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EASTER 2021

 

“Death and Life have contended

In combat stupendous,

 

The Prince of Life now reigns forever!”

(Easter Sequence, Vicimae Paschali, 1039AD)

 

When the ancient Greek Olympics began in 776 BC people

gathered to watch an “agon,” a word that meant “contest for a

prize.” The winner would be crowned with a laurel wreath to

celebrate his victory. The English word “agony” is derived from

this Greek word and has come to mean a “painful struggle.’

Christians speak of Christ’s agony on the Cross. But it cannot

be reduced to a physical struggle, but rather it was a Cosmic Battle

between the forces of Good and Evil, Light and Darkness, and

Death and Life.

What Easter Sunday celebrates is the Triumph of God in Jesus

Christ over the evil of death. And we, who join Him in Baptism,

join Him in His Victory over death. Indeed, in the waters of

Baptism” if we have died with him, so shall we may live with

Him” (Rom 6:8)

In the Resurrection of Christ we become victors over Death,

and thus we shout: “ALLELUIA!”

Father Thomas B. Shepard

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Mondays of Lent – Confessions 6:00PM

 

Palm Sunday March 28: VIGIL- 5:00,

7:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM

Palms to be distributed after Mass

HOLY THURSDAY April 1, 7:00PM

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Visits to the Repository until 10:00PM

 

GOOD FRIDAY April 2, 3:00PM

Proclamation of the Passion

Confessions: 4:30PM -5:30PM

7:00PM - Way of the Cross

 

HOLY SATURDAY April 3

1:00PM – Blessing of Food

In Church Hall

8:00PM - Easter Vigil

 

EASTER SUNDAY MASSES– April 4

7:30, 9:00, and 11:00AM

Live Streaming of 11AM Mass

Reminders about Holy Week

 

 

In this time of the Pandemic

Although there is some leeway regarding protocols in

Connecticut, Houses of Worship, must follow these requirements:

- All parishioners must wear masks indoors the church

- Liberal use of hand sanitizers should be used

- If you are not feeling well – please stay home

- Stay six feet away in pews from people with whom you do not live

- Communion is single file- row by row.

We will have LIVE STREAMING at on Mass on Easter Sunday Via Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Thomas is collecting Food Donations for The Seymour Oxford Food Bank

they are in need of the following for the month of April:

Most Needed Items:

- Ketchup

- Mustard

- Pancake Mix

- Oatmeal Canisters

- Popcorn sleeves

- Rice pouches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out more information about us, the Catholic Church, and our latest parish events.

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

Established in September 1966, St. Thomas has celebrated more than 50 years as a welcoming, Christian community.

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St. Thomas the Apostle Church is a caring, welcoming, Christian community experiencing God through the spirit of warmth, belonging, and joy.

ADDRESS

Phone: 203-888-2382

 

733 Oxford Road

Oxford, CT 06478

 

office@stthomasoxford.org

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