Parish & Community Events

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY: Holy Hour of Reparation - Monday June 21

Parishioners are invited to come together in an act of reparation for the atrocities committed due to the residential schools policy in this country, particularly the shame brought on by the discovery in Kamloops, B.C. We must all work to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership -- especially in light of recent happenings.

As the summer solstice takes place the day before, at 11:30 p.m. or so, perhaps we can have this Holy Hour beginning at 8:00 a.m. on June 21 and finishing just before the usual 9:00 celebration of Eucharist.

As the Church in Canada and elsewhere in the Americas keeps December 12 as a National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, so we will call upon Our Lady of Guadalupe's special mediation for the healing of our land while we participate in the secular observance of June 21.

Christian Initiation of Adults/Catechumenate (R.C.I.A.)

If you fit any one of the following descriptions (or if you know of someone who does), call us!  905.356.7533

- anyone who wants to join the Catholic Church
- anyone who wants to consider entering the Church
- anyone who was baptized but did not receive other sacraments -- anyone who simply wishes to inquire about     Catholicism
- anyone Catholic who feels that they would like to review

- or increase their knowledge of the faith
(and at the same time, act as a parish sponsor for an inquirer)

Adult Catechumenate (R.C.I.A.) Congratulations!

Catechumens:
Jolene McKinley, Paul Tomkins, Brandon Fife

Candidates:

Natashia Bell, Nina Wilson

 

Our parish annually celebrates the beginning of a new journey into the faith for those interested in joining our Catholic family. This process of welcome into the Catholic Church is called the Catechumenate or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often identified by its initials -- R.C.I.A.).

We will commence our introductory sessions in the fall. Those taking part in the journey will be invited to explore experiences of God, faith, and religion as initiation team members and parish sponsors share the living experience of their faith. Please inform those whom you feel would be interested about this journey. It would be helpful if you offered to accompany them, at least to the opening sessions. Help us plan ahead if you know of someone who is interested.

Novena to St. Joseph - June 22 - July 1

The Bishops of Canada have invited us to take part in a time of prayer to St. Joseph. Here at St. Thomas More, the reflection, prayer, and action will be included with daily and Sunday Mass.

June 22: St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church -- prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic
June 23: St. Joseph, Patron of Canada -- prayer for those who have died

June 24: St. Joseph: A Beloved Father -- prayer for the family, the domestic Church
June 25: St. Joseph: A Tender and Loving Father -- prayer for peace and unity in our country

June 26: St. Joseph: An Obedient Father -- prayer for an end to racism and discrimination
June 27: St. Joseph: An Accepting Father -- prayer for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life

June 28: St. Joseph: A Creatively Courageous Father -- prayer for youth and the elderly
June 29: St. Joseph: A Working Father -- prayer for workers, especially frontline workers, and for the unemployed

June 30: St. Joseph: A Father in the Shadows -- prayer for the needy, the afflicted, and the excluded

The novena leads to an Act of Entrustment to St. Joseph, made at the Mass and Holy Hour on July 1.

Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group - Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre

June 28 - Loving and Respecting Yourself

During lockdown the meetings will be held on Zoom.  Registration is required for Zoom meetings by calling 905.356.4113 or 905.684.0154 or emailing separatedanddivorced@saintcd.com

Please note that until further notice, there will be protocols in place for in person meetings specific to the health guidelines due to the COVID19 pandemic. Participants will be required to bring and wear a mask at the meetings, practice social distancing and sanitize hands. If you forget your mask, a limited supply will be on hand for use.

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 2021 schedule click here

Baptism Preparation - Thursday, July 15 - 6:00 pm

Parents inquiring about infant baptism need to contact the parish office 905.356.7533 or email stthomasmoreparish@cogeco.net to set-up an appointment.  Following this they will be asked to attend a baptism preparation class that is held on the third Thursday of each month.  It is then that a date can be set for baptism.  For more information - click here

Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! Niagara Falls Review article regarding upcoming Bingo - click here

Delta Monte Carlo Bingo Hall - 4735 Drummond Rd.
Your support is greatly appreciated!

Delta's "Drive-In Bingo" series is back!  Parking reservations are on sale now at www.deltasdriveinbingo.eventbrite.ca

Ministry of Catechist

Pope Francis has formally created a new official lay ministry in the Church for those who teach the fundamentals of the faith, opening the position to "men and women of deep faith and human maturity."

Instituting a new lay ministry of "catechist" with the apostolic letter Antiquum Ministerium ("Ancient Ministry ), the Pope said those who already serve as teachers of the faith experience a spiritual calling to do so and are often leaders in their communities.

With the new document, lay catechists can be officially instituted into roles as ministers for their local dioceses and receive recognition for what the Pope termed "a stable form of service rendered to the local Church" -- without taking away from "the Bishop's mission as the primary catechist in his Diocese" nor from "the particular responsibility of parents for the Christian formation of their children." Every catechist, he says, "must be a witness to the faith, a teacher and mystagogue, a companion and pedagogue, who teaches for the Church."

At St. Thomas More, we are indebted to those serving in the capacity of catechist already: elementary and secondary Catholic school teachers, R.C.I.A. catechists, sacramental prep. catechists, and, to a certain extent, children's liturgy leaders.

 

Church Protocol Reminders

Parishioners are reminded that, as they leave Mass, physical distancing has to be adhered to. It appears that what has been working well for the initial seating and the moving forward for Communion is falling apart when it comes to leaving the church: even though the ushers are there to escort everyone out, “bunching up” tends to occur as people feel the need to walk faster. The message has to be reinforced: pace yourselves accordingly, please, and be mindful of the directions given by the ushers! Physical distancing has to be respected not only on the way into church and in the Communion line, but when leaving the building, too (and around the doors, once outside).

Participation in the Mass

The wearing of masks notwithstanding, everyone who is in attendance at Sunday and weekday Mass is
very much urged to participate by way of sharing the responses to the prayers and certain music

(e.g., responsorial psalm and acclamation). It has become apparent that the level of responses has dropped off to some degree over the past several months. Let's not view the mask as an inhibitor to full involvement.

Receiving Holy Communion

Please note a change. Once the priest says "the Body of Christ" and you respond "Amen" through your mask, and when the consecrated host is placed in your hands, then you step aside into the "boxed area" marked on the floor, lower your mask, and consume the host. During this time, under the guidance of local medical health officials, the faithful are asked to received Communion in the hand only, by placing one on top of the other, so as to allow for the host to be placed in one's hand without contact.

On another note, a parish priest is entitled to seek verification of mask exemptions. The dislike of wearing masks, age or other conditions are insufficient reasons -- those without proper exemptions will be told to wear a mask. Please remember to use the hand sanitizer available when you enter the church.  Also, it will be mandatory that our parishes maintain a list of all persons attending church including contact information

(a phone number).

New Ways to donate to St. Thomas More Catholic Church - click here

Preauthorized Donations - a “win-win” situation for all!  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 set up by using monthly Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) donations.

Contact the church office for a form. Internet e-transfers from your personal bank are also being accepted. Please use stthomasmorenf@gmail. com as the email address that the bank requests. You can also search for St. Thomas More on canadahelps.org and donate there. "Thank you" for your help! Call the office to start now 905.356.7533

Parish Office

A drop-off slot has been installed in the church office to the right of the door.

Please use this slot when dropping off offertory envelopes or other important documents. Thank you very much.

Catholic Updates you may wish to read!

Although these have not been placed out in the open in the church, anyone who wishes a copy is welcome to speak to Fr. Peter and he will retrieve one for you. Here are the latest titles:

April 2021, "Learning to See Through the Eyes of Mercy" March,  2021 "Easter: God's Ultimate Christmas Gift"
January, 2021 "The Eccentric Francis of Assisi: What can we learn from the only perfect Christian since Christ?" December, 2020 "The Holy Family: An exemplary model for living a life of faith"

October, 2020 "God Stories: In the telling we ourselves are revealed"
September, 2020 "Choosing a Vocation: Priestly and religious life amid crisis"

August, 2020 "Exploring the History of the Sacraments"

Hospital Calls

Given the restricted access to our local hospitals and the protocols in place, if a relative or friend is in hospital and needs pastoral care, it is recommended that you phone the parish office to inform the priests. As the patient lists are not kept up-to-date, they have no way of knowing who is in hospital unless they are notified of it.

Church Flower Beds

For the past couple of years, we have benefitted enormously from the excellent care given to the flower beds around the church by parishioner Alan LeBourveau -- he even earned us recognition by way of a Trillium award. Our gratitude is owing to this man for all his efforts on our behalf. He really has kept our church grounds looking attractive to parishioner and passer-by alike. Due to a few health issues he was experiencing, Alan indicated that 2020 would be his last year doing the gardening. And so, we are "on the lookout" for anyone who is willing to continue with his fine work this spring and summer. If you (or a pair of you) is interested in helping out, now is the time to contact us!

Hunger Can't Wait

The Soup Kitchen in Niagara Falls needs your support! This holiday season, we are asking community members to please consider donating financially to help us continue to provide warm and nutritious meals to those in need in Niagara. Grocery store gift cards and food donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated! Donations can be made through CanadaHelps or e-transfer to nfcotreasurer2@gmail.com. If your donation is in honour of a special person, or for more information, contact Nancy Tester at nancytester.nfco@gmail.com

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Niagara East Council 

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.

Contemplative Prayer Group

Are you interested in learning to pray in silence? This prayer group follows the teachings of St. John of the Cross and Fr. Thomas Keating. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month via Zoom.

For information contact bcoleman@bell.net or 905.646.1995.

Spiritual Book Club

Join a unique book club for discussion of inspirational books chosen to deepen your faith. Meetings are held via Zoom the last Wednesday of the month.

For information contact bcoleman@bell.net or 905.646.1995.

Links of Interest

Abuse awareness program puts Kids in the Know (The Catholic Register) - click here

Youngest Member Sees Future in CWL (The Catholic Register) - click here

Pope Francis new encyclical stresses brotherhood and dignity for all

VATICAN CITY -- Professing faith in God as the creator of all human beings, or even simply recognizing that all people possess an inherent dignity, has concrete consequences for how people should treat one another and make decisions in politics, economics and social life, Pope Francis wrote. - click here

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

Workshops, Retreats and Spiritual Direction

Presenter Anna Racine - click here