Community Life

Greeter

Greet fellow parishioners as they arrive for mass. Be friendly. Answer questions about seating, cry room, children’s liturgy, washroom locations, etc. Inform ushers of the sizes of families/groups so that they can assist with finding seats.
Commitment Level: Once every two or three weeks at your preferred Sunday mass. Greeters arrive 30 minutes before mass and leave after mass.
Training: Orientation/training can be done before or after a mass at a time convenient to volunteers and the Ministry Coordinator. Orientation takes 15-30 minutes. There may be one or two short meetings a year, if required.
 

Welcome Coordinator

Support the volunteers who will be assisting in the welcoming and safety of parishioners participating in mass. Act as key contact and overall coordinator at the assigned mass.
Commitment Level: Once every two or three weeks at your preferred Sunday mass.
Training: Orientation/training can be done before or after a mass at a time convenient to volunteers and the Ministry Coordinator. Orientation takes 15-30 minutes. There may be one or two short meetings a year, if required.
 

Usher

Assist fellow parishioners in finding seats. Be friendly. Guide people to overflow seating areas when appropriate. Answer questions about seating, cry room, children’s liturgy, washroom locations, etc. Assist with collection. Guide fellow parishioners to communion. Tidy pews as required. (garbage, bulletins, etc.)
Commitment Level: Once every two or three weeks at your preferred Sunday mass. Greeters arrive 30 minutes before mass and leave after mass.
Training: Orientation/training can be done before or after a mass at a time convenient to volunteers and the Ministry Coordinator. Orientation takes 15-30 minutes. There may be one or two short meetings a year, if required.
 

Coffee After Weekend Masses

Prepare and serve coffee, juice and cookies after a weekend mass

Commitment Level: Once every week or two, depending on the number of volunteers available.
Training: Orientation as required at a time convenient for volunteers and the Ministry Coordinator.

Mom’s Group

This ministry will provide a space where mothers and their children can get together regularly to build relationships and support each other in their Catholic faith and vocation as mothers. This group is open to moms and their children of all ages.
Meetings: Mothers and their children will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons of the month, from 1:00 to 2:30 in the Rosary Room.
 

Catholic Women’s League (CWL)

We are a national Catholic women’s group emphasizing service to the Church and community. Our initiatives include, but are not limited to: prayer shawl ministry, caring for Mary’s Garden, Giving Tree at Christmas for Lurana Shelter, collecting donations for the E4C lunch program, collecting items for refugees, recognizing sacrament candidates with cards/gifts, ladies’ fellowship Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 in St. Joseph’s Room.
Commitment Level: Commitment varies. There is one general meeting per month on the third Tuesday evening of the month, and one meeting a month for those on the CWL Executive on the second Tuesday evening of the month. Members involved in other initiatives such as those listed above put in more time associated with those endeavors.
 

Knights of Columbus – Father Bonner Council 7599

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic, Family, Fraternal Men’s organization in the world. Our council at St. Thomas More Parish is the largest in Alberta with over 450 members. We have been serving the church and the less fortunate at our parish for over 42 years. We are a very fraternal organization and many of our members are members for life.
Commitment Level: Meetings are once a month at the church on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm, September to June. We ask that our members help the Church and/or the less fortunate at least once during the year at a time convenient to them. There are many and varied opportunities to grow in faith and server fellow parishioners.
 

STM Quilters – the “Ties that Bind”

The mission of our group is to share our quilting abilities, our friendships made by working together, and to be welcoming and helpful to anyone wishing to join. We welcome anyone who wishes to come spend time with us. Bring your quilting (including machine if you wish), your knitting, hand work, or any other project you would like to work on. Since the ministry’s start in 2000, we have done various projects that benefit our parish and community, such as raffle quilts, the pew markers and other sewing projects for the church, ‘On Eagles Wings’ catechism school bags for children in northern communities, baptismal bibs, and quilts for St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital. This year we are discussing what giving project our group could do together (eg.  placemats for Meals on Wheels, bags for refugees, small quilts, etc.) and welcome any ideas should you wish to join and have a project in mind.  And, if you just wish to visit and work on your own project, our group will be happy to have you join us. 
Commitment Level: Thursdays starting at around 9:30-10:00. We have the room to use until 3:30 so you can stay for as long/short of time as you wish.

High School Youth Group

For youth Grades 9 to 12. Our meetings involve discussions on all facets of the Catholic faith, fun games, and community rich in love for God!
Commitment Level: Two Sundays a month from 6-8 pm in the Rosary Room.
Leaders Needed: New leaders to the group have a short interview with current leaders. Leaders attend Sunday meetings twice a month with youth, as well as planning meetings with the other leaders every couple of months.