Ministries and Organizations
At St. Thomas More Catholic Church, we offer a wide range of ministries and organizations. Parishioners are highly encouraged to join a ministry or organization and become involved. It is our engagement with the parish that facilitates her growth and life.
St. Paul called the Church, the Body of Christ. We parishioners are each members of this mystical body. We all have different and unique gifts to offer the Church and the People of God. Though we are different parts, St. Paul writes, we are all one body united in Christ. Please take some time to reflect on your gifts, talents, and interests.
Our talents are gifts from God's. As stewards of God's creation, we are entrusted to use these gifts to build the kingdom of God on earth. Each flower below is to remind you that each of your talents are like flowers: gifts from God that are entrusted to us and must be nourished to grow beautifully and blossom. Our parish has the perfect ministry or organization for you!
The A.C.T.S. Ministry facilitates the parish A.C.T.S. retreats. An A.C.T.S. retreat is a three day, three night Catholic retreat presented by lay men and women, with spiritual direction provided during the weekend. Retreats are divided by gender and/or age: Men's A.C.T.S., Women's A.C.T.S., and Teen A.C.T.S. retreats are all presented separately. Activities on this retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service, components that create the acronym, A.C.T.S. Guides for the retreat are Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The goals of the retreat are to strengthen your faith and its application to daily life, to renew yourself spiritually, and to build lasting friendships. Retreatants return to their parish with a deeper love for each other and a desire to become more involved in their faith community. If you are interested, please contact: Rick Briseno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building and Grounds Committee
The Building and Grounds Committee is responsible for the maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds, and equipment. The committee assesses parish buildings and insures that facilities are kepts clean, sanitary, safe, and in good repair and appearance. They make sure that heating, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems of church properties are properly maintained and operated. The committee is responsible for preparing a budget based on known current needs and perceived future needs. The committee presents this proposal to the Parish Finance Council and reports all activities to the Parish Pastoral Council. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact the parish office.
Divine Mercy Cenacle
Our parish Divine Mercy Cenacle is a time of prayer and song, followed by a time of reflection of the formation guidelines from the Cenacle Formation Manual. During the cenacle, we review specific entries in St. Faustina's diary, related scriptural references, and related references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Our time of reflection helps us relate these entries to our daily lives, struggles, and spiritual walk. The Divince Mercy Cenacle ends with a short prayer time, the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a time for fellowship. The cenacle meets every Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the Rectory Meeting Room. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Tim Tate at 210-655-5070, Extension 106.
The Guadalupano Society
The Guadalupano Society promotes devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of God and Mother of the Church. The society cultivates leadership so that its members may better participate in the mission of the Church. The society develops spiritual and material projects for the parish community and makes recommendations to the pastor for their implementation and execution. Members of the Guadalupano Society promote devotion to the Holy Blessed Virgin Mother of God so that, by imitating her virtues, they may strive to be models of commitment to God. Meetings for the Guadalupano Society are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month after the 8:00 am Mass. The society also meets on the 12th of each month to pray the Holy Rosary together. For more information, please contact the Guadalupano president, Will Torres at 210-655-5070.
Knights of Columbus Council 7386
The Knights of Columbus is an order of Catholic men and their families dedicated to promoting the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. One of its primary missions is insuring that the Catholic Church remains vigorous and undiminished. From providing manpower and funds for church projects to playing a role in the life of the parish, Knights of Columbus lend their support to the church at the diocesan and local level. Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. For more information about the Knights of Columbus Council 7386, please contact Poncho Mendoza at 210-655-5070.
Liturgy of the Word Ministers
Ministers of the Liturgy of the Word, or commonly known as lectors, proclaim the Word of God during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and at other liturgical celebrations. Ministers lead the congregation in prayers of petition and also relay general announcements regarding parish events and activities. Lectors received special formation and training regarding the nature of this ministry and its execution at our parish. All those who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are eligible to participate at a lector during our celebrations. For more information, please contact Deacon Tim Tate at 210-655-5070, Extension 106.
Homebound & Nursing Home Ministry
The altar server ministry involves the youth of the parish in service to God and the community by assisting the priest during Mass and other liturgical celebrations. It is open to all the youth of the parish who have received their First Holy Communion. Training is provided. If you are interested, please contact: Deacon Tim Tate at 210-655-5070, Extension 106.
The Altar Society is committed to the care and beautification of the sanctuary and church environment. Members of this organization prepare the church for the weekend liturgies. The Altar Society cares for the altar linens, liturgical vestments, candles, and flowers. They are the care-takers of the most sacred place on our grounds: the church sanctuary. They meet every Friday morning after the daily 8:00 am Mass. If you are interested, please contact Juanita Blea at (210) 655-5070 parish office.
Catholic Youth Organization
The Catholic Youth Organization, or C.Y.O., provides parish youth and their families the opportunity for athletics and fellowship through sports games, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, t-ball, baseball, and softball. The mission of the C.Y.O. is to offer sports and recreation programs to the local youth that emphasize friendly competition through good sportmanship modeled by adult participants and parents. The C.Y.O. is the perfect opportunity to invite Catholics and non-Catholics, youth and adults, to share in the life of our faith community. If you are interested in our C.Y.O., please contact Becki Lacayo at 210-655-2882.
The Finance Council works closely with the pastor and the Pastoral Council to insure that the parish is financially competent and responsible on every decision made. The Finance Council advises the pastor in all financial matters and assists him in the preparation of the annual parish budget and financial statements. The Finance Council assesses the parish's statements and makes recommendations for the improvement and advancement of the parish financially. The council reviews budgets of other Catholic parishes in our deanery and makes suggestions on various financial expenditures. If you are interested in the Finance Council, please contact Al Weinheimer at 210-655-5070.
The Hospitality Ministry team helps the church assembly form itself into one body ready to enter into the communal act of worship. Members of the Hospitality Ministry greet parishioners arriving for Mass and make them feel welcome. Members insure that the church is comfortable by adjusting the air-conditioner or heater as the weather dictates. They help open doors and help parishioners find seating for Mass. During Mass, Hospitality ministers remain attentive to the needs of the assembly. Ministers assist with any special rituals or activities taking place inside of the litugical celebration, including the distribution of candles, palms, hymnals, etc. Hospitality ministers choose volunteers to present the gifts of bread and wine to the celebrant during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. After Mass is celebrated, Hospitality Ministers stand by the doors and insure all leaving parishioners receive a bulletin and a warm smile. As representatives of our parish and pastor to parishioners and visitors alike, our Hospitality Ministry is a vital part of our parish community. If you are interested, please contact the parish office at 210-655-5070.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, or commonly known as Eucharistic Ministers, serve at the table of the Lord assisting in the distribution of the Eucharist during Holy Mass. Eucharistic Ministers also bring Holy Communion to those sick at home or in the hospital. Eucharistic Ministers receive formation and training in the spirituality of the ministry, including an overview of Catholic teaching on the Eucharist and specifics regarding the ministry in the liturgical celebrations at our parish. For more information, please contact Deacon Tim Tate at 210-655-5070, Extension 106.
Meal on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is an national outreach program that organizes volunteers at different locations to deliver hot and nutritious meals at lunch Monday through Friday to the homebound, the elderly, and disabled individuals in San Antonio. Meals on Wheels helps people remain independent and safe. Volunteers deliver meals within our parish community. For more information about this outreach program, you may visit www.mowaa.org or contact Lindsey Donohue (210)-735-5115
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, also commonly known as Eucharistic Ministers, bring Holy Communion to those who are homebound or in a nursing home or rehabilitation center due to illness or age. Eucharistic Ministers are trained for these special visits and have a deep spirituality in the Eucharist. For more information, please contact Deacon Tim Tate in the parish office at 210-655-5070, Extension 103.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, also known as R.C.I.A., is a formation process for adults who want to receive full initiation into the Catholic Church. This would apply for individuals who were baptized into another faith, or those baptized Catholic but desire to receive the remaining Sacraments of Initiation, Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. The program usually begins in September each year. For more information, please contact Deacon Tim Tate in the parish office at 210-655-5070, Extension 106.
Music is an expression of our faith. Our purpose is two-fold: to prepare the Sunday liturgy, especially the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation, and to encourage the participation of the congregation in singing. We learn songs and hymns that focus on the Sunday readings, the liturgical season, or a liturgical feast. All are invited to join the music ministry at St. Thomas More. If you like to sing, or if you feel you need more practice in learning songs, come and be a part of our music ministry. You do not need to be a song leader to join. If you are interested, please contact Becki Lacayo at 210-655-2882.
The members of the Pastoral Council work closely together with the pastor to foster parish unity and a sense of community. The council works to promote the spiritual development of the parish, to integrate activities in a manner that serves the best interests of the parishioners, and represents the parish in works undertaken to promote the common good. It also encourages the participation of all its members in the spiritual and apostolic life of the parish and between the parish and community at large. The Pastoral Council assesses, recommends, and implements programs and activities in the parish. The Pastoral Council meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Becki McQuuen (210)655-5070.