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					                  Saint Thomas More Parish & Academy
                                               4275 Fourth Street, Southeast
                                                 Washington, D.C. 20032
                                 Telephone: 202-562-0431 Fax: 202-563-7347
                     E-mail:     Website:
                                            School: 202-561-1189

                                                     April 1, 2012

Pastoral Staff:
                                                                           Mass Schedule
    Rev. Raymond Moore, Pastor, x12                                            Saturday               5:00 pm (Rectory Chapel)
    Rev. John Kinter, In residence, x16                                        Sunday                 8:45 am Youth Choir
    Deacon Richard L. Walker, x30                                                                    11:30 am Gospel Choir
    Ms. Patricia Hamilton, Pastoral Administrator, x11                         Weekdays               8:00 am (Rectory Chapel)
    Mrs. Mary Waters, Office Assistant & Rectory Cook, x10                 Novena:
    Ms. Bridget Coates, Academy Principal                                      Monday                  7:00 pm   (Rectory Chapel)
    Ms. Wanda Brooks, Coordinator of Religious Education, x31
    Mr. Henry Herrera, Gospel Choir Director                               Bulletin Deadline:     Items for Sunday’s Bulletin must be
    Mrs. Charnetta Dobbins, Youth Choir Director                           received via email by 5:00pm Monday in order to have them
    Mrs. Barbara Elliott, Parish Council Chair                             included in Sunday’s publication. Thank you for honoring this
    Ms. Diana Brown, Finance Council Chair                                 important timeline.

Baptism: Please call the Parish Office to register for classes.
Confession: After Sunday Masses or by appointment, or on Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Church.
Marriage: Diocesan policy requires notification to the priest at least six months in advance. Attendance at pre-Cana classes is also
required. Contact the Parish Office for more information.

Pastoral Care of the Sick: Please notify the Parish Office when a member of the parish is in the hospital, nursing home, or is otherwise
unable to come to Mass and wishes to receive any of the sacraments.

Religious Education:
 Interested in becoming a Catholic? Please contact Fr. Raymond Moore at the Rectory.
 CCD Classes: Every Sunday at 10:30am
 Adult Education Catholic Inquiry Classes: Every Sunday at 10:30am
 Bible Study: Every Tuesday at 7:30pm
       Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion                                                       STEWARDSHIP REPORT
           Preparing to Hear God’s Word                                                EFFECTIVE SUPPORT OF YOUR CHURCH
                   Palm Sunday Procession: Mk 11:1-10                                         IS WISE STEWARDSHIP
Reading I: Is 50:4-7 – The true servant of God did not protect                              It is required of stewards that we be found faithful.
himself from death.                                                                                           (1 Corinthians 4:2)
Responsorial Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you                                   Dear God, grant that we may lay our offerings joyfully before you
abandoned me?                                                                         and not with reservations or doubt. Help us to remember your
Reading II: Phil 2:6-11 – This is an early song of faith in Jesus                     gift to us in Jesus Christ. Bless our giving of tithes, offerings and
who died and was raised.                                                              service. Amen.
Gospel: Mk 14:1-5 – The passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.                             Your offerings at last weekend’s Masses amounted to
                    Readings for Next Sunday                                           $6,089.40 for the support of our Church. This includes $12.00
      Acts 10:34a, 37-43                 Col 3:1-4             Jn 20:1-9              from Youth Envelopes.
                                                                                                           5:00 pm                      15
       MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK:                                                                       8:45 am                     161
Sunday    8:45am Marie Edelin-Birthday                                                                    11:30 am                     158
         11:30am Family of Joseph Bond, Jr.                                                                                            334
Monday           Lindora Owens & Family
Tuesday          Rena Meredith & Family                                                Thank you for continuing to be as generous as possible!
Wednesday        Suzanne Chandler & Family
Thursday         Fr. Moore, Fr. Kinter, Fr. Casmir-Feast Day                          NOVENA: There will be NO NOVENA on Monday, April 9th.
Saturday         Candidates Receiving the Sacraments
                                                                                      PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY: In observance of Holy Week
              CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK:                                                  and Easter, we will not meet on April 3rd or 10th. We will resume
Sunday    CCD Classes (10:30am-Classrooms)                                            on April 17th. We will begin an in-depth study of the life of the
          Second Chance (3:30pm-Old Library)                                          early Church after Easter and Pentecost as recorded in the Acts of
Monday    Youth Choir Rehearsal (7:00pm-Church)                                       the Apostles. Join with others as we experience Jesus together
Tuesday   NCW 2nd Community (8:00pm-Cedar Rm)                                         in our weekly fellowship around the Bible, on Tuesday
Wednesday NCW 1st Community (8:00pm-Cedar Rm)                                         evenings, at 7:30pm in the Red Room. Experience is not
Saturday  NCW (8:00pm to Sunrise-Cedar Rm)                                            necessary -- just bring your Bible and a desire to grow in your
                                                                                      faith. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED: The Parish Office will be
closed on Good Friday, April 6th, and Easter Monday, April 9th.                       ADULT DISCUSSION & FAITH SHARING GROUP:
                                                                                      The STM Faith Discussion Group will not meet today, or on
                  DAILY MASS READING                                                  April 8th, Easter Sunday. We will reconvene our discussion
                                                                                      group meeting on April 15th, and will discuss “Guilt and
Monday:     Is 42:1-7                   Jn 12:1-11                                    Forgiveness”. We welcome all adult Catholics, ages 19 and up,
Tuesday:    Is 49:1-6                   Jn 13:21-33, 36-38                            to join us at 10:30am in the Red Room, to enjoy good
Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a                   Mt 26:14-25                                   conversation, sharing and fellowship on many faith-based topics.
Thursday:  Ex: 12:1-8, 11-14             1 Cor 11:23-26                               For more information, please see Faye Powell.
                           Jn 13:1-15
Friday:     Is 52:13-53—53:12           Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9                            RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM: CCD classes
                           Jn 18:1-19:42                                              are underway. You may register for our Religious Education
Saturday:         Gn 1:1; 2:2                           Gn 22:1-18                    Program for youth in the School Office following the 8:45am
                  Ex 14:15—15:1                         Is 54:5-14                    Mass. To register, or for more information, please speak to Ms.
                  Is 55:1-11                            Bar 3:9-15, 32—4:4            Wanda Brooks, Coordinator of Religious Ed., on 301-395-3442.
                  Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28                   Rom 6:3-11
                                 Mk 16:1-7                                            STM APRIL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Couples
                                                                                      who will observe their Wedding Anniversary in the month of
KEEP THE SICK IN YOUR PRAYERS:                                   Veronica Apiafi,     April are asked to notify Ms. Mary Waters in the Church Office
Florence Askew, Monique Bailey, Viola Barnes, Linda Black, Blondinia Brown,
Deacon James Brown, Alvin & Shirley Brown, Cynthia Bruce, Felicia V. Bush,            no later than April 18th. Special Blessings will be shared with
John Bush, Mary Agnes Bush, Jane Butorac, Gwen Cannon, Dixie Clark, Andrea            our celebrants on Sunday, April 22nd.
Cole (niece of Sandra Proctor), Susie Curtis, Francess Davies, Barbara Deale, Edith
Ellis, Renee Feliu, Mary E. Ford, Eric Fuller, Tasha Gant, Tyrone Garrison, Brenda    SHARE: REGISTRATION will be held T-O-D-A-Y, from
Green, Natalie Green, Emmanuel Greene (uncle of Christina Tilghman), William          10:30am to 1:30pm. It will be held again on April 15th.
Gunn (Brother of Elnora Jackson), Earl Hamilton, Andre Harris, Margaret Harris,
Claudine Hawkins, Shant’e Hawkins, Joe Hill, James Hilton, Darryl Jackson, Gail       PICK-UP: Saturday, April 21st, 12 to 1:30pm in the Cedar
Jackson, Jimmie Jackson, Sarah Jones, Mack Kennedy, Andre Lyles, Doris Martin,        Room. Please contact Mrs. Mary Bush for more information.
Gloria & William McCaskill, Emma McEntyre, Betty Moeller, Gloria Morgan,
Angela Neal (daughter-in-law of Mrs. Neal), Margarita Perez, Faye Powell, Tom
Propes, James Roberts, Arthur Robinson, Leroy Robinson, Robert Robinson, Ciara        SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST: Please pray for the repose
Shields, Pauline Shorter, Leonard Singleton, Brenda Smith, Joe Stewart, Edsel         of the soul of Joseph Bond, Jr. He is the cousin of our dedicated
Swann, Jane Thomas, Estelle Thompson, Kristine Vivican, Paul Waters, Mary             parishioner, Renee Coles. Thank you for your continued prayers
Webster, Marilyn Denise Whetstone (Richardson’s daughter), Kobe M. Williams,
David Wilson, Orlando Witherspoon, Jean Wright (sister of Pat Wright), Marianne       for all of our church members who have recently experienced the
Young, and all who are Sick and Shut-In.                                              death of a family member. God Bless You!
                                                                                             of the Sick.     The remaining two
               PASTOR’S PEN                                                                  sacraments   serve    the    Christian
                                                                                             community: Holy Orders and Matrimony.
                                                                                                     PASCHAL TRIDUUM
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,                                                         Today is    Palm       Sunday.
                                                                                       You are invited to join us this week
    Lent is practically over and today is the Palm Sunday of                           for the Paschal Triduum, beginning
the Lord’s Passion. The Church focuses on the passion and         with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper   on Holy Thursday.
death of the Lord.
    For us the Lenten Season will end on Holy Thursday                                  ~Schedule of Services ~
evening. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins the sacred                     Holy Thursday                  April 5th          7:30pm
days we call the Triduum. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper                      Good Friday                    April 6th          7:30pm
commemorates the Last Supper and is a living memorial of                     Easter Vigil                   April 7th          7:30pm
the institution of the Eucharist and of the Lord’s Passover                        ~~ EASTER SUNDAY MASS ~~
in which Jesus left us the sacramental signs of his new                                8:45 am    11:30am
covenant. Jesus promised to be with us always through
signs he inaugurated, especially the Eucharist. Through the       HOLY THURSDAY is a Special Day for Our Priests!!
washing of feet (the mandatum), Jesus reminds us of the           This day marks the beginning of the ordained priesthood.
self-sacrificing nature of his love. Jesus, the servant of all,   Please extend your blessings and appreciation to Fr. Moore,
loves us to death. Jesus, the servant of all, washes the feet     Fr. Kinter and Fr. Casmir for their dedicated service to the
of those he serves and instructs his disciples to go and do       people of God. Special thanks, as well, to Deacon Walker!
the same.
    We celebrate the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. This          CONGRATULATIONS to the following Candidates
                                                                  who will be receiving Sacraments at the Easter Vigil:
is the commemoration of the redemption Christ won for us
on the cross. The Liturgy of Good Friday consists of three        Adults: Charles Anthony, Kenneth Bundy and
parts: the Liturgy of the Word and General Intercessions,         Sean Tshikororo.
the Veneration of the Cross and Communion.                        Youth: Jamie Anderson, Janiah Anderson, Michael E.
    The Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) is, in the          Britton, Kenneth Bundy, William E. Franklin, III, Brandon
words of St. Augustine, “the mother of all feasts.” During        Grimes, Danica Harris, Mykayla Harris, Jeremiah Harris,
the vigil, the church keeps watch as we await the                 Journee L. Logan, Donovan McLamore, Erica Shaheed and
Resurrection. It is within the Easter Vigil that the church       Funi Tshikororo.
welcomes new members through the Sacraments of                    Please join us on April 7th as we celebrate this very special
Initiation—Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The               occasion in the lives of each Candidate!
Easter Vigil is the principal celebration of Easter.
    The Easter season follows for fifty days until the next                               *** SODALITY ***
great feast, Pentecost. During the season of Easter the           Next Sodality Union Mass & Meeting on Saturday, April 14,
entire church enters into a period in which we experience         2012, at Church of the Nativity, 6000 Georgia Ave, NW,
and reflect upon the meaning of the dying and rising of           Washington, DC. Rosary at 9:30am; Mass at 10:00am. A
                                                                  Sodality Union Raffle will be held during the meeting. STM
Jesus. These fifty days show us how to live the mystery of
                                                                  Sodality members are encouraged to attend.
Easter as a result of our being plunged into the waters of
new life in Baptism, of being anointed with the Spirit, and       STM Sodality General Meeting will be held on Sunday, April
                                                                  15, 2012, immediately following the 8:45am Mass. (Meeting is
of feasting at the Lord’s Table in the Eucharistic feast.         rescheduled from first Sunday due to the Easter season.)
    Please note the Holy Week schedule in today’s Sunday          ************************************************************************************
Bulletin.                                                                    Senior Fashion Show and Luncheon!!!
   Make plans to join in this beautiful and sacred                On April 28, 2012, the Sodality will host a Senior Fashion Show
celebration.                                                      & Luncheon at St. Thomas More, from 1:00-5:00pm. Doors will
                                                                  open at 1:00pm. Lunch will be served from 1:30-3:00pm only.
                       In His Love,                               Ticket donation: $15.00. Ticket contacts: Audrey Caldwell,
                                                                  301-567-6451; Laura Brown, 301-899-8099; Margaret Butler,
               Fr. Raymond Moore                                  301-702-1398, or any Sodality member. Ticket donations are
                                                                  due by April 22nd. NO DOOR SALES.
DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that a sacrament is an                 Note: For planning purposes, our final count is needed by
outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace? The              April 22nd to ensure that we procure enough to provide for all
sacraments are tangible expressions of intangible grace.          luncheon attendees. Thank you for your support!
Sacraments use visible signs to convey divine power or            SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:
grace—Signs include water in Baptism, bread and wine in the       Our Sodality will award $150 Essay Scholarship Awards to three
Eucharist, holy oils in anointing. Three sacraments initiate us   high school seniors. Write an essay on the topic “My Faith at
into the Body of Christ: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.     Home, in School and in my Community.” Awards will be based
There are two sacraments of healing: Penance and Anointing        on the essay criteria, which is available from Dr. Ruth Richardson
(202-562-5431). Entries are due by June 1, 1012. Seniors, this        Many great things are happening at our STM Academy! For more
is a wonderful opportunity available to you!                          information please call the School Office: 202-561-1189.

                                                                              NOTES FOR TODAY…
          St. Thomas More Church                                      ____________________________________
              60th Anniversary Gala                                   ____________________________________
                                on                                    ____________________________________
         Saturday, September 8, 2012                                  ____________________________________
                                at                                    ____________________________________
           La Fontaine Bleu                                           ____________________________________
          Lanham, Maryland                                            ____________________________________
           8:00pm~Midnight                                            ____________________________________
    Semi-Formal Gala ~~ Adults Only                                   ____________________________________
           (Must be at least 21 years of age)                         ____________________________________
              Price: $65.00                                           ____________________________________
Purchase tickets from Ticket Captains:                                ____________________________________
Laura Brown & Margaret Butler ~8:45am Mass                            ____________________________________
Sharie Wood &Viola Davies ~11:30am Mass                               ____________________________________
Seeking Table Captains to sell tickets for a table.                   ____________________________________
If interested, please contact one of the Ticket                       ____________________________________
Captains, any Anniversary Committee member, or                        ____________________________________
Liz Berry.                                                            ____________________________________
               Lay-Away Plans available ~                             ____________________________________
       purchase your tickets now and pay as you go!!
                                                                      GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS AT MT. OLIVET: You
                                                                      are invited to prayerfully remember deceased loved ones by
       STM FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS                                      walking the Stations of the Cross at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 12
         STILL APPRECIATED!!                                          noon on Friday, April 6th. For more information, please contact
We continue to experience a need for donations                        Jeffrey McConnell at Mount Olivet Cemetery on 202-399-3000.
and appeal to your generous spirit of giving
for Our STM Food Pantry.                                              OLPH SPRING FLING: The OLPH Brothers and Sisters in
                                                                      Christ Ministry presents a Spring Fling on Saturday, April 14,
     We continue to have a particular need for:                       2012, from 4:00- 8:00pm, at the Panorama Room (1600 Morris
STAPLES: Hot and cold cereals, peanut butter, jelly, rice,            Road, SE. Cost is $5.00 per person (ages 5-18). Refreshments
pasta, instant potatoes, beans, tomato paste/sauce; and               will be sold. For tickets, please contact Justine Briscoe
                                                                      Middleton on 202-674-2895. (Advance tickets sales only.)
NUTRITIOUS CANNED ITEMS: Stews with meat, chicken,
hash, spaghetti with meat balls, tuna, salmon, fruits & vegetables.
                                                                      CELL PHONES/TEXTING DURING MASS: Please
                     Thank You! God Bless!
                                                                      respect our Sacred Space and turn off/silence electronic devices
                                                                      during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In the event that you must
STM CATHOLIC ACADEMY PERFORMANCES:                                    use your phone, kindly step outside of the sanctuary. Thank you!
Please join the students of our STM Catholic Academy as they
celebrate Black History Month and their Spring Concert with a         OUR STM WEBSITE: The STM Website is still a “work in
Special Presentation at THEARC, on Friday, May 4, 2012.               progress” at this time. Thank you for bearing with us during this
“remodeling” process! For the Sunday Bulletin and a few other
uploads now available for you to access, please visit our site at

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