6-6-20 Celebrate the Trinity
This Sunday's celebration of Holy Communion Outside of Mass brings us to the end of Phase 1 of our sacramental reboot. You are invited to use the simple prayer process below or watch a live stream Mass or prepare in some other way to receive Holy Communion. Then, come to St. Thomas More between 11 am and 12:30 pm on Sunday, June 7 to receive Holy Communion.
Next weekend, June 13/14, we will begin phase 2. See below for what this means and for how to sign up for Mass.
Rebooting Phase 2
Phase 2 of our sacramental reboot begins on the weekend of June 13/14. We will begin celebrating the Mass with the community gathered and additional safety precautions (social distance, hand sanitizing, cleaning between liturgies, masks, etc...). See the attachment for more details). One of the precautions we are taking is to limit the number of people in the building to allow for social distancing during Mass. Utilizing multiple spaces in the building, we will be able to accommodate 200 people for each weekend Mass.
Thanks for being the Amazing Catholic community that you are!
- Dcn Lincoln
Dcn Lincoln's Log...
The church is a living thing. It is easy to forget that fact. Right now, the church is experiencing profound change. Like a plant that has been re-potted, the church finds itself in a radically changed and changing world. Nearly five years ago, Pope Francis said that the church needed to realize that, “We are not living an era of change but a change of era.”
This insight from our Pope is clear today. Our pastoral and finance councils continue to pray and reflect on the next step we should take to continue the mission that Jesus has given us to make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19-20). We are all reflecting on the question, “What is God asking St. Thomas More to do today and in the months to come?” This moment is important. Please join us in prayer and reflection as we move forward. Share your prayerful insights with me and other parish leadership.
One of the insights our Bishop has given us is to move forward with bold faith and prudent safety, using a phased approach based deeply rooted in the reality of our current situation. Along with other parishes in the diocese we are preparing to enter Phase 2 soon...
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...
How does a family mirror the Trinity?
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...
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.
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 our parish webiste 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...
Besides 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 Pillars. You can do this by clicking on the "Give to STM" button and indicating "Pillars" by clicking "Add special instructions to the seller:" Recently a parishioner wrote to me:
"As you know, STM has supported Appleton's Warming Shelter for years. In fact, before the building was built, we were housing people in our gym on a rotating basis. I was just notified today that Pillars has an up to $30,000.00 matching donation through the end of June. I was hoping that sometime soon, our Keep the Giving Going section of Flocknotes might include this information."
Thank you for your generosity!
5. Stay connected...
Check out the announcements below and in the bulletin.
You are invited to attend our Facebook Live Annual meeting at 6:30 pm on June 11 at our St. Thomas More Facebook Page. More details will be coming. Sign up for the event on Facebook here.
If you are called to receive Holy Communion this weekend, take a close look at the attachments below to prepare to come to church between 11 am and 1:00 pm this Sunday, June 7, as we continue our sacramental reboot.
- You're Invited again this Sunday...
to join us virtually at STM* - Sunday Talk and Music. This weekend will be our last STM*. Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible. You will probably see more events streamed online from STM in the coming months.
- Tune in after STM* live stream...
Local 5 will be broadcasting the final 30-minute Mass celebrated by Bishop Ricken this 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.
This will be the final Mass hosted on Channel 5 with Bishop Ricken. Please plan accordingly for future virtual Masses.
- 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.
- This week we be offering Holy Communion starting at 11:00 am until 1:00 pm...
Next weekend we will resume Sunday Masses with increased safety measures including 25% occupancy in the church. See above to register to attend so we save you a spot.
- 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!
- During Phase One: Fr. Jack is hearing confessions every Saturday...
Fr. Jack will be available at church for the sacrament of Reconciliation from 2-4 pm this Saturday. Confessions will be held in the Family Room just off to the side of the main church.
Here's your treat...
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