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 9:00 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 Seventeenth 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

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.
  • Fight Hunger with Your Hearts & Soles” by joining the virtual 2020 Hunger Hike sponsored by Lafayette Urban Ministry. The event begins Sunday, September 13th, with a live-stream event at 1 p.m. and continues through Sunday, September 20th. For more information and to register, visit hungerhike.org
  • Are you looking for ways to deepen your prayer life? 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.
  • 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.
  • With the return of our student parishioners and COVID protocols, we need more ushers for the fall semester to keep our parishioners and guests safe and feel welcomed. Training will be provided. The only requirement to become an usher is a desire to help. To keep our parishioners 65 and older or those with underlying health conditions safe, we ask that they NOT volunteer. To sign up, call the church office
  • In just THREE weeks, our student parishioners will return to campus, and fall classes will start! … St. Tom’s staff and the Return to Worship Planning Committee met on Thursday evening to finalize plans for how to safely conduct our academic year events and ministries within the requirements of our State, the Diocese of Lafayette, and Purdue University. Unfortunately, this means that major events like Blockbuster Weekend will NOT take place this year. Please know that we are working on alternative activities to support and build the St. Tom’s community. Be sure to monitor your Flocknotes for details AND remember to check your SPAM folder if you are a Flocknote subscriber, but aren’t receiving weekly St. Tom’s communications.
  • St. Tom’s newly formed group, “Racial Equality and Justice,” will have its first meeting this Tuesday, August 4th, at 7:00 p.m. by Zoom. If you haven’t signed up yet, but are interested in joining the group, visit the Announcements section on boilercatholics.org for a link to sign up on Flocknote.
  • It’s the first Sunday of the month when we gather food for the hungry. A white pickup truck will be parked near the handicapped ramp on Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to drop-off your donations. All donations are welcome, but the pantry’s special needs include cooking oil, canned chicken, canned beans, snack size chips, granola bars, and spaghetti.

Mass Intention

Prayers of the Faithful

  • For the Church, Pope Francis, Bishop Doherty, and all our priests, that “like Jesus, their ‘hearts will be moved with compassion’ in their leadership of God’s people.” We pray to the Lord.
  • For our world and its leaders, that we recognize in Jesus’ multiplication of fishes and loaves, that God’s mercy provides a source of justice to solve the problems of hunger, homelessness, disease, and strife. We pray to the Lord.
  • For our community, may we seek God’s grace to address the effects of racism present in our institutions and find equitable solutions to redress the wrongs. We pray to the Lord.
  • For an end to COVID and for those who are battling it as a patient or caretaker, may they seek and find strength and comfort in God’s boundless love for them.
  • For all who are suffering this day, including Chris Mason, Alice Tocheny, Malak Amireh, Catherine Nichols, all those named in the bulletin, and those who have been hurt by the Church, may they “look hopefully” to God’s great kindness and mercy for consolation and healing. We pray to the Lord.
  • For all who have died, including those lost to COVID, and for those who mourn them, may they know God’s calls to all of us from the waters of “everlasting life” to receive the promised eternal reward. We pray to the Lord.
  • For the intentions that lie deep within our hearts, that we may accept God’s grace and mercy, knowing that “God provides for all our needs.” We pray to the Lord.

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.

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.