Coronavirus Updates Fall 2020
October 19, 2020: Visitors to St. Thomas the Apostle Church can familiarize themselves with our temporary covid procedures by reading this guide ahead of time. Hard copies are available in the entrance foyer.
June 29, 2020: During the suspension of the Sunday Mass obligation, Masses will be recorded for those who do not attend in person. It may take 24 hours for postings to appear; thank you for your patience. See the archive of recorded Masses here.
October 25, 2020 – 9AM English Mass
October 25, 2020 – 11:15AM Latin Mass
Prayer to St. Joseph: Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of Mary, grant, we beseech thee, thy paternal protection, through the Heart of Jesus Christ. O thou saint whose infinite power is extended to all our needs, rendering for us possible that which is impossible, look upon the concerns of they children with they fatherly countenance. In the troubles and sorrows that afflict us, we have confident recourse to thee. Deign to take under thy loving protection this important and difficult endeavor, the cause of our worries, and dispose its success to the glory of God and to the benefit of His faithful servants. Amen.
Spiritual Communion (Raphael Cardinal Merry del Val): At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself, and I offer Thee the repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental Communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen
Weekly Mass Schedule
June 21, 2020 -Public Masses resumed on Sunday June 21. Please use the south (parking lot) entrance. Diocesan policy requires that everyone over the age of two must wear a face covering in church. If you are ill or cannot wear a mask, please refrain from attending. The Sunday obligation remains suspended until further notice.
9:00 AM (In the Ordinary Form of the Mass – English)
11:15 AM (In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – Latin)
“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart and mouth all that happens at the altar. Further, you must pray with the priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens at the altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass.” – St Pope Pius X
Weekly Confession Schedule
July 19, 2020 – Fr. Helfrich has returned to his regular schedule, hearing confessions before and after the Sunday 11:15am Mass. Please use the south (parking lot) entrance. Father will hear confessions in the north (Colebrook) foyer of the Church. Special procedures are in place for cleaning and social distancing. The line forms near the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton shrine where 6-foot markers have been applied to the floor. Diocesan policy requires that everyone over the age of two must wear a face covering in church.
IF YOU ARE ILL OR CANNOT WEAR A FACE MASK, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE (585.544.8880) TO MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT.
“A soul does not benefit from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.” -Saint Faustina
“Be brave and try to detach your heart from worldly things. Do your utmost to banish darkness from your mind and come to understand what true, selfless piety is. Through confession, endeavor to purify your heart of anything which may still taint it. Enliven your faith, which is essential to understand and achieve piety.” -Saint John Bosco
For Eucharistic Adoration and Daily Rosary, as well as our Monthly Calendar, click here. Please note these activities are suspended as of March 2020 until further notice.