Parish Email for Friday, 8 April 2022

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Palm Sunday – Normal weekend schedule

Holy Monday – 7pm – Holy Eucharist (nave)

Holy Tuesday – 7pm – Holy Eucharist (nave)

Holy Wednesday – 7pm – Holy Eucharist (nave)

Maundy Thursday – 7pm – (nave)

Maundy Thursday Garden Watch – 9pm-midnight – nave

Good Friday – 7pm – (nave)

Holy Saturday – 10am – Prayer Office (Lychgate)

Great Vigil of Easter – 6pm – (Rectory Lawn)

Easter Sunday – 10.30am – outdoors


Kitchen of Hope is tomorrow, Saturday, 9 April.  Contact Vivian H. (856-366-8461) if you’d like to help!

Covid cases are rising in some parts of New Jersey! Please be sure to stay on top of your recommended vaccinations and masking to protect all those you love.

Easter Flower Memorials can be offered by filling out a form in this week’s worship bulletin, or by speaking with Donna F. or Gretchen O. Memorials are due no later than Palm Sunday, 10 April.

There will be a brief palm folding demonstration directed by Kathy I. immediately after the 10:30 Palm Sunday service.

We’re planning another outdoor Easter Vigil (16 April, 6pm), telling our story around the campfire. Will you help tell our story in word or song? We’re looking for groups or individuals to tell the story of our faith in creative ways. The following scriptures are the basis of our story, and you could just read it. Even better, though, if you can act it, tell
it, evoke it, or otherwise convey each story in a manner authentic to all the colorful personalities of St. Thomas’! Please send an email to ASAP to let us know which scripture story your group is going to tell at the Easter Vigil!

Scriptures available (claimed passages indicated by strikethrough – only one reading left!):
– Genesis 1:1-2:4a
– Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13
– Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
– Isaiah 55:1-11
– Baruch 3:9-15, 3:32-4:4
– Ezekiel 36:24-28
– Zephaniah 3:14-20

Our Easter Vigil wouldn’t be complete without music! Will you play or sing a hymn or sacred song for us at the Vigil? Any instrument is welcome! Sing alone or with a friend. Please send an email to ASAP with a title and the names of those performing so we can reserve you a spot on the schedule!



Friday, 22 April 2022 – all proceeds will go to Episcopal Relief & Development!





The Diocese of New Jersey will offer Diocesan Confirmations on Saturday, 7 May, at 10am. Please speak to Father Todd right away if you would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation or, for those already confirmed, Reaffirmation. A preparatory class of four weeks will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9am starting the week after Easter.

ECW Mothers Matter Toiletries Collection:  Thank you to all who have contributed to our project to gather supplies for Mothers Matter gift bags in honor of our moms.  They are most appreciative of our help.  We have both toiletries and monetary donations.  We will be delivering them to Mothers Matter the week after Easter so if you would still like to contribute, please bring your donation to church by Easter Sunday.  Money or checks written to St. Thomas’ in envelopes marked for ECW Mothers Matters can be put in the collection plate or toiletries can be put in the boxes in both the nave and upstairs Parish Hall.

Items Needed:  Liquid hand soap, mini hand sanitizer, small hand lotion, facial wipes, chapstick, lipstick, emery boards, nail polish, nail polish remover packets, playing cards, puzzle books, journals – and all available at Dollar Tree!

As always, St. Thomas’ always come through!  Our ECW thanks you!

Our Covid protocol has changed! We will be following the CDC guidelines for Gloucester County, which will vary based on the local infection rate and, secondarily, the availability of our local hospitals to cope with current cases.

We will additionally wear our masks while singing whenever the daily new cases count  for Gloucester county exceeds 15/100k.

The CDC has downgraded the “COVID-19 Community Level” for Gloucester county to “Medium” and the new infection rate was at 6.0 mid-week. While these conditions persist, masks will be optional at all St. Thomas’ services and events.

You are encouraged to wear a mask if you are at all concerned about it. You will not be the only one!

If you would like to contribute to the work of Episcopal Relief & Development serving refugees from Ukraine, you can donate here.

Lectionary readings for this week: The Liturgy of the Palms:  Luke 19:28-40, Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 The Liturgy of the Word:  Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 22:14-23:56, Psalm 31:9-16

Lectionary readings for next week:  Easter Sunday:  Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, Luke:24:1-12, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Jennifer, Lou, Mary Esther, Chuck, Don, Amelia, Andrea, Gene, Joe, Larry, Joe, Fella, Kathy, Patches

Daily Covid Cases can be found for Gloucester County here.

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Spring 2022 at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall and Streaming online: Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer Online: Mondays, 4pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave: Wednesdays, 5.30pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave and Streaming online: Saturdays, 5:30pm



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