Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday 2021

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 is Shrove Tuesday.  It is a day to finalize one’s Lenten sacrifice, as well as, eat pancakes and other sweets.  I know I for one am looking forward to celebrating this feast with my faith family next year – oh what a sweet sweet celebration it will be!  

But, for 2021, we will be eating pancakes at home and enjoying scenes from New Orleans’ Yardi Gras!  Because they were not able to hold their annual parade with decadent floats, many New Orleans residents have decorated their yards in the style of floats.  The colorful and over the top decorations are not only fun to view and a boost to morale, but it is a much needed support to the hundreds of artists whose livelihoods revolve around this celebration that is famous around the world.  If you search for “Yardi Gras 2021,” you can see this year’s festivities.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 is Ash Wednesday.  There will be three opportunities for you to join in prayer to begin this season of Lent: 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. Here are service leaflets: 7 a.m. leaflet or Noon and 7 p.m. leaflet to accompany the services.  There are a few printed service leaflets in the lobby available to pick up.

You will receive invitation emails to all three services tomorrow.  The YouTube link is the same as always.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator or (302) 368-4644

Lenten 2021 Book Study

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The Newark Parishes of Saints Nicholas & Thomas’s Adult Christian Education
Lent 2021: Thursdays at 11 a.m.

THE HOPE OF GLORY by Jon Meacham
Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross
Lead by Fr. Bill Lane of St. Nicholas

Feb 18, 2021 : Prologue and First Word (Father Forgive Them; LK. 23:34)
Feb 25, 2021 : Second Word (You Will be With Me in Paradise; Lk. 23:43)
March 4, 2021 : Third Word (Behold Your Mother; Jn. 19:26-27)
March 11, 2021 : Fourth Word (Why Have You Forsaken Me; Mt. 27:46)
March 18, 2021 : Fifth Word (I Thirst; Jn. 19:28)
March 25, 2021 : Sixth Word (It is Finished; Jn. 19:30)
April 1, 2021 : Seventh Word (I Commend My Spirit; Lk. 23:46)

If you would like to take part and are not already participating in the Thursday Adult Study, please email
your request to and you will receive the sign on information.

Ash Wednesday 2021

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Ashes have been a symbol of penitence and sorrow for thousands of years.  In ancient Israel, they seem to have been used in a common, “non-religious” way – those who were in mourning or expressing remorse for some action wore very plain clothes (sackcloth) and sprinkled ashes over themselves as an outward sign of their emotions.

Some parts of the church adopted this practice as a way of marking the beginning of Lent.  In earliest times, ashes were sprinkled on the tops of the heads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday.  This is still the method used in some Roman Catholic churches.  More recently, a smudge or cross of ashes on the forehead came to be an icon of our devotion at the beginning of Lent.

This year, we are unable to gather for Ash Wednesday, and even if we could, the physical closeness required for the imposition of ashes would be risky.  So instead, we are distributing ashes in small packages, one of which is enclosed with this note. 

You may choose to mark yourself with them at the beginning of the day on Ash Wednesday, or during one of the services that will be broadcast on YouTube (7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM), or you may choose to leave them in their bag and let them be simply a reminder of the simple and honest devotion that we are all called to renew in Lent.

May your Lent be a time of blessing. 
Fr. Howell Sasser, Rector

Holy Week Schedule for 2020

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You are invited to join us for some special Holy Week gatherings. Each day brings a unique opportunity to experience growth and meaning during this solemn time in our calendar, and draw closer to our Lord.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 8:00 and 10:30
Monday, April 6, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Thursday, April, 9, 2020 – 6 p.m.service and watch vigil
Friday, April 10, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 2-4 p.m. and 8 p.m. services
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – 8 and 10:30 a.m. services

Please watch for more details to be published for each day.

Lenten 2020 Opportunities

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Dear friends,

As we begin Lent, I would like to remind you of two opportunities for spiritual growth over the next six weeks.

1)  On Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer will be offered in the church. The form will be mostly chanted, but please don’t let your opinion of your own voice keep you away!  The chant is simple, and those who want to come and worship in prayerful silence are also most welcome.  The dates for these services will be March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and April 5, 2020.

2)  On Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., I will lead an “inquirers’ class” in the parlor.  We will cover the basics of Christian faith, and the Anglican/Episcopal approach as well.  This is an excellent resource for those considering whether they might like to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed by the Bishop when he is with us in May 2020. Those who just want to refresh what they learned long ago, or who want some new spiritual insights should consider coming too.  The dates for these classes will be March 4, 11, 18, and 25, and April 1, 2020. 

Please plan to join us – and to bring a friend – for these Lenten events.

Peace, Howie+
The Reverend Dr. Howell C. Sasser, Jr.

Interactive Stations of the Cross throughout Lent

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The Interactive Stations of the Cross are a way to meditate on Christ’s journey from Pilate to the Tomb: one literally washes one’s hands as Pilate did. You make a cross and carry it with you. You stop where he stumbled and think on things that make you stumble. Where Jesus met his mother,you remember things that are on your heart. You pray for folks who are ill at another stop. You make an image of the cross where Veronica legendarily wiped Jesus’ face and where he left his image on her cloth. You mourn with the women of Jerusalem and stop to mark hurting places in the world. You drink vinegar and drive nails. You experience the torn curtain of the Temple. You imagine how it would feel to have your dead son laid in your arms. You smell spices at the Tomb. And, there is a Fifteenth Station that shows the promise of the Resurrection.

Available daily during office hours (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and any time the building is open. Call 302-368-4644 for group visits or to arrange for a guided tour or merely to arrange to have someone else present while you experience the Stations.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

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Come out and join in with your friends and enjoy DELICIOUS sweet fresh pancakes and YUMMY just-right-spicy sausages.

TUESDAY, March 5 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
St. Thomas’s Church Great Hall

This is a FUNraiser, but we need to cover costs:
$6.00 adults
$3.00 age 8 and under
$20 for a family

Maundy Thursday soup dinner and service

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Thursday the 29th, there will be a soup dinner starting at 5:30, followed by the service at 7pm. All food and beverages will be provided, including a gluten free vegetarian option. You do not need to bring anything, but we are asking that everyone lend a hand in cleaning up.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cana Hartman at if you have any questions. I hope to see everyone at this special gathering to commemorate the Last Supper and remember: Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).

Pancakes! Sausages!

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The annual St. Thomas’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Extravaganza is coming soon!

Bring your family to St. Thomas’s on Tuesday, February 13 starting at 5:30 PM when you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious sweet pancakes and spicy sausages as we use up the fat and flour before the privations of Lent!

For a mere $7 per adult and $5 per child – with a cap of $20 per family – you can feast to your heart’s content.

We’ll need some help to make this a success:

Help setting up (at 3:30-ish)

Help at the door to collect money

Help serving cakes and sausages

Help bussing tables

Help washing dishes and putting them away

Help cleaning up and putting away tables and chairs

Let me know what you can do to help. Many hands make light work. We are family!

Sally Price