St. Thomas the Apostle
It is my pleasure to welcome you to St. Thomas Parish, a faith filled community by the sea. Everyone is welcome!
This year we are celebrating the year of the Family. We are encouraging all families, large or small, to join together in prayer and worship. We invite you to join one of our many ministries here at St. Thomas. For more information, please browse our website, the bulletin or stop by the Parish Office.
Jesus tells us, “When two or more are gathered in my name, I am among you.”
Looking forward to seeing you,
Fr. Bill Vandegrift
ROSARY FOR PEACE
For about 15 months now, Rosary for peace in our hearts, our homes, country and the whole world have been said every Tuesday here at St. Thomas. In the summer, we gather to pray at the grotto of our Lady by the parking lot. When it is cold or raining, we pray in the church.
We do have fun too… some days with cookies, coffee or pizza! Attendance is very good. Just come and experience love in action.
If you ever even faintly thought of becoming a Catholic and did not know where and how to deal with it, I guarantee you, you are on the right page. We read from prophet Isaiah, “The Lord waits for you to come to him, so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God.” (Isaiah 30:18) Cfr.Our Sunday Visitor.
We too are eagerly waiting for you here at St.Thomas, a friendly, welcoming, non-judging parish. Just call us on 609-266-2123. You will never be alone anymore. You will find people who will share the same faith with you, pray together with you, celebrate joys and grieve together with you in case of a loss; and offer support and receive strength together. Just call and we talk. Welcome.
Please Note, Daily “Winter” Mass Schedule Changes
There will be no Saturday morning Mass. We will have a Prayer Service with Holy Eucharist at 8:30AM on Saturday.
Additionally, the Tuesday and Thursday schedule will be changed to include a 6:45 AM Prayer Service, plus an 8:30AM Mass.
This schedule is in effect until Lent begins.
ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS, PEGEANTS AND PARTIES
Here at St.Thomas, we are already in the Christmas mood. A lot has been going on and so much activities and fun are yet to follow. Our giving trees are taken down with a lot of joy because the response in giving has been outstanding. Thanks for your generosity. You enabled us to reach out beyond our parish community.
The Knights of Columbus had a moving Christmas party. The Youth group had their own party and dance as well. Sundae with Santa saw the biggest number of kids we had so far where our kids had fun, took pictures with Santa and shared ice cream.
Church decorations are going on as well as choir rehearsals. Our kids are seriously practicing Christmas Pageant and we can’t wait to participate in the liturgies of Christmas. As if that is not enough, we shall crown it all with a must attend New Year Eve’s party. Lastly, our college students who were formerly altar servers are volunteering in large numbers to serve at 10pm mass.
If you are not our parishioner, just take a chance, come and attend any of our Christmas masses and I guarantee you, you will live to savor the experience.