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Community Life Ministries

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS

CDA, Court of St. Francis #1915 is one of 99 local courts in the state of Louisiana, instituted on February 2, 1964. The group does works of charity and service through the Circle of Love program. The seven points of the Circle of Love program are Family, Quality of Life, Youth, Education, Legislation, Leadership, and Spiritual Enhancement. In addition to works of charity, the group enjoys social activities such as potlucks and trips. CDA, open to women over 18 years, meets the second Monday of the month (with the exception of July and Dec.) at 6:30pm at STM. Contact: Regent Patricia Schmit, 225-272-2847, cda1915@gmail.com

DONE IN A DAY

Want to get more involved but your schedule won't allow you to commit to a regular day and time? This is the committee for you! Our STM ministries have various projects throughout the year where extra hands are needed. It requires no prior planning on your part or homework. You just show up, help and then you're 'Done in a Day!" Committee members will be notified of upcoming needs and can volunteer as their schedule permits. Contact: Jennifer Harris, 225.275.7734, jennifer_harris@cox.net

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

The Hospitality Ministry is responsible for planning, hosting and implementing various receptions throughout 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, 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, 225.202.7387, tomi@neames.com and Beth Broussard, 225.405.8708, tigfan@bellsouth.net

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

The Knights of Columbus is an international ministry which began at 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. KC Council 5530 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. Contact: Garrett Doucet, 225.892.1724, gjdoucetbrla@gmail.com

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AUXILIARY

The Fr. Maynard E. Hurst Jr. Knights of Columbus Auxiliary was organized on April 27, 1987. The current purpose of the organization is to assist St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus Council 5530 in all their aims and goals, and to help promote fellowship through religious and social activities. The group is open to any female, 18 years of age or older, who is related by blood or by law to a Knight in good standing with his council or who was in good standing at the time of his death. The lady need not be Catholic. Dues are $12 per year with the year beginning July 1. Dues are prorated for those joining after July1. Business meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in the Mother Teresa meeting room on the church campus beginning at 6:30 pm with the recitation of the Rosary, followed by a light meal. The Auxiliary participates in many activities that are intended to assist the Council, the church parish, the youth and the needy. Contact: President, Shirley Bonaccorso, 225.926.7939, bonacs@bellsouth.net

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 sponsors spiritual and social programs. Contact: Chad Bradley, 225.751.7757, cbradley@turner-industries.com.

SENIOR MINISTRIES

Senior Ministry is a parish fellowship ministry for ages 55 and up. The social functions help seniors to meet people and foster parish fellowship, provide help to each other when in need, to reach out to shut ins, a way for empty nesters to make new friends, and to belong to an active faith community. Senior Ministry allows all seniors the opportunity to get together several times a year for fun and for possible excursions. This ministry also cooks and serves meals to LSU students. Under Senior Ministry are several groups:

  • Forever Young: This group of singles and couples began playing Trumpets, a card game, about 10+ years ago. They meet on the 2nd Wednesday in the coffee shop at 6:30pm. Because the game requires 20 players (5 tables of 4), substitutes are always needed, as advertised in The Tower.
  • Good Timers: Started at St. Louis King of France, Senior Ministry schedules a potluck and bingo a couple times a year.
  • Silver Fellowship Prayers & Lunch: This special event occurs once a month in the activity center for parishioners with limited mobility. Caregivers are welcome to stay and participate in the prayers and lunch. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, meal prep, welcoming guests, serving and clean-up. Contact: Charles Pourciau, 225.216.2521, charles.thesilver@gmail.com
  • Single Seniors: 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. 225.385.1828, cjlatil@gmail.com, and David Longwell, 225.650.8120, delongwell@cox.net

WELCOME MINISTRY

The Welcome Ministry is a group of parishioners that welcome newcomers to St. Thomas More Parish. Each welcome minister will meet and share an information packet provided by the parish office to the newly registered parishioners. This is a great opportunity to make our new families feel welcome and at home. Contact: Liz Core, 225.936.5759, lizgcore@aol.com

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

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 (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, 225.235.2332, sara.kleinpeter@gmail.com