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Day of reflection:

On October 14, 2017 the parish will be having a Day of Reflection to start the new pastoral year from 9 am and will conclude at 4 pm with Mass. Fr. James Mallon will be the facilitator. Please mark your calendar for this event. Program is as follows:
9.00am – Praise and worship
9.20am – 1st Talk – From Maintenance to Mission (Fr. James Mallon)
10.20am – Q&A
10.50am – Tea Break
11.20 – Group discussion
12.00pm – Lunch (bring your own lunch)
1.00pm – Praise and Worship
1.15pm – 2nd Talk – Evangelization and
Discipleship (Fr. James Mallon)
2.15pm – Q&A
2.45pm – Group discussion
3.15pm – Prayer (Fr. James Mallon)
3.30pm – Preparation for Mass
4.00pm – Mass (Fr. James Mallon)


Monthly African Style Mass

African Catholics core team is organizing a monthly Mass that is rooted in African traditions. The first Mass will take place on the first Sunday of each month starting on October 1, 2017, at 3 pm located at St Thomas More Parish (13 Caledonia Rd, Dartmouth).

All are welcome to attend this lively celebration of worship and fellowship.

Transportation may be provided.  Call Lisa Dennis at 902-580-7342 or message/follow us on Facebook  @africancatholic

 


Archdiocese Mission Collection

You  are still invited to participate  in the Mission collection for the Archdiocese. Information was mailed to your home with requisite information.  If you have not   received a package, please pick up an envelope from the church foyer. Let us all continue to seek God’s guidance as we each consider how to respond to the Archdiocesanpastoral priorities, together with other parishes, help us “Equip the Saints” in our parish!

For more information, contact Lydia at lhood@halifaxyarmouth.org or (902) 429-9800 ext 401


 


Archbishop’s Dinner

Join Archbishop Mancini on October 11th for  the 5th Annual Archbishop’s Dinner and Auction! This year’s event will be at the Cunard Centre in Halifax. The evening will begin with a reception and silent auction at 6:00pm, followed by dinner, a live auction, and words from our guest speaker, Mr. Wadih Fares.

Funds raised will support the Ministry of Care and Companionship and Chaplaincy services. These ministries seek to serve individuals and families when they are most in need.

Tickets are $125.00 and can be purchased online or by contacting Lydia at 902-429-9800 ext 401 or lhood@halifaxyarmouth.org.

For more information about the Ministry of Care and Companionship and  the Archbishop’s Dinner, please visit www.halifaxyarmouth.org/dinner.

We hope you can join us on October 11th!


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 !



Multicultural Fiesta!

This event will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018. More information to come!


A Parish Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Course

A Parish Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Course is being held at St. Thomas More Parish on September 30 and October 7 from 8 am to 3 pm. It is a two day course.  More information to follow.


Pilgrimage to the Holyland (Isreal): Dates: October 23 – 31, 2017

Spiritual Facilitator: Fr. Toochukwu
Please call Karen Withers, Maritime Travel – 902 435 0220 for more information.


Parish Retreat and Ministry Fair

A Parish Retreat will be held at St. Thomas More on Saturday, October 14  from 12:30—3:30 pm. There will also be a  Ministry Fair  on Oct 14 & 15 after the Masses where each Ministry will be showcased.

 

We Need You!

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
902-429-9489.


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.


Bequest:

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.


RCIA

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.