Update 04/03/2020 – Palm Distribution Postponed
Given the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation, Bishop Vann has decided that palms are not to be distributed on Palm Sunday this year but rather will be handed out at another time in the future, once times become more normal. Please ignore the previous instructions sent out as recently as this morning.
Thank you very much for your continued flexibility during these trying times.
4/1/2020: “Church Bells”
The message below is sent on behalf of Auxiliary Bishop Tim Freyer.
As we continue to unite in prayer for the sick, caregivers and all affected by this pandemic, parishes are asked to ring their church bells throughout the day to call people to pray. Even though St. Thomas More doesn’t have church bells, we are suggesting to pray at home during the following times:
9 a.m. – Prayer for those infected with the virus and all those who are ill
12 p.m. – Prayer for healthcare workers and those attending to the sick
3 p.m. – Prayer for first responders and essential workers
6 p.m. – Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders
9 p.m. – Prayer for those who have died today
Thank you for all your prayers and asking the Lord to help end this pandemic.
Update as of 3/23/2020 (revised 4/6/2020):
Here are a few updates from Fr. John and Fr. Kiet for all of you:
1. Confessions: there will be “Drive-up” Confessions from Noon to 2:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays with Fr. Kiet, except during Holy Week and the following two weeks. “Drive-up Confessions will resume Saturday, April 25th. Cars will simply line up in the parking lot and wait for their turn. When it is your turn, then you will get out of your car and sit in the chair outside Fr. Kiet’s open window. The screen and shade will provide a barrier.
2. Mass intentions: will be taken over the phone. Please call the office to request a Mass Intention for the coming week. Limit: One per family per week. Once you have spoken with Windy or Glenda to confirm your Mass intention, checks can be mailed in or dropped off in the Believe box in the lobby. Make sure to mark your own envelope with who the intention is for, living or deceased and who it is from. Donations can also be made online on our website by clicking the e-giving button (Mass intention section).
3. We are asking for photos of your family. The photos will be pinned to the chairs in the church so that our clergy can see your smiling faces as they celebrate Mass. Email your photos to the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Please send us photos of you and/or your family participating in the live-stream Mass. Email your photos to email@example.com.
All of us from the STM parish staff are praying for you! God bless.