Parish & Community Events

We are only able to have 10 people in attendance per Mass, please call 905.356.7533 the parish office for weekday Masses

and call Anna 905.358.3412 for Sunday Masses.

PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER AND YOUR CALL WILL BE RETURNED

Diocesan Protocols Updated December 23 - click here

 

Week of Prayers for Christian Unity - January 18 - 25

"Abide in My Love and You Shall Bear Much Fruit" (John 15:5-9)
Every year between January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to celebrate a Week of Prayer for the unity of all Christians and to participate in various liturgical and other community activities, and to pray together that all may be one, as Christ desires.

The 2021 theme calls us to pray and to work for reconciliation and unity in the Church, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image of vine and branches, it invites us to nourish unity with God and with one another through contemplative silence, prayer, and common action. Grafted into Christ the vine as many diverse branches, may we bear rich fruit and create new ways of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation.

This year's resources have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp, Switzerland, a group of religious sisters from different church traditions.

day 1 (Mon.) "you did not choose me but I chose you" (Jn. 15:16a) Called by God (Gen. 12:1-4; Jn. 1:35-51)

day 2 (Tue.) "abide in me as I abide in you" (Jn. 15:4a) Maturing Internally (Eph. 3:14-21; Lk. 2:41-52)

day 3 (Wed.) "love one another as I have loved you" Forming One Body (Col. 3:12-17; Jn. 13:1-5, 34-35)

day 4 (Thu.) "I do not call you servants any longer...but I have called you friends" (Jn. 15:15)
Praying Together (Rom. 8:26-27; Lk. 11:1-4)

day 5 (Fri.) "you have already been pruned by the word" (Jn. 15:3)
Letting Oneself Be Transformed by the Word (Deut. 30:11- 20; Mtt. 5:1-12)

day 6 (Sat.) "go and bear fruit, fruit that will last" (Jn. 15:16b) Welcoming Others (Gen. 18:1-5; Mk. 6:30-44)

day 7 (Sun.) "I am the vine, you are the branches" (Jn. 15:5a) Growing in Unity (1 Cor. 1:10-13; 3:21-23; Jn. 17:20-23)

day 8 (Mon.) "so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete" (Jn. 15:11)
Reconciling with All of Creation (Col. 1:15-20; Mk. 4:30-32)

Let us pray. Jesus Christ,
you choose us; you seek us; you call us.
You wish to offer us your friendship
and lead us to a life that is ever more complete. Grant us the confidence to answer your call
so that we may be transformed
and become witnesses of your tenderness
for the world. Amen.

Mass Intentions

All recorded weekday Mass intentions (as published in the bulletin) will be honoured.  A place has been reserved at the Mass for a limit of 2 or 3 persons from among family or close friends to attend.  When you come to the church door on the given day identify yourself as representing the day’s intention and you will be let in.  

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.

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

January 25 - Facing Fear - During lockdown the meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.  Registration is required for Zoom meetings by calling 905.356.4113 or 905.684.0154 or email separatedanddivorced@saintcd.com

The next meeting will be January 25 - Facing Fear.  Meetings will resume in person at the end of lockdown. 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 - on hold until further notice

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 prepartion class that is held on the third Thursday of each month.  It is then that a date can be set for baptism.

Sacrament of Baptism - Protocols at Baptisms during COVID-19 - click here

The monthly Baptism preparation session will be held 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, Sundays 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.

Adult Catechumenate (R.C.I.A.) - Meeting every Thursday (postponed) - 5:00 to 6:30

2021 - Confirmation Orientation 1

As with the introductory meeting for the parents of children eligible for first Communion this year, parents and eligible young people will be notified on a video presentation from Fr. Peter Rowe to be accessible on the parish website.

Catholic Engaged Encounter via Zoom

The Eastern Canada District of Catholic Engaged Encounter has united to provide a coordinated and safe response to the need for marriage preparation for couples getting married in the Catholic Church. Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are being held virtually by “Zoom” on the following weekends: February 20 and 21, 2021; April 17 and 18, 2021. The cost is $150.00 per couple. The link for district registration is:  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc64uNMUTvhXyVkXy3uFoDUSibcg57hzs6hGg5WlMmGpWO16A/viewform

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.

Receiving Holy Communion

Please note a change (as announced at all the Masses last weekend). 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. Also, it will be mandatory that our parishes maintain a list of all persons attending church over Christmas, including contact information (a phone number).

Cathedral Appeal

As we move into the final month of our 18-month Cathedral Appeal, it is timely that we take a look at where we have been as a diocesan family and count our blessings, in the midst of the world that looks very different from when we began.

We launched our Cathedral Appeal in May 2019, and as of October 30, our appeal has raised $1,217,018.88 in cash donations and $21,690.00 in pledges. This brings our total raised to $1,238,708.88 or 103% of our $1,200,000 goal. We continue to thank God for the generosity of so many and for this wonderful achievement! As with every project, unexpected expenses did arise along the way as necessary repairs were only discovered once the work began. Early on it was discovered that the exterior stonework required repair as there was water leaking into the Cathedral, preventing restoration work from moving forward. This expense was approximately $200,000. There was also the break-in at the Cathedral and the removal of the tabernacle, requiring the installation of video cameras. These are just a couple of examples.

So, we appeal to you again, in these challenging times. Could this be the time that you, too, play a part in this historic event and undertaking in our diocese? Visit us at www.saintcd.com/appeal or make a donation at your church marked “Cathedral Appeal.” Once again, "thank you" to all and may God bless you!

Mass Intentions

All recorded weekday Mass intentions (as published in the bulletin) will be honoured.  A place has been reserved at the Mass for a limit of 2 or 3 persons from among family or close friends to attend.  When you come to the church door on the given day identify yourself as representing the day’s intention and you will be let in.  

If you would like to have a Mass offered for someone, contact the parish office 905.356.7533. We will help you with the dates and times that are available. 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.

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 - Store is open in Niagara Falls - Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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

Bill C-7, From MAiD to MAD: Medical Assistance in Dying becomes Medically Administered Death. You no longer need to be dying for your physician to end your life. Read Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia submission here https://collectifmedecins.org/en/bill-c-7-from-maid-to-mad-medical-assistance-in-dying-becomes-medically-administered-death/

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