For more information, call Carol Carollo at 836-8268. We look forward to meeting any new interested members.
The Moms’ Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Solar Room beginning in September. This group welcomes moms and children to meet other parents who have children, make friends, learn about our community, network, and learn from each other.
The Moms’ Group provides members with information on health and nutrition, car seat safety inspections, child safety, exercise and fitness, and massage therapy. Social activities include monthly “Moms Night Out” dinners and park play dates, an annual family picnic, Christmas cookie exchange, and a Spring Easter egg hunt. The Moms’ Group also provides Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families, non-perishable items throughout the year for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, maternity and children clothing to the St. Monica House for pregnant adolescents, and dinners for Moms’ group members in need.
Although members do not need to be parishioners of St. Thomas More Church, members provide fellowship, support, encouragement and knowledge to mothers. They also enhance the spirit of community in the parish family.
For more information, call Dawn Hein at 923-6352. To get on the e-mail list, send a note to Dawn Hein. We look forward to meeting any interested members.
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The St. Thomas More Elizabeth Ministry meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The meetings begin in the Chapel to pray the Rosary and end in the Parish Conference Room. The first meeting of the new school year is scheduled for September 15th. Childcare is provided.
The purpose of this ministry is to serve the needs of mothers in our parish and community. The ministry fulfills this purpose through several activities throughout the year. One example is the work performed with the Diocese Catholic Cemeteries to raise funds and provide flowers for the Providence Statue, located in a section of St. Joseph cemetery set aside for the burial of miscarried children. A Memorial mass is also hosted, along with Our Lady of Grace in Highland, for mothers who have lost a child through miscarriage or death. Another example is our visits to the St. Monica's home for pregnant teens in Dyer on the second Thursday of the month for an hour in the evening for prayer and fellowship. Housekeeping gifts, such as toiletries, baby items, and maternity clothing, are also donated to mothers living at the home. We also visit the Nazareth Home in East Chicago on the first Saturday of the month. We cuddle the needy children at this foster care home for medically challenged babies. Other examples include praying the rosary before meetings for mothers and motherhood, distributing Baptismal gift bags to parishioners, providing "Kid's Try" books and toys for children during Mass, and facilitating a Lenten Collection for various Family centered agencies in our Diocese.
This fall we plan to pray the Rosary at the Providence Statue with other members of our Diocese. We also hope to double our assistance to the St. Monica's home by visiting the mothers on the third Saturday of each month. In addition, we hope to continue our spiritual growth and renewal work with a spiritual retreat, similar to the retreat last Spring lead by Sister Joyce of the Bethany House.
For more information, call Kathy Espiritu at 924-9212. Our ministry and activities are also included on this St. Thomas More website. All women are invited to be a part of this fulfilling ministry!
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In the Holy Name Society, every male parishioner is a member! Holy Name Society members meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Voluntary dues are $10.00 per year.
The meetings begin with a recitation of the Rosary, followed by a brief discussion of Society business. The primary focus of the meeting is to enhance spiritual development, and the members view different taped lectures on faith, morals, and life. Meetings are concluded with a social period.
In November, in addition to the scheduled meeting, the Holy Name Society celebrates with an "Evening of Reflection" at the Carmelite Monastery. The "Evening of Reflection" begins with the celebration of Mass, followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation, dinner, and recitation of the Rosary. This event is very spiritually uplifting. In the spring, the society also shares Mass and breakfast.
Holy Name Society is also a charitable organization. Contributions received from dues, fundraisers, and other sources are distributed to a variety of charities and other service groups. Organizations receiving benefits from Holy Name include the St. Vincent DePaul Society, St. Thomas More Pastoral Care, St. Thomas More Festival Committee, Camp Lawrence & CYO, Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Meals on Wheels, St. Thomas More Garden Club, St. Thomas More School, and the St. Thomas More School Band.
For more information, call Kevin Cloghessy at 934-0601. The next Holy Name meeting is scheduled for September 20th at 7:00 PM. Hope to see you there!
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Parish Life Commission
The Parish Life Commission sponsors activities such as Grandparent’s Day, the Appreciation Dinner, and other social events within our parish.
Grandparent’s Day was celebrated on September 12th. The event began with a prayer, given by Fr. Mike, over the food provided at the luncheon. The grandchildren also colored buttons with markers for their Grandparents. The buttons said "I Love Grandma" or "I Love Grandpa" and were signed by their grandchildren. The grandchildren were also given a helium balloon in the color of their choice. The event also included a Magician who performed many tricks that included many helpers from the audience. Ice Cream was also served before the event ended.
The Appreciation Dinner is a formal event in the gym that follows a Saturday 5:30 p.m. Mass in January. All Pastoral Council, Commission, and Committee members are invited to dinner and dancing, in appreciation for their service at our parish.
The Parish Life Commission also welcomes new parishioners with an orientation in the Solar Room between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. on the last Sunday of each month. The orientation is provided for new parishioners to welcome them formally and answer any questions or concerns they may have. Donuts, coffee, and milk are also provided. New parishioners can also register at the orientation.
Other events, such as receptions that follow events provided by other Commissions, are also planned and coordinated by Parish Life. Committees and organizations that support Parish Life include the Altar & Rosary Society, Holy Name Society, Mom’s Group, Senior’s Group, Girl Scouts, Cubs Scouts, and Boys Scouts.
Parish Life meetings are scheduled for the first Monday evening of each month and are held in the Teacher’s Lounge. We are looking for new members to join this Commission. For more information, Jean Thornton can be contacted at 865-0399. Our next meeting is scheduled on October 4, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the Teacher’s Lounge. Hope to see you there!
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Cub Scout Pack
St. Thomas More Parish has an active Cub Scout Pack. Since 1930, the Boy Scouts of America has helped younger boys through Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 years of age). Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting. The ten purposes of Cub Scouting are:
- Character Development
- Spiritual Growth
- Good Citizenship
- Sportsmanship and Fitness
- Family Understanding
- Respectful Relationships
- Personal Achievement
- Friendly Service
- Fun and Adventure
- Preparation for Boy Scouts
Cub Scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to eight boys. Tiger Cubs (First-graders), Wolf Cub Scouts (Second-graders), Bear Cub Scouts (Third-graders), and Webelos Scouts (Fourth and Fifth-graders) meet regularly. Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of a Cubmaster.
Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting – citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. The Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the boys and gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges.
The Cub Scout Motto is "Do Your Best." Each Cub Scout makes a promise to do their best in their duty to God and their country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the pack.
Cub Scout Pack 542 is chartered through the Holy Name Society of St. Thomas More Parish. As members of the Catholic chartered pack, all boys are encouraged to participate in the religious awards program. For more information on Cub Scouting, contact Cubmaster Frank Pukoszek at 838-4784.
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Girl Scout Troops
St. Thomas More Parish has many active Girl Scout Troops. The purpose of Girl Scouting is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. All girls – from ages 5 through 18 – can discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together through enriching Girl Scout experiences. These experiences include community service projects, cultural exchanges, sports skill-building clinics, and environmental stewardships.
Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment. The Girl Scout program is based on four fundamental goals that encourage girls to:
- Develop to their full potential
- Relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect
- Develop a meaningful set of values to guide their actions and to provide for sound decision-making
- Contribute to the improvement of society
Girl Scouts are divided into Daisy Girl Scouts (ages 5 and 6), Brownie Girl Scouts (ages 6 through 8), Junior Girl Scouts (ages 8 through 11), Cadets (ages11 through 14), and Senior Girl Scouts (ages 11 through 18). What ever your age, the Girl Scout Program enables you to be who you want to be.
Maybe the Girl Scouts is for YOU! For more information, call Jane Surd at 708-418-0910.
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Boy Scout Troop 542
St. Thomas More Parish also has an active Boy Scout Troop. The Holy Name Society is the sponsor of St. Thomas More Troop 542. Scouting helps develop strong values that stay with the boys throughout their lives. Boy Scouting is available to boys who are 11 through 18 years old. The program achieves the Boy Scouts of America’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Boy Scout Law consists of 12 character building traits: Trustworthy, Loyalty, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. The Boy Scout Oath is a promise to do his best, to do his duty to God and his country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
St. Thomas More Parish is proud of the Boy Scouts and their accomplishments. For more information on the Boy Scouts, call Paul Liszewski at 864-1082 or visit their web site.
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Altar & Rosary Society
Altar & Rosary fosters devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through prayer, fellowship and charity. All Women of the Parish are invited to join. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Solar Room, unless announced differently in the Church Bulletin. Voluntary dues are $10.00 per year. The meetings start promptly at 6:45 pm with a recitation of the Rosary. Each meeting is different, from Pot Lucks in September, December and May, February is Chili Bingo Night and April is our Corporate Communion Sunday with Breakfast served after Mass in the Cafeteria. We also have a variety of Speakers at our meetings.
Altar & Rosary is a charitable organization. Contributions are received from Dues, Donations, and Fundraisers. The following organizations receive benefits from Altar & Rosary, they are: Pastoral Care, St. Vincent DePaul Society, The Girl Scouts, Elizabeth Ministry, Camp Lawrence, NWI Catholic High School Scholarships, St. Thomas More Vacation Bible School, Mass Intentions for Deceased Women of the Parish, and DCCW - The Council of Catholic Women.
Information about the Altar & Rosary Meetings & Events can be found in the Church Bulletin, and an Events Calendar can be found at each entrance of the church.
For information, call Kaaren Mashura - 219-836-5079.
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