Parish & Community Events
Father Peter Rowe - 40th Ordination Anniversary
CONGRATULATIONS - click here for video
Solon Ryes Presents his Grand Finale - The Masters - Amazing!
Annual Christmas Concert at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre
St. Thomas More Choir & Friends - December 7 & 14 - click here
The Children's Liturgy Team invites children to join the Christmas Chorale which will perform on Christmas Eve at 4:30 pm (before the 5:00 pm Mass) All ages are welcome.
Practice will take place during Children's Liturgy in the Parish Hall at the 11:00 am Mass starting November 3, and every Sunday until December 22. For further information please contact Anna Racine at 905.358.3412. click here
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Bishop Gerard Bergie - click here
It has now been six months since the diocese launched the Cathedral Appeal, and as of October 31 it has raised $532,442.19 in cash donations and $132,009.35 in pledges. This brings our total raised to $664,451.35 or 55% of the $1,200,000 goal. We continue to thank God for the generosity of so many. Could this be the time that you too play a part in this historic event and undertaking in our diocese? Visit us on the web at www.saintcd.com/appeal today or pick up a brochure and pledge form in your church today.
Deo Gratias Collection - November 17
All revenue will go to our Clergy Aid Society. We are grateful to God, and to our retired clergy in the Diocese of St. Catharines who, from the time of their ordination, have cared for us and our spiritual needs. In thanksgiving to God for them and their years of faithful service, your generous support of the Deo Gratias collection will enable us to care for those who have dedicated their lives to caring for us. The revenue from this collection does not go into an endowment fund but goes directly to the Clergy Aid Society which provides an income for our retired clergy.
Regenerated 2019 - Branches Catholic Ministries - Saturday, November 23
Are you aware that as a baptized Catholic YOU have a calling (or a vocation) in life? This is YOUR unique purpose. Do you live with this purpose in mind? On Saturday, November 23rd join Branches Catholic Ministries at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario as it hosts Regenerated 2019 with an urgent theme, “You Are Called”. Keynote speakers such as Jackie Francois, Matthew Leonard and others will address the responsibility each of us has to discern this and how urgently we must heed the call! Regenerated Youth will run concurrently for ages 12 to 18. If you are interested in purchasing “early-bird” tickets or for more information about these Conferences visit branchesoftheword.org or call Branches at 905-685-7000.
First Communion Enrollment - Saturday, November 23 - 5:00 pm Mass or
Saturday, November 24 - 5:00 pm Mass
Hope Comes Home - National Catholic Youth Ministry Conference - February 21 - 23, 2020 - click here
Anointing of the Sick - Saturday, December 7 - 9:15 am Mass
Do you have a long-term illness? A physical infirmity? An upcoming surgery? Do you need emotional, spiritual, or psychological healing and strength?
What special graces are received from the sacrament?
Uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for their own good and that of the whole Church.
Giving strength, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age.
Providing for the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of their soul.
Imparting forgiveness of sins if the sick person was unable to obtain it through penance.
Even if you are not sick, please come pray with your fellow parishioners. If a person is anointed and the illness later becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. If a person is anointed and later recovers, he or she can receive the sacrament again if faced with another illness. It is fitting to receive the sacrament prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.
Those requesting the sacrament need to submit their names to the office ahead of time.
Online Giving at St. Thomas More
If you manage your bills online, we are sure you will like giving to your church online!
It is safe and secure, and you decide exactly when your gift is made.
Online giving lets you set up a recurring contribution or a one-time gift to the Sunday collection, so you will give the way you want - even if you have forgotten your envelope. Contact our Church Secretary to make arrangements to donate monthly. click here to donate
Euchre Group - every Monday - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
For additional information call Eva Hunsburger - 905.358.3875.
Infant Baptism Preparation - Thursday, November 21 - 6:00 pm
Anyone attending this information evening should have already had contact with the church office.
call 905.356-7533 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Finances Council - Thursday, November 21 - 6:00 pm
Ushers - Saturday, November 23 - 10:30 am
Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group - Mt. Carmel - November 25 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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 fall schedule click here
Diocesan Anniversary Mass - Monday, November 25 - Cathedral of St Catherine of Alexandria
Married couples celebrating a 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th anniversary in the year 2019 are invited to the diocesan anniversary Mass, Monday November 25, 2019, 5:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Catharines. To register and receive a formal invitation from Bishop Bergie, contact the parish office.
Catholic Women's League Christmas Candy Cane Bazaar
Saturday, November 30 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - click here
Dates to remember and suggestions as to what you may wish to donate - click here
Holy Name Society Men's Rosary - Monday, December 2 - 7:30 pm - 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. Also, the Holy Name men will be leading us in the Rosary on Sundays in October at 8:30 am.
Pastoral Council - Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 pm
CWL Christmas Dinner Party - Wednesday, December 4 - 6:00 pm - Betty's Restaurant, Chippawa - click here
Tickets are $26.00 and may be obtained from Dina Marchionda or Lucy Cuviello
First Friday Holy Hour - Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - December 6 - 11:00 pm to 12:00 am
Our Lady of the Scapular Church - click here
Saint Michael Catholic High School Presents - 2nd Annual - Christmas Bazaar Extravaganza
Saturday, December 7 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - click here
Strong Catholic Families - Family Advent Celebration - Sunday, December 8
Held following the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses. Stay tuned for more details.
Advent Reconciliation Celebration - Wednesday, December 18 - 6:45 pm
Catholic Grandparents Association
To Help Grandparents Pass on the Faith and to Keep Prayer at the Heart of Family Life. - click here
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Niagara East Council - Store is open in Niagara Falls - for additional information - click here
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Links of Interest
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
Parish Photo Album click here