Word & Worship
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The Worship & Word area serves to give direction to the liturgical life of the parish by fostering and promoting the spiritual growth of all parishioners in an effort to increase understanding and to experience what it means to be a baptized Catholic Christian. It also seeks to provide opportunities for personal and communal prayer in addition to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Responsibilities: Coordinates and collaborates with the liturgical ministries of the parish and ensures opportunities for formation; fosters dialogue between liturgical ministers and ministries in order to insure that liturgical and spiritual programs are reaching the needs of all parishioners; promotes spiritual enrichment through Liturgical Prayer Services, Adoration, Advent and Lenten programs and other liturgical events; encourages an annual evaluation of parish programs of spirituality in order to meet the diverse needs of the parishioners
Ministries: Prayer (Holy Name Society, Legion of Mary, Perpetual Adoration, Prayer Chain, St. Padre Pio Ministry, Men’s Ultreya, Rosary Groups [Military, Wednesday Night]); Sacramental Ministries (Silver Fellowship Mass & Meal); Liturgical (Altar Servers, Lectors & Commentators, Sacristans, Ushers, Greeters, Scheduling); Music Ministry (Parish Choir 10 am Mass, Resurrection Choir); Décor Committee.
Holy Name Society
The primary mission of the Holy Name Society is to show love and reverence to the Holy Name of God and Jesus. The origins of this national society began 1274 at the Council of Lyons which asked the lay faithful have a special devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. Thus, this is the Church’s oldest men’s society. St. Thomas More’s Holy Name Society has been active for many years. Its primary objective is the honor and glory of God and the personal sanctification of its members by acts of love and devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. They meet the 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:30am in the Coffee Shop beginning with the rosary. Members stay for 8:00am Mass and then return to the Coffee Shop for a brief meeting and fellowship. Other services include reciting the Rosary at funeral/wake services of parishioners and leading the Corpus Christi procession. Contact: Joe Macaluso
Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been part of the Church’s tradition since the 6th century. The Adoration Chapel here at St. Thomas More was built for parishioners and others to have quiet a place to pray and adore the Lord in His Eucharistic presence. The chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Volunteers are needed to commit to the same hour each week. Share an hour with the Lord. Contact: Dorothy LeJeune
The Prayer Chain Ministry takes requests from the public for immediate and urgent prayers. These travel by means of a telephone “chain” to spread the urgent requests among the volunteers in a matter of minutes. Anyone with a telephone and a few minutes of times can help. It’s very simple and life-giving. Day and Evening “chains” exist for those who are unavailable during the day, but can pray in the evenings. Contact: Sharon Hebert
St. Padre Pio Prayer Group
St. Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science. More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world! Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor. This prayer group meets the first Saturday of each month for a morning of rosary, prayer, Mass, and a social gathering. All are welcome to join. Contact: Pat Mathurin
Wednesday Night Rosary
Each Wednesday night these volunteers gather in the Adoration Chapel to pray the rosary for peace in the world and vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Contact: Cam Provine
The Baptism Ministry is seeking volunteers that will help set up for Baptisms and greet the families. In addition, the volunteers may assist the priest, deacon and couples with the administration of the Baptism Seminar held once a month. All that is required is a welcoming and helpful heart. Initial training is provided for team members. Contact: Sarah Neau
Silver Fellowship Mass & Meal
This special Mass is celebrated once a month in the activity center for parishioners with needs that prevent them from easily attending regular Sunday Mass. Caregivers are welcome to stay and participate in the Mass and meal that follows. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, meal prep, transportation, welcoming guests, serving and clean-up. Contact: Charles Pourciau
This choir helps lead and enhance the liturgical celebration at the 10:00am Sunday Masses, at other special Masses and events throughout the year. The ability to read music is not a requirement, but the heart to sing and love of music is definitely a plus. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and on Sundays at 9:30am.
This choir sings during funeral Masses for St. Thomas More Parishioners. These volunteers generously offer their time and talents for others grieving the loss of a loved-one. Members meet 30 minutes before the funerals to rehearse. Contact: Janelle Couvillon
The Décor Committee is involved with the environment of the church in accordance with the liturgical season. The volunteers work directly with the Décor’s subcommittee, the liturgy coordinator and the pastor. The responsibilities of this team include banners, displays, plants and flowers. Contact: Marian Kumse
Youth, both boys and girls, are invited to become an altar server. The role of the server is integral to the celebration of the Mass. Servers carry the cross, the processional candles, hold the book for the priest celebrant altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary. Altar servers assist at Sunday and weekday Masses, as well as funerals, weddings, Stations of the Cross during Lent and other special events. Training sessions begin in Spring 2015 and are open to those in the 5th grade and older. Altar servers are encouraged to participate through senior year in high school.
Lectors & Commentators
This ministry is open to all parishioners ages 15 and older who have a desire to proclaim the Word of God and are willing and able to participate in training, practice and prayer in order to serve the ministry to its fullest during the weekend and/or weekday Masses.
These volunteers’ responsibilities include routine tasks such as cleaning the chalice and wine goblets, refilling the holy water fonts, dusting the tabernacle, straightening the books in the pews and setting up for weekday Masses. Volunteers may also choose to help wash and iron the small church linens (purificators and corporals) used during Mass. Contact: Kay Fetterman
This group of volunteers assist in greeting and seating the congregation during weekend Masses. They help the Communion lines move smoothly, see that the collection is passed in an orderly fashion, and handle the distribution of the Tower. More ushers are needed to serve at each of the Masses. Contact: Jamie Tennyson
The greeters serve as ambassadors of good will at the weekend Masses. Volunteers greet church-goers and make all feel welcome and at home.