Welcome to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish

Located in East Norwalk, CT

 









 

 

 

Our Mission Statement:

 

On May 1, 1935, Most Reverend Maurice F. McAuliffe, Bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, which included the entire State of Connecticut, established the Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in East Norwalk with Reverend Thomas J. Sullivan appointed as the first pastor. Under Father Sullivan's guidance, the newly-formed parish began holding services on Sunday, May 5, 1935, in the auditorium of Roger Ludlow Junior High School.  The boundaries of the parish were roughly described as Long Island Sound on the South, Norwalk River on the West, Westport Avenue on the North and the Town of Westport on the East.  The new Parish numbered about 900 parishioners who were former members of St. Mary and St. Joseph churches. For eight decades now, St. Thomas Church in East Norwalk, CT, has been a beacon of hope, faith and love for many, many faithful parishioners and their families. Today, numbering over 1450 families we are a community of believers in Jesus Christ striving to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. Through worship, evangelization, formation and service we invite our brothers and sisters to know the Lord.

 

We invite you to join us for our Sunday Liturgies, ongoing catechetical, educational and social activities as we all strive to discover new ways of sharing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 


Annual Catholic Appeal:

 

 

 

Learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal and how it supports the Diocese of Bridgeport by watching the above video. Please consider donating to this most needed cause. Every little bit counts. We need your support!

 


Lent 2016:

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on

Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

 

7:00 A.M.     12:05 P.M.

5:15 P.M.     7:00 P.M.

 

This day of fasting and abstinence marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.

 

This year the Bishop has formed "Centers of Mercy" where one can go to make the Sacrament of Confession throughout Lent beginning on Thursday, February 11.

 

There will be two locations in our Vicariate,

one at Assumption on Thursdays from 7pm-8:30pm

and the other at

St. Matthew's on Tuesdays from 7pm-8:30pm.

 

If you have been hesitant to come to the Sacrament, this is a good time to reconnect with Christ and His Church. 

 

Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 7pm on Fridays throughout Lent, followed by lentil soup and bread in the Rectory. All are welcome to join!

 


 

Coat Drive:

 

 

BLANKET & ADULT COAT DRIVE

FOR MIDNIGHT RUN

sponsored by the Confirmation Class

 

Thank you to all of those families that graciously donated hats, gloves, coats, blankets and clothes for our upcoming Midnight Run on February 19!

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.

 

In over 1,000 relief missions per year, Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.

 

Midnight Run is not a solution to homelessness. Our goal is to forge a bond between housed and homeless people by establishing a foundation of sharing and caring from which solutions may evolve. Through Midnight Run, volunteers come to see the homeless as real people, not a commodity. And homeless men and women learn that many mainstream adults and teenagers have commitments and concerns that go beyond their own lives and families.

 

St. Thomas the Apostle has signed up to do a run on Friday, February 19, 2016.  We will be packing up meals and heading to NYC to distribute food and supplies to our homeless brothers and sisters.  All are welcome; teens must be accompanied by a parent. Let Lisa at stthomas.lisa@gmail.com  know if you would like to join us. We will need to be at our first stop by 10:30pm and will continue until we run out of food. We will get back somewhere between 1am – 3am.

 


 

30 Hour Famine 2016:

 

The 30 Hour Famine will be held at St. Philip Church from Saturday, February 27 - Sunday, February 28. 

 

This will be our Thirteenth Famine for St. Philip and Ninth Famine for St. Thomas - we have raised a total of $298,000 for World Hunger and Manna House!!  Last year we raised over $50,000 – can we do it again?

 

Contact Kali @ 203 847-4286 (St. Philip) or Lisa @ 203-866-1189 (St. Thomas) to help.

 

Just imagine the church’s walkways, parking lot and hallways shining bright with only candle light. Now imagine that this same light is coming from your house, your neighbor’s house and scattered around the town. That is a lot of light! That is a lot of support!

Those participating in the 30 Hour Famine are asking for support from the parishioners. Bright colored luminary bags are being offered for purchase so that you can be a part of our prayer vigil on the Saturday night of the Famine weekend. If you want, you can write a personal message on the bag in honor of someone or for a Famine participant.

 

This year we are dedicating our Luminaria to the memory of our friend Claire Budnick who was an integral part of 30 Hour Famine.

 

You have the option of purchasing the bags and leaving them at the church to be used during the prayer vigil or bringing them home and lighting them in solidarity with us. The bags are being sold for $3 for 1 bag or $10 for 4 bags. The bags will be sold after all Masses on February 13 & 14 and 20 & 21, and at Religious Education classes.  Please see Lisa Castorina if you have any questions.

 

To registrar for this year’s Famine as a Participant, a Volunteer or a Prayer Partner please go to  http://stphilipnorwalk.weebly.com/30-hour-famine.html or contact Lisa at 203-866-1189

 


Christmas Pageant:

 

View our slideshow below of several students in our Religious Education program that participated in the Christmas Pageant during our Family Liturgy at 9am on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

 

 

Christmas Gospel 12.20.15

 


 

Kid's Christmas Hang Out:


 

On Friday, December 11, 2015 about 25 kids enjoyed a fun night of pizza, a movie, gingerbread making, games and crafts.

 

Thank you to all the teens and adults that helped make this event possible!

 

 

Kid's Christmas Hangout 12.11.15

 

 


Operation Christmas Child:

 

 

St. Thomas was a Drop Off Location for Operation Christmas Child!

A Project of Samaritan's Purse

 

We are no longer accepting donations. 

Thank you for helping us collect over 600 boxes to give away to children all over the world! 

 

To learn more about Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child please visit their website http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ 

 

View the slideshow below of some of our volunteers and pictures loading up the truck for delivery to Trumbull before our packages headed to Boone, N.C. to the main distribution center before being sent to children around the world. 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child 2015

 

 


Religious Education Pictures:

 

Here are some of our 1st Graders learning about Jesus the Good Shepherd:

 

 

Several 6th Graders spent the afternoon of November 25, 2015 wrapping breads that were given to parishioners that attended our Thanksgiving Day Mass. View the slideshow below:

 

 

Thanksgiving Bread Wrapping 11.25.15

 

 

On Friday, October 16, 2015 the Sacrament of Confirmation was conferred by Monsignor William J. Scheyd at 7:00 P.M. Please view the slideshow of pictures below:

 

 

Confirmation October 16, 2015

 

 


Youth Groups:

 

Cookies were baked and donated to the Manna House Open Door Shelter:

 

 

Come join us for a Youth Mass!

 

 


Alumni:

 

Are you an alumni of St. Thomas the Apostle School? We'd love to hear from you and help you to reconnect with your Church, your friends and your classmates. Please fill out the form on this link so that we can keep you updated on upcoming events.  


 


The Bridgeport Diocesan App:

 

The new Diocesan App is now available to download.  To learn about how to install the app, please watch the video here.  To download the app for Android phones and tablets in Google Play, please click the picture above.

 

 


Amazon Smile:

 

St. Thomas has joined Amazon Smile! Amazon Smile is a way to shop on Amazon for all of your favorites while supporting our church at the same time!

 

There is no additional cost for you to join. When shopping, products will be marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile donation" on their product detail pages. This means that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Parish.

 

To get started go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and search for St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church Corporation in Norwalk, CT. Once you choose to support us, all of your eligible purchases will contribute to our Parish! Now you can feel good about your purchases knowing they are helping St. Thomas!

 

 


 

Are you tired of using old-fashioned envelopes? Would you like to make sure your weekly donation helps your parish even if you're away? We can now accept your donation through your Credit or Debit Card! You can also donate electronically from your checking or savings account! Easy online account setup!

Please click here for more information.

 


 

 

 

 

Masses at St. Thomas:

 

Weekdays:

7AM & 5:15PM

 

Saturdays:

8AM & 5:15PM SUNDAY VIGIL

 

Sundays:

7:30AM; 9:00AM FAMILY MASS; 11:30AM & 5:00PM

 

Confession: 

Saturdays at 4:30PM

 

 

Upcoming Events