Although we are saddened that we are unable to attend mass or receive the sacraments during the caronavirus crisis , it has opened other avenues for Saint Thomas More to look for alternative methods to feed us spiritually, during these uncertain times.
Pastor's Reflection for 5th Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020
The Peace of the Lord be with you!
“Lord, my God, I call for help by day, I cry at night before you. Let my cry come into your presence, O turn your ear to my cry. (Psalm 88:1-2)”
We are living in very troubles times. The Coronavirus Pandemic is spreading across the entire world. People are afraid. Several hundred thousands of people are sick, and several thousand people have died.
The current epidemic has forced us to reflect upon our mortality. This makes many people very uncomfortable. It also forces us to have a total reliance upon God.
Jesus said: “Do not fear, only believe (Mk 5:36).” We are people of faith. Faith conquers fear. We put our trust in Jesus, our beloved Savior.
Because of the very contagious Coronavirus, our churches have to be closed. This is necessary for health and our safety.
Please pray every day. Pray the rosary, read the bible, watch mass on television. Say the following prayere several times each day: Jesus, I trust in You.
Also, call each other. People are alone. They need support. We have a great faith community at St. Thomas More parish. This epidemic provides each of us with a magnificent spiritual opportunity.
The Corona Virus will pass, and our faith will be stronger. I miss each of you more than words can express.
Rev. Msgr. James P. Farmer, Pastor
During this difficult time through which we are living because of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the public celebration of Masses and liturgies are suspended for the year 2020. These services may be celebrated within individual parishes by their priests without the presence of the faithful. They may be recorded and/or live streamed for participation by the faithful. We will publish details on this web site as decisions are made accordingly at St. Thomas More.
Archbishop Lori will be celebrating all Holy Week services in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, without the presence of the faithful per current guidelines. Each service will be live streamed. Following are the times of each service. We join Archbishop Lori in encouraging our parishioners to come into the fullness of the Easter season by viewing and participating in these services in your homes.
PALM SUNDAY … 11:00 am, April 4th
HOLY THURSDAY, MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER … 7:30 pm, April 9th
GOOD FRIDAY, THE PASSION OF THE LORD … 3 pm, April 10th
EASTER VIGIL … 8 pm, Saturday, April 11th
EASTER SUNDAY … 11:00 am, April 12th.
• Set up a home altar or prayer space with a cross, icons or sacred art, and the Bible.
• Light a candle.
• Take a few quiet minutes before Mass starts. Gather your thoughts and prepare one intention to bring to the Lord.
• Enjoy your coffee, breakfast, or brunch before or after Mass.
• Actively participate: sit, kneel, stand, and respond.
• Recite this prayer together as a family after communion.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
• What is one thing that struck you about the readings? The homily? Share it with your family. Ask your children what struck them.
St. Thomas More is a Roman Catholic parish comprised of various economic, ethnic, and age groups dedicated to welcoming everyone into our parish family to share our lives, our love, the Sacraments and the Word of God.
8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. -
(See Bulletin for Holy Day Mass schedules)
Sat. 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. or by appointment.
STAFF / CONTACTS
Msgr. James Farmer, Pastor
Mr. Michael P. McCoy, Permanent Deacon
Mr. Michael Baxter, Permanent Deacon
Mrs. Jane G. Brown, Music Director
Mrs. Ana Rosario Trujillo, Coordinator, Religious Education
Ms. Maria Boling, Office Manager
Parish Center 410-444-6500
Religious Education 410-444-6500
Cardinal Shehan School 410-433-2775
In the late 1950's the neighborhoods around Perring Parkway were burgeoning. To help alleviate the crowded conditions in the four surrounding parishes, twelve acres of land were purchased on McClean Boulevard in 1959, and the following year, plans were drawn up for a school, rectory, and convent before the parish had a name. Construction soon began with cornerstones for the church, parish center, and convent laid in 1960.
In January, 1961, the newly appointed pastor, Father Thomas Kelly, held meetings with volunteers in a rented store in the
Hamilton Park Shopping Center. With directories borrowed from other churches, lists of potential parishioners were established and St. Thomas More’s first Mass was celebrated on September 10th of that year. Classes at the school began that same week under the guide of Mother Charlotte Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill.
Pastors succeeding Father Kelly were Fr. Edward Staub, Fr. George Loskarn, Fr. Richard Murphy, Fr. Victor Galeone, Fr. John Cunningham, Fr. Brian Zielinski, O. Praem., Fr. Pete Literal (Temporary Administrator), and Fr. Richard Gray. Msgr. James Farmer is the current pastor.
With a dwindling population of children, St. Thomas More School was closed in June, 1988. The school and convent buildings were leased to The Children’s Guild in August of 1988 while the
Cardinal Shehan School was officially incorporated and merged with St. Thomas More and St. Matthew schools.
The parish mortgage was paid off in full to the archdiocese on January 10, 1997, and was celebrated later that year.