5-23-2020 Ascension

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I am with You Always

Thanks to August Dittberner for the beautiful design above!

The Feast of the Ascension...

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. We celebrate Jesus entrance into heaven and sitting at the right hand of God the Father. He is present with us in a new, intimage way. Take a look at the attached resource "Living the Spirit of Easter - Ascension Edition" which includes links to the guidelines for Holy Communion Outside of Mass which may become available next Sunday, May 31. It also includes the new assignments, including Deacon Dave Hayden's new assignment as Pastoral Leader for St. Paul's parish in Combined Locks and many more resources for children and families.

pdfLiving the Spirit of Easter - Ascension Edition

We are working hard to keep the rebooting process as safe as possible. Continue to pray for wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit as you discern your own actions during this time of pandemic.

Below is a simple prayer process to help you pray this Ascension Sunday.

STM Processional Cross

Pictured above: Our processional cross from STM depicts Jesus Ascension. He will return in the same way.

"The angels said, 'Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven'" (Acts 1:11).

 Thank you for being the Amazing Catholic Community that you are!

                                                               -- Dcn. Lincoln

Click the 'Read more' link below to access the full Flocknote email update for 5-23-20.

Simple prayer process for Sunday...

1. Start Sunday here with the readings...

Read through the readings found here for this Sunday. Or, you can watch Mass online or on TV (see below for some options).

2. Ponder the Question of the Week...

  • Adults: How can I continue with the mission of Jesus in the world?

  • Children: What are some ways I can share the Good News of Jesus with others?

This question can be discussed with your household right away or at a meal together this week (this might be even better than a homily!) or reflected on personally or in a journal. Spend some time with Mary pondering the Word of God.

This week's question of the week comes from the resource 52 Sundays. Consider signing up for their weekly resources.

3. Pray in response to God's Word...

Prayer

Speak to God about what is on your heart. Attached are some prayers you could pray with others you live with but you can also include your own intentions or just talk to God. Continue to pray for all those who gave their lives in defense of our nation and our freedom and all those who work for peace.

pdfIntercessions for Time of Pandemic

4. Give...

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We want to thank those who have continued to support St. Thomas More during this challenging time. Our regular Sunday giving is what enables us to continue our ministry and maintain our staff. Continuing your weekly giving is as simple as mailing your check to:

St. Thomas More Parish
1810 b N. McDonald St.
Appleton, WI 54911

You can also give by visiting the parish website main page and clicking on the donate button on the left side.

Thank you for your ongoing financial support during these tough times.

Your donation is tax deductible. We will send you a year end giving statement. Thanks!

Keep the Giving Going...

St Joseph Food ProgramBesides giving to STM, we encourage you to support local organizations reaching out to our poor and vulnerable brothers and sisters. This month, please consider supporting St. Joseph's Food Pantry. You can do this my clicking on the "Give to STM" button and indicating "St. Joseph's Food Pantry" by clicking "Add special instructions to the seller:" Thank you for your generosity!

 

 

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5. Stay connected...

Check out the announcements below and in the bulletin.

Continue to pray for all those who have given their lives to defend our nation and our freedom and all those who work for peace.

We continue to work to reboot the parish safely. Thank you for your patience and support. Next week's Flocknotes will contain more detailed information about "Reception of Holy Communion Outside of Mass" which is the first phase of rebooting our sacramental life. We will do our best to keep you informed and safe.

 Click here for link to the parish bulletin. 

  •  You're Invited again this Sunday... 
    to join us virtually at STM* - Sunday Talk and Music. STM* will begin 10am on Sunday we will be live streaming music from St. Thomas More with a short talk to prepare us for Mass with Bishop Ricken at 10:30 am (see below for details on Bp. Ricken's Mass) While we can't gather physically, we can gather virtually. Find STM* on our Facebook page or click here.

  • See this important video message from Bp. Ricken...
    about receiving the Blessed Sacrament beginning Sunday, May 31st at St Thomas More. St. Thomas More will be holding a Communion Service with the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament each Sunday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Please read the directives carefully and look for more information coming next week.

  • Tune in after STM* live stream...
    Local 5 will be broadcasting a 30-minute Mass celebrated by Bishop Ricken each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on-air and online.
    To watch Mass online, visit the link below. The stream will begin precisely at 10:30 a.m., so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see the feed prior to that time. EVENT LIVESTREAM PAGE: www.wearegreenbay.com/live

  • Other Mass options...
    Sunday Mass is also available diocesan-wide via broadcast television on ABC affiliate WBAY at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning, and on CW14 at 8:00 am. Mass is also available on Relevant Radio, 1050 AM at 9 a.m.

  • Our church remains open for prayer daily...
    St. Thomas More church is open every day from 7:30 am to 4 pm for prayer. Please no more then 10 in the church at a time and keep social distance. Come and pray!

  • Fr. Jack is hearing confessions every Saturday...
    Fr. Jack will be available at church for the sacrament of Reconciliation from 2-4 pm on Saturdays. Confessions will be held in the Family Room just off to the side of the main church.

Deacon Lincoln's Log...

Read an excerpt here:

"One question that confronts all of us in the Diocese of Green Bay is, Am I called to go to church to receive Holy Communion next weekend? Depending on the course of the pandemic, this is a question we may be asking for a while...

If you are reading this Log, I assume that you have the desire to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. That is wonderful! You know what a treasure the eucharist is and long to receive Jesus in this sacrament. But desire isn’t the only factor in discernment. We may have a strong desire for something good, but that does not mean that God is calling us to that good. We hear God’s call through our desires and through our entire situation in life..."

Read more online by clicking this link.

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