Parish & Community Events
Bishop Robert Barron
FOURTH WEEK OF LENT - March 29
Friends, in today’s Gospel, we find the beautiful healing of a paralyzed man who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus sees the man lying on his mat, next to a pool, and asks, “Do you want to be well?” The man answers him, and Jesus replies, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” Immediately, the man is healed.
Now at this point, the story really heats up. We notice something that is frequently on display in the Gospels: the resistance to the creative work of God, the attempt to find any excuse, however lame, to deny it, to pretend it’s not there, to condemn it.
One would expect that everyone around the cured man would rejoice, but just the contrary: the Jewish leaders are infuriated and confounded. They see the healed man and their first response is, “It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
Why are they so reactive? Why don’t they want this to be? We sinners don’t like the ways of God. We find them troubling and threatening. Why? Because they undermine the games of oppression and exclusion that we rely upon in order to boost our own egos.
Let this encounter remind us that God’s ways are not our ways, and that there is one even greater than the sabbath.
Help the Ukraine before March 30
Special envelopes are available in the church for “Emergency Relief” for the Ukraine. Please have all donations in by March 30.
God of infinite mercy, with open hearts we pray to you today for peace. You offer us your peace continually (Jn.14:27) and remind us that peacemakers are blessed, “for they shall be called children of God” (Mt.5:9). May your voice resound in the hearts of all, as you call us to follow the path of reconciliation and peace, and to be merciful as you are merciful.
We pray to you for the people of the Ukraine who are experiencing conflicts and deaths. Bless the leaders with wisdom, vision and perseverance needed to build together a world of justice and solidarity, and to break down walls of hostility and division.
To you we entrust all families and pray that they may never yield to discouragement and despair, but become heralds of new hope to one another in this challenging time.
May you continue to inspire all of us to oneness of heart and mind, to work generously for the common good, to respect the dignity of every person and the fundamental rights which have their origin in the image and likeness of God impressed on everyone.
R.C.I.A.: THE SCRUTINIES
The Scrutinies are celebrated on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent. Those preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil are present at these rites. For both the Elect and the parish community, Lent is a time for more intense spiritual preparation and for deepening our relationship with Jesus. The Scrutinies are an opportunity for us to pray for our Elect that they will turn their hearts towards Jesus and feel our support.
At each of the Scrutinies, the church invites the Elect and the parish community to reflect on three different Gospels that reveal the meaning of the upcoming baptism of the Elect.
FIRST SCRUTINY: John 4:5-42 The Samaritan Woman at the Well
SECOND SCRUTINY: John 9:1-41 The Man Born Blind
THIRD SCRUTINY: John 11:1-45 The Raising of Lazarus
Please pray for Millicent Otchere and her Sponsor, Mary Flynn
Development and Peace: Solidarity Sunday April 3
The fifth Sunday of Lent is a special time for Development and Peace — Caritas Canada, as parishes across Canada hold a collection in support of our mission of solidarity with the people of the Global South. That’s why we call this day Solidarity Sunday.
By donating to Development and Peace, you are contributing to the work of our partners in the Global South, who are pursuing alternatives to unjust social, political and economic structures and supporting women in their search for social and economic justice.
If you did not receive our Mini-magazine, you can read it at devp.org/lent/resources. This Sunday is Solidarity Sunday. Please be generous.
To learn more about and to join our movement, visit devp.org
Junior Altar Servers Needed - click here for additional information
We are happy to announce that we are moving forward with preparations to welcome back our Junior Altar Services at weekend Masses. We are also looking for new Altar Servers who may be interested in serving in this Ministry. Updated training will be provided for all Altar Servers. If you are interested or have any questions,
call Anna Racine at 905.358.3412.
40 Days for Life
The Welland Port Colborne Prolife group is hosting its annual "40 Days for Life" campaign. We are look- ing for individuals and/or parish groups who can sign up for a minimum of one hour to pray in the area by the Niagara Falls general hospital. To sign up or get more information please email email@example.com
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.
Knights of Columbus - 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser for tickets click here Hennepin Council 1652, Niagara Falls
Support Knights of Columbus Hennepin Council 1652 by purchasing a ticket. Share this with your family and friends! All funds raised by Council 1652 are used to support charitable organizations in Niagara Falls. Tickets are $10 for 5, $20 for 20, or $40 for 80. Draw date is March 31.
Diocesan Wide Reconciliation - Saturday, April 2 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
On Saturday, April 2 in every parish church across the diocese, a priest will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to celebrate Reconciliation individually. All are welcome to celebrate the Sacrament of Pen- ance, or you can simply come to pray before the Lord.
Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group - Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre
The next meeting will be April 11 with the topic being "Guilt, Regrets, Apologies" withDino Sicoli.
We meet at 7:00 p.m. through Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre. Pre-registration is required by phoning 905.356.4113 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 January to May schedule click here
Baptism Preparation - April 21 - 6:00 pm
Parents inquiring about infant baptism need to contact the parish office 905.356.7533 or email email@example.com 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.
Annual Benefit Gala - Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education - Friday, May 20, 2022 - 6:00 pm
Club Roma Event and Conference Centre - click here
Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! - click here
Delta Monte Carlo Bingo Hall - 4735 Drummond Rd.
Volunteers are needed. Delta Bingo at Home Extended: Play Bingo from the comfort of your home for real cash prizes! Tickets now on sale 905.358.3412. For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sylvia at 905.358.6032
Your support is greatly appreciated!
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.
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.
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.
Ministry, Activity, Group, and Council Leaders
Now that the Christmas season of events and gatherings is almost upon us, please remember to take advantage of the bulletin and our 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: email@example.com. If you wish for your announcement.
“Saint Joseph” Sunday Missals are available and can be found on the bookstand in the church foyer. To cover the cost, a donation of $5 would be appreciated.
Church Envelopes - 2022
Please do not use old envelopes. Envelope numbers get recycled, so if you use old envelopes, you will not get credit for it. If your address has changed, please notify the office directly.
Take the time to print your full name and address correctly on your envelope, and ensure that your number is correct. Something like "Smith family" is not acceptable; there may be many "Smiths" in the parish and we have no way of knowing which family your offering comes from!
Finally, if you have not yet picked up your 2022 envelopes, they are in the front foyer of the church for pickup before Mass.
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
Indigenous Reconciliation Fund
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has agreed to establish a new registered charity to support and advance healing and reconciliation initiatives. The charity will manage the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, which will accept contributions from 73 dioceses across Canada in order to fulfill the $30 million financial commitment made in September. Regional and/or Diocesan Granting Committees will be established to identify projects that further the fund’s priorities, review applications and request funds to support such projects. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collective Prayer for the Delegation to Rome
Catholics across the country are invited to join in collective prayer as a delegation of Indigenous survivors, Elders, knowledge keepers and young people travel to Rome to meet with Pope Francis from March 28 - April 1, 2022. The journey, organized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, represents an important moment in the ongoing journey of healing and reconciliation. As announced in October of 2021, the delegation will also help inform the planned pilgrimage of the Holy Father to Canada at a future day. For more information please visit www.cccb.ca
SYNOD 2021-2023, Journeying Together
Prayer for the Synod
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go,
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life,
and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has invited the Catholic Church to participate in the Synod on Synodality, which is all about our journeying together. Through listening and discernment rooted in the Holy Spirit, the entire people of God is called to contribute to a process by which the Church deepens in understanding of Her mission and looks toward the future. A Synod, which is the process by which the Church will begin this important work is not just a convening of Bishops advising the Pope. It is a journey of discernment in which the entire people of God are called to pray and reflect upon the Holy Spirit’s will for the Church. Through our listening and our sharing, we will seek to understand what the Holy Spirit’s will is for the topic being discussed – and thus, for the Church.
Synod 2021-2023 for Separated and Divorced - Journey Together
In-Person Sessions - March 26 or March 30 - Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre
Virtual Sessions - April 5 or April 30 - ZOOM platform
The separated and Divorced Healing Ministry of the Diocese of St. Catharines will be part of this process. We are inviting those who are/have been separated and divorced to participate in small group listening sessions. The focus of the sessions will be discussing several common questions in a reflective way through the lens of the separated and divorced and drawing on your own experiences. For additional information please click here
Links of Interest
Diocesan Separated & Divorced - Healing Ministry Group - click here
Retrouvaille - Do You Need to "Rediscover" Your Marriage? - click here
Mount Carmel Retreats click here
Workshops, Retreats and Spiritual Direction