Saint Thomas More Parish

1 Dormington Drive ( 2234 Ellesmere Road) Scarborough, Ontario. M1G 3M9

Register here for Funeral Mass

Register here for Mass attendance.  Limited seats due to social distancing. First come-first served basis only. Phone registration also accepted.

Only one week in advance available.

 

Funeral

church and parish office  are close from Saturday, September 26, 2020 through at least Friday, October 2, 2020

 Live Stream Mass

 

Live Streaming of the Sunday, 11:30am Mass and Friday, 6pm Adoration and Mass will continue for parishioners who are unable to come to the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 25, 2020

 

To the faithful parishioners of St. Thomas More Parish,

 We wish to thank all parishioners for their assistance in implementing our Return to Church health protocols over the past several months.

 On Friday of this week, one of the parish priests at St. Thomas More received a positive Covid-19 test result. He is doing well and resting comfortably during this period of self-isolation. This information has been communicated to the Archdiocese of Toronto and local public health officials who are also aware of the positive test.

 While there are no other positive tests at present among the rest of our pastoral team, we will be self-isolating out of an abundance of caution. In addition, to minimize any potential spread of the virus, we will be closing the church and parish office from Saturday, September 26, 2020 through at least Friday, October 2, 2020.

 At this time, we ask that all parishioners continue to self-monitor for symptoms. As we have said in the past, if you are not feeling well or are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, please stay home, consult with your family doctor or consider getting tested for Covid-19.

 A self-assessment tool can be found by visiting: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. You can also contact the Toronto Public Health Hotline at (416) 338-7600 between 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. if you have questions about Covid-19. Translation is available in multiple languages.

 The parish voicemail and email will be monitored daily. We will provide an update by Thursday, October 1, 2020 regarding parish operating hours and services.

 In the interim, parishioners can participate in the daily and Sunday Masses livestreamed by St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica by visiting: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live.

 We take these steps out of care, concern and love of our neighbour. Thank you for your continued co-operation as we pray for all those who are sick and those who are caring for them.

 

St. Thomas More Pastoral Team

Sacrament of the Sick

Devotion of the 1000 Hail Mary's

Please call the parish office (416-439-1545) if someone in your family is very sick or before major surgery so that they may receive the Sacrament of the Sick

Taking Communion Home

Parishioners who wish to bring Communion home to their family members in a pyx must first call the parish office. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion will be assigned to bring Communion to them weekly.  Communion will not be given out at Mass in a pyx except to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Illegal Parking

September 25, 2020,

With deep regrets we have to inform that we have had to suspend holding the first ever "Devotion of the 1000 Hail Mary's" in the Parish Church which was scheduled on Saturday 26th September, 2020.

 

The reason being that there has been a case of positive testing of COVID in the Parish and all services have been suspended with immediate effect, until further notice.  Please stay tuned for their updates.

 

Praying the 1000 Hail Mary’s is a very powerful intercessory prayer.

Combined with your faith and sincerity of heart, these are graces or

intentions which our Mother Mary will intercede for you. There are 10 general petitions, with each petition being read before each set of 100 Hail Mary’s.

 

We encourage you all to pray this devotion from your home.

 

God Bless!

 

Serviam Ministry of Saint Thomas More.

 

The parish is required, by law, to maintain the fire route (which is the driveway leading to and from the main church entrance and the hall entrance) free of all vehicles at all times for the safety of our parishioners. Specific parking information is outlined in the attached flyer 1 and flyer 2. Please read it carefully. Police may fine ($250.00) and/or tow your vehicle.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word program is for children ages 4 to 10 and takes place weekly at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. After the Opening Prayer, the children and catechists go to the parish hall to hear and discuss the Sunday readings at their level of understanding. At the Offertory, the children return to Mass. No registration is required. Please encourage your child to attend!

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome

Our parish is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome at a cost of $4,590.per person. Father Aegi is the spiritual guide and Connaissance Travel is making the arrangements for the trip. Please call the parish office for more information.

Is Jesus calling you? Would you give your life for him?

The Church is blessed with a rich diversity of vocations; all of them are born from God as He calls us to participate in His work of redemption. If you are thinking about God’s call and trying to find purpose for your life, we are here to help you. Maybe He is inviting you to be a priest, a religious brother or sister, to serve the Church with love and generosity.

Come and talk to us! We will help you discern your vocation.

 

Contact: Rev. Fr. Antonio Resende Pereira SCJ

(Priests of the Sacred Heart Vocation director)

 

First Holy Communion,  Confirmation and RCIA 2020

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

• On hold until further notice.

 

CONFIRMATION

• On hold until further notice.

 

For more information please call parish office.

 

 

Important Notice Re-opening our Church

 

RE-OPENING OF ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH:

 

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Parish this coming week, starting Monday, June 15. With this, we are implementing measures to help prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. We ask the patience of our parishioners once again, as we go through these measures, which may be uncomfortable to many but are necessary.

 

REGISTRATION TO ATTEND MASS:

 

 Registrations start on Sunday, June 14 via church website, Facebook page, e-mail or by calling the Parish office.

 

 1. In order to attend Mass, each parishioner is asked to register ahead of time. Registration is a must.

 

2. Each member of the family is required to be registered.

 

3. Registrations end on Fridays at 12 noon to be able to attend Mass that weekend.  Weekday Mass registrations must be in the day before by 12 noon.

 

 

IF YOU ANSWER 'YES" TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW OR ARE CURRENTLY NOT FEELING WELL, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER AND SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION:

 

Do you have..

- A fever or chills?

- A runny nose?

- A headache?

- A cough?

- A nose congestion?

- Chest pain?

- A sore throat?

- Difficulty breathing?

- Are you experiencing symptoms not listed above?

Have you..

- Or someone in your household or someone you had close contact with traveled out of country in the last 14 days?

- Or someone in your household, or someone you had close contact with have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19?

 

UPON ARRIVAL AT THE CHURCH:

 

- Please enter through the main doors (by Ellesmere Rd.) and you will be greeted and assisted by an usher.

- Please bring and wear your own mask. If you don’t have a mask, you will not be permitted to enter the church.

- Your temperature will be taken upon entering the church.

- Please observe physical distancing and keep a 2m or 6ft distance between one another.

- You must arrive 15 minutes before Mass. Doors will be closed and no one will be permitted inside once the Mass starts.

 

MASS SCHEDULE:

 

Daily Mass:

Monday: 7:30 am.

Tuesday to Friday: 7:30 am and 7:00pm.

Saturday: 9:00 am.

Entrance is through the main doors (by Ellesmere Road). Exit is through the side doors (East side foyer) by the washrooms.

 

Weekend Mass:

Saturday: 5:00pm

Sunday: 8:30am, 11:30am, 2:00 pm (Spanish) & 8:00 pm

Entrance is through the main doors (by Ellesmere Road). Exit is through the side doors (East side foyer) by the washrooms.

 

10am (Mass is in the Parish Hall) - Entrance to the Parish Hall is through the small door to the hall by the East side the parking lot. Exit is through the side doors (East side foyer) by the washrooms.

 

Please continue to pray for the end of the pandemic, for the sick and for those caring for them and for those who have died.

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

 

1. Everyone is asked to a wear a mask which must be worn at all times upon arrival at church.

 

2. Ensure physical distancing is being practiced - 2m (6ft).

 

3. Confessions are offered by appointment only by calling the Parish office.

 

4. Holy water fonts will remain empty until such time as they may be used safely.

 

5. All hymnals, prayer books and other reading materials will be temporarily removed from the pews.

 

6. The printed bulletin will not be distributed at this time.

 

7. Unfortunately, singing provides a significant opportunity for the projection of particles from the mouth. Parishioners attending Mass are asked not to sing at this time to minimize the potential spread of the virus.

 

8. The Greeting of Peace is maintained however, no sign such as shaking hands is permitted during the pandemic. A simple bow of the head towards one’s neighbour may be offered as a sign of peace.

 

9. The dialogue between the Eucharistic Minister and the communicant occurs at a 2m (6ft) physical distance. After the dialogue, the communicant approaches the Eucharistic Minister who carefully places the Body of Christ in the communicant’s hand without touching the person. Holy Communion is received only in the hand at this time.

 

10. Lighting of candles and touching of statues are not permitted at this time.

 

11. At the end of mass, parishioners are instructed to leave the church without spending social time with the priest or fellow parishioners at the door or in the parking lot.

 

12. The monetary collection box will be located by the entrance doors for access before and after each Mass.

 

Click here for more "WorshipSafe" guide from The Archdiocese of Toronto

 

 

Message for Parishioners for Support of Parish Offertories

Dear parishioners,

 

I hope and pray that you are staying healthy – both physically and spiritually. Please let me know if the parish can help you during these difficult times.

Our churches are open for Mass and private prayer and we have worked diligently following guidance from public health authorities to make the environment safe for all.

If you are unable to attend in person, you are no doubt aware that our parish relies on the support of our parishioners to operate – salaries, programs and ongoing operating costs (heating, water, electricity, etc.). These are funded through the generosity of our parish community.

It continues to be a challenge for our parish to maintain operations without the weekly offertory collection. We have benefited greatly from the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy, but that support is scheduled to diminish after September.

 

Here are the ways that you can continue to support our parish at this time:

 

  • Drop off or mail your regular weekly offertory contribution to the parish office.
  • Visit our Donate Now page by clicking here and select the region for our parish from the map. You will be taken to a page that allows you to choose your parish, amount of your gift – one-time or recurring and payment method – credit card or chequing account.
  • You can contribute to the offertory via on-line banking – similar to how you may be paying your utility bills. To do this, we need to send you your unique account number. Please e-mail us at campaign@archtoronto.org. In the body of the email provide us with your name, address, parish name and municipality. We will email you your account information which you can use to set up the Archdiocese of Toronto as a payee in your on-line banking. Your gift will be forwarded to your parish. You can make a one-time or recurring gift to your offertory. This is the most cost effective way to donate electronically

 

If you have any questions please contact the Development Office at the Archdiocese of Toronto, 416-934-3400, ext. 540 or development@archtoronto.org.

 

Thank you for your many contributions to our parish community. I’m happy to see people returning to Mass and I pray daily that we will all be able to gather together again soon.

 

 Yours in Christ,

Fr. Aegidius Warsito SCJ

 

 

Saint Thomas More

 

"The king's good servant, but God's first"- Saint Thomas More.

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