7:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 12:00PM
LENTEN EVENING PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
BENEDICTION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
Reflections each Sunday Evening at 7:30PM by
Rev. Victor T. Martin
Palm Sunday (March 29) Holy Week : Everything Changes!
9:00AM to 3:00PM
9:00AM to 12:00 Noon
O GOD, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastisty, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and modesl of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, have found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kindgom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unitey of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever Amen
Welcome To Our Parishioners, Friends, and Vistors Who Are Now Visiting Our Parish Website!!!
This website has been prepared, in order to inform about our parish and all the events that are taking place here at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
Our parish has been around for many years and has been given the grand title "The Mother Church of Fairfield." This year we are celebrating 139 years of Catholic faith and 93 years of Catholic education in our community of Fairfield!
We are strong in our faith and service to the people of our community and each other. I have been blessed to be your pastor for the last 19 years, and together we have grown in the love of God and each other! I thank you for all your prayers and support as we continue our journey into this new year!
May God continue to bless you and your families!
-Fr. Victor T. Martin, 15th Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Saturday March 28th 4:00 to 4:45 pm
PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
Saturday March 28th 5:00 pm
Sun. March 29th 7:00 am, 9:00am (Family Mass), 10:30 am & 12 Noon
(Palms distributed at ALL Masses)
EVENING PRAYER & EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
CONFESSIONS during Holy Week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
following the 7:00 am and 12:10 Noon Daily Masses
LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE
Tuesday March 31st 7:30pm
HOLY THURSDAY April 2nd
Morning Prayer 8:00 am
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 pm
Adoration until Midnight
GOOD FRIDAY April 3rd
Morning Prayer 8:00 am
Confessions: 11:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Stations of the Cross 12:00 Noon
Passion of our Lord 3:00 pm
Tenebrae Service 7:30 pm
HOLY SATURDAY April 4th
Morning Prayer 8:00 am
Blessing of Food 2:00 pm in Church
Easter Vigil Mass
EASTER SUNDAY April 5th
Masses 7:00 am, 9:00 am (Family Mass), 10:30 am & 12 Noon
Father Martin has received news from Bishop Caggiano that Fr. Larry Larson, Parochial Vicar at Church of the Assumption in Westport will be the new Parochial Vicar for St. Thomas effective April 15, 2015.
Want to know more about whats happening with the Synod, the following is the link for the Diocese of Bridgeport Synod Website. http://www.2014synod.org/
The new Diocesan
free phone App is
Click the link below for a video of how to install
All things about our diocese
are now available on your phone!
Last Sunday, our seminarian SHANE NUNES called me with his exciting news that he will be on the altar to serve for Pope Francis on Good Friday for the Passion of the Lord service.
EWTN (CHANNEL 135) & TELECARE (CHANNEL 137) usually carries this live. Remember we are behind Rome time by 6 hours in order to catch this service LIVE!
Laws of Fast
Those who are over 18 years of age, but not yet over 59 years of age, are obliged to observe the law of fast. On days of fast, those bound by the law, are limited to a single full meal. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs; however, together these meals should not equal another full meal. There are two prescribed days of fast: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Laws of Abstinence
Those who are 14 years of age and older are obliged to observe the laws of abstinence. On days of abstinence, those bound by the law, abstain from meat. On all Fridays of Lent, abstinence is prescribed. This, of course, includes Good Friday. Abstinence is also prescribed on Ash Wednesday.
No Catholic will hold himself or herself lightly excused from the law of fast and abstinence.
The annual Lenten campaign to feed the hungry, "Loaves & Fishes," takes place in all parishes throughout Lent. Catholic Charities and other agencies benefit from these funds that serve over 800,000 meals to the poor and homeless of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Loaves & Fishes is a major source of support for our soup kitchens and feeding programs and we urge you to participate.
Effective January 1 2015, all members of; the Clergy, Religious, Lay Employees of the Diocese, age 18 and above, and all volunteers who are working in scheduled contact with minors and vulnerable adults must, every 5 years, undergo a criminal background check and must complete either an online or classroom VIRTUS re-certification on child abuse prevention.
Volunteers and Independent Contractors who assist adult-only ministries and have no supervisory responsibility or scheduled contact with minors or vulnerable adults must every 10 years undergo a criminal background check and must complete either an online or classroom VIRTUS re-certification on child abuse prevention.
The simplest and fastest way to obtain re-certification is on-line at www.virtus.org.To register and begin the re-certification process, you will need to access your account with your userID and password. If you attended before but need assistance with your account, please contact the Parish Office. For questions, call Catherine Lopata at 203-255-1097 or, Michael DiToro , the Safe Enviroment database manager, at 203-416-1407.
On March 24, 2015 St. Thomas will be having an informational meeting in the Parish Center at 2:30 PM and again at 6:00 PM for anyone who would like some assistance in the on-line process. If you plan to come, please RSVP to Catherine at 203-255-1097.
Thank you for all of your efforts in our on-going regiment to assure the safety of our children and vulnerable adults.