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NEW IN THE PARISH : Parent & children Drop-In Group   

Anyone interested in participating in a parent and children drop in group, please sign the sheet in the church foyer. If there is enough interest then a drop-in will be setup either weekly or monthly. This will be a chance for parents and their children to meet others in the community.
It will also be a supportive environment where parents can ask questions and/or seek advice from other parents.
The DROP IN will be during the day on a weekday and is aimed at
parents and their young children (0-4).


Getting to Know the STM Family

One of the many learning’s from the Day of Reflection was that parishioners have a desire to meet and know each other. If a
person goes to one Mass let’s say 4 pm, maybe they won’t get to know anyone at the other Masses. So we are going to start profiling parishioners in the bulletin, so we can get to know the whole St. Thomas More family. We want to take a picture of parishioners, and write a couple of paragraphs talking about who they are, so we can all get to know each other. Contact Deacon Dan, and we can arrange to get together and put the tell your story.
Please contact Deacon Dan at macd1950@hotmail.com

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

A new kind of fundraising for
Nigeria medical clinic:

Turn gently- used clothing and household items
into funds The Nigeria Family Helper Program in collaboration with Value Village has started a fund raising event to support the Nigeria medical clinic. People are requested to donate used clothing and house-hold goods, which, Value Village agrees to purchase at CAD $.15 per pound of soft goods and CAD $.05 per pound of hard goods. Soft goods are clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, undergarments, jewellery, accessories, bags, wallet, bedding, towels, curtains, tablecloths, and other cloth materials. Hard goods are toys, small household goods and appli-ances, books, CD’s and DVD’s etc. For example, 400 bags of 14 pounds of soft goods will give us CAD $1000 which can pay the salaries of the five staff at the clinic for a month Those who would like to donate used goods can drop them off at Saint Thomas More, 15 Caledonia Rd., Dart-mouth, during office hours— beginning Monday, No-vember 6 and commencing each first Monday of every month thereafter. If unavailable to drop your items off at the parish, please contact Lise Coleman at 902-434-7774 or contact Anne & Deacon Jim McLeavy at 902-462-5035 to make arrangements for a pick up. Let your family and friends know that their donations are helping us to help others. We appreciate your support and pray that God may bless and reward you abundantly

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 www.weekendofgrace.com or from
Diane West 902 466-4576


Advent Wreath Making-November 25


We are looking forward to our Advent Wreath Workshop and Potluck lunch as we prepare for Advent. This a wonderful
opportunity for gathering as a community together with our children as they learn the meaning of Advent in
anticipation for celebrating Jesus’ birthday. The event is in the hall where the supplies (base, candles &
greenery) will be available for $15
A few families who cannot make Saturday will gather on Sunday November 26 after the 12:15 pm Mass. If you are interested in joining us please call the office.

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.

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Is Photography a passion of yours?

We are looking for volunteer photographers to take pictures during our special events here in the parish.  There are very special memories created weekly during our different events and special liturgies , and would like to have them documented so the memories are captured permanently.  If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact Deacon Dan at macd1950@hotmail.com,


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.