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Change in where Marriage Licences are Sold

Currently, within the Halifax Regional Municipality, Marriage Licences are available at Halifax Regional Municipality
Customer Service Centres. After March 31, 2018, the Halifax Regional Municipality will no longer sell Marriage
Licences. As of April 1, 2018, Marriage Licences within the Halifax Regional Municipality can be purchased at:
Halifax Access Nova Scotia Centre – 300 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Bayers Lake Business Park
Maritime Centre – 1505 Barrington Street, 9th Floor North
Dartmouth Access Nova Scotia Centre – 250 Baker Drive, Suite 134, Russell Lake West
Sackville Access Nova Scotia Centre – 486 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville
Please inform any engaged couples of this upcoming change when they are looking to purchase a Marriage Licence.
For additional information or to see where Marriage Licences can be purchased throughout the Province, please
If you have any questions or need clarification, please call Tanya at 902-450-3989 or contact us by email at

Lenten Series – Final session

All interested parishioners are invited to come
together to view and discuss session 3 of the Lenten
Series on Sunday, March 18. The youth will again
host a “Souper Lunch”, and we will begin the session
at 1 pm, to be wrapped up before 2:30 pm. A freewill
offering will be appreciated. Donations will go to
Steubenville. All are invited.


Live Passion Play

This is not your ordinary Stations of the Cross. Our youth, along with the combined Choirs, will put on a living production of the Life and Death of Jesus. Using dramatic readings, inspirational music, live actors, spe-cial lighting, sound effects, colorful costumes and props, we will take you through the agonizing journey Jesus walked as He is arrested, tortured and put to death on the cross. On the last Friday of Lent, this would be a great way to prepare your mind and heart prayerfully for the Glorious Easter season ahead. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”.
We hope our efforts will help you better understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us and ultimately know His
unending Love for us all.
Please plan to join us Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm in the church after Mass which is at 6.30 pm.
There will be a reception in the hall afterwards for you to meet the cast of youth. Free will offering will be
accepted to support Steubenville.

Mark your Calendar! Multicultural Event

Once again St. Thomas More will host a Multicultural Celebration at our parish. This will be a celebration of our ethnic diversity with wonderful heritage food and
entertainment. A planning meeting was well attended
and the date has been set for Sunday, June 10th at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will be available within the coming weeks.
We are most fortunate to have Peggy Ludlow as Chair of this event. If you have any questions or would like to offer your help, Peggy can be reached at 902-434-5554 or at Another planning meeting will be held on Thursday , April 5th at 7:00 p.m. All interested parishioners are welcome to participate in this celebration and are encouraged to attend the meeting.

2017 Tax Receipts

Tax receipts are available for pick up from the church
foyer. They are arranged alphabetically as per last name.
Thank you for supporting your church.
If you are not able to attend the meeting or if you
require more information, please contact Gary or
Rosemary Moore at 902 -462 -5686 or

Lenten Series – Change in schedule

On Sunday, March 11, 2-4 pm, we will present
sessions 1&2 again for those who were unable to
attend it on Feb 18. We want to ensure that enough
time is allotted for the important discussion that
follows these sessions. Then all interested
parishioners are invited to come together to view and
discuss session 3 on Sunday, March 18. The youth
will again host a “Souper Lunch”, and we will begin
the session at 1 pm, to be wrapped up before 2:30
pm. A freewill offering will be appreciated. Donations
will go to Steubenville. All are invited. Please advise
us of your plans to attend by registering at the parish
office or by signing up on the sheet provided in the
church foyer. Thank you for your support and prayers.

Intercessory Prayer Line

St. Thomas More is now offering an intercessory
prayer line. If you would like the parish to pray for
your need or intercession, you can send it to If you would like to be
part of the prayer team, please send a message to the
e-mail address above. For more information, please
contact Jean at 902-465-4206

Disciples of the Holy Spirit

The Prayer Group gathers for fellowship every
Tuesday at 7:00pm, with the meeting beginning at
7:30pm. Join us in praise and worship, scripture,
reflection and teaching as we connect with one another
so we are able to go out into the world and spread the
love of Christ to his people. Come and be equipped to
go out and evangelize the world (or at least your part
of it.) B.Y.O.B. (bible)

Flowers for Easter

If you would like to make a
donation in memory of a loved one, please drop your donation
in the regular collection
basket marked
“Flowers for Easter”.
Tax receipts will be issued.

“Word Among Us”

Great Reading Material
This is a booklet with daily scriptural
reading and daily meditations/reflections for Catholics. Cost for
parishioners will be $2.50 per copy/month as the parish is absorbing the rest of the cost. We have just received a fresh order. They are on sale in the church foyer or you can pick up a copy from the parish office or Religious Article shop

The F.O.O.D. Project

This project is a church based initiative that provides meals for those less fortunate in our community. On
behalf of God’s hungry, a sincere thank you to the
parishioners of St. Thomas More who so generously
answer to the needs either by preparing a meal or by
making a monetary donation. If it’s God’s will, we would like to continue serving our brothers and sisters, but without your help this is not possible. Please contact June Ferguson at 902-434-4711 or leave your name and phone number on the bulletin board at the main entrance under the title F.O.O.D. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please write the cheque out to Catholic Women’s League St. Thomas More, and drop it in the Sunday collection.
Please write F.O.O.D. (CWL) on the envelope.


Why you should use envelopes!

When your donation is placed in an envelope marked with your name and address, our parish is able to provide you with a tax receipt. The amount does not matter, what is important is that you receive a tax receipt.
Thank you for your generosity and financial support to Saint Thomas More Parish.

P.A.D. Pre-Authorized Deposit

Thank you to all who presently donate to the church using P.A.D. This method is ensuring your donation is received even when you are away from the parish. This method is greatly appreciated. ALL PARISHIONERS are invited to consider using this donation method. Forms are available at the back of the church and can be returned to the parish office. All donations are STRICTLY confidential.
Thank you for your continued financial support !

Women of Grace Conference

Registration is open for the 12th Weekend of Grace Conference, to be held APRIL 13 – 15, 2018 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax. Conference Keynote Speakers are Deacon Larry and Andi Oney, husband and wife, international Catholic presenters from New Orleans who have authored multiple books and ap-peared on many EWTN shows. The early-bird
deadline to register at the reduced price of $175 is
DECEMBER 31st, 2017, after which the full price of $195 will apply. We invite all women to attend! More information can be found at or from
Diane West 902 466-4576

2018 Sunday Offering envelopes

The 2018 envelopes are available for pick up at the school entrance. They have been arranged in alphabetical order according to LAST NAME. For those parishioners who are contributing via PAR (direct deposit), there are small colored boxes of envelopes for special donations eg Christmas, Easter, Building Fund etc.
If your box of envelope is missing, please contact the parish office. If you wish to receive Sunday Offering Envelopes, please write your name and tel# on the form available at the school entrance or call the parish office. Thanks for supporting your parish. May God bless you and your family.Attention all photographers!

Steubenville Atlantic Draw Deadline

It’s hard to think about summer when you’re scraping ice off your car every morning… but it’s coming! Steu-benville Atlantic 2018 will be here before you know it, so don’t wait to start a group! For every participant spot purchased by January 31, 2018 you will be entered in a draw to win a free youth night for your group! This in-cludes supplies, snacks, and (if desired) support from an experienced youth minister. This is a great way to bring your youth together to prepare for the conference, or to give them a chance to re-unite afterward.
Steubenville Atlantic is our annual high school youth conference, held this year July 6-8, 2018 at Dalhousie University. All registration is done online at
Need help? Not sure where to start or whether this is right for you? Contact Elizabeth at (902) 429-9800 ext 311 or for more informa-tion!

50 Years Anniversary

This year Development and Peace celebrates 50 years as the Canadian church’s agency of outreach to the Global South.  We can be proud of our accomplishments but still there is much more to be done.  Here in St. Thomas More we are hoping to find a few parishioners who would be willing to help us in our work.

This would entail ordering and distributing educational materials in the parish and encouraging fellow parishioners to participate in Development and Peace’s two annual campaigns in the parish.

This participation will hopefully inspire parishioners to use their Catholic faith and identity as the lens through which they learn about and work toward social and environmental justice in the world. The love of neighbour has no bounds.

Formation and training will be given in the parish to those willing to help by members of the Archdiocesan Council of Development and Peace .  If you are willing, contact the parish office or call Deacon David Shortt at
902-252-2755 or the Development and Peace office at

Follow us on TWITTER!

Follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with all the pictures and announcements for the many events happening here at the Parish. Log on to twitter and search our handle “StThomasmore7”

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to lead the Rosary before the Saturday Mass at 4:00 pm; the Sunday Masses at 8:30 am and 11:15 am.   This is a great  Apostolate in honour of our Blessed Mother Mary .If you are interested please contact Anne McLevey at 902-462-5035 for more information.


When it comes time to prepare your Will, please consider remembering St. Thomas More Parish. Including our parish in your Will is one way to acknowledge your gratitude for the gifts that God has given you and it helps to support  on-going and future programs as well as ministry and property needs.  Bequests help to support the work of the parish far into the future.  You can make a bequest for a specific project or cause and that will be respected.

Thursday Adoration at St Thomas More

As days get busy, it can be a hard time for all of us as we are overwhelmed with all kinds of tasks that need to be completed.  That’s why we have to make time to get away and just be with  Jesus to receive His rest, His comfort and His Grace. Visit Him on Thursdays when we have  Adoration at STM to receive His Peace and Blessings! Adoration starts after the 9 am Mass and continues until 5 pm . Time will be extended once we  have enough people signed up to spend time with Jesus.

Sick Family Members

If you have any sick members in your family and would like us to pray for them or  have Fr. Toochukwu visit them at home or in hospital, kindly call the parish office with information.


If you are interested in  becoming a Catholic or completing the Sacraments of Initiation, please contact Fr. Toochukwu or Deacon Jim McLevey (902 462 5035) for information on the RCIA program.

Marriage Preparation

Mark dates on your calendar— Please contact the parish office for upcoming dates in 2017

For Dartmouth couples planning to get married in 2017, please be aware that only one marriage preparation program will be offered in our area next year, and all three sessions on dates mentioned above must be attended.  Details about the program, including how to register for it, will be available from the priest or deacon you are consulting to plan your wedding, whether it will be in a local church or elsewhere.  Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited.