Orange County has moved from purple to red on the state’s COVID-19 tier ranking, allowing for limited indoor worship. However the Diocese of Orange will continue to celebrate Sunday Mass (and vigil Masses) outside to accommodate the larger crowds. Weekday Masses may be celebrated indoors with 100 people or less, or 25 percent of capacity. Based on our attendance, STM weekday Masses will be held outdoors. Baptisms, weddings and funeral Masses may be held indoors with 100 people or less attending. In-person gatherings of prayer groups, bible studies, Ministry meetings, etc. are not presently allowed.The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open for private, individual prayer Monday-Friday from 9am to 2pm.
Please note, the Bishop’s dispensation has been narrowed. If you are over 65 or if you have an underlying health condition, you are not obligated, but you are always welcome to attend Mass in person. Also, if you think you are sick, especially if you think you may have COVID-19 or if you are truly afraid of catching the virus, again you are not obligated but always welcome to attend Mass in person. Please know that we have all possible safety measures in place and look forward to seeing you all back at St. Thomas More.
We ask for your cooperation and patience as we navigate the directives in response to the pandemic. Even during these challenging times, we continue to worship our Lord as a faith-filled community.
Kathy & Terry McGaughan (STM Angel Tree hosts) recently asked the question “How can we help?” – as we all journey together through these Covid-19 times. To get an answer, they contacted several local charitable organizations asking what is currently needed to assist those who are affected by unemployment, and who are finding it hard to feed their families and maintain their homes. We are sharing what they learned; we invite you to participate helping those who are struggling.
Many thousands of families – who are experiencing significant hardship in OC due to the loss of a job – are being helped by faith-based groups such as Catholic Charities, and Caterina’s Club to name a few. Significant requirements of the support groups include the need for volunteers and, at CCOC, donations to help families with utilities, rent, and food.
This ministry provides emotional, spiritual, and sacramental support to women who have had an abortion, significant others who were part of the decision to abort, as well as professionals who may have assisted in this procedure. All conversations are held in the strictest confidence. To speak with a companion minister who has been specifically trained in this very sensitive area of ministry, please call 1-800-722-4356.
Whether your abortion was a few days ago or several years ago, our companion ministers are here for you. There is no cost for this service. It is our gift to you, as church, because we care about you. Call us at our toll free number today at 1-800-722-4356. All calls are confidential.
If you are hurting from this act; if you are experiencing feelings of shame, guilt, isolation, remorse or despair, please call us today. A specially trained Hope & Healing After Abortion Companion Minister can provide you with emotional support and directed conversations to help you in your healing process. Call us at 1-800-722-4356. We are here for you
Feeling down? Do you have a need for prayer? Maybe a desire for a spiritual guide at this time? Or maybe you just want to pray with someone?
We can help! Call our Spiritual Guidance and Prayer Helpline to talk to and pray with a religious, priest, deacon or other lay spiritual guides. The helpline is a free service available across the Diocese of Orange.
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