WELCOME DOUG STEGEMAN
NEW ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR!
We WELCOME to the Parish Staff DOUGLAS J. STEGEMAN as our Organist/Choir Director. Doug is a 2009 graduate of Moeller High School and has been involved in music most of his life. His father plays guitar and joined him at Mass for his first Sunday. His uncle, George Stegeman is organist at Guardian Angels Church in Mt. Washington. Doug has been most recently the organist for St. Gertrude Church in Madeira. He still directs a ninety eight member youth choir for St. Susanna Church in Mason. He will continue with that position while directing our choirs. He will continue the work begun by Ken Blue and Sean Connelly of recruiting, organizing and directing our youth choir. Doug also owns a business in which he rehabs and resells organs and pianos. He’ll stay pretty busy. He began here Sunday, October 2 and received many complements for his work. Let’s all remember that the hymns sung during Mass are an integral part of the liturgy. Hymns are prayers and we should all join in these prayers when possible. We need to get past the thought that liturgical music is an “add on” or some kind of sacred entertainment. It was St. Augustine who said “he who sings prays twice.” We all look forward to a great year of music.
~ Submitted by Fr. Bill Wagner, Pastor
Local 8th graders helping homeless with 127 "Blessing Bags"
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati has a homeless population just like every other major city and a group of girls from Clermont County wanted them to know there were people who care.
The girls on St. Thomas More's volleyball team were good; they work well together on the court. And they used that same teamwork off the court to make bags and purses for the homeless.
They came up with the idea after a confirmation class that talked about giving back and they had to do a project for the class. The girls made roughly 130 survival kits.
The girls loaded the bags with items many people take for granted; hygiene items and items to keep people warm during a cold day. The girls got the donations from family, friends, and a few local businesses. They were recognized for their hard work by "Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services" with certificates.
Gregg Pieples with Behavioral Health Services said, “They showed kindness and thoughtfulness in putting this project together and honestly it was very practical. I mean we've worked with the homeless off and on for about twenty years and understanding what folks need, they were right there.”
They didn't ask for any recognition for their efforts but they're hoping to inspire others. The went to Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services and a homeless outreach team will give them out.
St. Thomas More Parish, in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is located in Withamsville, Ohio, 20 minutes east of downtown Cincinnati. With approximately 1600 families, the parish is served by a full time Pastor, Deacons, Pastoral Associates, Director of Religious Education, a Director of Music, Maintenance staff, and Business Manager. The parish elementary school serves students in pre-school through grade 8.
Parishioner Father Matthew Feist was ordained a Priest on Saturday, May 21st, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. His first Mass was at St. Thomas More on Sunday, May 22nd at 12 Noon. Pictures of his ordination are below (courtesy of the Catholic Telegraph). Also view some UTube videos of Fr. Matt's big day..both the ordination and the after party!
First Mass at St. Thomas More, Sunday May 22nd, 2016:
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, please contact the Director of Religious Education by completing and submitting the form at the link below. Your name, email address, and phone number are required.
Masses on Tuesday, November 1 ~ 8:30 AM, 12:15 PM, & 7:30 PM
Our annual parish celebration of All Souls will take place at the Noon Mass on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Families of parishioners who have died and were buried from St. Thomas More in the past year have received a personal invitation. For those parishioners who have lost a loved one in the past year and whose funeral did not take place at St. Thomas More, but would like them remembered at the All Souls Mass, please call the parish office (753-2550) with the name of the person you wish to be remembered and a candle will be provided for them at the Mass.
November is the month we remember the Faithful Departed. Please feel free to write the names of family and friends who have died, in the BOOK OF LIFE, which can be found in the vestibule of the Church starting the weekend of October 22/23.
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the 5 TH ANNUAL ST. THOMAS MORE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR November 19th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm! The event will feature handmade crafts and small business vendors. This show is still accepting vendors, and costs are $35 for one table and two chairs until October 15th. After October 15th the cost is $40.00. Electric is available for $10.00. Vendors are encouraged to contribute one item for the raffle. All money earned will benefit the St. Thomas More PTO and School. For more information, contact Megan Spiegla at Megan Spiegla at email@example.com or 513-884-8772.