St.Thomas More 6806 McClean Blvd Baltimore, Md. 21234 (410) 444-6500

St.Thomas More 6806 McClean Blvd Baltimore, Md. 21234 (410) 444-6500

St.Thomas More 6806 McClean Blvd Baltimore, Md. 21234 (410) 444-6500 St.Thomas More 6806 McClean Blvd Baltimore, Md. 21234 (410) 444-6500

ALL PUBLIC MASSES AND EVENTS ARE CANCELLED

Due to the evolutionary nature of the situation specific instructions may change frequently.  The latest status and specific guidelines can be obtained from the

 "Archdiocese of Baltimore web site" by clicking the link below.

RESPONDING TO THE CARONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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.  

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PASTOR'S DAILY REFLECTION

 

Pastor's Reflection for 5th Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020

 

Dear Parishioners,

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.


In Christ,

Rev. Msgr. James P. Farmer, Pastor

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COVID-19 HOLY WEEK SERVICES

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.

HOW TO CELEBRATE MASS AT HOME

  

• 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.

ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

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.  

  • At St. Thomas More Church We worship God in sacramental liturgy,especially Eucharist,  prayer, and lives surrendered to His will.
  • We are a community of believers in Jesus Christ dedicated to spread the Gospel to all people by word, witness, action, education and evangelization.
  • We seek to increase our parish population through evangelization efforts in the communities surrounding our parish. 
  • We are led by the Holy Spirit to serve our community with love, compassion and humility by sharing our time, talents and treasures.
  • We will provide at all times a safe environment for our parishioners.


MASS TIMES / STAFF

MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday:

 4:30 p.m. 


Sunday:

 8:30 a.m. and  11:00 a.m.


Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. - 

8:30 a.m.


(See Bulletin for Holy Day Mass schedules)


CONFESSION
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


Email  stmmail@churchstmore.net

HISTORY

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.