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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Soul Health: Livestream Mass, e-mission this week, e-resources and more

Greetings Parishioners and friends of St. Thomas More

During these difficult times, this is a first attempt at trying to communicate electronically, to provide you with online resources during isolation. St. TM is belatedly arriving in the electronic age. I anticipate have this and more info posted on the new parish website in the coming days, so do check and scroll down https://www.stthomasmoremtl.ca/

1 - This is a time more than ever to put our trust in our loving God to guide and comfort us and the world. Pope Francis yesterday offered some pertinent reflections and an extraordinary blessing:

https://www.catholicregister.org/faith/item/31356-urbi-et-orbi-covid-19-is-not-god-s-judgment-but-a-call-to-live-differently?mc_cid=8806734941&mc_eid=0da80e9c4

Video: https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/03/27/pope-gives-urbi-et-orbi-blessing-in-this-storm-our-facades-fall-away/

2 - Online Sunday English masses:

Today's invitation to tomorrow's mass from: St. Ignatius, NDG,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1GXlSSM03k

11am: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5AJFqxOIrs&feature=youtu.be

9am St. Luke's (West Island): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USTp6k9mn1w&feature=youtu.be

3 - Join me this week online at the much-anticipated St. Jean Brebeuf (Lasalle) parish Lenten mission!  FREE

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/101367601224

4 - And (men only), a major Catholic men’s conference beginning April 3 has gone virtual. Speakers include Fr. Larry Richards, Jason Evert, Fr. Mike Schmitz and many other well-known figures. And it’s FREE. I have signed up---why not join me?

https://www.virtualcatholicconference.com/Mensconference2020

5 - Tuesday evening I was invited to a prayer meeting with the rosary online, by the south shore group that played our mass last month. Open to all. If interested this Tuesday, email me.

6 - Some resources have been made free because of lockdown, which I subscribe to anyway:

- iBreviary is a free app with many prayers, including the Liturgy of the Hours— the Church’s official prayer prayed by priests five times each day, which many laypersons find spiritually nourishing.

- MAGNIFICAT is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free. Also, complimentary access to MagnifiKid www.magnifikid.com/free

- And https://formed.org/faithathome?fbclid=IwAR1d6xHYMa39gf_Am1ydx4F-5sNRkHkPwSmnfUDgVWEUZ04y9GnSCIqz29A

Finally, just to be reminded that (Spirit) inspired creativity and imagination can produce the divine gift of beauty, watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk&feature=youtu.be

On behalf of the wardens, I remind you that the parish’s expenses continue; your donations are much appreciated. Envelopes may be put in the parish door mailbox.

Please feel free to share this friends and family. If you wish to be removed from this list, just let me know.

In Christ,

Fr. Robert+ Pastor St. Thomas More

Friday, March 27, 2020

Donations to St. Thomas More

Important notice:

The parish still has expenses and therefore everyone is invited to continue giving through their envelopes. They can either drop them in the office mail slot or leave a message on parish phone as to where envelopes can be picked up.

COVID-19 crisis: what happens to the Share Lent campaign?


As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, Development and Peace joins our prayers for health and grace and reminds us that this crisis will compound the hardships of many sisters and brothers in the Global South.

Share Lent 2020 campaign going virtual

Every year, our kindly parishioners, like thousands across Canada, work hard to bring Development and Peace’s Share Lent campaign to life and to raise the money it needs to help millions around the world. Development and Peace is eternally grateful for their efforts.

This year, however, following public health authorities’ advice, Development and Peace has decided to cancel or postpone all in-person Share Lent meetings and events across Canada.

Although we cannot congregate, we need one another’s support more than ever. Communities of the Global South, too, need even more help now. Development and Peace is therefore working on a virtual Share Lent 2020 campaign. Soon, they will make resources available to let us experience the spiritual renewal of Lent online and to show solidarity with those who need it most.

Your support is vital

With church closures impacting parish collections, Development and Peace is accepting donations by mail, over the phone and online. Please spread the word and urge family and friends to donate.

Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.
The Lord protects them and keeps them alive….
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities.
 (Psalm 41:1-3)

Send a cheque to:

Development and Peace.
1425 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, 3rd floor
Montreal (Quebec) H3G 1T7


or call:

1-888 664-3387 to donate


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

NEW MESSAGE

CHURCH AND PARISH OFFICE ARE CLOSED.

FR. ROBERT IS AVAILABLE FOR PASTORAL EMERGENCIES.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

UPDATE...

Parish office is open. The church building is otherwise locked up until further notice.

All masses, other activities and events are cancelled until further notice.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

ADDITIONAL MESSAGE...

The Irish Luncheon, sponsored by the St. Thomas More Women's Club, and scheduled for March 18th, has been cancelled.

And the annual St. Patrick's Concert scheduled to take place Friday evening, March 20th, has also been cancelled.


Friday, March 13, 2020

MESSAGE FROM FR. ROBERT


WEEKEND MASSES CANCELLED.

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE WILL CONTINUE.

HOLY HOUR ON THURSDAY AFTER THE 9AM MASS.

THANK YOU.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Annual St. Patrick's Luncheon

The ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S LUNCHEON sponsored by St. Thomas More Women's Club will take place on Wednesday March 18th at 12 noon in the parish hall.

Tickets are $10.00 per person and will be on sale next weekend in the Altar Servers Room.

Monday, January 20, 2020

International Supper and Auction

The Annual International Supper & Auction will take place on Saturday evening February 15th. The fun begins at 6pm, after mass.

Wally Gregory will be the auctioneer.

A donation of $10.00 per person will be appreciated.

Tickets are on sale in the Altar Server room after Mass this weekend or by calling the parish office at 514-768-4741.

An integral part of the International Supper every year is the "Auction".

Once again this year we are asking for donations suitable for auction: a lovely gift you have been given that just doesn't fit in your home; an object d'art that you are willing to part with; a bottle of cheer.

See what you can come up with and drop it into the parish office during the week or give it to Wally on the weekend.

Let ua try to make this the best International Supper & Auction ever.

Join Fr. Robert

Consider joining him at an upcoming workshop on Saturday, February 8th from 10am-1pm, toward developing Parish leadership as a way to building our parish community.

If you're interested, please contact Fr. Robert at 514-768-4741.