Bulletins can now be found under "Our Parish" which is under the "Explore Tab" on the main page of the website above.
We are looking forward to seeing some of you at Masses this coming weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to reserve your tickets/seats yet, please visit our online ticketing website at https://reserve-stthomas.herokuapp.com/. We have also created an informational video to help explain the changes in our normal Mass protocols. We encourage you to watch it before you come to your first public Mass.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiIsL1YxBy8&t=95s
Many apologies. We ran into some issues with survey monkey and cannot access our results.Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. We hope you will be willing to answer those same 3 questions again on this new platform: https://s.surveyplanet.com/I4p0lZRzi Thank you so so much!!
PUBLIC MASSES Public Masses will begin the weekend of May 23rd and 24th. So, our first public Mass will be at 4:30pm on Saturday, May 23rd. For right now, once public Masses begin, our Sunday Mass schedule will remain the same: 4:30pm (vigil), 8:00am, 10:30am, and 6:00pm. Father Jason is still trying to assess the resources and precautions we need to have safe celebrations of Mass. After we determine the things we need and the amount of help we need cleaning after each service, he will make a decision about the weekday Mass schedule. DISPENSATION All Catholics in the diocese are dispensed from Sunday Mass obligation until August 15th. SURVEY Due to social distancing guidelines, the diocese has issued limitations that affect the number of people who will be able to attend Mass at any one time. There are several options to consider, but we need your input as we work to determine our best way forward. Please complete this short, 3 question survey by Tuesday, May 12th. Please make sure that only one family member fills out the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBCX82G REQUEST FOR USHERS During this time of social distancing, we especially need the help of ushers to assist with safely spaced seating. Please contact the church office if you are willing to serve in this capacity, even if just temporarily during this time of pandemic. 262-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER MASS CHURCH SANITIZING The church must be thoroughly sanitized after each Mass. This will require committed individuals to stay after Mass to clean. This group is especially important if we hope to offer consistent, public, weekend Masses. Please contact the church office if you are willing to service in this capacity. This is a temporary commitment as we move through these next few weeks/months. 262-1505 or email@example.com MASKS The diocese is requiring that all congregants (except for little children) MUST wear masks or other face coverings to Mass out of concern for fellow parishioners. Parishioners need to provide their own masks. ADORATION CHANGE THIS WEEK This Thursday, Father will say Mass at our normal time, but we will NOT have adoration afterward because Father has to leave for a diocesan committee meeting he is expected to attend in Fort Wayne. Instead, we will have adoration following the 8:15am live streaming Mass this Friday. DRIVE UP CONFESSIONS Father Jason will hear drive up confessions next Saturday, May 16th from 9:15am to 10:15am. Please pull into the big lot across the street from church and watch for direction to pull forward when Father is ready for you. STS SUPPORTS Please support King Wha restaurant this Friday, May 8th anytime between 11am and 9pm. Please call them for carry out 266-0285. You can access their menu at https://www.facebook.com/KingWhaChineseRestaurant/ . Then STS supports Milano's pizza again on Tuesday, May 12th anytime between 5pm to 9pm. Call for carry out 293-2682. They are offering us a large pizza and garden salad for $20.00, so just mention you would like the St. Thomas Special!! Thank you for completing the survey and thank you for your patience as we prepare for public Masses again. We love you and we miss you all very much!!
SAY THE ROSARY IN MAY - with two additional prayers http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2020/documents/papa-francesco_20200425_lettera-mesedimaggio.html
Father Jason Live Discussion on Facebook - Wednesday, April 29th at 12:00pm Father Jason leads the Rosary online - Friday, May 1st at 1:00pm Drive Up Confessions - Saturday, May 2nd, 9:15am to 10:15am
NOVENA - Beginning on April 28th, the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the USCCB will share a novena seeking her intercession for pregnant women and all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Gianna was a 20th century physician, wife and mother. You can sign up to receive this novena at https://www.walkingwithmoms.com/saint-gianna-novena
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK! Facebook Live with Father Jason, Wednesday, April 29th, Time TBD Live Stream All School Mass with Bishop Rhoades: Friday, May 1st at 10:00am on Facebook and YouTube Rosary with Father Jason - Friday, May 1st, Time TBD Drive Up Confessions - Saturday, May 2nd, 9:15am- 10:15am More details to come!
FATHER JASON ON REDEEMER TOMORROW MORNING Listen to Father Jason tomorrow morning on Redeemer Radio. They’ll ask him about the adjustments he and St. Thomas have made during the pandemic. His spot starts at 7:10am, so turn your radio on early, 95.7 FM.
CONFESSIONS Father Jason will be available for drive up confessions this Saturday, April 18th, from 9:30am to 10:30am. He'll be in his garage, and the procedure will be the same as the past drive up confessions. Pull into the large St. Thomas lot to the West of Church (across Romain St.). Form a line at the exit and wait for someone to signal you forward.
Copies of all Worship Aids can be found in the Documents folder under the "Explore" tab above.
Holy Week Schedule, All services streaming: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Mass at 8:15am Holy Thursday Mass: 7:00pm Good Friday Service: 2:30pm Good Friday Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass: 9:00pm Easter Sunday Mass: 9:00am The church itself will close on Thursday, April 9th at 3:00pm and be closed through Easter Sunday, reopening Easter Sunday at 10:30am.
Our school lunchroom is providing lunch for students for today and the weekend. Pickup of the three meals is today between 11:30am and 12:30pm at the school’s main entrance. Father Jason will be available for drive up confessions tomorrow from 11am to 2pm. Please pull into the West parking lot (the big lot across from church) and form a line at the parking lot exit closest to school. Father will be in his garage and he or someone else will signal you to pull across Romain and up to his garage when he is ready. Join the Pope today at 1:00pm EST for a special blessing: The Holy Father will grant to all who participate in the livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing. https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html St. Thomas Supports! All parishioners are encouraged to get carry out from Milano’s Pizza tonight, 4pm to 10pm. Special: Large cheese pizza and side salad for $25.
St. Turibius....Father Jason mentioned in his homily today that he'd provide us with more information about St. Turibius. That information is posted on the church website under documents in the "For More Information..." folder. Enjoy!!
An Act of Spiritual Communion to be said when one cannot attend Mass My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Until Further Notice The following are all suspended/cancelled: Daily and Weekend Mass Penance Services Confessions Stations of the Cross Adoration RCIA Classes
No SVDP/Goodwill Stuff a Truck this weekend.
This Lent, find a quiet place each day to be with God. Use that time to quiet the restlessness in your soul. Reflect on what in your life is holding you back from being able to rest, so that you can work toward being able to fully rest in God. Check out these resources to help in your journey: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever https://formed.org/lent https://www.kofc.org/into-the-breach.html
NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK: For our married couples this week, if you haven't already, be sure to participate in a virtual retreat provided to us by the USCCB. It only takes a few minutes each day, with you and your spouse in prayer. https://www.foryourmarriage.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NMW-2020-Virtual-Marriage-Retreat.pdf
First Thursday Confessions, scheduled for February 6th, have been cancelled because of a funeral. Confessions will be available Saturday from 9am to 10am, or call the rectory for an appointment.
Wednesday, January 22, the Anniversary of Roe v Wade.... Please come and pray in the church anytime from 9am to 9pm for the legal protection of unborn children and for respect for life until natural death.
I can’t think of anything more exciting than Heaven coming down to earth. It happened 2,000 years ago, and it happens at every Mass. https://theveilremoved.com/ Father Jason, Homily, 12/25/2019.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE: December 24th: 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 11:00pm December 25th: 8:00am, 10:00am HOLY DAY - SOLEMNITY OF MARY, JANUARY 1ST December 31st: 5:30pm January 1st: 9:00am
Parish Penance Service - Tomorrow, Saturday, December 14th at 11am.
ARNIE'S CREW - BEER BREWING Be sure to join the brewers in the school parking lot tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th at 9am. They will be brewing a batch of beer that will be served at our upcoming Trivia Night on January 17th. Come and brew, come and watch, come and socialize. Don't miss the fun and fellowship of this activity!
GIVING TREE - There are still a lot of tags on the Giving Trees. Please consider helping out a local needy family this Christmas. There are many options on the tree - actual gifts to purchase, or to make it easy, gift cards you can pick up at the Scrip table after Mass and leave with Father or at the rectory. The deadline to turn in gifts is Sunday, December 15th. Gifts can be left by Mary's statue.
WALKING TO THE MANGER Walking Program, sponsored by our parish nurse. Walking to the Manger is a collection of devotionals inviting you to make walking, reflecting and prayer a part of your daily Advent practice. Just as Mary and Joseph traveled the long journey to Bethlehem, the Christian season of Advent is a journey in which the traveling is as full of lessons as the destination. As such, the season is a journey of faith. As you walk toward the Christ-child through the words of the prophets and apostles, we pray that you may become healthier in body and spirit. May you be blessed while walking to the manger. To participate, just email Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUNG ADULTS - Ages 18 to 39 You are invited to a Young Adult Evening tomorrow, Friday, November 22 at 6:00pm in Elliott Hall. Come enjoy evening of beer, pizza and fellowship. We can get to know one another and discuss what kind of support you're looking for from the parish, as well as the formation of a young adult community. All those between the ages of 18-39 are welcome to attend. Those who are 21 and over can enjoy some of the first beers brewed by Arnie’s Crew.
REMINDER - Tomorrow, Saturday Vigil Mass changes to 4:30p.m. This Mass time change is a permanent change that applies to the Mass schedule all year long.
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES & SPONSORS - Confirmation Blessing and preparation session this Sunday. Please attend 10:30a.m. Mass and after Mass, proceed to Elliott Hall for the Confirmation preparation session. Lunch will be served, and you will be dismissed at 1:00pm. If your sponsor is not able to attend, please bring a parent or guardian.
HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE Friday is a Holy Day of Obligation for All Saints Day. Thursday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm Friday Masses are at 7:00am, 8:15am, and 12:05pm.
FILL OUT OUR SURVEY!! cli-dmi.org/go/44050 St. Thomas parishioners, we are participating in an exciting new program called Next Generation Parishes. The first step in that process is for our parishioners to take 10-15 minutes to fill out a survey that focuses on St. Thomas and whether the parish helps you become a disciple of Christ. The results are completely confidential and will be sent directly to Catholic Leadership Institute. They will compile the results and share them with us this coming spring. So please, take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Follow the link or look for paper copies of the survey in the gathering space.Survey can be accessed at: cli-dmi.org/go/44050
SPECIAL MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: "We are celebrating another super September!! The school children and staff at St. Thomas School collected two car loads of bar soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, and many food items for the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. Two of us took 1 hour to put the collection away. Then, from both St. Thomas and St. Vincent de Paul churches, we were blessed with three car loads of food items on our special 5th Sunday collection. It took 3 Vincentians 1 ½ hours to unpack, sort, and rearrange our shelving system to accommodate your donations.We are grateful as are as the neighbors we serve each week. Thank you very much."
NO MASS Wednesday or Thursday this week. There will be no Mass here on Wednesday, October 9th and Thursday, October 10th because Father Jason is at continuing education with the diocese this week.
PICTORIAL DIRECTORIES HAVE ARRIVED!! If you had your photo taken for the pictorial directory, you received a free copy of the directory, and it will be waiting for you in the gathering space this weekend. If you did not get your photo taken for the directory but would like a copy, we have a few extras. Please visit the church office during office hours. In addition, Guidebook Directories will be mailed to all families before the end of the year.
Saturday Vigil Mass Time Changing Starting Saturday, November 9th, the Saturday Vigil Mass Time will be changing to 4:30pm. Be sure to mark your calendars!!
FATHER JACOB MEYER INTRODUCES JOY MISSION!! Join us tomorrow at St. Thomas School at 2:00pm to listen to Father Jacob as he introduces our school's new JOY mission - J for Jesus, O for others, Y for yourself...in that order!! Father Jacob will talk about the importance of helping others, developing a servant's heart, and making a difference through good deeds. All are welcome for this inspirational presentation! A recording of his talk will be available on social media and school and church websites after the event.
CHECK OUT THE UPDATED FORMED!! Formed.org has made some awesome updates: offline playback, a MY LIST feature (save interesting items to access later), enhanced search features, faster and more reliable service, more content, and now you can share your favorite picks to your own social media accounts to encourage your friends to investigate. If you have not registered, just go to FORMED.ORG, enter your email and search and choose St. Thomas the Apostle, Elkhart. Simple as that. During September, watch Lectio Prayer, or learn about one of the month's Saints: Saint Padre Pio, Saint Mother Theresa, or the Saint Archangels. Or choose a selection of interest to you. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing resource, provided as a gift to our parishioners from the parish.
New St. Thomas the Apostle App!! Are you looking for a quick way to access information from our church and school websites? Be sure to download the free St. Thomas the Apostle App to your phone or device. The app gives you quick access to news, contact information, Mass times and other important information. Just go to the app store and search "St. Thomas Church & School, IN."
Confirmation Candidates - Meeting for candidates and their parents this Thursday, August 29th at 7:00pm in Elliott Hall
Please join us for the Christ Renews His Parish retreats!! These overnight retreats are designed to help participants have an encounter with Jesus, develop a personal prayer life, and discover the genius of Catholicism. Sign up here to participate in one of our upcoming retreats! Space is limited. If this retreat fills or you are not available these dates, more opportunities will be available in the future. https://forms.gle/ir4UsNGfB1mwk7Nq7
UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION! Our photo directory and our parish guidebook directory will be going to print VERY soon. Please make sure we have all of your updated address, phone and email information. You can message the church office with any changes, call 262-1505 or email email@example.com.
St. Thomas Class of 1979 & 1980 Reunion HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!! St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School Class of 1979 & 1980 Reunion Saturday October 19, 2019 Check out all the details at: http://www.classcreator.com/Elkhart-Indiana-St-Thomas-The-Apostle-1979-1980/