Church of St. Thomas More

6806 McClean Boulevard  

Baltimore, Maryland  21234

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Contact the Parish Office at 410-444-6500 to find out how to become involved in any of our parish ministries. 

If you call after4:00 pm or on a weekend, leave a message about what ministries you're interested in.

    LITURGY          FORMATION          SERVICE

 

 

Liturgical Ministries (Participation in the Mass):

Altar Servers -

Young people and adults who have received First Holy Communion, who assist the priest and deacon in the celebration of the Mass.  By serving at Mass, children and adults can learn more about the Mass and their Catholic Faith.  Open to boys, girls, men and women.

 

Lectors (Readers at Mass)-

Proclaim the First and Second Readings at weekend and Holy Day Masses,and proclaim the Prayer of the Faithful in the absence of a deacon.  Each lector receives personal training by the Coordinator of Lectors who makes Mass assignments.

 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist-

The primary purpose of ministers of the Eucharist (EMs) is to assist clergy in bringing Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, whether in private homes, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.  This is a special ministry that helps keep the homebound members of our parish in communion with us, and helps ensure that they regularly receive Communion with Jesus through the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  Ministers of the Eucharist also can be assigned to assist the priests and deacons in the distribution of Communion at Mass on weekends and certain Holy Days.  All Ministers of the Eucharist witness by their life's example, especially through active participation in the life of the parish and by adherence to the teachings of our Faith. 

 

Music Ministry -

We have an Adult Choir that sings at the 11:00 Mass every Sunday from October through May.  We have an Adult Contemporary Choir that sings at the 8:30 Mass.  Rehearsals are every other Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  We also have a Resurrection Choir that sings for funerals, requiring availability during the week and on Saturday.

 

Ushers-

Serve the congregation by greeting people before Mass, handling inquiries, distributing bulletins, escorting the gift bearers, and seating late comers.  Ushers take up the collections, assure safety and give assistance to ill or handicapped parishioners or visitors.  They also guide the lines of people going to Communion.

 

Gift Bearers -

They are the people who bring the bread and the wine to the priest during the offertory at Mass.  The bringing of the bread and wine symbolizes us uniting our own gifts of time, talent and treasure with Jesus' sacrifice of Himself, which is offered for us on the altar. 

 

Ministries to help us grow in our Faith:

For Young People

Religious Education-

Religious Ed. is for children in every grade from Kindergarten through High School, and meets between 9:30-10:45 every Sunday from mid-September to mid-May.  Classes are meant to help all of our young people know and love Jesus, and to know, love and live their Catholic Faith.  Sacramental preparation for First Communion, First Reconciliation (Confession) and Confirmation is offered yearly for children who have either been in Catholic School or in Religious Education for one year prior to preparation for the sacrament.

 

Children's Mass -

On the third Sunday of each month at the 11:00 Mass, year round, we have Children's Mass, where young people in our parish serve as lectors, ushers, greeters and gift bearers.  This is an awesome opportunity for our young parishioners to become involved at Mass and in the life of our parish.  It helps them to better learn the meaning of the Mass.

 

For Adults

Scripture Studies - .

We currently have a Bible Study Group that meets every other Wednesday from Sept-May at 9:30 am in the Parish Center.  We also have an Advent and Lenten Scripture Study Group that meets after the Rosary, following the 11:00 Mass during Advent and Lent.  These are excellent opportunities to know our Lord more seriously, more personally and more deeply through his Word to us. 

 

Why Catholic ? Group -  

This group is for adults and meets on Sundays between September - May from 9:40 -10:45 am in the Parish Center, while our young people are in Religious Education classes.  The purpose of this group is to help us understand why we are Catholic, and not other denominations of Christians or other religions.  It uses the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Holy Scripture to help us grow in our understanding of what we believe and practice.  Good group discussion happens here.

 

Charismatic Prayer Group -

Meets year round from 7-8 pm on Thursdays in the Parish Center.  Gatherings are filled with songs of praise, prayers of adoration, thanksgiving and intercession, reflective readings from Scripture, and exercise of the Charisms of the Holy Spirit from the New Testament, such as prophecy, word of knowledge and the gift of tongues.  This group also celebrates Mass together every other month, followed by fellowship and refreshments.

 

Rosary Group -

This group prayerfully recites the Rosary following the 11:00 Mass, for public and private intentions.  This is an awesome opportunity to seek our Blessed Mother's intercession for our parish, our community, our country and our world.

 

Men's Fellowship

Provides an opportunity for men of all ages to come together for fellowship, mutual support, and spiritual growth.  Meets second Saturday of the month from 9-10 am in the Thomas More Room.

 

R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) -

These are Christian Initiation sessions foradults interested in becoming Catholic, or for baptized Catholics who have not received other Sacraments.

 

 

Ministries of Service to the Parish and the Community

Beans & Bread Casserole Ministry-

Beans and Bread is an outreach local ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society that serves hot meals to the poor and homeless in Baltimore.  For years, parishioners of St. Thomas More have been making casseroles that are delivered to Beans & Bread.

 

Perring Parkway Center Nursing Home Ministry -

Every other Monday afternoon, members of St.Thomas More go to this nursing home at the corner of Perring Parkway and Oakleigh Road to visit Catholic residents.  A short worship service is held, and then volunteers visit and  bring Holy Communion to residents who are in their rooms.  This ministry brings joy and the presence of Christ to the residents and to the parishioners who volunteer.

 

Baltimore Pregnancy Center-

We have members of St. Thomas More who volunteer at the Baltimore Pregnancy Center on Harford Road, which is a pro-life, non-profit organization that helps women and children in need.  The center is looking for more volunteers, including people to answer phones.  Our parish has a giving tree every year that yields gifts for women and children who go to the center. 

 

Franciscan Center Support-

Parishioners collect nonperishable foods and seasonal wearable clothing on the second weekend of each month to take to the Franciscan Center.

 

St. Vincent de Paul Ministry-

Currently, we serve the poor of ourcommunity by offering annual gift cards from Shop Rite to individuals or families in need.  In the past, this ministry offered other forms of emergency assistance to those in need, and held quarterly "Bundle Weekends" where clothing was donated in our parking lot.  It would be great to see this ministry become more active again!

 

Hospitality & Decorating Committee -

Meets  about every other month to discuss, plan and organize social events in the parish, including monthly hospitality Sundays, The Thomas More Feast celebration, and other social events.  They also organize the decorating of the Church for Christmas & Easter.

 

Evangelization Committee -

Meets periodically to brainstorm, discuss and plan ways to strengthen the faith experience of our parishioners and to reach out to fallen away Catholics and those who do not have faith.  This group hosts periodic series and events in the parish to help us grow as Missionary Disciples of Christ. 

 

Widow and Widowers and Singles Group

Meets periodically to share fellowship among those who have lost a spouse. or are alone.

 

                     

                      REV 3/24/17