Parish & Community Events

UPDATE FROM THE CHANCERY OFFICE – Friday, August 13, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

On 21 December 2020, in a note regarding COVID-19 vaccines the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while recognizing that vaccination is not ordinarily a matter of moral obligation, reminded Catholics that “the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good.” All Catholics (clergy and laity) are encouraged to consider being fully vaccinated, not only for their own sake but for the sake of others.

All Catholics should take precautions to ensure that they do not put others at risk from COVID-19. Those feeling ill or showing signs of COVID-19 infections should follow the latest advice from their physician or local health authority on how to proceed.

 

ALL PROTOCOLS REMAIN IN EFFECT, INCLUDING:

 

▪Communion procedures are unchanged. The person distributing communion and the communicant must be fully masked.

▪Physical distancing of two metres (six feet) remains the requirement for attendance in church and parish facilities, including seating; however, groups of people from the same household may be seated together.

▪Mask wearing remains required.

Contact tracing remains required. It is mandatory that each parish maintain a list of all attending parishioners including their contact information. Such lists shall be placed with parish financial records and maintained for a period of not less than six years.

▪Bishop Bergie’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation, granted on March 16, 2020, is ongoing. 

ADDENDUM:  IMPORTANT TO NOTE AT ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH:

 

At this time, Communion will continue to be given in the hand ONLY.

▪Seating will continue to be guided by a volunteer usher.

▪Our volunteers do their very best to try to accommodate as many people as possible at all our Masses and Baptisms.  Please understand, “capacity” depends on the availability of seating and not on a specific number.

Receiving Holy Communion

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.

Parish Office - office hours 

Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to noon:  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - closed Fridays

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.

Mass Intentions

If you would like to have a Mass offered for someone, contact the parish office. We will help you with the dates and times which are available. New Mass intentions are now available for Sunday Masses at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and the month of November is also available.

Cards are given to you so that you can give them to whomever you choose so that they may also participate in the Mass. The stipend or offering given ($10) signifies the sacrificial nature of giving something of yourself, to associate more intimately with Christ who offers himself in the Eucharist. Note: There is a limit to intentions requested; that is, one cannot fill up the calendar with too many family requests.

Attention - Ministry, Activity, Group, and Council Leaders

If you have an announcement you want the church community to see and participate in, please take advantage of the bulletin and our constantly updated church website! They are a crucial part of parish life and should be used as much as possible. It is up to you as leaders to promote your activity, meeting, function, outing, etc. Contact the bulletin editor with your announcements. Notifications must be received no later than Tuesday (noon) for the upcoming Sunday's bulletin. Send your request to: gina3806@gmail.com. If you wish for your announcement or posting to also be added into the St. Thomas More website (separately from the bulletin), email Jan Eyer: jan.eyer@me.com. 

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

Meetings will resume in September 27 with the topic being 'Forgiveness', presenter Fr. John Vickers.

We meet at 7:00 p.m. through Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre. Pre-registration is required by phoning 905.356.4113 or emailing separatedanddivorced@saintcd.com. Meetings will be held both in person at Mount Carmel and virtually via Zoom. For in-person meetings, participants will be required to bring and wear a mask at the meetings and practice social distancing, and provide proof of two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

For Fall 2021 schedule click here

National Truth and Reconciliation Day - Thursday, September 30

We pray for all children who suffered and those who died because of residential schools. May our Lord grant comfort and peace to the Indigenous Peoples in Canada who mourn, and may we, as a Church, continue to work at truth and reconciliation. We pray to the Lord.

National Healthcare Week - October 3 – October 9, 2021

Resources can be found at: https://www.chac.ca/en/national-catholic-health-care-week/

Garage Sale - Our Lady of Peace Hall - Knights of Columbus - Saturday, October 2 - 7:00 am to 1:30 pm

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Meeting, October 6 - 7:00 pm - downstairs meeting room

Thank you, parishioners, for your ongoing donations to your Society of St. Vincent Paul conference.

We have been able to assist many during these COVID-19 time. At this time, we need new members willing to

accept required vacant leadership positions. Since 1987, your SSVP has been a very important and necessary ministry in our community. Please contact Fr. Mathew regarding membership.

Our next meeting will be October 6 (7:00 p.m.) in the meeting room downstairs at St. Thomas More Church.

Our Lady of the Scapular - Outdoor Procession - Wednesday, October 13 - 6:00 pm

Join the procession, praying the Rosary in honour of Our Lady of Fatima.  The procession begins at 6:00 pm followed by a Special Mass at 7:00 pm.

 

Baptism Preparation - Thursday, October 21 - 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.

Special Collection: World Mission Day - October 24

The theme for World Mission Day 2021 (October 24, 2021) is “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). The Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2021 can be found at:

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/missions/documents/papa-francesco_20210106_giornata-missionaria2021.html

 

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)

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.

Niagara Region "Life Chain" - Sunday, October 2 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - for additional information

Please join the annual Life Chain along Lundy's Lane Sunday, October 3, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., as we witness the sanctity of human life. We pray that women will choose life for their child, and our country will protect all its citizens -- born and unborn. Please register by 1:45 p.m. that day.

Niagara Falls Locations to pick up and return signs: No Frills Store – Highland & Lundy’s Lane
Midas Muffler – Dorchester & Lundy’s Lane
Dr. W. Little – Prince Edward & Lundy’s Lane

There are Covid protocols in place that will be observed to keep all participants safe; the most important of these is being masked, keeping a safe distance from other groups, and using the hand sanitizers that will be available at the table where signs are picked up and returned. For more information contact loeffenlife@gmail.com.

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!

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

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.

TIRED OF LIVING ALONE? Mount Carmel Home is a Retirement Home founded by the Carmelite Sisters; Religious Order based in a caring, familial atmosphere. Included in the affordable monthly fee are meals, medication administration, weekly housekeeping, a room all to yourself including a private washroom, and more. Mount Carmel also offers a tuck shop and adjoining café, movies, crafts, cards, bingo, and various other activities for you to enjoy. Contact Mount Carmel at 905-695-9155 today for more information and to book your tour!

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.

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