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From the Pastor’s desk: Special Announcement

 

Dear Parishioners,
How would you feel when you enter our church and it is filled with people, there is a lively music, everybody is
actively participating in the celebration, visitors feel welcome and everyone feels a sense of belonging? I believe
you will be happy and proud to invite someone to a church like that.
How would you feel when you enter our church and our pews are empty, with few people sitting here and there?
Do you think people/visitors who are searching for a church to join would be comfortable joining such a parish? I
think most people would prefer to be part of a parish that is lively, welcoming and joyful.
We are blessed in this parish with lovely and faith-filled people, who love and support the parish with their time,
talents and treasures. But most of our parishioners are adults and seniors. It is becoming increasingly difficult to
bring young families and young people to the church. The few who are coming may find it demoralizing to come to
a church that is not lively and that has few people in it. That is why we are embarking on the New
Evangelization project which will imply some changes in the way we’ve been doing things.
After consultation with the Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Senior Leadership Team, the Staff and Parishioners
who attended the Town Hall meeting, it has been decided that we will have only one Mass each
Sunday. Starting on July 1st 2018, we will be changing the time for our Sunday Masses. We will have ONE Mass
on Saturday at 4PM and ONE Mass on Sundayat 9AM.
One of the main reasons for having one Mass on Sunday is to help build the sense of community in our parish. We
would like to get to know each other, pray for and support one another in our faith journey, and we believe this
might be helpful in achieving that objective. Right now we have two Masses, at 8.30AM and 11.15AM. Often
between 100-150 people attend the 8.30AM Mass, and about 200 (or 250 people on special occasions) attend
the 11.15AM Mass; our church has the capacity to hold 450 people. In the summer months, the attendance drops
significantly because some parishioners go on vacation and there is no Sunday school. Sometimes scheduling for
Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Counters and Altar Servers can be challenging. Also given the shortage of priests
and difficulty in getting replacements when I am away, it will be easier to coordinate the replacements with another
parish/priest. It will equally save some cost for the parish.
I know that some people may find this change uncomfortable and it may require some sacrifices. Therefore, I humbly
request that you please bear with us in this process and be patient with us. I ask for your support and prayers.
Each and every one of you is a gift and an important part of this parish and you are needed to help us build our parish
community. I strongly believe that with the Grace of God and the support of everyone we can work together in
building a more dynamic parish. If our number grows, we can add another Mass.
I sincerely thank you for all your love, prayers and support. Please keep our parish and Archdiocese in your
prayers, especially our Archbishop and the priests. May God bless you all and your families. May He keep us always
united in one mind and one heart as we work toward our parish renewal and moving from maintenance to a
missionary church.
I love you all!
Fr. Toochukwu

Pastoral Council Vacancy

We are in need of a parishioner to serve on Pastoral Council
beginning in September, for a two year term. The committee
meets monthly with the Parish Pastor to discuss and provide
guidance on church related matters at St. Thomas More.
Please contact Brian MacIntyre, Chairman, at macintbj@
eastlink.ca or Fr. Toochukwu for more information.

CWL Bursary

The women of the Catholic Women’s League are
inviting students to apply for their 2018 Bursary. The student
who is applying for any educational program for which a Grade
12 certificate is a requirement is eligible. Forms are available at
the parish office. Deadline June 15, 2018

Townhall Meeting

We thank everyone who took the time to
attend this pertinent meeting. Great Q&A.
Go to the web please to read about the
re-structuring process and Divine Renovation.

Please se the recap of the event in the link below

STM Town Hall

Nigerian Medical Clinic Scheduled
Event Dates

Paint Night Wednesday , June 20th , 7:00 p.m.
Dinner Theatre Saturday, September 29th, 6:00

Fiddlers Mass at STM—Hold the date

Sunday July 8—Music starts at 9:30 am and will continue
during Mass at 10 am. This event will be followed by a
Reception where the fiddlers will perform. All are invited to
attend.

Open Doors Women’s Care Centre

They provide the support they need to make
critical life choices about love, life, sex and
faith. Please pick up an empty bottle on
Mother’s Day and fill it with spare change
and bring it back on Father’s day. Your gift
is tax deductible. Thanks. Please visit opendoorcentre.com
for more information.

Sale of Multicultural Fiesta shirts

These brightly coloured shirts are African themed and in all
sizes. The cost is $25.00. They will be available after all the
week-end Masses beginning next week until the day of the
festival – June 10th
.
If you would like to purchase one at any time, please call
Theresa Duann (902-462-5958) or Rosemary Moore (902-
462 -5686).

Letter from the Archbishop

Letter-to-the-Faithful-April-2018-1

Did You Know? 

*St. Thomas More has an Intercessory Prayer Line!
*If you would like the parish to pray for your need or
intercession, our Prayer Warriors are ready to pray for you!
*send your prayer request to prayerline.stm@gmail.com.or
to Dave/Jean at 902 465 4206 or there will be “prayer request
cards” in the church foyer for you to write your petition and
drop it off in the box.

Divine Mercy Pamphlets

We have recently placed Divine Mercy pamphlets in
the foyer of the church to help to increase devotion to
the Divine Mercy. Please take one and pray the Chaplet
which is a very powerful prayer.

Thursday Adoration at St. Thomas More

When days are busy and we are overwhelmed, let
us 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.

 

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 prayerline.stm@gmail.com. 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)
CWL Executive Meeting
There will be a meeting of the CWL Executives on Thursday, April 5 at 1:30pm in the Sacred Heart Room.

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
prayerline.stm@gmail.com. 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)

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 !


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!

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.