Vigil Mass on Saturday at 4:00pm at St. Thomas More church,
Sunday 9:00am at St. Thomas More church
11:30am at St. Bernadette mission church in Yelverton
Tuesday 9am at the Parish Rectory,
Thursday 9am at the Parish Rectory
& Saturday 9am at St. Thomas More church
Offered regularly at St. Thomas More church
Saturday evenings at 2:50pm-3:40pm &
Sunday mornings at 8:15am-8:45am
Additional times available,
contact the priest to make an appointment
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Come and adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament
on Saturday Afternoons from 2:45pm-3:45pm
at St. Thomas More church
In 1966, Bishop Webster established a mission church in Millbrook served by the Redemptorists Fathers. Sunday Mass was initially celebrated at the Legion and later at St. Andrew’s United Church. The little mission church grew and on June 12th, 1978, St. Thomas More Parish was established by Bishop Doyle and Father Richard Walsh was appointed its’ first pastor.
St. Thomas More moved to its’ new home at Grace Presbyterian Church in December of 1979. The church was eventually purchased outright and consecrated as a Catholic Church by Bishop Doyle on October 22nd, 1999.
Over time, connected mission churches were established in Pontypool, Nestleton and Bewdley. Eventually the Nestleton mission church was named St. Bernadette mission church and moved to the United Church in Yelverton.
Father Craig Cruikshank was appointed administrator of our parish in July 2015. Originally from Lindsay, ON., Fr. Craig was ordained to the presbyterate in May of 2009 after completing formation at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. After serving as an associate pastor at the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains in Peterborough and later in the same role at St. Alphonsus parish in Peterborough, Father Craig served as the director for vocations, evangelization and youth for five years before beginning his service at our parish in August of 2015.
Our Patron Saint
St. Thomas More
Thomas More was born in London on February 7, 1478 to a prominent family. After many studies, Thomas worked in law and politics. After forming a family of four children, Thomas’ first wife, Jane Colt died in 1511, but he married Alice Hapur Middleton, who already had a daughter, shortly afterwards. Thomas was considered a doting father, and often wrote letters to his children while away and insisted that his daughters receive the same education as his son.
Thomas earned a reputation as being an honest and effective politician. More also honed his skills as a theologian and a writer. Among his most famous works is “Utopia”.
King Henry VIII took a liking to Thomas, who was fiercely loyal to the king, and gave him posts of ever increasing responsibility. He was eventually made Lord Chancellor. Thomas worked tirelessly to defend the Catholic faith in England. However, when Thomas refused to sign a letter to the Pope for the king requesting an annulment, his relationship with King Henry, who was preparing to break away from the Church of Rome, began to weaken.
On April 13, 1534, Thomas was ordered to take an oath, acknowledging Anne Boleyn, the new wife of King Henry, as queen, Henry’s self-granted annulment from Catherine, and the superior position of the king as head of the church. Thomas accepted Henry’s marriage to Anne, but refused to acknowledge Henry as head of the church, or his annulment from Catherine. This led to his arrest.
Thomas faced trial on July 1st and was convicted of treason and sentenced to death on July 6, 1535 by a jury made up of relatives of the king and queen. In his last words he proclaimed that he was “the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”
Feast day: June 22
Patron of adopted children lawyers, civil servants, politicians, and difficult marriages
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Our Patron Saint
St. Bernadette of Lourdes
St. Bernadette was born as the first of nine children in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844 to a very poor family. Bernadette suffered with poor health for most of her life.
On Thursday, February 11, 1858, Bernadette was sent to gather firewood, when a beautiful lady appeared to her at a grotto. The woman wore blue and white, carried an ivory rosary and smiled at Bernadette before making the sign of the cross. Bernadette’s sister and friend who were with her were unable to see to woman.
Three days later, Bernadette, her sister Marie, and other girls returned to the grotto, where Bernadette immediately knelt, saying she could see the woman again. On February 18, Bernadette said the vision asked her to return to the grotto each day for two weeks. With each visit, Bernadette saw the Virgin Mary. Bernadette’s embarrassed parents attempted to stop her from visiting the grotto, but were unable to do so.
On February 25, Bernadette had a life-changing vision telling her to drink of the water of the spring, to wash in it and to eat the herb that grew there. The next day, the grotto’s muddy waters had been cleared and fresh clear water flowed.
During her sixteenth vision the woman revealed herself to Bernadette as the Immaculate Conception.
Bernadette’s story created a division in her town. While many believed her, others thought she had a mental illness. Church authorities and the French government rigorously interviewed the girl, and by 1862 they confirmed she spoke truth.
Not liking the attention, Bernadette eventually took the religious habit of a postulant with the Sisters of Charity. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and died at the age of 35 on April 16, 1879, while praying the holy rosary.
Thirty years later, her body was exhumed. While the crucifix and rosary she carried had been oxidized, her body remained incorrupt. The incorruption was cited as one of the miracles supporting her canonization.
Nearly 70 cures at Lourdes have been verified as miraculous after extremely rigorous scientific and medical examinations could not explain the cures. Bernadette asked the local priest to build a chapel at the site of her visions and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is now one of the major Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.
Feast day: April 16
Patron of: Illness, people ridiculed for their piety, poverty, shepherds and shepherdesses, and Lourdes, France
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