Households of Discipleship 5-6-2020

May is the month of Mary. We have some simple resources to help you enter into prayer. You are invited to the first STM* Wednesday Holy Hour tonight at 6:30 pm. We also include a beautiful video rosary which we are praying for Anna Donnermeyer, our Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry & Youth Ministry Assistant, who is battling cancer. Please watch and pray for Anna and her family. We also include some new prayer space pictures and an invitation to share some simple Mary May baskets to spread some joy. By the way, we have announcements and a surprise at the bottom.
 
Mealtime Moments... 
Ask each person to share what it means to be part of your family.
 
Join us for Holy Hour...
... tonight at 6:30 pm. Attached is a worship aid to help you follow along during this hour of prayer and reflection. Click below to go to the STM Facebook page at 6:30 pm. If you follow our Facebook page, you will receive a facebook notification when STM is having a live event!
 
Please continue to pray for Anna and her family. The rosary is one of Anna's favorite prayers! Pray along with this beautiful video of Anna's friends and family praying the rosary.
 
May Baskets... 
... consider spreading some joy this month in honor of Mary by sharing a Mary themed May basket with your neighbors. Any day in May is a good day to celebrate Mary. You could even include a rosary!
Click below for some instructions and simple Mary May basket ideas.
 
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!
Char Zeier's praying hands picture
A picture saying "Thanks" from Jean Pynenberg
From Jerome and Susan Ott: "Although my prayer space is anywhere I sit, stand, walk or lay down, I pray to Jesus, Mary and Joseph daily for patience, humility, strength and protection. Here, a small statue of St Joseph is mounted on the 2nd level of our purple martin bird house, 16' high, overseeing our home."
Look close at the center of the picture and you can see St. Joseph standing on the shelf!
 
Sacraments: We have set a TENTATIVE date to celebrate First Eucharist on June 13 and 14 (the Feast of Corpus Christi) and the children are continuing to prepare at home. 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 (without Mass) and baptisms and anointing of the sick in emergency situations. 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.
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.
Please hang on to your Rice Bowls. We will turn them in when we are once again able to gather for Mass.
Phone ministry has begun. 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.
 
 
Thank you for being the Amazing Catholic Community that you are!
Dcn. Lincoln