SOUL HEALTH CLI
Saturday, October 14th 2023 after the 4:30pm Mass
After three parish meetings over the past year exploring different options for the future of our parish, and after a serious review of our current financial and pastoral situation, the wardens of St. Thomas More Parish will be seeking a formal recommendation from our parish membership to be submitted to the Archbishop. Our congregation has declined over the years, and consequently so have our revenues, while expenses such as insurance, heating and maintenance are constantly increasing. As well, the church needs repairs - roof, front steps, basement – in the neighbourhood of $300,000, yet our revenues do not even cover our basic operational expenses.
This vote does not bind the Archbishop either way, but it serves to give him the pulse of the community.
For legal purposes, only parishioners who live within the boundaries of St Thomas More technically have a vote. At the same time, we know that many of you have been longtime parishioners live outside the boundaries and we want to know your point of view also. When we have the vote on October 14, you will be asked to indicate on your ballot whether you live within or outside the boundaries. The vote will be taken by secret ballot, in the church, immediately following the 4:30pm Mass.
This is the resolution on which you will be invited
to express your recommendation:
Be it resolved, this assembly recommends to Archbishop Christian Lepine the closure of the Parish of St. Thomas More, and the integration of her territory, pastoral responsibilities, assets and liabilities, to the Parish of St. Willibrord. In this way, we can form one strong and united English Catholic community in Verdun. Until such time as a decision is made on the future of the rectory and church, worship would continue to take place at St. Thomas More church.
Mass Schedule & Intentions
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Saturday, October 7th 2023
William Furlong by His Mother
A warm welcome and many thanks to Father Lou Cerulli,
who will celebrate our Mass this weekend!
Our Sanctuary Lamp this week is burning for
Lilly & Bill Fitzgerald by Darlene & Barry Fitzgerald
One of the windows at the back of the church (to the left as you walk in from the main entrance) is severely damaged and buckling in. The immediate area below as well as a portion of the pews there have been taped off for the safety of parishioners.
The Bannantyne side entrance and chair lift will remain accessible, as well as the votive candles -- you'll just have to take the long way around!
Annual Rosary Rally - October 14th at Noon
October is the month of the Rosary and all are invited to the Public Square Rosary Rally at the Tortue Wharf (south side of Lasalle Boulevard between Godwin & Riverview). This time of prayer will be offered for the intentions of reparation and conversion.
For further information, please contact Caroline Landry (514-767-6256)
or Maureen Dearden (514-751-2733).
Sincerest appreciation is extended to all who supported and joined the Rosary Rally last year, and the group is looking forward to seeing you there!
St. Vincent de Paul Society: Autumn Food Drive Continues!
In anticipation of a greater need in the community this coming holiday season, the St. Vincent de Paul Society is running an Autumn Food Drive to begin early preparations for their annual Christmas Baskets.
Until October 14th, you can drop off donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items in the boxes at the back of the church. Monetary donations can be placed in the St. Vincent de Paul boxes on the walls by the main entrance, and are eligible to be included in your income tax receipts for this year (contact the Office for more details).
You can also swing by the Office with any donations during regular office hours.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
50/50 Draw Returns!
Get your tickets for the October 50/50 after the 4:30pm Mass -- 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10.
The draw will take place on Saturday, October 28th after Mass.
Finances - September Snapshot
The Office will be closed on Monday, October 9th for Thanksgiving.
Regular Office Hours are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm (closed on Wednesday).
Every week, the candle above the tabernacle is lit, and can be lit in memory of a loved one or for special intentions for a suggested offering of $20. For more information and to book a specific week please contact the office.
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