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Blood Drive

Posted on March 18, 2020 in: General News

Blood Drive
Blood Drive at St. Thomas Aquinas Hall in the Student Center Friday, March 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 04:45 PM The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Go to redcross.org, put in the zip code 06268 then choose St. Thomas and make your appointment today. Walk-ins will be accepted also.   Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or re...

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Parish Update

Posted on March 21, 2020 in: General News

While we all pray for an end to this emergency and for healing and comfort for those who are afflicted with the Coronavirus, we are sharing some answers to some of the questions people have had.   Are palms still being distributed on Palm Sunday Yes. While there will be no public celebration of the Mass, we will be having a “Palms Drive-through” at Saint Mary Church, 1600 Main St, Coventry at Noon on Palm Sunday (April 5). Palms will be handed to you by gloved volunteers while you remain in your car.   What about Masses? All public Masses have been suspended until furt...

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A Message From Father John

Posted on March 20, 2020 in: General News

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas, St. Mary and University of Connecticut -      In lieu of all that has been going on as a result of the coronavirus, I’m reaching out to all of you to reassure you that I have and will continue to pray for you, our parish, Church, Nation, and World. We find ourselves in a time of challenge and uncertainty we have never experienced before in our lifetimes. Yet as challenging and uncertain things might be, we have to realize and believe that God and Our Blessed Mother know what we are going through and are there for all of us to turn to.      I&rsquo...

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Weekend Mass & Event Status

Posted on March 13, 2020 in: General News

Check here for the latest updates and changes 3/18/20 - 2:00pm IF YOUR BUSINESS WITH THE PARISH OFFICES CAN BE DONE BY PHONE OR EMAIL, PLEASE CONSIDER DOING THAT INSTEAD OF COMING IN, to reduce exposure for you, the Staff and Father. Click here for emails. Phone: St Mary 860-742-0681. St Thomas Aquinas 860-429-6436 All public celebrations of Mass are suspended. Beginning effective immediately, Bishop Michael R. Cote has mandated that all public celebrations of Mass be temporarily suspended in all churches of the Diocese of Norwich (the Connecticut counties of Middlesex, New London, ...

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Fulfilling Your Obligation and Making an Act of Spiritual Communion
Spiritual Communion Resources Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Beginning effective immediately, Bishop Michael R. Cote has mandated that all public celebrations of Mass be temporarily suspended in all churches of the Diocese of Norwich (the Connecticut counties of Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham and Fishers Island, New York), and continuing until further notice. Fulfilling Your Obligation In cases such as we are experiencing now,  the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God t...

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New Church Hours

Posted on March 12, 2020 in: General News

New Church Hours
St. Thomas Aquinas Church is now being locked at night. The times that it gets locked will vary; depending on the events going on at night in the church, but it will be locked by 9 p.m. most nights. The church will be open by 9 a.m. THE LATEST, mornings during the week, and earlier on the weekends. This is for a security purpose. Sorry for any inconveniences this might cause.

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With the rise in the spread of influenza, commonly called the flu, it is time to revisit precautions undertaken for our Eucharistic Liturgies. These are temporary safety measures. We will restore normal liturgical practices once the risk of this form of influenza has passed. Effective January 7, 2020: The Sign of Peace and the distribution of the Precious Blood will be suspended until further notice. Holy Communion will only be distributed to non-ordained liturgical ministers and the faithful under the species of the Consecrated Host. Communicants are encouraged to receive in their hands rather than on the tongue...

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WAIM Flea Market

Posted on March 12, 2020 in: General News

WAIM Flea Market
The Windham Area Interfaith Ministry will hold a Spring Flea Market Treasure sale at its headquarters on 866 Main Street, Willimantic, Connecticut on Saturday, March 21 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Items include: lamps, pictures, children’s books, old toys, glassware, collectibles, some end tables, trunks, chairs.

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