Parish Ministries

Ministries Associated with the Mass

Contact Parish Office (610-469-9304) to inquire about serving:

Altar servers – current need for both adults & children who have completed third grade.

Lectors – as needed, to prepare & proclaim the Readings.

Ministers of Holy Communion – provide the Holy Eucharist at Mass or take to those who are homebound.

Ushers – assist with seating & collections at Saturday and Sunday Masses.

Sacristan Ministry – this Ministry has the important function of preparing the altar and sanctuary for Mass and other services. Men and women 18 years or older may participate. No experience is needed; training is available.

Catechesis

PREP/CCD – The PREP program continues to introduce and educate the youth to the faith in innovative ways in these challenging times. Catechists are making use of self-made videos, zoom calls, and virtual learning, as well as limited live instruction using safety guidelines. If you want to contribute to the formation of faith in our youth, contact Nancy Endacott at prepnancy@gmail.com. Catechists, Catechists in Training, and Aides are needed.

The Neocatechumenal Way – An itinerary of adult Catholic formation lived out in small communities within the parish. Anyone who has difficulties seeing the goodness of God in the struggles of their life or wants to rediscover the fruits of their Baptism is invited to come and listen to a
catechesis. Masses are celebrated @ 7:30pm on Saturday nights in the parish. For more information, please contact: John & Erin Zajkowski at 610.986.4127 or fiatski@gmail.com.

Adult Faith Formation – Father Kozak will be offering Adult Faith Formation on Wednesday evening twice a month. The topic for this year will be Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s book “Jesus of Nazareth, Volume 1”. This formation will last until the end of May. You are cordially invited to attend. Father teaches a course on this topic at the seminary. Reading the book with Father will keep us all informed of what we should believe about Jesus, who He is and His mission. This book can be obtained through The Masters Mercantile for the price of $15. Contact Parish Office (610-469-9304) for more information.

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry continues to serve the parish in adapted ways. Although there are currently no choir practices, the ministry continues to provide musical accompaniment to the mass with cantors and musicians. There are many opportunities for you to contribute, and they are always looking for new musicians and cantors. If you are interested in being part of this vibrant group, please contact Romana Coccia at Ro2292@aol.com.

Knights of Columbus

organization of Catholic Men dedicated to serving priests and vocations, parishes, families and youth. We raise funds and provide manpower to support the parish, charities and vocations. During this pandemic, we are seeking creative ways to connect with the men of the parish and to provide support where needed. Contact Jeff Evans at 267-249-7947 or webviewmaster@comcast.net and put your faith into action!

KOC Council 14090 website

Men’s Malvern Retreat

Men of our parish join men from other parishes in the greater Pottstown area for a weekend retreat at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA. during July every year. Due to the pandemic, we are investigating the possibility of a ‘virtual retreat.’ Contact Greg Martin 484-942-3200 or Pete Sagona 610-517-3754

Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus

Assists the St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus Council #14090 in all matters pertaining to their general welfare. This would include helping at K of C sponsored events, fund raising assistance and set-up of facilities. Membership is open to all parish women age 17 years and older. For more information, please contact Patty Evans at (610) 326-4141 or e-mail at patty.evans@live.com.

Saint Thomas More Book and Movie Club

Meets every second Thursday, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. We have instituted Zoom meetings to allow those who prefer to participate virtually. Every other month a book and/or movie is discussed. Members of the club select the books and movies. These selections help us grow more deeply in the love and understanding of our faith. Join any time! Carol Duffy at 610-469-6582 or wadced@aol.com or Sue Dutton at 610-842-4549 or srdslp@gmail.com.

Outreach

Donations from St. Thomas More Parishioners in the forms of monetary (cash or checks made payable to St. Thomas More Outreach in box near Outreach Table or collection baskets) and physical assistance (at the table in the social hall) are collected on a monthly basis for distribution to the needy in our area and supporting local organizations who assist those in need. Contact Mary Jo Valko-Warner at 610-970-9741 or mjaz@ptd.net.

Prayer Chain

A prayer chain via email or phone for requested prayer intentions. Contact Parish Office (610-469-9304).

Nursing Home Ministry

Visits to Kadima and Manatawny Manor are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Parish Office (610-469-9304).

Humble Helpers

Humble Helpers clean the worship area & sacristy. Includes washing & pressing of altar linens. Contact Harold Pickar or Jack Werkley at 610-327-0684.

Church Decorations

Change of liturgical colors on the altar for the various liturgical seasons; seasonal set up of Christmas indoor nativity and wooden cross at Easter. Contact Joanne Bartelmo at 610-326-4316 or Bartelmo617@comcast.net.

CCD/PREP Sunday Kitchen

Offered Sundays after the 8:00 Mass, September thru May when PREP classes are in session (currently on hold due to Covid restrictions). Donations of snacks are always welcome. Adult kitchen help is needed weekly. Contact Joanne Bartelmo at 610-326-4316 or Bartelmo617@comcast.net.

40 Days for Life

A peaceful community-based campaign that draws attention to the evils of abortion through the use of a three-point program. Prayer, Fasting and Community Outreach. Provides the opportunity to offer hope and help to the women who are in most need at this time in their lives. Contact Rachel Hayes; 484-985-0154 or Rachel.ava.hayes@gmail.com.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Offers married couples the opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world. For information – visit wwme-philly.org or call 1-800-456-8330 or contact Rod & Linda Faust at 484-944-4458 or rolandfaust@comcast.net.

Monday Night Rosary

Due to Covid-19, praying of the Rosary in the Church has been put on hold. You are encouraged to pray the Rosary at home. For more information, contact Patty Evans at (610) 326-4141 or e-mail at patty.evans@live.com.

Parish Council

Members of the Council are elected by the Parish or appointed by the Pastor. Council provides input to the Pastor regarding the Parish. Contact the Pastor or John Hughes at jbh8954@gmail.com.

Finance Council

The Parish Finance Council assists the Pastor in implementing the pastoral plans by making fiscally responsible recommendations. Contact the Pastor or Sally DeAngelo at steelplate@worldlynx.net.