Happy St. Joseph’s Day! In honor of St. Joseph, we will be having a St. Joseph’s Table after both Masses on Sunday, March 20. Please stop by the parish center! Donations of meatless dishes and sweets will be gratefully accepted and can be dropped off before or after Mass.
Origins of the Tradition
Legends from the Middle Ages attributed the end of a devastating drought to a prayer-devotion that the Sicilian people made to St. Joseph.
During a time of drought and famine, no rain fell on Medieval Sicily. Food crops for both people and livestock withered and died. The people prayed to St. Joseph for help.
When the clouds opened, the desperately needed rain poured down, and there was much rejoicing! After the harvest, to show their gratitude, they prepared a table with special foods to honor St. Joseph and to share with the poor. After thanking and honoring the saint, they distributed the food to the less fortunate.
This celebration became an annual tradition. Each year, wealthy families prepared huge buffets. The less fortunate people of the community, especially the homeless and sick, were invited, and all the remaining food and proceeds were given to the poor.
Through the years, the tradition has remained throughout Italy, and is also prevalent in Poland, Malta, Spain, the Philipines, and, with the influx of Sicilian immigrants to the US, here in our own country.
From Year of St. Joseph
Come see our faith formation students perform in the SKT-LMC Christmas pageant this Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 PM in the Christ the King gym. All are welcome. Pizza and dessert to follow. Enter through the gym doors in the back of the school.
Adoration and Confession during COVID-19 Lockdown
For the time being, or until Masses are once again available to the public, we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 12:30pm- 2:00pm and confessions from 1:00pm-2:00pm every Sunday in the main St. Thomas the Apostle church building. We will follow this schedule until further notice. Fr. Bonsignore will hear confessions in the church sacristy assisted by one of the Knights of Columbus who will wipe down the surfaces after each confession. Please enter the church using the south (parking lot) entrance. The Blessed Sacrament will be on the main altar. The line for confessions will start at the Sacred Heart shrine and go along the wall as marked by tape. Masks and 6-foot distancing will be required according to the governor’s orders. For those who would like to make a donation, a receptacle will be provided.
Request for Recording Help
We could use a few more helpers for our Sunday Mass recordings. Volunteers should be comfortable posting to facebook and operating a phone/camera. If you are capable and willing, please send an email to [email protected].
Due to the very rainy forecast, the Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt has been rescheduled to next Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m., weather permitting.
Click here to view “A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration at St. Thomas the Apostle Church”
The document is intended to be printed as a folded booklet. Hard copies are available in all church foyers and the chapel.
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Just a reminder, SKT-LMC will have two Masses on Thanksgiving:
- 9:00 a.m. Latin
- 10:30 a.m. English
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 St. Paul Blvd.
Just a reminder, the SKT-LMC picnic is August 27, at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Paul Firemen’s Exempts at 690 Thomas Avenue.
There will be games for kids, a bounce house, and a dunk booth. Anyone wishing to be a dunkee should bring a change of clothes. There will also be a sweet surprise!
The picnic will be catered by Sticky Lips BBQ. If you are able, please bring a dish to pass. Soda will be provided and there will be a cash bar. Free will offerings are gratefully accepted.
If you haven’t RSVPed, don’t worry. There will be plenty of food.
For those who are not familiar with the Exempts, it is just 1.3 miles from St. Thomas the Apostle:
- From the church, head south on St. Paul Blvd.
- At the first traffic light, turn right onto Thomas Avenue.
- Drive about 1 mile. The Exempts will be on the right.