Ministry Information

september 2020


Ministry Information

 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  1Corinthians 12:27

Eucharist Ministers, Lectors & Altar Servers
The celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is an invitation to fully participate in the Paschal Mystery.  Here we come together as a spiritual family to give praise, glory and thanksgiving to our heavenly Father.   Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Altar Servers generously share their Time, Talent and Treasure as they serve at the altar of our Lord.

CYO – Catholic Youth Organization
To provide activities for the youth of the parish.  The Elementary/Middle School CYO includes sports and forensics. The St. Thomas the Apostle CYO is chartered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and adheres to the Mission Statement for Sports of the Archdiocese:  “CYO Sports is one component of a parish’s comprehensive youth ministry program which enables the partnership of parents, coaches, priests, religious, teachers and adult leaders to manage and support a sports program that allows youth to grow in their relationship with God and come to better understand themselves and the Catholic faith.”

Caring and Sharing
To collect and distribute life’s basic necessities (food, clothing, toiletries, baby items, etc.) on an ongoing basis to people in need who reside in our community.  Any person who is need, or who knows anyone who is in need of basic necessities should contact Joe Bradley or the rectory.

Environmental Committee & Altar Care
To decorate the Church at Christmas and Easter and to change the altar linens for the Liturgical seasons.

Friends of Old St. Thomas Committee
To maintain and restore the 1852 Chapel and outbuildings and to foster awareness of the historical experience of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.  To preserve, collect and research parish historical records, photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia, and to offer educational programs for the parish, the school and the entire community.

Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is an organization of almost two million Catholic men worldwide.  The Knights are dedicated to service and charity to the Church, the Family, and to the Community. Some of the most important programs are the Crusade for Life to protect the unborn, the Vocations Program to encourage and motivate people to listen and respond to God’s call, and the war against pornography.  The Order has been called the “The right arm of the Church in America.”

The foundation of the Knights is rooted in the four core principles:

Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.

Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.

Marian and Chaplet Devotion
The recitation of the Rosary, Readings of Our Lady, quiet music meditation, the praying of the Chaplet of Mercy in recognition of Our Lord’s Passion and the song of praise, concluding with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

The devotion is held every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.  It’s a wonderful way to show Jesus and Mary how very much you love them.  Come by yourself, or with your family or friends and feel the peace and love that can only come from Jesus and His Mother.

Music Ministry
To proclaim the word of God in music and song.   These are powerful proclamations during the Church’s Liturgy celebrations. The Music ministries include: Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Contemporary Group, Musical instruments and Cantors.

Adult Choir: Consists of members of the parish over the age of 18.  The Choir sings every other Sunday at the 9:30 or 10:30 Mass and at special Church functions.  Musical instruments are used to enhance the Choir.  Practice takes place every Thursday evening in the Church at 7:00 p.m.

Contemporary Group: Combines vocal harmonies, electric piano, guitar, woodwind and string instruments.  The group sings three weeks out of each month.  At special Church functions they will combine with the Choir.

Boy’s & Girl’s Choir: Consists of members of St. Thomas the Apostle School grades 4 through 8.  They sing on opposite Sundays of the Adult Choir.

Children’s Choir:  They also sing on Christmas and Easter.

Cantors:  Cantors are soloists who lead the congregation in singing during weekend liturgies.  They encourage assembly participation, sing the responsorial psalm, alleluia verse, and introduce new hymns.  Cantors are encouraged to join the Adult Choir since they will be singing the Mass with the Choir and their practice is held in conjunction with the Choir.

The cantor’s schedule will enable them to sing about every five weeks, so they can sing with the Choir on their “off” weeks.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue
If you would like the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Blessed Mother in your house for a week contact Carolyn Roth at 610-361-9380.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Handmade lap and baby blankets and shawls are created in a prayerful manner, then blessed and donated to specified charities and parishioners. To provide comfort and solace to those in a time of need.

Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation Team
Pre-Cana is a program for engaged couples conducted by married couples from the Parish.  Pre-Cana days are held twice each year – in the Fall and in the Spring.  These sessions fulfill the Archdiocesan requirement for marriage preparation.

Pre-Jordan Classes
Parents and Godparents are required to attend a Pre-Jordan Class before scheduling a Baptism. This class takes place the last Sunday of the month at 12:45 p.m. in the Main Church. You must pre-register for this class by calling the Rectory at 610-459-2224.

P.R.E.P. Parish Religious Education Program
The PREP Program provides catechetical instruction for all Catholic students who attend public school and provides sacramental instruction for Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation)
RCIA is a program for study and preparation for adults who are called by the Lord to full communion in the Catholic Church.  The program culminates in the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

Respect Life Committee
To raise people’s awareness of Pro-Life issues by supporting the Archdiocesan Right to Life organization.  We help with the needs of the Mother’s Home, and participate in the annual ”March for Life” in Washington, D.C. every January.

Resurrection and Life
To assist family members in planning the readings and music for the Funeral Mass of their deceased loved ones in the parish.   Coordinates the annual Resurrection Mass in November for all members who have died during the year.

Spiritual Life Activities
These groups are concerned with the spiritual enrichment of the people of the parish. Activities are centered on developing a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Bible Study
  • Eucharist  Ministers
  • Marian Devotion/Chaplet
  • Pilgrim Virgin Statue
  • Spiritual Retreat (Men)
  • Night of Reparation (First Friday of each month)

Spiritual Retreat (Men)
To bring men of the Parish together for spiritual enrichment. In January of each year, a group of men from St. Thomas Parish attend a weekend spiritual retreat at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston.  Also, several parishioners are active in attending weekend retreats at St. Joseph In-The-Hills at Malvern.

Join the Hospitality Committee
Hospitality plays a key role in the life of the church. Here at St. Thomas we have a welcoming and vibrant parish. Members of this committee take turns setting up, serving and cleaning after the monthly Sunday receptions. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow parishioners and give time to our parish. If you find yourself able to volunteer, please consider joining our committee. If you would like to find out more information about us or volunteer, please contact the Rectory Office at 610-459-2224.