Households of Discipleship 7-1-20

God Bless America

Happy Independence Day!

In this note you'll find all sorts of good things.

  1. A reminder not to forget to sign up for Mass (you can even join us virtually if you are travelling, but you don't need to sign up for that).
  2. A wonderful mealtime moments conversation starter for your household.
  3. My reflections on rebooting and listening.
    1. Information about 2 key parts of our phase 2 reboot
    2. Reconnect groups (coming soon!)
  4. Listening sessions (go ahead and sign up!)
  5. Prayer intentions from the community
  6. A request for ideas for a picture theme (help me out here, please).
  7. News, Updates, and Links to the bulletin and other great resources.
  8. And a slightly snarky comment at the bottom.

May God bless you and keep you safe this weekend!

Mass July 4 and 5

Please sign up for the Mass time you plan to attend this weekend. We are limiting attendance to 25% occupancy to keep everyone safe.

Click here to sign up for a Mass time.

pdfPhase II Guidelines for Mass

Mealtime moments...

Dining Room Table

Share your thoughts on the following question:

If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be and why?

The person we discuss can reveal what we value and who we admire. It is an opportunity to share what we think is really important, and more importantly, to discuss why it is important.

Deacon Lincoln's Log...Dcn Lincolns Log

Rebooting and Listening

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Jn. 10:27

What is God asking St. Thomas More to do today and in the months to come?

Are we willing to follow where God is leading us?

The Gospel last weekend challenged us to put nothing before our call as disciples: “Whoever loves father and mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” These words can seem harsh, but they point out that discipleship is not a part of who we are, it is the core of who we are. We follow Jesus. He is the Lord of history and the Lord of our lives. His call to discipleship affects all that we do. That is why hearing and following the Lord’s call are central disciplines of our faith and the life of our community.

Over the summer months we continue to work to follow the Lord’s call in rebooting our parish. Our mission hasn’t changed. We still exist to continue the mission of Jesus. But the world has changed and is changing rapidly. At times like this, we are called to dig deep and uncover what is of real value. Right now, the future is not clear. Our “standard operating procedures” were not designed for this type of rapid change.

So what do we do? ...

Click here to read more.

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Phase 2 is here!

Reconnect Groups

We are piloting Reconnect groups as we reboot our community. Attached is the basic format for a reconnect group. We'll be opening groups up to the entire parish in the early Fall. Reconnect groups will be offered both in person and virtually. If you are interested in finding out more about reconnect groups please contact:

Greg Mohr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an in person reconnect group.

Emily Shackleton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a virtual reconnect group.

pdfReconnect Group Session Outlines

Listening Sessions

What is God asking St. Thomas More to do today and in the months to come?

As we reboot the parish, we will be holding two listening sessions to help us discern God's call during this time of transition. Listening sessions will be:

Sunday, July 12 11:30 am - 1 pm
               or
Wednesday, August 19, 6:30-8 pm

These sessions will be simple ways for us continue to discern God's call in these troublesome times. To discern well we need your input. Each session will last about 90 minutes and you can attend in person or participate virtually through our STM Facebook page. Both sessions will be the same format so you only need to attend one to have your Spirit-guided thoughts heard. We will be prayerfully exploring the questions:

  • What do you love about St. Thomas More?
  • What is needed now and in the future at STM?
  • What would make STM more effective in continuing the mission of Jesus in making disciples?

Please sign up below to help our planning. Thanks!

Listening Session Sign Up

During this critical time, we are trying to discern God's. To help us discern we need to hear your input. These listening sessions will take place both in person and virtually on the STM Facebook page. We want to hear: What do you love about St. Thomas More? What is needed now and in the future at STM? What would make STM more effective in continuing the mission of Jesus in making disciples? Please plan to attend one of these listening session, virtually, or in person. Registration is not required, but encouraged to help us plan effectively.

Click here to sign up for a listening session.

Together in prayer...Together in prayer

Here are the prayer intentions from our prayer line (phone) and online prayer basket. Join in the prayers for your fellow St. Thomas More parishioners!

docxJune 29 Prayer Request Basket - Intentions

docxJune 29 Prayer Request Basket - MOGs

Ideas Needed!

We want to continue sharing your pictures with the community. What picture theme would you suggest?

News and Updates banner

  • 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.

Click here for the bulletin.

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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