The St. Thomas Times

February 19, 2021

Volume II, Issue VIII

What's Happening this Weekend?

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

In forty days we will find ourselves at the foot of the Cross. How can we prepare ourselves for this? Jesus' words at the beginning of His ministry are apt: "Repent and believe in the gospel." Let us ask ourselves how we have sinned. May we feel remorse for those times we have fallen short and resolve to turn back to God and live out the Gospel in our everyday lives. May we approach the Cross in forty days with gratitude for what God has done for us.

-Pastoral Patterns, Spring 2020-2021

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PREPARING OUR HEARTS FOR SUNDAY

Prepare yourself for this weekend's celebration of Sunday Mass. Each issue of "Preparing our Hearts for Sunday" has a preview of the readings, the Universal Prayer, a weekly reflection by Dr. Scott Hahn, Mass Prep for Kids, and more...

LORD'S DAY MASSES

Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:00 PM & 5:30 PM

Sunday Mass: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM

Televised Mass: Sunday, 8:30 AM, WS Cable Channel 15

Online Mass: Saturday, 4:00 PM, Sunday, 8:00 AM, and Monday through Saturday at 8:00 AM

(The most recent Mass is always available to be watched at any time.)

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Our next Take & Eat meal offering is being planned for this Saturday, February 20th. If you are aware of someone in the community who may have difficulty preparing meals for themselves without assistance, or if you yourself are in need of a meal on the weekends for similar reasons, please contact the Parish Office, 739-4779. We will add them to our list of clients next month.

From February 17th through March 28th, you’re invited to join Christians and other people of goodwill for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 3550 Main Street, Springfield, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information, or to volunteer to help, please contact: Tim Biggins at (413) 342-0403 and/or 40daysWM@gmail.com.

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ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE SCHOOL

Registrations are now being accepted for September 2021. Please call the school at (413) 739-4131 or email us at jmwevan50@comcast.net for more informationWe look forward to a happy, healthy new school year and the opportunity to meet your family. Visit us Online

LENTEN REGULATIONS

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat as well as days of fast when only one full meal is allowed. On days of fast two other meatless meals may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. 
  • The other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
  • The obligation to abstain from meat begins at fourteen (14) years of age.
  • The obligation to fast begins at eighteen (18) years of age and ends at fifty-nine (59) years of age.
  • Although the faithful may excuse themselves for a just cause from these laws of fast and abstinence, there is an obligation to substitute another penance and no Catholic should lightly excuse himself/herself from this obligation in the Lenten season.

2022 MASS INTENTIONS

The 2022 Mass Book for Masses celebrated here at St. Thomas is open to schedule Mass intentions. Please call (413) 739-4779 and we ask for your patience and understanding as we try to accommodate all of your requests. PLEASE NOTE: Masses are also available for our Online Mass for 2021. Our Online Mass Book for 2022 will be open later this year.

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PRAYER REQUESTS

Do you need the power of prayer for a special intention? Our Prayer Request page contains a form in which prayer requests may be entered. The prayer intentions will not be published but the requests will be prayed for at all of our Mass celebrations.


PRAYER REQUESTS PAGE

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