated” the f...

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Early Childhood Open House This Week!

St. Thomas the Apostle School celebrates Early Childhood Education Week this week (Oct. 23-27)with open houses from 9-11am each day.  All are welcome to visit our school and experience the loving atmosphere that nurtures the minds and hearts of our youngest apostles.  Full-day and half-day programs are available, including after-care until 5:30pm.  Please call the school office with any questions (516-481-9310).

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All Saints Day Mass Schedule

Posted on October 19, 2017 in: General News

All Saints Day Mass Schedule
ALL SAINTS DAY HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION MASS SCHEDULE Eve of Holy Day: Tuesday, October 31 7:30 PM in the Church Holy Day Wednesday, November 1 7:45 AM in the Church 9:00 AM in the Chapel 12:10 PM in the Church 7:30 PM in the Chapel

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New Catechumens Are Coming!

Posted on October 18, 2017 in: General News

New Catechumens Are Coming!
This Sunday, October 22nd, at the 11:00 Mass at the Chapel, we will be welcoming two new people to our faith community.  For the very first time, they will publicly declare their intention to follow Jesus as Catholic Christians.  We, the Church, will promise to help them as they continue t...

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Training for New LTE Leaders!

Posted on October 15, 2017 in: General News

Training for New LTE Leaders!
“Living the Eucharist” is returning to St. Thomas the Apostle next Lent.  Participants meet in small groups to learn about and discuss topics related to the Eucharist and prepare for the upcoming Sunday Mass by prayerfully reflecting on a selection from the Sunday Mass readings.&nbs...

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Divine Mercy Holy Hour November 17th
The St.Thomas the Apostle Divine Mercy Holy Hour and Prayer Service for November takes place on Friday, November 17th in the Lower Church.  Confessions will be heard from: 6:30-7pm and followed by Diary Readings & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy C...

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WELCOME WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE!!!

Posted on October 03, 2017 in: General News

WELCOME WEEKEND  IS ALMOST HERE!!!
On October 21 & 22,ALL parishioners are cordially invited to Welcome Weekend at St. Thomas the Apostle. This weekend will be an opportunity for the St. Thomas Parish Family to extend a special welcome to those who may not attend Mass regularly.        IF you have...

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Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 7th
Join us as we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis with a "Blessing of the Animals" on Saturday, October 7th at 1 p.m.  We will gather on the lawn in front of Msgr. Smith Auditorium on Westminster Road.  The rain date for this event will be Sunday, October 8th at...

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Youth Group BBQ Kickoff this Sunday!

Posted on September 21, 2017 in: General News

Youth Group BBQ Kickoff this Sunday!

The St. Thomas Youth Group will kick-off the new year with a BBQ on Sunday, September 24th from 1-5pm in the school courtyard. All Youth Group members in gardes 6-12 are free with $50 Registration Fee! Any additional guests, parents or siblings, are $10 each. There will be Food! Friends! Music! Fun!  CLICK HERE for more details.

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Meetings for All Liturgical Ministers
Msgr. Maniscalco is asking all Liturgical Ministers to come together for a brief meeting to discuss some new changes and review the responsibilities of each function. This would include eucharistic ministers, ushers and lectors. There will be two sessions to choose from (you only need to attend one ...

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Make Plans to attend our Dinner Dance!
Invitations and raffle tickets for our annual Dinner Dance have been mailed out.  If you did not get yours, please call the Rectory (489-8585) and one will be sent to you.   This annual social event and fundraiser will take place on Saturday, November 18th at nearby Cherry Valley Country C...

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VIRTUS for New Volunteers

Posted on September 12, 2017 in: General News

VIRTUS for New Volunteers
There will be two VIRTUS sessions in October for new St. Thomas volunteers.  The first is on Saturday, October 14th, from 10am-12noon in the Parish Center.  The second is on Monday, October 16th, from 6:30-8:30pm, also in the Parish Center.  If you serve in any ministry or organizatio...

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Fifth Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, September 13th

 On Wednesday, September 13th the Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus and the Divine Mercy Ministry invite you to celebrate the100th Anniversary of the Fifth Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima at 7pm in the Parish Center.   CLICK HERE for more information.

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Bible Reading Classes Begin Soon!

Posted on September 04, 2017 in: General News

Bible Reading Classes Begin Soon!
READING THE BIBLE WITH MSGR. MANISCALCO When: Mondays, Sept. 25 through Dec. 4 (10 weeks, except Columbus Day) Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Where: Parish Library What: Luke-Acts. The two books written by St. Luke -- his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles -- present a panorama of God’s sa...

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“Journey: Reconnecting to the Catholic Faith”
“Journey: Reconnecting to the Catholic Faith” is a six-week program beginning the evening of Tuesday, September 26  where Catholics who are returning to regular attendance at Mass (and those who are thinking about returning) can take another look at Catholicism. Your questions and c...

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Golden Wedding Liturgies

Posted on August 21, 2017 in: General News

Golden Wedding Liturgies
The Diocese of Rockville Centre will celebrate Golden Wedding Liturgies honoring couples who have been married fifty years or more on two Sundays this Fall.  The liturgies will take place at 2:30pm on Sunday, October 22nd at the Church of St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa and on Sunday, November 1...

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Memorial Opportunity

Posted on August 18, 2017 in: General News

Memorial Opportunity
We are looking to purchase two more ciboria for our liturgies. Please consider memorizing one of them for a loved one. The donation is $400 each. Please contact the Rectory at 489-8585 if you are interested.

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Mass Intentions for 2018

Posted on August 10, 2017 in: General News

Mass Intentions for 2018
The Mass Book for 2018  will be opened as of WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6th at 9:15 am in the Parish Center.  When you arrive please sign in on the clipboard provided and give your time of arrival. Intentions will be accepted in the order in which parishioners arrive acco...

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Fall Bereavement Sessions Begin Soon
Are you grieving the loss of someone you love? Could you use some support? You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Fall Bereavement Support Groups at St. Thomas the Apostle begin on Tuesday, September 26th, 7:30-9:00pm in our Parish Center.  These meetings will continue...

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Feast of the Assumption Mass Schedule
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation, is on Tuesday, August 15th.  The schedule of masses is as follows: Eve of Holy Day: Monday, August 14th, 7:30 PM Main Church... Holy Day: Tuesday, August 15th, 7:45 AM Main Church 12:10 PM Main Church 9:...

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Blood Drive, Tuesday, August 8th

Posted on August 02, 2017 in: General News

Blood Drive, Tuesday, August 8th
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 8th from 2-8pm in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium. Giving blood saves lives -- please consider donating. Eligibility Criteria: Bring ID with signature or photo. Minimum weight 110 lbs. Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must hav...

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Fourth Apparition at Fatima

Posted on July 27, 2017 in: General News

Fourth Apparition at Fatima

On Saturday, August 19th, the Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus and the Divine Mercy Ministry invite you to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Fourth Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  CLICK HERE for details.

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St. Thomas School Now Registering!
Our parish school is now accepting new registrations for the coming school year.  We offer programs for Nursery, Pre-K and Grades 1-8.  Visit the School web site at www.stthomasschool.net for more information or see the bulletin.  

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Register Now for Fall Religious Ed Classes!
If your child is entering the first grade in Public School, or is in an older grade and has not attended Religious Education classes, it is time to register. In order to be prepared for the sacraments, the children must attend classes from grades 1 through 8. If you haven’t registered your chi...

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Save the Date! Parish Dinner Dance is Nov. 18th
New Day!  New Venue! Mark your calendars for our annual Parish Dinner Dance, to be held on SATURDAY, November 18th at Cherry Valley Country Club in Garden City. This year's honorees are: Richard Seery, Sr., Irmi & Richard Seery, Jr., and Regina & Chris Todd...St. Thomas Parishi...

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Summer Theatre Tribute July 30th
St. Thomas the Apostle Summer Theatre is presenting a musical tribute honoring Mary Rockensies and Jim Conway on Sunday, July 30th at 2pm in the Msgr. Smith Auditorium.  Doors will open at 1:30pm and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.  Admission is free, and any dona...

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Join Divine Mercy on a Pilgrimage!
Join the St. Thomas the Apostle Divine Mercy Ministry on a Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, MA, on Saturday, October 14, 2017.   On this trip you will experience: Life size Stations of the Cross with Recitation of “St. Faustina’s Way of the...

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Corpus Christi Procession

Posted on June 09, 2017 in: General News

Corpus Christi Procession
We will have a SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION following 12noon Mass on Sunday, June 18th. Join us in a procession to the Auditorium with the Blessed Sacrament (weather permitting*). Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will continue until 4:30PM.  Vespers and Benediction will take place ...

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Spirit of St. Thomas Youth Awards
On Sunday, June 25th at the 10:30 am Mass Msgr. Maniscalco will award the first recipients of the newly created "Spirit of St. Thomas Youth Awards.  The recipients will be:  Jeffrey Hasselbring, Elizabeth Jose and Tabetha Steiner. In his weekly column in the bulletin Msgr...

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Third Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

On Thursday, July 13th the Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus and the Divine Mercy Ministry invite you to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Third Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  CLICK HERE for details.

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Reunion Mass & Ice Cream Social
Come to a summertime reunion for all who have been involved in the journey of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or Adult Confirmation at St. Thomas the Apostle in the past eight years! We will attend the 6:00pm Mass in the Main Church on Sunday, July 9, then gather downstairs in the Parish ...

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Come to the Family Festival!!

Come to the St. Thomas Family Festival June 1-4...Lots of exciting rides for the kids and thrill seekers,  St. Thomas famous food tent! * Skill games for every age group, International Food Court * Local Entertainment Stage and much much more!
Hours:
Thursday 6-10pm...Friday 6-10pm...Saturday 2-10pm...Sunday 2-8pm

Pre-Sale Discounted Ride Bracelets  - $23.76 in advance instead of $30 day of...Take Advantage of this Pre-Sale Wristbands (POP) $$$ SAVINGS YOU MUST PURCHASE BY NOON 6/1/17, YOUR PURCHASE CAN BE REDEEMED FOR ANY DAY (June 1 - 4) OF EVENT ONSITE AT THE TICKET BOOTH. (No Refunds or Exchanges)

Coupon  

"Read and Ride" Form - Friday is "Read and Ride Day" ...Students in grades K-8 can earn 2 free rides (Friday ONLY) by reading 3 books.  

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100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's Apparition
On Tuesday, June 13th the Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus and the Divine Mercy Ministry invite you to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Second Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.   The Angel of Portugal appears to three Shepherd children at Fatima asking for the prayers of reparation ...

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Ascension Thursday Schedule of Masses

The schedule of Masses for Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation, which falls this year on on May 25th, can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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Sacraments of Initiation on Pentecost Sunday
You’re invited to support those who will receive Sacraments of Initiation at St. Thomas the Apostle this Pentecost! Come to the 10:30 Mass in the Main Church on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, to mark the close of the Easter Season and celebrate with those who are receiving ...

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CMA Speakers at St. Thomas Next Weekend
Next weekend, May 20-21, is Catholic Ministries Appeal Sunday here at St. Thomas. We will have speakers at our Masses and envelopes will be available for you to make a pledge to the Appeal.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration of how you can participate.  Below are the biographies o...

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Notice Regarding Father's Day Cards
Please be aware that Father's Day cards were accidentally sent out by our mailing company a few weeks too early.  We ask that the envelopes with your intentions be returned beginning in early June.

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Notice Regarding Father's Day Cards
We are aware that Father's Day cards were accidentally sent out by our mailing company a few weeks too early.  Please return the envelopes with your intentions be returned beginning in early June.    Please be aware that Father's Day cards were accidentally  ...

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Memorial Day Mass

Posted on May 08, 2017 in: General News

Memorial Day Mass
The 9 a.m. Mass on Memorial Day will be celebrated in the Lower church and not in the Chapel.  There is no 7:45am Mass.

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Applications for St. Thomas School Board Now Being Accepted

Applications for the 2017-2018 St. Thomas School board are now being accepted.   The deadline for submiission is Monday, May 22nd.  Please CLICK HERE for more information and the application form.

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Come to the Family Festival June 1-4!!

Our annual "Family Festival" takes place Thrusday thorugh Sunday, June 1-4 -- make plans to bring your families and friends for some fun and excitement!  

CLICK HERE for Festival Details
CLICK HERE for Volunteer Information
CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Form
CLICK HERE for Raffle Tickets

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100th Anniversary of Fatima

Posted on May 03, 2017 in: General News

100th Anniversary of Fatima

On Saturday, May 13th, the Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus and the Divine Mercy Ministry invite you to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the First Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  CLICK HERE for details.

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VIRTUS Volunteer Training May 30th

There will be a VIRTUS Volunteer Training session at St. Thomas on Tuesday, May 30th at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  Pre-registration is required and can be done online by clicking here.

CLICK HERE for more details.

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Make "Faith Direct" Part of Your Summer Plans
Do you have plans for Memorial Day? Are booking your summer vacations? Consider enrolling in eGiving through Faith Direct to make sure that your gift can reach St. Thomas the Apostle even when you cannot. Visit www.faithdirect.net and use our church code: NY63.  Th...

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Mass for Fr. Thomas Hynes

Posted on April 24, 2017 in: General News

Mass for Fr. Thomas Hynes
There will be a Mass of Remembrance for Father Thomas Hynes on Tuesday, Aoril 25th at 8pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Valley Stream.  Father Hynes passed away on Friday, April 21st.  He was a Vincentian priest who often said Masses at the St. Thomas Chapel many years ago while resi...

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Read the Bible with Msgr. Maniscalco
Our pastor, Msgr. Maniscalco, will host Bible reading sessions on Mondays during May and June from 1-2:30pm in the Parish Center.  Included will be the first book of the Bible, Genesis (May); the Gospel according to Matthew first book of the New Testament (June). The sessions will ...

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Notice Regarding Masses Tuesday Morning
The 9 a.m. Mass usually celebrated in the lower church on Tuesdays will be celebrated in the chapel this Tuesday, April 11th.  The new carillon for the church will probably be installed beginning at 8 a.m. ...

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New Summer Program at St. Thomas School!
St. Thomas the Apostle School will be offering an exciting, new Summer Program this year for students entering Nursery through Grade 4 in September.  The 4 week program will run from June 26th through July 21st from 8:00am to 11:30am each day and will include a variety ...

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You Can Sponsor Our New Church Bells!
As Christians, the bells ringing from a church tower remind us of God’s presence in the world.  They summon us to celebrate Mass, peal forth joyfully on wedding days and toll on the occasion of funerals to remind us to pray for a departed soul.  Here at St. Thomas we recently repl...

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Make Plans for "Memphis in May!"
The St. Thomas School Parents Club invites all parishioners to its 3rd annual “Memphis In May” on Saturday May 20th 7-11pm in the Monsignor Smith Auditorium.  Enjoy a selection of fine southern foods prepared by St. Thomas School alumni and Culinary Institure of Ameri...

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Farewell to Father Noel on March 12th
Congratulations to Father Noel who will be leaving St. Thomas to take up an assignment as a pastor in the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas. He will celebrate the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, March 12, as his farewell Sunday Mass at St. Thomas.  Mass will be followed by a reception in the Msgr. Smith...

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Lenten Living Tree

Posted on March 03, 2017 in: General News

Lenten Living Tree
Lent is a time of: Prayer - Fasting - Almsgiving. As we begin our Lenten journey, let us remember those in need who are suffering their crosses each and every day by taking a leaf from the Lenten Living Tree and replacing it with a flower from the basket. As the Living Tree blooms, the flowers re...

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Chapel Weekday Masses Resume March 20th
The weekday Masses in the Chapel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. will resume on Monday, March 20th.  Weekday Masses at 9am in the Lower Church will remain on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Palms to Ashes....Rite of Burning Palms, Saturday at 4:30
On Saturday, February 25th at 4:30pm, Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish will prepare for the beginning of Lent with rites that will produce the ashes that will be put on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. The ashes are produced by burning the palms which were blessed du...

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Blood Drive on March 12th

Posted on February 23, 2017 in: General News

Blood Drive on March 12th

You can change the lives of up to five people with a blood donation at our Blood Drive on Sunday, March 12th.  The drive, being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Long Island Blood Services, takes place from 8:15am until 12:45pm.

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"Rite of Sending" at Noon Mass on March 5th
The catechumens and baptized candidates of our parish participated in a special day of prayer and discernment on February 12. With God’s help, some have discerned that they are ready to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at this year’s Easter Vigil.  You are invited to...

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It's Time to Plan A Party!

Posted on February 21, 2017 in: General News

It's Time to Plan A Party!
The date is set -- on Saturday, November 18th we will once again join together to celebrate as a parish family at our annual DINNER DANCE -- now all we need are parishioners to work together to plan the evening!  We invite anyone who might be interested in helping out with this annual event to ...

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20th Annual Community Food Drive

Posted on February 18, 2017 in: General News

20th Annual Community Food Drive
The West Hempstead Franklin Square Association of Girl Scouts' Twentieth Annual Community Food Drive will take place February 27th – March 12th.  Collection bins will be found in the Church and Chapel during this time period.  The food collected will be donated to St. Thomas...

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Sign Up Now for Men's Retreat March 3-5
Bishop Molloy Retreat House invites the men of St. Thomas the Apostle to participate in a retreat the weekend of March 3-5.  The retreat opens with dinner at 7pm on Friday and concludes with Mass at 11am on Sunday. This is a “Retreat” from everyday “busyness” Held at ...

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Join Us for a Lenten Retreat Day on March 18th

St. Thomas will hold a Lenten retreat Day on Saturday, March 18th beginning at 10am in the Parish Center.  Come to one or both of the events.  All are welcome!  CLICK HERE for details

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Bishop Barres to Celebrate Mass March 13th
St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners are invited to a Mass to be celebrated by our new bishop, Bishop John Barres, on Monday, March 13th, 11:30am, at St. Christopher's Church in Baldwin.  This Mass will be for all the parishes within our Deanery.  Please CLICK HERE for more informa...

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"What Catholics Believe" Refresher Course
Were you old enough to drive yourself to the last religion class you attended?  Do you feel confident answering questions about our Catholic faith? Heve you ever looked at the basic teachings of Catholicism with the eyes of an adult? If you answered “no” to any of these questions...

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Blessing of Throats on Friday

Posted on February 01, 2017 in: General News

Blessing of Throats on Friday
There will a be a blessing of throats after the 7:45am and 9am Masses in the Lower Church on Friday, February 3rd, the Feast Day of St. Blaise.

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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 ...

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"Paint Nite" Comes to St. Thomas!

Posted on January 30, 2017 in: General News

"Paint Nite" Comes to St. Thomas!
On Thursday, March 30th a Paint Nite® master artist will provide step-by-step instructions to create a work of art while you socialize... sipping wine and enjoying light snacks.  Go home with a masterpiece -- no art experience needed! All supplies will be provided so you don&rsquo...

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Youth Group for Middle Schoolers Begins February 17th
Middle School Youth Group Segment - 1st Meeting February 17th! Have you been wanting to join the Youth Group but you’re not in High School yet? You don’t have to worry anymore! We would like to invite all 6th-8th graders to come down to a Dodgeball Tournament with a friend to check ...

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Spring Bereavement Sessions Begin Soon
Are you grieving the loss of someone you love? Could you use some support? You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Spring Bereavement Support Groups at St. Thomas the Apostle begin on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm in our Parish Center.  These meetings will contin...

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Come to the St. Thomas School Open House!
St. Thomas School starts its celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 29th at our 10:30am Mass which is followed by an Open House from 11:30am until 1:30pm. Stop by and learn about all the wonderful programs offered by our Parish School. There is another Open House on Monday f...

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Steeple Chimes Dedications Now Available!
The chimes of St. Thomas the Apostle Church ring daily as a reminder that God’s voice is calling us…They can also be rung at 7 p.m. daily (with some exceptions*) for your special occasions such as a birthday or anniversary, or in memory of a loved one. The occasions for which the chimes...

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Come to "Supermarket Bingo"

Posted on January 11, 2017 in: General News

Come to "Supermarket Bingo"
All parishioners are invited to  a "FAMILY SUPERMARKET BINGO" on Friday, January 20th in the Msgr. Joseph Smith Auditorium that is being sponsored by the St. Thomas the Apostle School Parents Club. The doors open at 6 PM and snacks and drinks will be available for purchas...

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Confirmation Preparation for Adults Begins Soon!
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, baptized Catholics receive the Holy Spirit to help them become more like Christ and be strengthened in bearing witness to him.  Adults who have not yet received this sacrament may decide to do so for any number of reasons.  For example, they might be pr...

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Father Daughter Dance is February 12th
St. Thomas the Apostle’s Annual Father/Daughter Dance takes place on Sunday, February 12th, 2017  from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square.   This "Special Night with Your Special Girl" is open to young ladies from Nu...

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March for Life on January 27th

Posted on December 22, 2016 in: General News

March for Life on January 27th
On Friday, January 27, 2017, St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners and friends will travel by bus to participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Mass will be held in the church at 5:30 a.m. and the bus will depart at 6:00 a.m. Anticipated arrival back at St. Thomas is approximately 11...

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All Invited to the "Rite of Anointing" on January 10th
As members of the St. Thomas Parish Family, it is up to us to care for those among us who are seeking Jesus through the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism Confirmation, and Eucharist). One way we show our love and support is by celebrating important moments on their journey of faith. You will have an...

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Epiphany Volunteer Brunch on January 8th
The St. Thomas the Apostle Pastoral Council invites all Parish Volunteers to an "Epiphany Volunteer Appreciation Brunch" on Sunday, January 8th from 9:30am—12:30pm in the Monsignor Smith Auditorium.  All volunteers are welcome to join Msgr. Maniscalco, members of the P...

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Christmas Poinsettia Dedications

Posted on December 12, 2016 in: General News

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
The St. Thomas Youth Group invites you to purchase a poinsettia plant in “Celebration of Christmas” as part of the Christmas floral display. A special dedication label will be placed on each Poinsettia before it is placed on the Church/Chapel altar.  The plants remain disp...

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"Let's Make Some Music" with Our Youth Group
The St. Thomas Youth Group is currently looking for someone to help lead its Contemporary Choir. You would need to play an instrument (preferably keyboard or guitar) and be available when the Choir performs at the 6 pm Mass on Sundays.  In addition, rehearsals would be ...

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Rite of Anointing Will Take Place January 10th
As members of the St. Thomas Parish Family, it is up to us to care for those among us who are seeking Jesus through the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism Confirmation, and Eucharist). One way we show our love and support is by celebrating important moments on their journey of faith. You will have...

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Sign Up Now for "Living the Eucharist"!
Renew your faith through "Living the Eucharist" this Lent by joining one of the small groups which will meet weekly from February 27 through April 8. Sign up by calling the Parish Office or submitting the registration form found in the bulletin or through the link below. Space in each...

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50th Anniversary Masses for Msgr. Alesandro
Msgr. Alesandro will celebrate our weekly 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 17th, in thanksgiving for the 50th anniversary of his priesthood ordination on December 17, 1966. Bishop Emil Wcela will preach. He will also celebrate the weekly 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Decemb...

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2017 Cash Calendars Are Here!

Posted on November 30, 2016 in: General News

2017 Cash Calendars Are Here!
The 2017 Cash Calendars are now available...Just $15 per calendar gives you 150 chances to win!  Winning tickets are re-entered after after each pick. Registered parishioners have received the calendar in the mail and additional forms can be found at the Rectory or by CLICKING HERE. ...

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Parishioner Receives St. Agnes Service Medal
Congratulations to Pat Gallagher, our devoted head usher of many years and very active parishioner, on being awarded the St. Agnes Service Medal by Bishop Murphy in the Cathedral on Sunday, November 20th. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this award which Bishop Murphy instituted to ho...

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St. Thomas School's "Winter Wonderland"
The St. Thomas the Apostle School parents Club is holding a "Winter Wonderland" on Sunday, December 11th in the Parish Center following the  “Blessing of Baby Jesus” at the 10:30 a.m. Mass (approximate start time is 11:30a.m.) CLICK HERE for more details and to lea...

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Blood Drive on December 11th

Posted on November 30, 2016 in: General News

Blood Drive on December 11th
The St. Thomas Knights of Columbus Council11588 is holding a Blood Drive on Sunday, Dec. 11th from 8:15 a.m.until 12:45 p.m. in our Msgr. Smith Auditorium.  There is currently an emergency blood shortage -- your donation will help to save up to THREE lives. Our community hospital...

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"LTE" Coming Soon to St. Thomas

Posted on November 21, 2016 in: General News

"LTE" Coming Soon to St. Thomas
You are invited to participate in “Living the Eucharist” at St. Thomas the Apostle.  Here is some advice from last year’s participants at St. Thomas: “I would say go for it, especially if you’re a person that wants to be more involved with God but doesn't kn...

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Blessing of Thanksgiving Food

Posted on November 18, 2016 in: General News

Blessing of Thanksgiving Food
The parish family of Saint Thomas the Apostle invites you to join us for our Thanksgiving Day Liturgy Thursday, November 24th at the 9:00 AM Mass in the Main Church.   A Blessing of Food will take place during the Mass. Please bring any items for your Thanksgiving meal that you would like to ha...

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"Attending to Grief in a Season of Cheer"
The St. Thomas Bereavement MInistry will host an evening to assist those in need during the Christmas season on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30pm in the Parish Center. The evening will begin with an opening prayer which will be follwoed by a presentation on helpful coping tips for th...

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Advent Giving Tree and "Share-A-Gift"
As we prepare for the coming of our Savior, may we share our blessings and show our love and concern for our brothers and sisters by giving to those in need...Human Services invites you to help those in need by participating in the Advent Angel Giving Tree in the Church or Chapel and the Share-A-Gif...

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New Altar Servers Commissioned!

Posted on November 11, 2016 in: General News

New Altar Servers Commissioned!
We welcome the new Altar Servers who were recently are commissioned to their ministry. We ask God to bless abundantly these young people as they begin their liturgical ministry in our parish. A special thanks to Michael Milone for working with and training our new servers. The new servers ar...

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St. Thomas Thanskgiving Dinner Invitation
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish will once again host a community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanskgiving Day from noon til 2pm in the Monsignor Smith Auditorium.  Our Thanksgiving Dinner is open to all!  If you can’t travel to your Thanksgiving Dinner, or aren’t up to cooking a whole...

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Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins!

Posted on November 03, 2016 in: General News

Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins!
Thanksgiving is a time to express our gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives by helping those lessfortunate then ourselves.  Please put your donation in the brown basket in the Church or Chapel, or bring to the Rectory/Human services by Sunday, November 20th.    Your gene...

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Schedule of Masses for All Saints/All Souls Days

The schedule of masses for All Saints Day, Tuesday, November 1st and a holy day of obligation,  as well as for All Souls Day on November 2nd can be found by CLICKING HERE.  

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"Spirit of St. Thomas" Awards

Posted on October 31, 2016 in: General News

"Spirit of St. Thomas" Awards
The annual "Spirit of St. Thomas" Awards were presented at the 10:30am mass on Sunday, October 30th to Regina Gorman and Rob Waters.  They were recognized for their devotion to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish as manifested by the depth and variety of their participation i...

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All Souls Mass

Posted on October 27, 2016 in: General News

All Souls Mass
All our parish family are invited to pray for the deceased members of our parish as their names are read at the 7:30 pm All Souls Mass on Wednesday, Novmber 2nd in the LOWER CHURCH. Hospitality will follow in the Parish Center. The names to be read are from November 1, 2015 through October 3...

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Second Collection for Catholic Ministries Appeal
A second collection will be taken up at all masses on October 30th for the annual Catholic Ministries Appeal. Registered parishioners can use the special envelope for this purpose that was included with their regular envelopes.  We appreciate all those who have already contribute...

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Welcome Weekend is Coming!

Posted on October 14, 2016 in: General News

Welcome Weekend is Coming!
On October 22 & 23, all parishioners are cordially invited to "Welcome Weekend" at St. Thomas the Apostle. This weekend will be an opportunity for the St. Thomas Parish Family to extend a special welcome to those who may not attend Mass regularly.     &nbs...

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Youth Group Is Back!

Posted on October 07, 2016 in: General News

Youth Group Is Back!
The St. Thomas the Apostle Youth Group will hold its first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 16th at 7pm in the School Cafeteria.  All hgh school students are invited to come to the 6pm Mass to celebrate the start of Youth Group. Following Mass there will be an "Ice Cream So...

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Craft Fair Needs Vendors!

Posted on October 04, 2016 in: General News

Craft Fair Needs Vendors!
The St. Thomas School 34th Annual Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 10am-4pm.  This "Fall Festival" will include fun for everyone with crafts, vendors, food, raffles, etc. For information on reserving a Vendor table please contact Petal Scantlebury 516-84...

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"Blessing of the Animals" on Saturday
Join us as we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis with a "Blessing of the Animals" on Saturday, October 1st at 1 p.m.  We will gather on the lawn in front of Msgr. Smith Auditorium on Westminster Road.  The blessing will take place rain or shine.

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New Altar Server Training Begins Soon!
Training for new altar servers will begin on Thursday, September 29th.  New servers must be in the 5th grade at least and have the permission of their parents/guardians. Training will be on the following Thursdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct, 20. The sessions will be from 2:45-...

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Catholic Ministries Appeal Still Needs Your Support
The 2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal continues to need the support of our St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners.  Once we reach our Diocesan goal we will receive a rebate from the Diocese of Rockville Centre to help fund the many important programs and services offered by our parish.  If you ...

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"Living the Eucharist" Group leaders Needed
“Living the Eucharist” is returning to St. Thomas the Apostle next Lent. Participants meet in small groups to learn about and discuss topics related to the Eucharist and prepare for the upcoming Sunday Mass by prayerfully reflecting on a selection from the Sunday Mass readings.  ...

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“Journey: Reconnecting to the Catholic Faith” Registration  Deadline Extended

Registration for this year's Journey Program at St. Thomas has been extended until TOMORROW (September 15)! If you have been away from the Church or from Mass, this six-week series may be just what you're looking for. Click "Read More" for all the details.

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Mass Book Opening

Posted on August 19, 2016 in: General News

Mass Book Opening
The Mass Book for 2017 will be opened as of Wednesday, September 7th* at 9:30 am in the Parish Center.   When you arrive you will be asked to sign-in and give your time of arrival. Intentions will be accepted in the order in which parishioners arrive accord...

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New Bereavement Session to Begin

Posted on August 03, 2016 in: General News

New Bereavement Session to Begin
The St. Thomas the Apostle FALL 2016 BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM begins September 27th and lasts for eight weeks including October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 8, 15, & 22.  There is NO SESSION on November 1st (All Saints Day).  Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one is encou...

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Golden Wedding Liturgy

Posted on August 02, 2016 in: General News

Golden Wedding Liturgy
The Diocese of Rockville Centre will hold a Golden Wedding Liturgy honoring couples who have been married fifty years or more on two Sundays this Fall.  The liturgies will take place at 2:30pm on Sunday, October 23 at the Church of St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa and on Sunday, November 6 a...

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Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, September 24th our parish will join with thousands of Catholics from parishes across Long Island on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Murphy, who will be joined by his b...

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Register for September Religious Education Now!
Registration for Religious Education classes for 2016-2017 has begun!  If your child attends public school and is in Grade 1 through 8, they should be registered for Religious Education classes.  Download the registration form here.  For further information, call the Religio...

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Tag Sale Donations Now Being Accepted
Our parish Tag Sale is rapidly approaching -- now is the time to drop off your donations!  Committee members will be accepting donations at the following times:  Saturday, June 18th, 9am-12noon; Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-8pm; Saturday, June 25th, 9am-12noon.  Items shoudl be brought to ...

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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...

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