Households of Discipleship 5-20-20

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Come Holy Spirit...

Holy Spirit dove
On Friday we begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit. This Novena, meaning nine days of prayer, prepares us to receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The nine day pattern comes from the nine days the disciples waited and prayed between Jesus's Ascension and the Coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This year, it has special meaning for us as some of us will return to Holy Communion on Pentecost Sunday, May 31. I would encourage all of us to pray the attached Novena starting Friday, May 22 for the renewal of our church and world.

This note includes mealtime moments for you to discuss at your next household meal, a podcast on walking through grief at this time, and some new prayer space pictures. If you haven't seen them yet, be sure to review the guidelines for the reception of Communion outside of Mass from the diocese of Green Bay in our announcements. We are working out the logistics for STM and will share that with you next week. This opportunity begins on Pentecost, May 31.

We also are asking you to email the names of any STM graduating seniors in high school that you are aware of so we can honor them.

pdfNovena in Preparation for Pentecost 2020

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Mealtime moments...

Mealtime Moments

Quick question--where do sheep like to go on vacation? Any guesses??

The Baa-hamas

If your family is getting a little stir crazy like mine, have each person share where they would like to go on vacation and why.

God is close to the brokenhearted...

Close to the Brokenhearted

All of us are experiencing grief during this time of crisis. It can be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of our freedom, the loss of what we expected our future to be, or the loss of our access to our church. Whatever your loss, it is important that we recognize it and allow Jesus to walk with us through it. I would urge you to listen to this podcast and allow the Lord to be close to you.

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18).

Check out these prayer space pictures...

Check out these beautiful prayer spaces! If you haven't sent in a picture of your prayer space, please send it to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can use it in a future Flocknote! If you have already sent in a picture, we will be using it in a future Flocknote. Keep them coming!

Julie Herman prayer space

Julie Herman invites us to get outside to pray!

Michelle Todzy prayer space

Michelle Todzy writes:

Here is the Todzy prayer corner we created while we were enrolled in the monthly Family FF program. Not fancy however the kids know where to find prayer aids when inspired. The candles are the ones the kids made when preparing for their first reconciliation.

Irene Skarban prayer space

Irene Skarban's prayer space.

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Sacraments:

Please see the attached general guidelines from our diocese for the reception of Holy Communion outside of Mass. We are working out the specific logistics for St. Thomas More and will be sharing them next week. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity for some of us to receive Jesus in the sacrament. The sacrament of Confirmation is on hold for the moment as we wait for direction from the diocese. We continue to celebrate small (no more than 10 attendees) weddings and funerals and baptisms and anointing of the sick. Fr. Jack continues to be available at the church to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays from 2-4pm (see below for details). The Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered by our priests (Fr. Larry, Fr. John Francis, and Fr. Jack) for our intentions and the salvation of the world. Unfortunately, we are unable to gather to celebrate Mass publicly at this time.

pdfGuidelines for Distribution of Holy Communion

Fr. Jack will be at the church from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament will be celebrated in the Parish Family Room (just off the church gathering space) to provide space from proper social distancing and privacy. Click here to read an article about Pope Francis and this sacrament at this challenging time.

Other Announcements:

  • Please hang on to your Rice Bowls. We will turn them in when we are once again able to gather for Mass.
  • Phone ministry continues. You may be receiving a call from a staff member or parishioner to see how you are doing, pray with you, and offer any assistance we can. We will never ask for money over the phone and will identify ourselves as being from St. Thomas More. This is one way we can stay connected during this difficult time.
  • Continue to send in your pictures of your at-home prayer space. We have received a few but need more.
  • Faith Formation: We are postponing Faith Formation Registration until a future date. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Click here to view this Sunday's bulletin (5/24/20).

Congratulations to STM High School Seniors...

Graduation CapsIf you know of any STM Seniors who are graduating from High School this year, please send their name and email (or their parent's email) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are hoping to honor them at an upcoming STM* Live Stream and don't want to leave anyone out.

Please send us the information by Thursday, May 28.

Thanks!

Links...

Virtual Event Calendar for Green Bay Diocese

"52 Sundays" Family Resource Sign Up

St Thomas More Parish Facebook Page

St Thomas More Website

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

                                                               -- Dcn. Lincoln

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