Virtual Worship


Virtual Worship Opportunities

Although St. Tom’s doors closed in response to the physical distancing requirement of COVID 19 back in March, our hearts have remained wide open in meeting our community’s spiritual needs. With a Return to Worship plan from the Diocese of Lafayette and guidance from our parish planning committee, some limited, worship opportunities are now being offered in-person. This page provides you with our parish calendar and the resources associated with weekend Mass.  Since outbreak conditions can change for the better or worse, we encourage you to review this calendar often and join Flocknote for ongoing updates to parish Mass and activities as they become available.

Mass

All Livestream Masses and in-person audio recordings of Mass homilies may be accessed from St. Tom’s YouTube channel.

Note: Daily Mass live stream begins at 11:30 AM. and Sunday Mass live stream begins at 11:00 AM.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications (and links) to live events that are about to begin and to recorded events.

Click here for the Worship Aid for Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Past Masses are posted in the YouTube playlist below:

Daily Rosary

We will be live streaming the Holy Rosary Monday to Friday at 5:30pm. You can join us by going to our Facebook page.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Provided with the absence of Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

Readings for Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22

Brothers and sisters:
You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm 117:1bc, 2

R.  (Mark 16:15)  Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
Praise the LORD, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
R.    Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
For steadfast is his kindness for us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R.    Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Alleluia Jn 20:29

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 20:24-29

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But Thomas said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

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Mass Intention

Prayers of the Faithful

  • For government leaders, that they will recognize the needs of the poor and homeless, and work to provide safe housing and health care throughout the world. We pray to the Lord.
  • For the Church, that we who have died with Christ in baptism will choose to “live for God in Christ Jesus.” We pray to the Lord.
  • For the grace of hospitality, that we will accept all whom God sends us and receive them generously, for all are truly welcome here. We pray to the Lord.
  • For an end to the pandemic as well as to racial injustice, both causing grave harm and both calling for a response from the people of God. We pray to the Lord.
  • For all who are ill or suffering in any way, including Ruth Hacker, Alice Tocheny, Antonina Aldana, those named in our bulletin, and those hurt by people in our Church, that “they too might live in newness of life.” We pray to the Lord.
  • For all who have died in the service of our country and our communities, as well as our deceased loved ones, that they now “also live with Him.” We pray to the Lord.
  • For the prayers, we now murmur in the silence of our heart. that we will entrust them to God, who loves us. We pray to the Lord.

Announcements

  • A reminder that automated, online giving through Faith Direct can make giving even easier for you. To sign up, visit www.boilercatholics.org , click on “Give” and then the “make a donation” link. For those who prefer to donate through cash and checks, you may continue to send them or insert them into the secure drop-box in the alleyway.
  • To facilitate some opening discussion as a faith community about racial injustice, St. Tom’s is hosting a “watch party” tonight (Saturday, June 27) for the movie “Just Mercy.” Offered free of charge by Warner Brothers during June, parishioners will stream the movie at home and then gather by Zoom afterward for a post-view discussion at 8:30 p.m. Details are in today’s Bulletin and were shared by Flocknote.
  • St. Tom’s “Back to Mass” gator, which doubles as a mask and is a requirement for attending Mass in person, are still available. Grab one from the tub next to the secure lockbox in the alleyway and place $10 for each one in the lockbox.
  • “A Church is Not a Building.” … Continue to keep that mindset and keep sharing inspirational photos of where you see God present in your life. Submit them online on boilercatholics.org under Announcements or through the hashtag #ChurchIsNotABuildingStToms. Today’s featured image on the pre-Mass slide was submitted by Dee Bernhardt.
  • Looking for ways to deepen your prayer and minimize distractions? St. Tom’s offers you a new opportunity. Nextstep is a series of 1 to 3-minute Podcasts with practical advice! Join today. A sign-up link is available under the Announcements section of boilercatholics.org.
  • Do you have a special talent in photography or drawing? Or perhaps visited Haiti and would like to share some photos from your trip? St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry is creating a 2021 calendar to raise awareness of and funds for our missions that serve our brothers and sisters in Baudin and Titanyen, Haiti. Digital photos and hand-drawn artwork are being sought and will be voted on by the St. Tom’s community for inclusion. Submit yours by July 19. For more information, visit Announcements on boilercatholics.org.
  • The St. Tom’s Return to Worship Planning Committee met this week in anticipation of Phase D for the Diocese of Lafayette on July 5.
    At this time, St. Tom’s will remain in its current status of operations, which is aligned with the direction of the University in regards to restricted building access and mask requirements indoors and even outdoors when social distance cannot be maintained.
    We are using a cantor and accompanist for both public liturgies with no congregational singing and one lector and no servers. Communion will continue to be offered as you leave Mass.
    Since attendance at in-person Mass has not neared capacity, we will continue to offer the same Mass schedule.
    The Church Office is open and accessible by ringing the doorbell at either Gather Space entrance to have someone let you in.
    Adoration will continue from the parking lot.
    First Communion is scheduled for August at a designated Mass for the 38 first communicants and their parents. It will be decided at a later date if two Masses will be required.
    The Planning Committee will reconvene before August to determine plans for the return of Purdue’s students to campus and the Diocese of Lafayette’s next phase for reopening.
  • Next weekend is the first Sunday of the month when we gather food for the hungry in our community. A white pickup truck will be parked near the handicapped ramp next Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to drop-off your donations.
  • Also, next Sunday is St. Tom’s monthly second collection. Your support this month will benefit our Mother Teresa Fund. St. Tom’s is grateful for your generosity to this service ministry and the church during these very challenging times.

Spiritual Resources

How to Attend Virtual Mass
Created by Caitie Beardmore, this link provides tips for participating in the Mass at home, especially for families

FORMED – The Catholic Faith. On demand
As a St. Tom’s parishioner, you have instant access to thousands of movies, programs, audio and books on spiritual formation through FORMED. To sign up or to access, visit formed.org/signup and search for “St. Thomas Aquinas West Lafayette.

40K IN 40 DAYS Prayer Intentions

During this season of Lent, please continue to submit your 40K in 40 DAYS prayer intentions through the online form. A St. Tom’s staff member will ensure that they are entered into the prayer intention book.

Online Giving

We ask that you continue to remember both St. Tom’s and your community through the Mother Teresa Fund by giving online through Faith Direct.

St. Tom’s Birthdays and Anniversaries

We’d love to celebrate your special day at the end of Sunday Mass, so please submit your birthdays and wedding anniversaries with us!

Nextstep

Now we are taking another step toward holiness. We invite everyone to deepen your love of Jesus Christ, who is the source and summit of our life, by participating in Nextstep. Nextstep (www.ecnextstep.com) is a fantastic online guide to (re)discover the simple, yet often difficult, steps that lead to a relationship with Jesus Christ and his Father. 

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the COVID-19 Pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.