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Italian Night for the Orphans

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Please join St. Thomas More Parish at the Village Inn in Narragansett at 6:00pm on Friday, November 18th to celebrate “Italian Night for the Orphans.”  It will be a fun night including live Italian music by the ‘Ambrosiani Italian-American Band, live and silent auctions, and raffles. Dinner will be a buffet with a cash bar. All proceeds will benefit our parish Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic in February 2017. Tickets are $40 per person – call or stop by the parish office.  Limited seating so buy your tickets today!



Meet & Greet & Ministry Fair – October 1st & 2nd

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:25 am

Want to get involved? This is a great opportunity to learn more about the many ministries available for you to join at our Parish, while mingling and enjoying some refreshments. After all masses, all are welcome to join!



Parish Council Minutes – July 19, 2016

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm
Category:Parish Council

St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – July 19, 2016


E. McLaughlin called the meeting to order.

Fr. Taillon opened with a prayer.

J. Robenhymer made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2016 meeting.  The motion was seconded by V. Primavera and unanimously approved.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, Deacon Sullivan, council members Kathleen Costello, Ed McLaughlin, Caroline Murphy, Eleanor McSally, Kathleen Costello, Patricia Reidy, Victor Primavera, Kenya Wilkins and Matt Mannix AND liaisons Lynn Bamford (Festival), Jackie Baglini (Our Lady’s Guild) & Joe Robenhymer (Knights) AND Missie Antone (Religious Education) AND Pati Paolella (Staff).


The churches will be on the Summer Schedule through Labor Day.  The “Life in the Spirit” seminars will be held on July 21-25.  The Assumption of Mary is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation this year, so that frees up the schedule slightly.  The search is underway for altar servers and additional lectors.


The Year of Mercy ends at the start of Advent.  P. Reidy discussed confessions, a Rosary or a Mass.  Fr. Taillon stated that each diocese has a Holy Door and each cathedral has a Door of Mercy.  He and P. Reidy also discussed a trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass.  In the end, P. Reidy and Fr. Taillon will work together to determine whether a cathedral trip or a visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine is a better option.


M. Antone discussed Stubenville East, from which the students just returned.  She also discussed the upcoming Vacation Bible School, which will be taught by her and Connie DiOrio.  She stated there were Monday afternoon openings for Religious Education teachers.  Fr. Taillon stated that male teachers were especially needed.  Confirmation classes range from 28-40 students.  M. Antone discussed the Adventureland youth event, scheduled for August 8, 2016.


The May baby shower was well-attended, with 19 women in attendance.  The Mass of the Anointing is scheduled for the Spring of 2017.  Sue Davis has joined the Guild.  Fr. Taillon thanked the members for their work on pro-life issues, devotion to Mary and baking at the Parish Festival.


The festival was a success, and L. Bamford thanked Ann Murphy for her role as co-chair.  The overall revenue increased by nearly 30%, but the event itself basically broke even (lost approximately $300.00).  The food distribution went smoother than in the past.  The rides were monitored more closely so that fewer attendees could go on the rides for free.  The Berries Go Round were expensive ($4,000.00), but popular.  The Bubble Man was popular.  There was discussion to replace Toe Jam with something more interactive, such as children’s karaoke, a choo-choo train ride or St. Thomas More’s Got Talent.


The event was well-attended and the Boy Scouts helped to serve the attendees.  The stories with the three characters, including individuals playing the roles of St. Thomas More and his daughter, brought the event together.  As a result of the vigil, there was no procession this year.  V. Primavera said, “let’s do it again.”  The town’s Parks and Recreation Department was cooperative.


The May Food Drive and Breakfast were both successful.  Recruiting of new Knights was the most successful it has ever been.  The St. Edmunds Retreat, with 25 participants, was also successful.  In June, V. Primavera led a 5th Sunday Rosary.  Mass on the Mountain for 2017 is scheduled for June 3, 2017.  The August 14, 2016 Special Needs Fishing Trip is coming up and the Narragansett Lions Club is partnering with the Knights on that event.  It will be followed by a cookout.  On August 20, 2016, the 4th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held at Richmond Country Club.  J. Robenhymer encouraged people to sponsor tees.  Other upcoming events include the October 21, 2016 Adoration and Rosary and the October 28, 2016 cards-and-bingo event for those with special needs at O’Brien’s Pub.  Finally, six Knights have signed up for the Men’s Construction Mission Trip, scheduled for January 14-21 in Jamaica.  The focus of this trip will be the building of cinderblock homes and the mission is run by Mustard Seed.


  • Ready for feedback on website maintenance.
  • C. Murphy will be heading up Instagram account.
  • About 150 people are involved on facebook and the Aleppo video went all around the world.
  • Please take photos at key events and send them to Pati.


Fr. Taillon welcomed the new Assistant Pastor, Fr. Kieran, who briefly addressed the council after having just arrived in town.

  • The Stewardship Fair will be held on October 1 and 2, 2016.  This fair is a marketing event of different interest groups of the parish.  Volunteers or a subcommittee will be needed to make it a success.  The interest groups (ministries) should each have their own bulletin board/science fair board to market each ministry.  L. Bamford and P. Paolella volunteered to spearhead this fair.
  • On Sept. 4, 2016, Mother Theresa will be canonized.
  • The Blue Mass for the Police will be held on Sept. 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Veronica’s Chapel.


  • September 20 at 7:00 pm
  • December 13


Fr. Kiran closed the meeting with a prayer.


Respectfully submitted,


Matthew M. Mannix

Parish Council Secretary



Police Appreciation Sunday

Posted by on at 4:30 pm

Please join us on Sunday, September 25th at 11:ooAM at St. Veronica Chapel.  Fr. Taillon will preside at a mass dedicated to Police Officers and their families as we come together to pray in gratitude to the South Kingston and Narragansett Police Departments for the service they give to our communities.



Mum Sale – September 24th & 25th

Posted by on at 4:28 pm

Mum Sale after all masses on September 25th & 25th.  Proceeds to benefit the Dominican Republic Mission Trip 2017.



St. Thomas More Parish Council Meeting Minutes – March 14, 2016

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 at 6:38 am
Category:Parish Council

St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – March 14, 2016

E. McLaughlin called the meeting to order.

Fr. Taillon opened with a prayer.

P. Paolella made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from the Sept. 22, 2015 meeting.  C. Carver seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, council members Catie Carver, Ed McLaughlin, Kenya Wilkins and Matt Mannix & liaisons and Missie Antone (Religious Education) & Pati Paolella (Staff).


E. McLaughlin spoke about the Year of Mercy and organizing a trip to the Cathedral.  He stated that P. Reidy was organizing a tour of the Cathedral.


M. Antone stated that Religious Education was wrapping up for the year.  She stated that First Communion will have 33 children and Confirmation will have 27.  She stated that Stubenville East will be held at UMASS Lowell on July 15 and that 16 individuals were planning on attending.  She also informed the council of the upcoming May 4/5 Confirmation Retreat.


M. Mannix informed the council that he, Ann Murphy and Joe Robenhymer had met with the Town Parks and Recreation Department to facilitate approval of the Feast & Fire on June 21.  This event will replace the procession and will take place across from Veterans Park near the gazebo.

Fr. Taillon informed the council that the Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18.  He indicated that the Festival will include the slide again this year.


E. McLaughlin addressed upcoming events, including the June 4 Mass on the Mountain with Fr. Murphy, the golf tournament on August 20, the Mystic, Connecticut retreat on May 6/7, the May Breakfast on May 22 and coffee and doughnuts on April 10 at St. Veronica’s after both Masses.


  • K. Wilkens discussed the Consecration of Mary and that it was a “do-it-yourself” retreat.  E. McLaughlin suggested she work with J. Baglini, who was not in attendance, to get the idea off the ground.
  • K. Wilkens also brought up the idea of an after-Mass prayer group.
  • C. Carver brought up the idea of child-focused events during Mass for young children and it was discussed that it could take place during the 10:00 am Mass.  The events and activities would potentially include crosswords, coloring pages and the reading of the Children’s Gospel.  Parents would have to drop children off twenty minutes prior to the Mass.  The initial plan would be try this idea out once a month.
  • The council discussed Eucharistic Adoration.  Fr. Taillon indicated that the logistics of it are quite challenging, but that if one person spearheaded it, it could be great success.  He suggested picking dates that had meaning to parishioners to increase involvement.


The parish is looking for an Assistant Pastor.

  • Fr. Taillon’s hospital days at South County Hospital have increased.
  • The parish is currently working with St. Anthony’s in West Warwick to launch a mission to Mustard Seed Orphanage.
  • The parish is recruiting lectors and altar boys and girls, so please get the word out.
  • The parish is looking for trainers for altar boys and girls; this training could represent a potential new ministry.


  • July 19 at 7:00 pm.


Fr. Taillon closed the meeting with a prayer.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Matthew M. Mannix

 Parish Council Secretary



Vacation Bible School – “Under the Sea” – August 1st-5th

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Children ages 4~11 are invited to join us for an “Under the Sea” adventure. Vacation Bible School 2016  will be held from August 1-5th  from 9:30-12:30pm at St. Veronica Chapel. Please register soon to reserve your spot! Registration forms are available in the parish office and at Church entrances. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Missie Antone @ 783-2113.



Life in the Spirit Seminar

Posted by on at 2:30 pm

Please join us for a Seminar led by Diane Costantino and Fr. Paul Desmarais called Life in the Spirit. This seminar will be held on Thursday Evenings beginning on July 14th at 6:30pm for 6 weeks in the St. Thomas More Parish Hall.



Summer Bible Study

Posted by on at 2:26 pm

Summer Bible at St. Veronica’s will run for 8 weeks straight on Tuesday mornings 8:30-10:00 AM in Msgr. Halloran Hall, from Tuesday July 5th through Tuesday, August 23rd. I look forward to seeing all of you again this summer and to a fascinating read of the Book of Revelation. Please feel free to invite and encourage friends, family and neighbors to join us. No previous Bible study is necessary. Call Maryann Knag for more info @ 203.213.4809



Parish Festival Photos are in our gallery!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Thank you to all who worked so hard to help make our Parish Festival such a smashing success. And to our parish families, appreciate your support! View our gallery to see photos of the event.


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