Community Life Ministries
The purpose of the Community area is to build a deeper sense of Christian community and ownership for all members of St. Thomas More Parish. The scope of its activities is designed to bring the parish together for the purpose of building community. It includes groups that support and/or nurture the parish family.
Ministries: Parish Festival, Knights of Columbus, STM Men’s Club, Women’s Ministry, Parish Picnic, Single Seniors Ministry, Forever Young Ministry, Fellowship Sunday, and Hospitality.
Responsibilities: Promotes ongoing communication between all Community Ministries as well as the Pastoral Council and Staff.; sponsors various community activities throughout the year that help promote friendship and goodwill between the organizations and all the people of the parish and surrounding community; help foster interaction between groups and organizations, especially in sponsoring events in which a number of groups participate in the planning and implementation of these activities, fosters specialized ministries in response to the broad range of religious, community and social experiences represented by the parish community.
Parish Festival – May 3, 4, & 5, 2019
The annual parish festival is the most exciting event of the year. Hundreds are called upon to make this weekend come alive with fun, fellowship and faith. The festival is held each year the first full weekend in May. Planning begins as early as September to focus on details such as food booths, games, rides, silent and live auctions and much more. This tradition has been a success for over 30 years. All are asked to volunteer time and talent by working in a game or food booth, or by assisting in set up and clean up. See you under the big tent! Contact: Stephen Calandro
Knights of Columbus
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights of Columbus are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
The Knights of Columbus is an international ministry which began St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut and chartered as a fraternal benefit society on March 29, 1882. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. Since then the Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the world.
St. Thomas More Council 5530 of the Knights of Columbus is open to all men of the parish. The Knights sponsor numerous parish and diocesan programs to benefit youth, seminarians and the needy, including fundraising, cook-outs, seasonal parties, service projects and more. Its work also supports pro-life initiatives and other Catholic causes worldwide. Be part of a ministry that has made a difference for over 130 years. Join the Knights of Columbus today. Contact: Garrett Doucet
STM Men’s Club
The STM Men’s Club is a social and service organization chartered for adult male members. It is committed to enriching the lives of its members by providing them the opportunity to fully experience the STM tradition of faith and fellowship. As a member of this organization, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow parishioners, make new friends, socialize with old friends and provide valuable services to our parish and school. The Men’s Club aids in projects around the church and school, as well as hosts for members’ spiritual and social programs year round. Contact: Josh Wilkinson
The Women’s Ministry is a group of women whose mission is to form a network of mothers and families of the parish by providing spiritual, social and service opportunities. The ministry provides family activities, service projects (i.e., Angel Tree and Bishop Ott Shelter) and aid to many in need throughout the parish and the Baton Rouge community. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with other families and create lasting friendships. All women in the parish are urged to get involved. Contact: Sara Kleinpeter
Both adults and high school youth are needed to assist in this fun day of games and festivities. The picnic will be held on a Sunday in mid-October from 11:00am until 3:00pm. Volunteers are needed to assist in set-up the day before, overseeing games and take down. High School Volunteers are needed to run the children’s games, including face painting, ring toss, hula hoop and much more.
This ministry is for men and women who have never married or have lost a spouse through death, divorce or separation. They provide spiritual, emotional and mental support through a variety of spiritual and social activities including dinners, guest speakers and other fun activities. Their mission is to help any member with meals, doctor appointments, hospital or homebound stay or errands. Contact: Jeannie Latil and David Longwell
The STM Senior Ministry counteracts the statement, “One slows down the older one gets.” Not this ministry. STM Senior Ministry is one of the most active and well-rounded ministries, focusing on service, fellowship and prayer. They seek to strengthen the feeling of community for parishioners ages 55 and older through planned activities which take place throughout the entire year. These include days of reflection, bus trips to regional churches, towns and exhibits, cooking for and serving meals to LSU students, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and much more. So if you are 55 and older, you are invited to be part of the Senior Ministry and celebrate the joy of faith, fellowship and fun!
Hosted by various ministries this event is open to all and occurs after 10am Mass in Activity Center. Share coffee, refreshments and friendship.
The Hospitality Ministry is responsible for planning, hosting and implementing various receptions through the year. Volunteers are needed to help set up, decorate reception area, welcome guests, serve refreshments, and clean up after the event. Receptions include, but are not limited to the 80th Birthday Celebration, Confirmation Reception, Parish Christmas Open House, First Eucharist Receptions, Easter Vigil Reception and more. Volunteers are asked to serve at least two receptions a year. Contact: Tomi Neames and Beth Broussard.