Households of Discipleship 6-10-20
Phase Two Begins
This weekend we begin the celebration of public Masses. We are limiting attendance to 25% of our capacity to enable us to practice social distancing and keep everyone safe. You can sign up to attend below with the guidelines available in the attachment.
In this note, we say "Thank you" to Anita Revord as she enters retirement. We also take some time to view our video tribute to our graduates. Continue to bless and pray for them as they make this big transition. At your next meal, share our conversation starter. My hope is that meals continue to be a priority time for families as we transition into phase 2.
Mass Sign Up for June 13 & 14
Please sign up for the Mass time you plan to attend this weekend using the link below. We are limiting occupancy to 25% to help keep everyone safe.
Blessings on our graduates!
A special thanks to all the parents who sent in pictures and to August Dittberner for putting the video together!
Share your thoughts on the following question. Don't be afraid to ask "why?" You may find out something you never would have known.
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
It has been my privilege and pleasure to be able to serve you as a staff member of St Thomas More Parish. Your love of the Lord and each other is inspirational. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc 3:1) My time at STM was one of joy and community. I was blest to meet you and to be part of your life. Thank you for sharing your gifts with me, the parish and each other. Now, the time has come for me to move on to other things. I depart with memories of your great generosity and faithfulness. Keep up the awesome work of the Kingdom!
I ask that you pray for me as I will pray for God’s best blessings for you and our parish.
Phase two is here...
This weekend, we are beginning Phase 2 of our parish sacramental reboot and will be celebrating Mass with extra precautions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. These precautions include continued social distancing and the use of masks during the liturgy. Our singing will be limited and we will not have our choirs. We will be allowing 25% of the occupancy limit for our worship space (and may live stream to other rooms in the building to allow more people to attend). We are optimistic that we will not need to turn many people away. Right now we believe that we will be able to safely celebrate Mass with 219 people in attendance spaced throughout the worship space, the gathering space, and the fellowship hall. Stay tuned for further details. You can view the diocesan guidelines attached as well.
There is the chance that if the virus projections change, we could return to phase 1 if prudent safety dictates, but we hope we will continue through phase 2 towards a full, safe gathering of the community.
Prayer space pictures...
We can't wait to welcome you back for Mass!
Thanks to Sandra Scheibe for this photo.
Check out these beautiful statues in this photo from Aaron De Jardin.
- The Annual Meeting* (live-streamed) was held on Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 pm. The slides can be found on our website under the Annual Reports tab.
- Sacraments: This weekend we resume the public celebration of Mass. You can sign up using the sign up form above or on the website or by calling the office. We are limiting attendance to 25% of our capacity to keep everyone safe.
- The sacrament of Confirmation is on hold for the moment as we wait for direction from the diocese. We are beginning to weddings and funerals and baptisms and anointing of the sick with some precautions in place.The Sacrament of Reconciliation will return to our regular schedule (see below for details). We are resuming the public celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass with precautions (see above for details).
- Our regular schedule for celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation begins this weekend (4 pm on Saturday and 9:15-9:45 am on Sunday).
- You can begin to bring in your Rice Bowls. We will be collecting them and sending on the money to Catholic Relief Services.
- 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.
- Faith Formation: We are postponing Faith Formation Registration until a future date. As we look to the future, we are beginning to plan some listening sessions to determine how God is calling us to move forward for the next year.
Thank you for being the Amazing Catholic Community that you are!
-- Dcn. Lincoln
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