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 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: stephanie@stmirvine.org.

4.  Please send us photos of you and/or your family participating in the live-stream Mass.  Email your photos to stephanie@stmirvine.org.

All of us from the STM parish staff are praying for you!  God bless.


REVISED Update as of 3/20/2020:

Hi STM Family!  We hope you are all staying safe and healthy.  Fr. John and Fr. Kiet wanted to share some updates and reminders with all of you.

The Diocese sent out a statement regarding the Order from the Governor – Pandemic Emergency Order.  It states, in light of the Governor’s order for all California’s residents to remain at home, except essential services individuals.

What does this mean?

  • As public places, our church and office need to close to public entry until further notice per the Order.
  • All non-essential staff will need to work from home effective midnight on 3-19-2020, per the Order, until further notice.
  • Food distribution ministries may continue at the discretion of the pastor.  No one over 65 and/or underlying health conditions should participate
  • Parishes should plan to continue to provide livestream Masses
  • Funerals should be postponed
  • Sacramental preparation is to be conducted through digital or online tools
  • Daily confessions are suspended at this time.  Further clarification will be provided to you as soon as possible regarding both Confessions and Holy Week services
  • Anointing of the sick should continue, again, respecting the suggestions of civil authority and the regulations imposed by hospitals or convalescent homes
  • Please continue to offer support through phone calls, social media, etc.
  • Mass will continue to be livestreamed, Daily at 8am, Saturday Vigil at 4:30pm and for this weekend: Sunday at 9:30am via the STM Facebook page.
  • Please drop off your photos printed on an 8 1/2 x 11 paper and leave it in the envelope taped to the office door.  The photos will be taped to the chairs for the Masses this weekend so the priests can see your smiling faces as they celebrate Mass.
  • If you are not an e-giver, please consider setting up e-giving by clicking the link on the upper right hand corner of the website.  If you need assistance, please call the office between the hours of 9am to 2pm.  We will continue these office hours to receive calls, even though our doors will be locked.
  • Thank you for keeping in touch and continue to pray for each other.  It is important that we stay strong and support each other.  God bless!

Update 3/30/20 – Distribution of Palms

Good afternoon STM family,
As Palm Sunday approaches, we wanted to share the plan for the distribution of palms with all of you.
The palms will be available to pick up in the office lobby during the following times:
Saturday, April 4th:  5 pm to 7 pm
Sunday, April 5th:  9 am to Noon
April 6th -11th:  9 am to 2 pm
The blessed palms will be laid out on a long table in the office lobby.  Enter the office lobby on the side closest to the parish library (parking lot side) and exit to the opposite (patio) side.  Please only touch and take one palm per person.  If there is a line, make sure to keep six feet apart.
Old palms can be dropped off in a separate box during this time. The collection box (“Believe” box) will also be in the lobby if you have any correspondence or donations to drop off.
Please let us know if you have any questions.  God bless.

Wednesday, March 18th Update: Latest News for the St. Thomas More Parish Family

In response to the COVID-19, all daily and Sunday in-person Masses in the Diocese of Orange will be temporarily cancelled until further notice. However, churches and parish offices will remain open for parishioners and others who wish to pray and seek spiritual assistance. Starting from Thursday, March 19th, our pending schedule at St. Thomas More parish will be:

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Saturday: 10am-2:00pm
 
CHURCH HOURS (for personal visit and prayer)
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 10am-2:00pm
Sunday: 8am-Noon

CONFESSIONS
10am to 2:00pm on Saturday in the Sacristy or by appointment

LIVESTREAMED MASS (STM Facebook Page)
8am for daily Mass from Monday to Saturday
4:30pm Vigil Mass

Parishioners can also view Sunday Masses on Channel 56 at 9am or via livestream at Facebook.com/ChristCathedralCA in English at 9:45 a.m., Spanish at 11:30 a.m. and Vietnamese at 1:15 p.m.

Christ Cathedral has plans to livestream daily Mass in English at 6:30 a.m. and Vietnamese 5:30 p.m.

St. Edward the Confessor will livestream its 8:15 a.m. morning Mass from Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday at http://stedward.com/stedcast/.


Tuesday, March 17 Second Update:  Things still in Flux – Keep checking!

Hello everyone!

This is father Kiet (on behalf of father John and STM staff)

This afternoon, we just got another urgent notice from the Diocese of Orange that, under the order of Orange County Health Department, all churches and their offices must be locked up until further notice.

Unfortunately, all our previous plan, including livestream mass in church, private confession, individual visit and adoration, must be cancelled.

However, nothing can stop us to try our best to reach you. I plan to have livestream mass at home, contact you through email, website, Facebook…

So please keep in touch and spread out my word to others. Please also comment below for support and encouragement. Let us stand still throughout this difficult time and remind each other that WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.

I break my Lenten promise by using Facebook for this. But I’m in peace because I’m doing everything through Him, with Him and in Him.

Thank you and keep in touch!

Fr. Kiet Ta


Tuesday, March 17th: Things are changing rapidly, so please continue to check back for updates.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Kevin Vann today announced that starting Tuesday, March 17, all daily and Sunday in-person Masses in the Diocese of Orange will be temporarily cancelled. However, churches will remain open for parishioners and others who wish to pray and seek spiritual assistance.

The church at St. Thomas More will be open for prayer during the following times:

Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm , Saturday: 10am-2:00pm  and Sunday: 8am-Noon

Confessions:  10am to 2:00pm on Saturday in the Sacristy or by appointment during the week

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday:   9:00am-2:00pm

Saturday:             10:00am-2:00pm

All Catholics in the Diocese of Orange are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass.

A decision on when Masses will resume will be made in coordination with state and local public authorities.

Parishioners will be able to view Sunday Masses on Channel 56 at 9am or via livestream at Facebook.com/ChristCathedralCA in English at 9:45 a.m., Spanish at 11:30 a.m. and Vietnamese at 1:15 p.m.  Fr. Kiet will livestream Mass via Facebook and Instagram at 8am Monday-Friday and 4pm on Saturday.  Link will be posted on our website.  Stay tuned for additional information.

Christ Cathedral has plans to livestream daily Mass in English at 6:30 a.m. and Vietnamese 5:30 p.m.

St. Edward the Confessor will livestream its 8:15 a.m. morning Mass from Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday at http://stedward.com/stedcast/.

Mass is available on broadcast television on channel 56 at 9am on Sundays.

Beginning today, Tuesday, March 17, Word on Fire will be offering daily Mass for the foreseeable future.

Join Bishop Barron or Word on Fire CEO Fr. Steve Grunow, right here https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass.

This prudent step Bishop Vann is taking today is in helping to stop the virus from spreading and one more step in keeping OC Catholics healthy.

Please call us if you have any questions.  God bless.


March 16, 2020

We hope you all are staying healthy and safe.  We are doing our best at St. Thomas More to keep a healthy environment for those who wish to come and worship in our beautiful church.   As of today, the church is open and Mass will continue.  The daily Rosary will continue after Mass.  On Friday, we plan on having Adoration and Stations of the Cross.  All non-liturgical activities have been canceled. We will continue with this until we receive additional updates from Bishop Vann.

We currently have enough cleaning supplies, however due to the demand and projected duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, we may not have adequate supplies.  We are asking for donations of hand sanitizer, wipes, disinfectant spray, bleach and soap.

The steps we have taken so far to keep STM safe:

1. Removing Holy Water

2. Keeping the doors open for airflow during Mass and to avoid contact with doors

3. Sanitizing all hard surfaces on a daily basis

4. Priests and Eucharistic Ministers are using hand sanitizer before and after distributing Holy Communion

5. Social Distancing – standing and sitting 6 feet apart

6. Collection baskets will be at the exits as to avoid contact.  E-giving is encouraged.

7. Altar Servers will not wear albs and have been given additional space in their area.

8.  Overflow rooms available with close circuit Mass feed to those who are concerned about being in large gatherings

9.  No music to allow for shorter Mass times.

10.  Priests have been asked to shorten their homilies.

11. No communion from the cup.

12.  No hand holding hands during the Our Father or shaking hands


March 13, 2020

Out of concern and care of the people, Fr. John Janze has canceled all non-liturgical activities through the end of March.  On April 1, he will re-evaluate the situation and provide updated information.

Masses will continue on our regular schedule as will Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliations and Baptisms.

Just a reminder – Bishop Vann has stated that the faithful are not to hold hands during the Our Father or shake hands at the sign of peace.  Communion from the cup has been discontinued until further notice.  Holy water has been removed from the fonts.

Given that the State of California and the County of Orange have declared a health emergency, the potential for person-to-person spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and to ease the concerns of our faithful, Bishop of Orange Kevin Vann, in accordance with Code of Canon Law, dispenses those who are sick or, out of legitimate concern for their health and/or the health of others wish to avoid crowded areas, from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, until further notice.

Parishioners who are unable to attend Mass are encouraged to view the livestream broadcast each Sunday from Christ Cathedral at 9:45 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/ChristCathedralCA or 9 a.m. from St. Edward the Confessor parish at http://stedward.com/stedcast/.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the parish office at 949-551-8601.


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