Welcome to St. Thomas More Parish
We, the faith community of St. Thomas More, confirm our commitment to our Lord and brother, Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life. We center on the Eucharist and the embodiment of Catholic family values. We commit to love of neighbor: hospitality and compassion; nurturing and enrichment; empathy and social justice, emphasizing the contemporary needs of the church and the poor.
- Households of Discipleship 10-28-2020
- Question of The Week
- Discipleship Formation Update
- Important Update
Households of Discipleship 10-28-2020What's your weekly focus...We are learning a lot during the pandemic and as a community, I am calling us to four simple weekly practices this year that will hopefully become part of our household cultures. Check out the "Four skills" section (Under the "+SIMPLE" logo) below for these four skills and a few ideas to help you continue (or begin) to implement them in your home.Here's what else you'll find in this note:
Keep the faith!Four Skills...Simple is the magic word this year. While these four skills are simple, they take commitment to get started. Please make the effort this year. The long-term benefits are fantastic! We are taking a back to basics approach for Discipleship Formation by focusing on four key skills for individuals and families:
- Watch the new video on the STM YouTube Channel, "Sports in the Spirit" - Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
- As we look ahead to November, we will continue to have virtual formation for all ages in November, except for High School and Confirmation Preparation which will be in person (but stay tuned in case the situation changes). Our next virtual gathering for Adults and parents will be on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 pm on our STM Facebook page. We will be exploring our Social Justice tradition and have a special guest you won't want to miss. If you are a registered family, you should have received our weekly Discipleship Formation note and an initial call from your Accompanier.
- Bp. Ricken has reinstated the Dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Please sign-up if you are planning to attend in-person Mass this weekend. More information attached below.
- Remember to continue the spiritual practice of sharing meaningful meals!
- This week's Log and a link to the pilot episode of the St. Thomas More "Exploring His Kingdom" podcast. In this episode, I interview your fellow parishioner, Rebecca Barfknecht and we discuss the rosary. The Podcast can also be found on our website.
- New weekly prayer intentions.
- A new picture of God's sacred spaces.
- News, Updates, and Links to the bulletin and other great resources.
- And a Halloween cartoon (warning, it's a little morbid).
If you missed our kickoff video you can find it on our STM Facebook page along with other Discipleship Formation videos.As you are probably aware, our area is in Very High Alert for COVID-19. In response, Bishop Ricken reinstated the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in the diocese until further notice. This means that you are not obligated to attend Mass on Sunday (or Saturday night) for the duration of this dispensation (see attached letter from Bp. Ricken). Please know, that even with the reinstatement of the dispensation, St. Thomas More will continue to celebrate Mass publicly every weekend for those who are able to attend and willing to strictly follow the proper health protocols (attached). During this time of increased infection, our parish will be even more vigilant in observing the health protocols shared in the diocesan guidelines to help prevent the spread of disease and allow as many people as is safe to come to Mass without fear of infection. The wearing of masks is mandatory at Masses celebrated here and throughout the diocese. We thank you for your support and compliance as we find ourselves in this time of very high alert throughout the diocese.
To use the bible as individuals and as a family
Idea: Read the readings of the day as a family as part of your meal prayer once a week. They can be found in the bulletin or on the Bishop's website by clicking here.
To pray regularly as an individual and as families
Idea: Pray a decade of the rosary before bed each night (or once a week).
To share a meaningful meal together regularly
Set a weekly day and meal for a "special meal" where everyone knows they will need to spend some time at the table and share an icebreaker question (see the Mealtime Moments section below). As your kids get older, this is even more important.
To have faith sharing conversations - "faith talks" and "faith walks"
Use the "Faith Talk" questions below at a meal or some other time as a chance to go deeper in your faith as a family. It will be awkward at first, but stick with it and it gets easier.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.Photography by Alica BruceMealtime Moments...Remember, a weekly meaningful meal is a key discipleship skill. You can even make them more meaningful by having a "faith talk" around the table. Here is a gentle starter question to get the ball rolling:Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?Maybe this can help you schedule the next "Meaningful Meal!"
And for that "faith talk"...based on this weekend's Gospel (Mt. 5:1-12)TAKE TIME TO CHAT• What does it mean to be poor in spirit?• Which Beatitude is most challenging for you and why?• What are some ways that you can be a blessing to thosearound you this coming week?
Question of The Week
What qualities do you see in yourself that mark you as a child of God?
Sunday Readings 11/1/20First ReadingRejoicing of the Elect
24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6Second ReadingChildren of God1 John 3:1-3GospelThe BeatitudesMatthew 5:1-12a
Discipleship Formation Update
Due to the increased activity of COVID-19 in our area, St. Thomas More will be holding our Discipleship Formation Sessions for November as virtual-only events. This will EXCLUDE the high-school session. We will be sending out a message on Wednesday with more details and any necessary links or materials. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.
Phase 2: Reinstatement of Dispensation for Sunday ObligationAs you are probably aware, our area is in Very High Alert for COVID-19. In response, on Monday, October 5, Bishop Ricken reinstated the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in the diocese until further notice. This means that you are not obligated to attend Mass on Sunday (or Saturday night) for the duration of this dispensation (Bp. Ricken's letter here). Please know, that even with the reinstatement of the dispensation, St. Thomas More will continue to celebrate Mass publically every weekend for those who are able to attend and willing to strictly follow the proper health protocols (guidelines here). During this time of increased infection, our parish will be even more vigilant in observing the health protocols shared in the diocesan guidelines to help prevent the spread of disease and allow as many people as is safe to come to Mass without fear of infection. The wearing of masks is mandatory at Masses celebrated here and throughout the diocese. We thank you for your support and compliance as we find ourselves in this time of very high alert throughout the diocese.We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.
- Guidelines for the return to these public Masses in Phase 2 are listed here.
- Guiding principles for the the phases are located here.
- Bishop Ricken's letter regarding the lifting of the dispensation are listed here.
- Please sign up for the Mass you plan on attending so we can monitor the number of attendees.
Please sign up for October 31 and November 1 Mass times by clicking here.
We are happy to welcome you back to the celebration of the Mass in this limited way. See you soon!
For those who are not able to attend Mass in person due to being in a high risk category for contracting the virus or other reasons, or for visitors who are considering joining St Thomas More Parish or the Catholic Church, we invite you to view the live streams of the Masses on our Facebook page. The live streams are being recorded and are available to view after the Masses in the Videos section of the Facebook page.
Thank you for being the amazing catholic community that you are!