Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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St. Thomas More

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we say goodbye to Sr. Ann Byrnes, RSM who has been a part of St. Thomas More Parish for about 15 years. Sister Ann decided to retire this year after heading our Lifelong Faith Formation program and our Faith and Justice Team.

Sister Ann’s various duties included preparing candidates in the O.C.I.A. (Order of Christian Initiation of Adults) program, and helping to train the altar servers, lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. She would assist during the weekend Masses to make sure that everyone was present and the liturgies ran smoothly. Sister assisted me when it was time for rehearsal during the Holy Week liturgies.

Sister was responsible for many of the seasonal programs in our parish.  Most notable, she would promote, organize and facilitate our Small Christian Communities (S.C.C.) during Advent and Lent. At Christmas, she organized and promoted our Lessons and Carols. She was responsible for getting the speakers for our Sacred Scripture seminars and many of our parish missions. She regularly informed me of those she was aware of who were sick or dying. She helped with funeral preparations. Among the many other tasks, I think her personal favorite was leading the Faith and Justice team.

I know that there are many, many things that she has done behind the scenes, well before I ever arrived at this parish. I personally and publicly thank her for the many contributions she has made to this parish on behalf of all of us! Sister Ann, we wish you well in your retirement. You have our prayers and best wishes for the future!

Please realize that we are looking for a replacement for Sister to fill the future position of Coordinator of Catechesis, Lifelong Faith Formation and Evangelization. As I had mentioned several months ago, St. Thomas More Parish has begun the application process to seek a committed, active Catholic to serve in this position. This person will be responsible for oversight of all catechetical ministry to every age group within the parish. The coordinator initiates, organizes and facilitates various programs and services relating directly to the evangelization and the education of parishioners in the Catholic faith. The coordinator seeks to meet the needs of parishioners in the areas of catechesis, youth and young adult ministry, adult faith formation, and sacramental preparation, including adult Christian initiation. The applicant must be a practicing Catholic in good standing in the Church with an in-depth knowledge of the Catholic faith (BA, or MA preferred). The coordinator must have working knowledge of computers and technology. The applicant must be willing to be involved in the spiritual life of St. Thomas More Parish. Salary and weekly hours are negotiable. This position reports directly to the pastor. Anyone still wishing to apply for this position should submit a résumé to me personally, by regular mail or e-mail (fr.namiotka@gmail.com). The appointment of this position needs to be made in the next month or so.

Finally, I take a moment to thank everyone who has been so kind and thoughtful to me during the loss of my dear mother. I have no idea how I could ever thank everyone enough for the Masses, cards, flowers, donations and personal expressions of sympathy to me and my family. On behalf of my brothers, sister and entire family, thank you from the bottom of my heart! It means so much to all of us. Be assured of a remembrance in my thoughts, prayers and Masses!

Fr. Ed Namiotka 


Sr. Ann Byrnes, RSM

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