Coronavirus updates from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Due to measures being taken to control the coronavirus outbreak, beginning March 17, Bishop Robert Barron, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, will be offering daily Mass online.
Spiritual Media Resources
Consider these links, websites, and ideas for the latest updates and opportunities to continue our faith
formation and participation during this time of social distancing.
Connect with small groups or start your own by checking out a Zoom webinar at http://blog.zoom.us/ wordpress/2020/03/04/best
ENDOW – Join Small Women Group Communities at
Books available for check out in the St. Thomas Parish meeting room.
Check in on a neighbor or someone that could benefit from hearing a friendly voice
Welcome to St. Thomas the Apostle Church
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is located in the city of Newton, Illinois. Our Christian family invites you into our beautiful place of worship to share our faith-filled services, to witness our dedicated community involvement, and to participate in our various church ministries.
Online Stewardship Link
During these challenging times, the mission and ministry of our parish continues. Your generous stewardship brings life and supports this parish. To provide for the ongoing vitality of the parish, we are counting on your continued good stewardship. During this time, we hope you will continue to support the parish through your prayer, service, and generous contributions as possible. To support the work of the Church, your contributions are essential. Therefore, we have created an online offertory tool. This online giving platform enables parishioners to donate to the parish via the Parish donation page. The link above enables you to make your Sunday offertory contribution online. Your information remains private and secure.
From Father Dean, in accordance with
Bishop Paprocki's proclamation-
Masses are suspended for the people. Priests are to offer Mass "sine populo" (without people). I will privately celebrate the scheduled Masses. Such Mass usually has a minister (server/lector). If you would like to be the server/lector, call me (217/494-6326).
The Bishop asks you to enter into a Eucharistic fast (Spiritual communion) until further notice. If needed, please contact me (217/494-6326) for private reception of Holy Communion.
All Public Church related activities are suspended or postponed. No fish fries, no bake sales, no dinners, nothing scheduled as all activities are suspended, canceled, or postponed. No Monday night dance, no Tuesday Rosary, no Wednesday religion classes (PSR & CYO), Youth Choir, Stations of the Cross and Rosary, Scheduled Committee and Council Meetings, Angels' Bake Sale.
Private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle is available during the following hours:
St. Thomas Church - 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
St. Mary's Church - 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
Private individual prayer includes the Rosary. Stations of the Cross, meditation, etc. No public gathering scheduled.
Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Anointing of the Sick, Last Rites are all private until further notice. This means, only the immediate family and official witnesses may attend.
For the Sacrament of Penance, I will be available:
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays at St. Mary's
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday and Fridays at St. Thomas
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's
For Anointing of the Sick, Last Rites, or Holy Communion, call or text me at 217/494-6326
With Prayers for your safety and good judgment, I am
As people around the world struggle to cope with the unprecedented developments related to the highly contagious Novel Coronavirus, the Church's faith life is undergoing significant change. Due to concerns about both public health and spirituality, Bishop Paprocki issued the Proclamation and Directions regarding Eucharistic Fast and Celebration of the Sacraments on Wednesday, March 18. The changes outlined in the Proclamation remain in effect until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office at 618/783-8741. The Proclamation can be found below: