Households of Discipleship 4/14/21

"Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”  Luke 24:39
Here are some helpful resources:
  1. If you missed the April Discipleship Formation or any of the past Discipleship Formation Live sessions you can find them on the STM Facebook page. Be sure to check out any sessions you have missed!
  2. View the pick of the week on Formed.org
  3. Thank you for participating in the Disciple Maker Index. The results are being compiled and will be presented at our parish Annual Meeting in June.
  4. Ideas for living the four key discipleship skills. Remember, there are new ideas every week.
  5. We continue to ask you to sign up for Mass.
  6. Please pray for those intentions on our prayer tree.
  7. Check out this week's new meaningful meals starter question, and faith sharing help!
  8. This week's Log.
  9. Check out the News, Updates, and Links to the bulletin and other great resources. New information regarding Bishop Ricken's Sunday Mass.
  10. And something to make you laugh.
Know that you are in our prayers during this season of Lent.
 
 
Ideas for the Four Skills...
Simple is the magic word this year. While these four skills are simple, they take commitment to get started. Please make the effort this year. The long-term benefits are fantastic! We are taking a back to basics approach for Discipleship Formation by focusing on four key skills for individuals and families:
  1. To use the bible as individuals and as a family
    • Idea: Read through Peter's speech in Acts 10:34-43 where Peter proclaims Jesus as the savior of all people.
  2. To pray regularly as an individual and as families
    • Idea: Pray with the parish intentions listed below.
  3. To share a meaningful meal together regularly
    • Use our conversation starter this week.
  4. To have faith sharing conversations - "faith talks" and "faith walks"
    • New questions every week! Use this week's "Faith Talk" questions in the Mealtime Moments section below at a meal or some other time as a chance to go deeper in your faith as a family. It will be awkward at first, but stick with it and it gets easier.
In case you missed it, watch our January Discipleship Formation Session at our  STM Facebook page. Other formation videos can also be found there.
 
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During the pandemic, Bishop Ricken reinstated the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses in the diocese until further notice. This means that you are not obligated to attend Mass on Sunday (or Saturday night) or Holy Days for the duration of this dispensation (see attached letter from Bp. Ricken). Please know, that even with the reinstatement of the dispensation, St. Thomas More will continue to celebrate Mass publicly every weekend for those who are able to attend and willing to strictly follow the proper health protocols (attached). During this time of increased infection, our parish will be even more vigilant in observing the health protocols shared in the diocesan guidelines to help prevent the spread of disease and allow as many people as is safe to come to Mass without fear of infection. The wearing of masks is mandatory at Masses celebrated here and throughout the diocese. We thank you for your support and compliance as we find ourselves in this time of very high alert throughout the diocese.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

 
  • HUGE thank you for all the prayers, cards, concerns, and support shown to me during my recent surgery. Each gesture was a beautiful gift. St Thomas More IS an amazing Christian Catholic Community! ~Bev Hoffman


 
Mealtime Moments... 
Remember, a weekly meaningful meal is a key discipleship skill. You can even make them more meaningful by having a "faith talk" around the table. Here is a gentle starter question to get the ball rolling:
 
What’s the most useful thing you own? 
Sure, this one is good for a general conversation starter, but what is really nice is being able to get some ideas on what works well and is generally awesome to have. 



And for that "faith talk"...
based on this weekend's readings
 
TAKE TIME TO CHAT
  • In today’s Gospel story, Jesus asked his disciples why they were troubled. Why do you think they were troubled?

  • Share a time when you went to Jesus when you were troubled.

  • Why did Jesus ask the disciples to look at his hands and his feet?



... or you can just use these questions at a meal or any time for a "faith walk"!
 
Adult Question: What could you do this week to inspire your
family to resemble the early Christians more closely?
Child Question: What could you and your family do to help
others who are in need?
 
Easter Repentance
“Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
Acts 3:19
“Jesus said to them, ‘Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Lk. 24:46-47
This weekend, the third Sunday of Easter, we read from the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. These two books in our Scripture are companion volumes, both written by St. Luke with the intention of telling the story of Jesus (in the Gospel) and the story of the early Church (in the Acts of the Apostles).
In both the Gospel and in Acts this Sunday we read a word that we associate with Lent, not Easter. That word is: repent! At the beginning of lent, we...
 
Exploring His Kingdom
You can also find all the previous episodes at stmcath.org or wherever you subscribe to podcasts.
 
Sunday Mass with Bishop David Ricken
Please note NEW TIME - Every Sunday at 10:30 AM until the football season begins again. All are invited to tune in every Sunday morning to WFRV-Channel 5 and pray with us from wherever you are! You also may access by clicking this link https://www.gbdioc.org/

Sacraments: See above for information about the dispensation for Sunday Mass obligation. If you plan to attend Mass this weekend, you can sign up using the sign-up form above or on the website or by calling the office.
We are celebrating weddings and funerals and baptisms and anointing of the sick with some precautions in place. The Sacrament of Reconciliation continues with our regular schedule (see below for details). We have resumed the public celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass with precautions (see above for details).
Our regular schedule for celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation (4:15 pm on Saturday and 9:15-9:45 am on Sunday).
 
 
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