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Summer News

A few highlights from this week's note:

  1. Remember to sign-up for Mass this weekend, and the listening session on Sunday (you can attend virtually or in person)
  2. Family discussion on wishing.
  3. Some thoughts on listening as we prepare for our first listening session.
  4. Information about 2 key parts of our phase 2 reboot
  5. Reconnect groups (coming soon!)
    1. Listening sessions (go ahead and sign up!)
    2. Prayer intentions from the community
  6. The new picture theme is announced.
  7. News, Updates, and Links to the bulletin and other great resources.
  8. And another slightly snarky comment at the bottom.

May God bless you and keep you safe this weekend!

Mass July 11 and 12

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 to sign up here.

pdfPhase Two Guidelines for Masses

Mealtime moments...

Dining Room Table

Share your thoughts on the following question.

If you had one wish (and you can’t wish for more wishes), what would you wish for and why?

Our desires and wishes reveal a lot about who we are. Have some fun, but don't be afraid to go deep.

Deacon Lincoln's Log...Dcn Lincolns Log

Deep Listening

“Whoever has ears ought to hear..”
Mt. 13:9

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

The world is changing. If you turn on the news it is clear that we are living through a time of intense, deep, and unpredictable change. As disciples of Jesus, we need to respond to this changing reality with bold faith. In order to respond, we need to clearly hear the call of Jesus in the midst of the events happening around us. Jesus is still speaking to His people. He is still directing us to continue His mission in the world to provide hope and healing. The voice of the Lord can be hard to hear in the midst of social upheavals and pandemics, but he is still speaking. But we need to listen extra carefully during times like this. “Whoever has ears ought to hear” (Mt. 13:9).

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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!

docxPrayer Request Basket - Intentions for July 6

docxPrayer Request Basket - MOGs for July 6

New picture theme!

Thank you for all your suggestions! For the next few months of summer, we are taking our picture them outside to the great outdoors. Please share pictures of sacred places or moments that you have found out in God's glorious creation. If possible, please include a short explanation or reflection on the space (no more than a few sentences). Here are a few that were sent in to get us started.

Michelle Todzy Photo

From Michelle Todzy: Attached is the picture of one of our favorite places, Lake Underwood, where we have a cottage. This is where we spent our "social distanced" summer vacation swimming, cooking over the fire, sleeping in and playing card and board games the last week.

Jean Pynenberg Photo

From Jean Pynenberg: From sunsets which close out the day to birds that sing, to bleeding hearts that bloom in spring, God speaks to us through nature- telling us to stop for a moment and take it all in. I am grateful for the beauty. I know that He’ll take care of us like the birds of the sky, and I am utterly amazed and in awe at the intricate flowers that bloom in my garden. Have you looked closely at a flower lately? Or sat in the the quiet and simply watched the sun set? Make time to be with God in the world He created for us to enjoy.

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  • 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

The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose,
But mosquitoes come close.

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