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Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

We have finished tabulating and reviewing the results of the parish survey.  Almost 300 surveys were returned!  The results are very helpful as we assess additional ways in which we can meet our parish needs.  We will be providing a detailed recap of the findings as part of our upcoming Financial Report
We heard mostly from parishioners who are older in age.  The percentage of returns from parishioners who are age 55 and younger (especially those in their 40’s, 30’s, and 20’s) does not represent our parish population.  We need to hear from more of you!  We have included an on-line version of the survey here, and it will be available for the next couple of weeks.  If you haven’t already completed a survey, please click on this link and share your views.  It is important to us that you be heard.




The “Go Green!” Movement Strikes St. Thomas More Parish

Posted by on Aug 19, 2011 at 4:38 am

You need to save this date – Thursday, October 6 – for that is the night that we celebrate the Irish in all of us with a gala Irish Night at Amalfi in The Village Inn!  The Irish Rogues (from NYC) will be providing the entertainment for a fun-filled night that includes hors d’oeuvres, a multi-entrée buffet dinner (including corned beef ‘n’ cabbage), dancing, and a few other surprises.  Tickets for the event (6:30-9:30pm) are only $25.00 and will be available in September.  Put it on your calendar, find your green, and join with your parish family for a night of fun and fellowship!



Meet & Greet Fr. Fisette!

Posted by on at 4:37 am

On Sunday, August 28th, following the 9am Mass and before the 11am Mass at St. Veronica there will be a light reception in Msgr. Halloran Hall to welcome and introduce yourself to Fr. Carl Fisette, our new assistant pastor.  All are welcome!



We Need Your Help!!!

Posted by on May 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Calling all volunteers for our annual St. Thomas More Feast/Festival to be held this year on June 17-19!  This annual celebration of our parish’s patron saint is always a highlight of the calendar year, and this year’s edition promises to be the best ever.  But it will not be successful without the generous volunteer help of our parishioners – THAT WOULD BE YOU!!  In particular, we need a lot of help with our Saturday Festival at Veterans Park and with our Eucharistic Procession after Sunday’s 10am Mass.
A VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP will be held after all Masses on the weekend of June 11-12.  Volunteer coordinators will be speaking at all Masses that weekend, encouraging everyone to sign-up to help with some aspect of the Festival and Procession.  Please consider helping out in some area where your talents and personality will flourish!  It’s not a lot of work and it’s a whole lot of fun!!  Please sign-up at one of the volunteer tables that will be at all church doors on June 11-12.



It’s A Wrap!!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Our Lady’s Guild baked and wrapped countless dozens of cookies to be delivered to the homebound and ill during this 2010 Christmas season.



Soldiers Address Changed!!!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

For the many families who have adopted soldiers from the 2nd Calvary Stryker Regiment please note that as of 12/15/10 there is a new mailing address for ALL our soldiers in this unit.  The new address is:


G co 3/2 SCR

FOB Azizullah

APO AE 09370


Please note that packages sent thru the old address will still reach them but take an additional period of time.  Some families have heard from their soldiers while others have not for various reasons.  This is their first Christmas away from home and they are in day-to-day combat operations.  Let’s keep them in our prayers.  Many have facebooked to express their thanks.  Jack Dignan is overwhelmed at the generosity of our parish for all the men.  Clay Stockton who was injured two weeks ago let me know he is happy to be back home in Ennis, Texas.  He is on a long, slow recovery from his injuries and appreciates the prayers.



Santa Claus Visits St. Veronica!

Posted by on at 5:00 pm

Santa Claus will visit St. Veronica Sunday, December 19 at 12:00 Noon. All Are Invited!



Parish Council Meeting Minutes: November 30, 2010

Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 at 4:23 am
Category:Parish Council

In attendance:

Joe Notarantonio, Jim Pontarelli, Doris Manganaro, Mary Kate Sullivan, Missy Antone, Father TailIon, Kevin O’Neill, Steve Crawford, Deacon Paul Sullivan, Jackie Baglini, Jerry Coll, Cathy McMahon

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by Joe Notorantonio, followed by evening prayer, led by Father TailIon.

The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted. Reports:


Big event coming on Sunday—new altar of sacrifice will be consecrated by Bishop Evans! Looking forward to the Advent and Christmas mass schedules. This year, New Year’s Day is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation.

Religious Education

Classes have begun—going well. Confirmation retreat has been conducted. First penance for 51 children and 39 in the Confirmation class.

Our Lady’s Guild

A lot going on. Day of Recollection at St. Theresa’s Shrine was a great success. The parishioners at St. Rita’s were grateful for our contributions of diapers, clothing and gift cards this fall. All Souls Day Mass was well attended and a light reception was hosted by OLG after the mass.
World Community Day 2010 was attended at Church of the Ascension on Main Street. 300 bows have been made for the Christmas wreaths!

On January 21, 2011 between 9-4 we will have a digital representation of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Thomas More, followed by a talk. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3:00 that afternoon. Discussion of an exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was had, but no decision was made. This day will acknowledge Roe V. Wade.

Social Committee

New Committee has been formed! Saint Nicholas (Santa) will be at SW, following the 11AM mass!

Pastor’s Report

Remember, Restore, Renew Campaign continues! We are on track to meet our financial goal.

Scaffolding is now down, in preparation for the altar consecration. The new (old) cross has been installed as well! Historical lighting has been planned. Painting will be finished in Spring, due to cold weather. There is also wood damage on the back of the building that will need to be repaired.
New altar has arrived—part from Asia!

The combined Choir is rehearsing for Christmas!

The new Father, Son, Holy Spirit window has been installed at Saint Veronica.

The statue of Our Lady has been installed at Saint Veronica, without much fanfare.

We are looking at the possible restoration of the Carriage House at Saint Thomas More. The water has been treated in the heating systems at both churches. Monitors have been placed in both churches to regulate the heating/cooling system, which will aid in energy saving. The parish is getting GREEN with new bulbs and other improvements!

National Grid has also reimbursed us $15,000 for the blown air conditioning system, due to power outage.

A blower was replaced at Saint Veronica which was causing an annoying buzz, and has saved us a tremendous amount of money.on electric bills!

Old Business

Parish Survey

a sample survey has been developed by our Survey Committee that will be discussed and modified in to the final product which will be presented to our parish family. Copies were distributed to the Council for recommendations. Timing will likely be in the springtime, when our “snow-birds” have returned.

Holy Hours on “first Fridays” will be held throughout 2011 at both churches, schedule to be announced.

New Business

Parish Festival and Feast
Still looking for a couple to Chair the parish Festival. The format has been modified from previous years.

The parish has agreed to do a painting project at Saint Charles Borromeo in Providence from 9:30-4:00 on December 11th. CCD is doing a toy drive for the Jonnycake Center in Peace Dale for Christmas.

Mission trip has been scheduled for November 19-25th, 2011 to the orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Need adult assistance for the wreath sale.

Father Tailion introduced the topic of our waning Youth Group, which has lost momentum since Nick Robenhymer has moved on. Mary Kate offered to speak to other young people to see what interest might exist.

We will be putting our Parish Council minutes on our website, viewable for all in the parish. Father Taillon put the question of a parish Facebook page to the Council for discussion.
Next meeting: Monday, March 21, 2011 Respectfully submitted,

Kevin O’Neill
Parish Council Secretary



Christmas Outreach Project 2010

Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm


St. Charles Borremeo Church, 178 Dexter St., Providence  RI


Saturday, December 11

8:45 am Depart from STM parking lot

4:00 pm Return to STM

Lunch will be provided.


Primarily a painting project.  This majestic church is aged and in great disrepair.  We will be focusing our efforts on two particular areas of the church that need immediate attention.  We will be washing/cleaning walls, scraping, prepping and painting.  Some of the initial prep work will be done before we arrive.  We could use some 5-8ft. ladders.  All other materials will be provided.


Organize and transport St. Thomas More volunteers (adults and teenagers; no small children, please) for an ambitious service project in an inner city setting.

With enough help, we think  this project can be completed in this single work-day.  St. Charles’ parishioners will join with us; it should be interesting and fun!


It is the season of giving, the season of counting one’s blessings, the season of putting our faith into action.  St. Charles’s parish and soup-kitchen is a true melting-pot of many different cultures and languages, a Catholic parish very different from ours in population and economics, but exactly alike in its love of neighbor and devotion to the Eucharist.  To bring our two communities together in this Christmas Project is a great gift to present to Jesus on His birthday!


(We need a rough count on how many people will be going with us to St. Charles.  Please RSVP if you can help us (tell us how many in your group and if you could bring a ladder).  Respond to:stmcrawford@yahoo.com



You’re Invited

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Sunday October 31, 2010

10:00 – 10:45 (following the 9:00am Mass)

Come hear the story of the inspiration, creation and insights of renowned stained glass artist Nick Parrendo about our windows.  Nick has produced stained glass for over fifty years and is well known throughout the United States.  He has a great knowledge of liturgy, religious art and history and is a man of deep faith.


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