Parish & Community Events

(Universal) Prayer of the Faithful - click here

Current Bulletin - Sunday, August 2 - click here

St. Thomas More Church "Reopening":

What You Need To Know - click here

Diocesan Policy on the Mandatory Use of Face Coverings - click here

Bishop Bergie's Letter regarding Niagara Region Face Covering By-law click here

"ETIQUETTE AT EUCHARIST"

 

All parishioners are asked to comply with the directive to wear a face mask when entering the church (except the very young); for those without one, masks are available (a donation is requested). Starting this Sunday, the priest will wear a mask when distributing Communion. Communicants are to remove their masks while the person ahead of them is receiving and bow; and after the priest says "the Body of Christ" and the answer "Amen" is given, only then does the communicant cross the green line (hands extended) to receive and step into the "box" to consume the Bread of life.

Note well: The washrooms are to be used only if absolutely necessary; parishioners making their way there during Mass tend to be a distraction to the others. As well, please refrain from touching the statues or any other surfaces upon entering or exiting the church (anything touched has to be cleaned).


The doors are closed when Mass begins for a reason: the ushers have a right to worship and are not obliged to wait unnecessarily. Also, attending one Mass on the weekend is sufficient; please be mindful of others by not taking a space someone else could have. Lastly, be respectful of the ushers and cleaners and their tasks; their willingness to serve is of benefit to us all because if there are no ushers and no cleaners there can be no open church.

  

Live-streaming our Masses has been paused

while our efforts are focused on re-opening our parish.

We will continue to evaluate

the live-streaming technology requirements.

  

NEW WAYS TO DONATE TO ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH

During this time of absence from church, expenses go on just the same.

Would you like to continue to donate your Sunday and Special offerings to St. Thomas More?

It is easy to setup by using monthly Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) donations.

Complete the attached form and mail or email to the church office

along with a copy or scan of a void cheque.

OR

Internet e-transfers from your Personal Bank are now also being accepted.  

Please use "stthomasmorenf@gmail.com" as the email address that the bank requests.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Month of August - Pray for our Priests - click here

Virtual Parish Vacation School - featuring "God's Masterpieces: Made in His Image" - click here
The St. Thomas More Parish Vacation School Team (formerly VBS Team) is excited to offer our free 2020 "Virtual" Parish Vacation School (VPVS) created especially for you. Each day from August 10 to August 14, we will present a ten to fifteen-minute video on this year’s theme.

The videos will be created by our Parish Vacation School Team and accessible at click here They will include: Bible passage, daily reflection, family craft / message, interactive question and answers. This program is for children all the way up to Grade 8. The Welcome Video will be available starting Sunday, August 2. Videos will be posted at 10:00 a.m. each day, and will continue to be available after August 14 for future viewing. Email stthomasmorechildlit@gmail.com or contact Anna Racine 905.358.3412 for more information.

Catechumenate (R.C.I.A.) - Saturday, August 15 - 2:00 pm

Initiation, Reception, Confirmation of R.C.I.A. Participants

Next Saturday, we will celebrate the Christian Initiation of these R.C.I.A. participants:

Brooke-Leigh Curran (& children)

Linda (Ying) Liu (& children)

Renaye Budd

Gary Graziani 

-- the Catholic reception of these: 

Damian Bowyer

Jason Wilson


-- the Confirmation of those six along with: 

Maria Lichtenberg


-- and the Communion for the first time for adults and children.

They have already been introduced to the sacrament of Reconciliation.


Of course, the onset of the coronavirus held up this celebration for the participants, and that is why we are very happy for them now being able to take their full place amid the worshipping assembly!

 

Let us recognize the presence of the new Catholics among us! A word of gratitude to their families and sponsors -- and to Mary Flynn for her unwavering commitment to guiding them to "the finish line!"

If you or anyone you happen to know is interested in the Catholic faith, whether to look into it more or perhaps to become Catholic, now is the time to inform us -- leave your name, phone number or

e-mail stthomasmoreparish@cogeco.net with the office and you will be contacted!

Sacrament of Baptism

The monthly Baptism preparation sessions will resume on Thursday, August 20, at 6:00 p.m., in the hall (physical distancing will apply there). Masks are to be worn (bring your own, as well as a pen), and we ask that the infants and other small children not accompany the parents. Because of the 30% capacity rule, only two Baptisms can be scheduled, but these can take place on four of the Sundays in August (August 9, 16, 23, 30) at the usual 12:30 p.m. Only immediate family should attend. Sanitizing procedures will be in place. Parents inquiring about infant baptism need to contact the parish office (905.356.7533 or email stthomasmoreparish@cogeco.net) to set-up an appointment. 

First Communion 2020

“Let the little children come to me; do not stop them,” Jesus says (Mark 10:14) — yet these grade 2 children of ours were suddenly stopped in their tracks as they eagerly awaited joining us at the eucharistic table at Easter. We, in turn, are eager to have them join us! Therefore, we are in the process of working out a “best-case” scenario for this to happen, likely in September. Looking ahead, one possibility is to have the children of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School come two Sundays (at 2:00 p.m.) and Loretto School the same. Our teachers have been very helpful in presenting suggestions and any further ideas are always welcome!

CCCB Message:  A Lesson on Caring in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic - click here

How to Get Kids Excited about the Mass - click here

Bishop Gerard Bergie - July: Month of Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus - click here

Bishop Gerard Bergie - Fearful events may stalk the world but life is worth living - click here

Bishop Gerard Bergie - Cathedral Appeal - June Update - click here

Pope Francis - calls for prayers for Lebanon after deadly explosion in Beirut (Video)

After a massive fire triggered a deadly explosion in Beirut, Pope Francis called for prayers and a united effort to help Lebanon overcome "this serious crisis." click here

Pope Francis - Show grandparents, the elderly that you care, Pope Francis tells young people (Video)

Pope Francis called on young people to reach out to their grandparents or the elderly who may be lonely or on their own. (video) - click here

Pope Francis - God listens to everybody -- sinner, saint, victim, killer (Video)

Everyone lives a life that is often inconsistent or a "contradiction" because people can be both a sinner and a saint, a victim and a tormentor, Pope Francis said. - click here

Pope Francis - Eucharist heals, gives strength to serve others, Pope Francis says (Video)

The Eucharist heals people of their wounds, emptiness and sadness, and gives them the strength to share Christ's loving mercy with others, Pope Francis said. - click here

Pope Francis - Christian unity still a work in progress - click here

Pope Francis - Know Heaven is your destiny - click here

Pope Francis - Trusting in God does not mean never arguing with him - click here

Rosary Apostalate

The Rosary Apostolate began in Toronto in 1997 as a means of evangelization through prayer.  It has been creating a positive experience of prayer (in our area notably in Welland's Catholic schools).  Presently there are approximately 1,000 trained volunteers in 250 schools across Ontario.  The praying of the Rosary becomes inspiring and interesting for our students - never boring.  The goal is to form good habits of prayer through visits to each classroom in the school, monthly from October to April; a Marian celebration in May concludes the visits. Presentations and prayers are modified according to different age groups (15 minutes with JK & SK, 20 minutes with grades 1 - 3, 40 minutes with grades 4 - 8).  The teachers remain with their class while the Rosary is prayed. All follow the leaflets provided and any improvising is avoided.

We are aiming to begin this ministry of prayer at both Loretto and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Schools this fall.  Well before then, though, we will need volunteers from the parish (at least 12) who are to be properly trained and screened.  The principals have been approached (as they must be in favour).  This can only enhance the spiritual dimension of the school and it forms "Children of the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

Do you love Jesus and Mary?  Do you love Children?  Do you pray the Rosary?  Are you willing to dedicate two hours a month to pray the Rosary with children?  If so, do join us! for additional information - click here

 

Catholic Grandparents Association

To Help Grandparents Pass on the Faith and to Keep Prayer at the Heart of Family Life. - click here

Men's Monthly Rosary - Postponed - All men of the parish welcome!

Come out and pray the Rosary with our Catholic men and to be with our Blessed Mother.  We pray every first Monday of each month in the St. Jerome Chapel.  It takes approximately 30 minutes.  Please bring a friend.

Moms & Tots - Monday - stay tuned for upcoming dates

Welcome to all mothers, young children and babies to join in following the 9:15 am Mass.  Join in for an informal talk on "Fitting Prayer into Your Daily Life" followed by discussion, fellowship, coffee, and snacks. Young children and babies are most welcome and invited to come with moms!  

email stephanie.kafie@medportal.ca or joanna.freytag@gmail.com to join our mailing list.

Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group - Mt. Carmel - stay tuned additional information - call 905.356.4113 or 905.684.0154 or email separatedanddivorced@saintcd.com

Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls.  For the 2020 schedule click here

Bingo, Bingo, Bingo - Wednesdays - 9:45 pm - Postponed - Please volunteer to help - you are needed! 

Bingos are on Wednesdays at 9:45 pm (Late night) - Closed until further notice - Delta Monte Carlo Hall, 4735 Drummond Road. Please consider helping out and call Bill Mann 905.374.2386 asap

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Niagara East Council - Store is open in Niagara Falls - for additional information - click here

Store currently Closed due to pandemic - sorry

Store hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

There is a need for volunteers to staff the store, asking only a few hours of your time.  If you are able, and would like to volunteer or would like more information, call Nicole Chartrand 905.358.4687.  "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."

Vincent's Loves Volunteers - Do you have 2 - 4 hours per week that you could spare? Vincent's Thrift Store at 5970 Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls would love to hear from you. The store is part of the St.Vincent de Paul Society, serving the needy members of our community. It is a wonderful opportunity to be the hands of Christ in our world. We have a variety of "jobs" to do, and wonderful people to work with. Activities may include: sorting donations, stocking and organizing shelves, serving customers and cleaning. People with special interests like jewelry, books, vintage clothing and art might also enjoy working with us. We could also use a person with a truck who is willing to pick up or drop off items from time to time. Volunteer opportunities are open to persons of all ages, including students who require community service hours. We can arrange your hours to suit your schedule. Please give the store a call if you are interested and ask to speak with our manager Andrea: 289.296.3807.

Junior and Senior Altar Servers Needed

Servers or "assistant ministers" are needed in many liturgical celebrations.  Children in grades 4 and above are invited to become Junior Altar Servers.  

This requires a minimal time commitment, and will be assigned the time that the family attends mass.  

Servers are required to arrive 15 minutes ahead of the assigned Mass and are there no more that 5 to 10 minutes after the Mass is over.

Students in Grades 8 to 12 are able to earn 1 community service hour every time served.  Training is provided.

Call Monica D'Amico 905.374.4390 for further information.  

You can also check this site for additional information just click here.

Our parish is also in need for adult servers especially to serve at funeral liturgies.  Retired men ad women of the parish are encouraged to consider lending their time to this ministry.

Proclaimers (Ministers) of the Word

In this ministry you not only read the word of God but proclaim it.  Some of the requirements:  familiarity with Sacred Scripture (while not necessarily being a Bible scholar!), ability to read well with good vocal projection (while not necessarily being an orator!), and willingness to attend training sessions (while not necessarily undergoing a skills test!).  Those interested will be invited to an inquiry session, where some of our current proclaimers (readers) will explain what the ministry requires and the time commitment it necessitates. 

Click here for additional information.

Ministers of Holy Communion

In this ministry you who serve are exercising the role of hosts and servants of the Eucharistic banquet.  Those Catholics who have no impediment are encouraged to come forward.

Click here for additional information.

Ministers of Holy Communion to those at home, in hospital, or in long-term care

These parishioners minister to the sick with prayer, personal visits, words of comfort and encouragement, and other acts of kindness.  Above all, the Church manifests Christ's love by bringing these people communion from the Eucharistic celebration.  Today, to assure that no one is deprived of the Eucharist, both clergy and laity exercise this ministry of love and unity on behalf of the sick.  Those willing to give their time in such a role are asked to participate.

Click here for additional information.

Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers/Greeters)

In this ministry your role is one of "official" host -- someone whose presence, conversation and actions speak a genuine desire that all who come to our liturgical events enjoy their time together thus creating an atmosphere conducive to the act of worship.  Those parishioners willing to contribute their "hospitality" skills are asked to consider this vital ministry.

Click here for additional information.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - St. Thomas More Conference

check out what they have been doing - click here

Links of Interest

Father Peter Rowe - 40th Ordination Anniversary CONGRATULATIONS - click here for video

Solon Ryes Presents his Grand Finale - The Masters - Amazing! click here to listen

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - Holy Hour

Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

Diocesan Separated & Divorced - Healing Ministry Group -  click here 

 

Retrouvaille - Do You Need to "Rediscover" Your Marriage? -  click here

Check us out at:  www.Retrouvaille.org or call 905.664.5212 or 905.662.2018

Mount Carmel Retreats click here