Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More

210 Haddow Close, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6R 2P3, Ph: (780) 434-6313, Fax: (780) 438-2088
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PARISH MINISTRIES

Our parish is filled with activities. You will note, in our parish directory, many different areas in which volunteers help us. We are grateful for their support.

To contact any Head of Ministry, please call the Parish Office

Read the 2015-16 Ministry Reports (PDF)
presented at the June 2016 Parish Pastoral Council Annual General Meeting

MINISTRY HEAD OF MINISTRY
Adult Faith Education Fr. Antony Fernando
Adult Servers Dorothy Johansen
Altar Servers Monica Bober
Baptism Preparation Diane Middleton
Catholic Women's League Dorothy Johansen
Children's Ministry
- Kids for Jesus K4J (ages 4 to 9)
Introductory Video - YouTube
Monica Bober
Children's Celebration of the Word Cheryl Shinkaruk
Church Cleaning/Dust Angels Arthur Connick
Coffee After Masses STM Office
Confirmation
- Confirmation Brochure 2017
Jonathan Quist
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - EMHC Sharon Pisesky
Finance Council Chris Ashdown
First Communion and First Reconciliation
- 1st Reconciliation & Holy Communion Brochure (2016-17)
Kathleen Eistetter
Floral Designer Rose Altarejos
Food Bank Pat Coe
Funeral Lunches STM Office
Funeral Team STM Office
Greeters Sandra Plouffe
Knights of Columbus
Members of the Knights of Columbus are selling grocery cards before and after all Sunday morning masses and on the first Saturday of the month before and after the 5 pm mass. This is a great way to support our parish and the less fortunate.
Leo Sosa
Ladies' Auxiliary Elaine Smith
Lectors Marion Haggarty-France
Legion of Mary Blanche Taylor
Liturgy Committee Fr. Antony Fernando
Maintenance & Grounds Arthur Connick
Music/Choir Johanna Dietrich
Marriage Preparation Andrew & Michelle Spak
Pastoral Council Philip Taranger
Prayer Shawl Linda Sorenson
Social Justice Erin Gaudet
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) Darlene Smigelski
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) adapted for Children Monica Bober
Sacristans Talya Shen
Scripture Study (Adult) Dianne Dunnigan
Sick & Shut-Ins Shirley Phillips
Spiritual Sharing Circle Maureen Gouveia
St. Vincent de Paul Joe Engleman
Ushers Rena Khiamal
Wedding Rehearsal Team Valerie Rivers
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
- Challenge Girls Club (ages 10 to 16)
- Conquest Boys Club (ages 10 to 16)
Jonathan Quist

ADULT FAITH EDUCATION
To increase knowledge of our faith through study and prayer.

ADULT SERVERS
Adult Servers assist the priest in preparing for mass. An individual is scheduled for a particular mass and ensures that everything is prepared for the celebration. S/he assists the Presider. Open to those 18 years and over.

ALTAR SERVERS
Assists the priest and Acolyte during Mass and special celebrations and is open to boys and girls age 8 and over.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
To assist parents and Godparents in preparing for the baptism of their child or Godchild by increasing their awareness of the sacramental gifts and symbols, the Baptismal rite, and their role in the faith development of the child.

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE
The CWL plans, develops and coordinates programs directed towards the individual and collective spiritual development of our members in support of parish, community, religious and charitable activities.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
We provide Catholic Catechism instruction for children and youth, ages 4 to 16 (see Youth Ministry, below), two Wednesday evenings every month. Our Kids for Jesus (K4J) program motivates children 4 to 9 years in a fun environment to live virtue, care for others and love through their Catholic faith.

CHILDREN'S CELEBRATION OF THE WORD
We welcome children (age 4-6) as part of the church through their own Sunday celebrations where God's Word is read, explained and discussed on their level. The Word is celebrated in a setting which parallels the regular mass in important aspects such as a Gospel reading, homily with discussion, intercessions and an activity to reinforce the message.

CHURCH CLEANING/DUST ANGELS
This group meets on Monday mornings to help with vacuuming, light dusting, etc. New volunteers are always welcome.

COFFEE AFTER MASSES
Volunteers are asked to help prepare and serve coffee after all Masses to encourage parishioners to meet with each other.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - EMHC
Assist in distributing Holy Eucharist. Open to those 18 years and over.

FINANCE COUNCIL
The finance council plans the annual budget and meets approximately four or five times a year to discuss the on-going parish finances.

FLORAL DESIGNER
Arranges and maintains the floral enhancements to our worship space. Volunteers to assist are always welcome.

FUNERAL LUNCHES
Volunteers prepare and serve at receptions following funeral Masses/Services.

FOOD BANK
Organizes collections for the Edmonton Food Bank, (including "reverse" collections at Masses throughout the year).

FUNERAL TEAM
Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors who have very flexible hours to help at funeral Masses.

GREETERS
Greeters provide a friendly welcome, a smile and hello to all entering the church for the weekend Masses. This ministry is open to all parishioners, youth to seniors, individuals or families.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
A Catholic, family, fraternal organization for men age 18 and over which provides members with the opportunity to grow spiritually through various activities, and to serve church and country.

LADIES'AUXILIARY
To provide ladies of the parish with an opportunity to meet weekly to socialize, to give support to each other and to work on projects that will benefit the church and community locally, nationally and internationally.

LECTORS (Readers)
Lectoring is a liturgical ministry in which the individual scheduled for a particular Mass proclaims the Word of God to the gathered community.

LEGION OF MARY
Parishioners actively engaged in the Lay Apostolate according to the needs of the parish and under direction of the Pastor. This Apostolate is under the patronage and guidance of the Holy Spirit and our Blessed Mother and, therefore, we strive to deepen our devotion to them.

LITURGY COMMITTEE
The Liturgy Committee plans and coordinates all aspects of the parish liturgical celebrations so that they will be meaningful, uplifting, prayerful and visually and audibly appealing.

MAINTENANCE & GROUNDS
Volunteers are welcome to assist in maintaining church property (gardening, cutting grass, shoveling snow and general maintenance of church property).

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE
This ministry invites married couples to help prepare engaged couples for marriage.

MUSIC/CHOIR
Helps to enrich all parish celebrations and open to all ages, includes an adult choir that sings for all masses, youth group for 6 pm Sunday masses, and children's choir.

PASTORAL COUNCIL
This council of parishioners along with the Pastor meet once a month to discuss the pastoral life of the parish.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.)
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) team prepares those who are interested in joining the Catholic Church, or acting as sponsors or Catechists.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.) ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN
R.C.I.A. adapted for Children prepares children (7 15 yrs.) who have not been baptized or baptized as members of another Christian community and would like to join the Catholic Church.

SACRISTAN
Sacristans wash and dry all the Mass vessels, wipe the counters in the sacristy, and wash and iron Mass linens.

SCRIPTURE STUDY (ADULT)
Meets Wednesday mornings to further develop Faith life through study and prayer.

SICK & SHUT-INS
Volunteers who visit and bring the Eucharist to those members of our community unable to attend Mass on a regular basis due to illness etc.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Guided by the social teaching of the Church, we engage in justice-seeking tasks, both on our own initiative and with others. We commit ourselves to witnessing to our faith through social ministry, providing education on social issues, facilitating social action to meet identified needs and supporting the initiatives of Development and Peace.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Parishioners combining personal spiritual growth with active charity to the less fortunate which includes home visiting.

USHERS
Ushers informally welcome people into the church building where the Eucharist will be celebrated, assist them in finding a seat if the church is crowded, take up the collection, choose people to bring up the gifts, tidy up the church in preparation for the next Mass, etc. For men and women, 16 and over.

WEDDING REHEARSAL TEAM
We guide the couples, friends and families through the wedding ceremony. We also attend the actual wedding, helping where needed, or just being a friendly face.

YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
We provide Catholic Catechism instruction for children and youth, ages 4 to 16 (see Children's Ministry, above), two Wednesday evenings every month. The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Clubs are designed to instill virtue, develop character and encourage spiritual growth all in a fun atmosphere of service, customized specifically for boys and girls aged 10 to 16 years. We are also developing a program for youth and young adults.


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