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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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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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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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Your offerings can help to keep your parish running through this pandemic. You can give online at https://stmarystthomascommunity.weshareonline.org/ or by mail at: Our Lady Queen of Peace 46 N Eagleville Rd Storrs, CT 06268 or Our Lady Queen of Peace 1600 Main St Coventry, CT 06238

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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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Canceled - Save the Date: Wine Tasting
We are sorry - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED Saturday April 25, 2020 St. Mary Church Hall Haitian Ministry Wine Tasting/Basket raffle Ticket Sales Starting March 21st after the masses at both churches We are sorry - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

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Canceled - Pancake Breakfast

Posted on March 05, 2020 in: General News

Canceled - Pancake Breakfast
We are sorry - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED   The St. Jude Council will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 22nd, after the 10:30 AM Mass in the St. Mary Church hall. The cost for the breakfast is $5.00, and includes coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, sausage, and your choice of regular, blueberry, or gluten free pancakes, with butter and syrup.   We are sorry - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

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The Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles of the World
This exhibit was produced by the Vatican and consists of 140 posters, panels and a Power Point presentation documenting instances around the world where the Eucharist has perceivably changed into real human flesh and real human blood. Many of these have been scientifically analyzed, all with the same result - the flesh is always from heart muscle, and the blood type is always AB (the same as the Shroud of Turin). Deacon Benedict LoCasto will give a one-hour Parish Mission entitled “The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist”, at 7pm on the first night of th...

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Prayer Requests

Posted on March 05, 2020 in: General News

Prayer Requests
Need prayers for loved ones, friends, or even for your own intentions? Who do you call? Our Lady Queen of Peace Prayer Network! We are your fellow parishioners who have formed a prayer phone chain to pray along with you through sickness, loss of loved ones, financial problems, and for anything that brings worry or sorrows. These prayerful petitions are also added to the prayer intentions at First Friday Devotions at 7pm at St. Mary’s Church. To start the prayer network simply call the Church offices either at St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Mary’s. or call the coor...

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