Virtual Worship


Virtual Worship Opportunities

Although St. Tom’s doors are closed in response to the social distancing requirement of COVID 19, our hearts are wide open in meeting our community’s spiritual needs. Please join us for daily Mass at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday Mass at 11:00 a.m. here and on the “BoilerCatholics” YouTube channel. A daily live rosary will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The calendar below will provide you with virtual events bySt. Tom’s and the Lafayette Diocese of Indiana.

Mass

Today’s Mass (Daily Mass live stream begins at 11:30 AM. Sunday Mass live stream begins at 11:00 AM). Subscribe to the our YouTube channel to get notifications about new videos.

Q&A
I am having issues with the stream. Can you fix this?
Most of the issues are related to the fact that nearly everyone is using the internet these days, so internet providers are experiencing strain on their networks that slow everyone down.

Other issues are related to the device on which people view the stream. A newer, faster computer that is hard-wired to the internet is always going to be better than trying to view it over WiFi or on a mobile device such as a phone. If you have issues during the Mass, try refreshing the page.

The sound is too low, what should I do?
The sound system at St. Tom’s is turned up as high as it can go. The sound issue you are experiencing is likely related to the device on which you are watching the stream. Turn your volume as high as it can go. If this does not work, consider streaming the mass on a different device.

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 Wednesday of Holy Week

Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a

The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
My face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let him confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?

Responsorial Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34

R.    (14c)  Lord, in your great love, answer me.
For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my mother’s sons,
because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
R.    Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak,
I looked for sympathy, but there was none;
for consolers, not one could I find.
Rather they put gall in my food,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
R.    Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving:
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R.    Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Verse Before the Gospel

Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our errors.

Or
Hail to you, our King, obedient to the Father;
you were led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.

Gospel Mt 26:14-25

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said,
“What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?”
They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Where do you want us to prepare
for you to eat the Passover?”
He said,
“Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
‘The teacher says, "My appointed time draws near;
in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”‘“
The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?”
He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”

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Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Mass Intention

Prayers of the Faithful

  • That the teachers of our church, especially Pope Francis, Bishop Doherty, our priests, and deacons, use their “well-trained tongues” to enliven our faith during this time of physical distancing.
  • That all civil leaders and healthcare employees are strengthened and sustained as they continue to serve their citizens in these challenging times.
  • That we, the people of Saint Tom’s, might enter into this holiest of weeks with open hearts, ready to contemplate the great love our God has for us.
  • That all who are suffering from physical and emotional ailments, including Michael Gaughan Betty King, Janice Ketterer, Agustin Mota, Adrienne Cramer, Zach Kerr, those mentioned in the bulletin, and those hurt by our church, always keep their faith knowing that despite their challenges, they have not been abandoned.
  • That all who have died, now seated at the table of the Lord, find peace in Heaven.
  • That the prayers we hold in the silence of our hearts be offered to our God openly and without reservations.

Announcements

  • St Toms is hosting Family Promise April 13-19. Due to the current COVID -19 health emergency, the Family Promise leadership has asked that we provide monetary support and donations of supplies like antibacterial soap, cleaning sprays, gloves, etc. To make a contribution or donation of supplies, please visit the Family Promise website: www.fpglinc.org
  • Our 40K IN 40 DAYS Lenten Challenge is still on! … Email your prayer intentions to 40K@boilercatholics.org or fill out the online form available on boilercatholics.org. Be sure to keep abreast of the Lenten Season opportunities still available to you by visiting boilercatholics.org/lent
  • Our Lenten Mission with author Karen May and artist Katie Schmid concluded on Wednesday, but you can still participate. The recorded version is available from a link on boilercatholics.org/lentenmission until Easter Sunday.
  • A huge THANK YOU to all who participated in and contributed to our annual Day of Giving on Tuesday. The event raised $35,000 towards St. Tom’s mission and ministries.
  • Given the challenges posed by the coronavirus, this would be a great time to switch over to automated giving through Faith Direct. Visit boilercatholics.org, click on “Give” and then the “make a donation” link
  • And finally, … $50K raffle tickets. Yes, you heard that right … A chance to win $50,000 for $100 per chance! Proceeds benefit our Purdue Catholic Student ministries. Visit boilercatholics.org/raffle for instructions on how to purchase them. A limited number of tickets are available so act soon!

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!

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.