5-17-2020 Celebrate Sunday
An important message from Bishop Ricken...
We are excited to announce that, starting Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 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. Attached below are the general guidelines for this prayer service. We will be providing more details in next week's Wednesday and Saturday flocknotes. This temporary measure will allow many of us to receive the gift of Jesus in the sacrament while keeping everyone, especially the most vulnerable, safe. Please read the directives carefully and look for more information coming next week.
We invite you to view this video from Bishop Ricken, the bishop for the Diocese of Green Bay, regarding these changes.
In this note...
It is very strange to be receiving communion outside of Mass, but these are strange times and we long to be united with Jesus in the sacrament. Be sure to watch Bishop Ricken's video (above) and read the guidelines for changes that are coming the end of this month
Below is a simple way to engage your household in prayer this Sunday to continue to grow in faith and begin preparing for the reception of communion in a few weeks.
As we continue to encourage charitable giving, note the new "Keep the Giving Going" below to support those who are supporting those most in need in our local community.
Be sure to go to the bottom of the note for treat.
Click the 'read more' link below to be taken to the full article that went out to the parish through Flocknote email on 5-16-20.
This statue was crowned during the Mary crowning with the Family Program earlier this month. (The flowers dried quite nicely and now actually fit her head.) The statue was Emily Shackleton's great-grandmother's.
Thank you for being the Amazing Catholic Community that you are! -- Dcn. Lincoln
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...
In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come, but that the world doesn’t know him yet and can’t see him. Is that still the case today? Why or why not?
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 here 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 on our parish website and clicking on the donate button on the left side.
Your donation is tax deductible. We will send you a year end giving statement.
Thank you for your ongoing financial support during these tough times!
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 week, please consider supporting St. Joseph's Food Pantry. You can do this by clicking on the "Online Giving" link above; and indicate "St. Joseph's Food Pantry" by clicking "Add special instructions to the seller." Thank you for your generosity!
5. Stay connected...
Check out the announcements below and in the bulletin.
Thanks to everyone who helped make Anna Donnermeyer's online prayer vigil so beautiful. You can view it on the STM Facebook page under "Videos."
- 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 the important video message from Bp. Ricken above about receiving the Blessed Sacrament beginning in a few weeks.
- 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...
“The Church is in history, but at the same time she transcends it. It is only ‘with the eyes of faith’ that one can see her in her visible reality and at the same time in her spiritual reality as bearer of divine life”
Catechism of the Catholic Church #770
“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.”
Reopening vs. Rebooting
Whenever I hear someone talk about the church “reopening” my skin crawls. I don’t like the expression because it implies that the church has been closed. That is simply not the case. When I look around I see that the church has been operating differently; it has NOT been closed. There has been prayer going on, in and out of the church building. Funerals and burials are still happening. The Gospel is being proclaimed in all sorts of ways, many of them new. I even had a wedding a few weeks ago and have a few more coming up. People are still discerning what God wants them to do with their lives.
Here's your treat...