Decker this weekend
Join us in welcoming our new associate
pastor, Father Chris Decker, at Fellowship
Sunday hosted by the Senior Ministry on
Sunday, July 12 after the 10 a.m. Mass in
VOL. 3 9 , NO. 2 8 www.stmchurch.org FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2009 the Activity Center.
Father Christopher Joseph Decker was born in Metairie,
St. Thomas More Catholic School plans celebrations of 50 years
Louisiana, but was raised in St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in
Baker. He is an alumnus of Scotlandville Magnet High School
As St. Thomas More Catholic Church ends its 50th year in Baton Rouge and St. Joseph Seminary College in St.
celebrations, the school looks forward to celebrating its
50th birthday during the 2009 – 2010 school year. Plans Benedict, Louisiana. Since his ordination in 2007 Father
to celebrate this milestone in various ways throughout the Decker has served first as parochial vicar of Immaculate
year include a block party, birthday party, 50’s dress day, Conception Parish in Denham Springs and more recently of
Monday night football and special liturgies encompassing St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Baton Rouge.
the school community, both past and present.
St. Thomas More Catholic School has truly built up its
legacy over the years. On September 12, 1960, the St.
Thomas More Catholic School opened its doors under the JustFaith Ministries is a Catholic-based formation program
leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph to 711 students and that empowers people and expands their commitment to social
24 staff members. The campus consisted of the church, a ministry. You study the Church’s commitment to the poor and
single two-story building, and a cafeteria. Today, the cam- vulnerable in a lively, challenging, multifaceted process in the
pus has been expanded to include eight buildings includ-
ing a gymnasium, a junior high, a kindergarten, a church, context of a small faith community. Founded in 1989, JustFaith
a parish activity center, an expanded cafeteria, and one of has had more than 10,000 people in over 600 parishes participate
As the church ends its 50th y ear celebrations, the largest elementary libraries in the Catholic Diocese. in this hugely successful program.
anniv ersary committee co-chairs Terry Bellon and Our staff and student enrollment has expanded in our 50 Sharon Bidwell from the nation JustFaith office will be in
Maureen Frey pass the candle to Dr. Judy years of history. We continually enhance religious, aca- Baton Rouge on Thursday, July 30 at the Bishop Tracy Center,
Armstrong, principal as the school begins its demic and co-curricular programs, improve technology
50th y ear of celebrations.
Rooms 206A and B, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, for two JustFaith
integration, and educate minds and hearts for Christ. presentations: 3 – 4:30 p.m. presentation for JustFaith graduates;
As the school celebrates its past and looks forward to a
bright future, it continues to fulfill the mission of the school of continuing a legacy of excellence in religious 5:15 – 9 p.m. presentation for those new to JustFaith. Reserve
and academic education in a nurturing environment that fosters self-discipline. your seat now! Please contact Becky Reiner at breiners@ccdio-
Please keep the school in your prayers as it celebrates 50 years of Catholic education. br.org, or by phone at 336-8770, ext. 405. Registration fee is $10
Moses, the Israelites and bayou critters…VBS is here!
(may be paid at the door).
Catholic Charities senior
What do the Exodus story of Moses and the Israelites and a bayou full of fun
characters have to do with each other? They come together in this year’s vaca-
tion bible school, Crocodile Dock: Where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light. Are you age 55 or better? Unemployed? Earn money while
Beginning Monday, July 13 the STM campus will host 125 kids for a week of you gain job skills! You may qualify to be paid 20 hours/week of
songs, stories, games, crafts and fun.
Each day the participants will hear part of the Exodus story beginning with on-the-job training to help you lean new job skills for today’s
Moses and the burning bush and ending with the triumphal crossing of the Red workplace. Earn a paycheck and gain new skills to transition to
Sea. Each part of the story reminds the participants that when God is on our side part- or full-time regular employment. Openings now! Call
we have no need to be afraid. One day is also set aside to remind them of the gift Wendy Hellinger or Claude Waite at Catholic Charities (336-
God gave us in Jesus, who died and rose for us so that we do not have to be afraid 8700) to set up an interview. In these difficult economic times,
of death. the senior employment program offers mature adults a much
Each day a fun bayou critter is used to help introduce the theme of the day. This year the participants needed opportunity to earn extra income while gaining skills and
will be introduced to Flash the Firefly, Jacques le Croc, Belle the Spoonbill, Blossom the Possum and
Tucker the Turtle. Each child receives a set of these characters to take home with them to remind them experience.
of the lessons they learn this week.
Many thanks go out to the adult volunteers who make the week of VBS a safe, fun and exciting time
for kids. Please keep them, the participants, and all the junior helpers in your prayers this week as we cel-
ebrate God’s love for us.
Commit to the youth of our parish
on Ministry Stewardship Sunday
By Ryan Foulon,
STM Coordinator of Adolescent Formation
What is St Thomas More Youth Ministry?
Simply put, it is fun, faith, and friends, usually with a little food
added to keep our engines going!
STM Youth Ministry seeks to help our youth share their gifts, grow
in life skills, develop a positive self-image, overcome prejudices, develop respect for differences, serve those
Visiting with founding pastor Msgr. Frey at the 50th anniver-
in need, foster social change, participate in the sacraments, develop a personal spirituality and prayer life,
sary reception on Saturday, June 27 are Evelyn Tibier, Pat
apply Catholic faith to daily life, integrate Catholic values, participate in the Church, and develop a personal Ruckstuhl, Carolyn Talbot, Zoe Schluter, Cheryl Macaluso,
relationship with Jesus. Konrad Talbot, and Dick Ruckstuhl.
STM Youth Ministry is more than programs and events. It is every effort by us, the St. Thomas More faith
community, to reach out to the youth of the parish with the love of God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ
through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are blessed to have such an amazing youth group here at STM, and I encourage you to pray about and
consider getting involved by volunteering during our STM Stewardship of Ministry weekend, Aug. 29-30.
the St. Thomas More Church
11441 Goodwood Blvd.
BULLETIN Baton Rouge, LA 70815
In a cari ng env i ro nment dedi cat ed t o
cel eb rat i ng t he Cat ho l i c fai t h and
mo del i ng t he l i fe o f Jes us Chri s t ,
St . Tho mas Mo re Church p ro v i des
wo rs hi p , educat i o n, mi ni s t eri al Fr. Tom and Fr. Carv ille cutting the anniv ersary cakes at the
and s o ci al o p p o rt uni t i es fo r t he s p i r- reception following the Mass. See Page 3 for more photos of
i t ual g ro wt h o f t he p ari s h fami l y . our Golden Jubilee.
This Week at STM
The Tower, July 10, 2009
Sunday Masses: Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m.; church office at 275-3940.
Sunday, 8, and 10 a.m.; 12 noon, and 6 p.m. Marriages: Call the parish office at least six
Nursery: The parish nursery is open Sunday months before the wedding date to make arrange-
during the 10 a.m. Mass in the Activity Center. ments.
Weekday Masses: 6 a.m. Monday-Friday; 8:45 Perpetual Help Novena and Benediction:
a.m. Monday–Saturday. Saturdays at 9:15 a.m.
Holy Days of Obligation: 6 p.m. Vigil Mass; 6 Perpetual Adoration: Held 24 hours each day
and 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. on the feast day. in the Adoration Chapel.
Dear Parish Family, Baptisms: Prospective parents are asked to call Moving? Parishioners who are moving out of
Our 50th anniversary was truly a great celebra- the parish office in the early stages of pregnancy. the parish or changing addresses within the parish
tion. It took many weeks to prepare and carry out The sacrament is celebrated on the last Sunday of should call the parish office (275-3940) to update
such a fitting celebration. There were so many each month at 1:30 p.m. in church. information.
things that needed to be done weeks ahead of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays, 4-5 Prayer Chain: For serious or urgent prayer
celebration. Save the date cards were sent to the p.m. requests, call Lydia Pourciau at 216-2521. If no
priests, religious and our charter members. The Eucharist: Any homebound parishioner who answer, please leave your name and phone number
invitations were addressed about one month would like to receive Communion should call the for a callback.
before the day. Music needed to be selected;
music was composed; brass and strings needed to SACRISTANS parish receptionist as soon as possible.)
be hired; and hours of practice were scheduled. The décor in church was July 13 – Team 4 PRAYER LIST
planned and executed over a number of weeks. Do you know how much SANCTUARY LIGHT Please remember in your prayers these seriously
work goes into making a banner? The décor in the hall took weeks, as The Sanctuary Light in the church will burn in ill persons: Therese Andoe, Ruby Aydell, Bill
well. What about the food for the reception? It took weeks of planning memory of Philip J. Muscarello Sr. the week of Bailey, Karen Bellue, Shauntell Bernard,
to get the menu together and over a week to cook the food. We hired the July 11 – 17 as requested by Ronnie, Kim and fam- Whitey Bordelon, Glenda Brown, James Catha,
band Bits and Pieces a year ago for the dance. They were great and ily. Frank Cacioppo, Casimir Cerniaukas, Andy
everyone danced into the night. The 50th anniversary committee with co- MASS INTENTIONS Chase, Alice Chenot, Dick Chenot, Dot
chairs Terry Bellon and Maureen Frey did an excellent job of planning Saturday, July 11 – 8:45 a.m.: Tree of Life; Corsentino, Ellis Coutee, Delores Covington,
this past year’s celebration. 5:00 p.m.: Pauline Schittone; Joe Polito; Daniel H. Earlene Cox, Joyce Crick, Pete DeBenedetto,
Don Gros composed a song for the occasion. His son Ward Gros put Hoffman, Jr.; Louis E. Jung, Jr.; Fran Lemkul; Glynn Dietrich, Jorge Escalante, Willard Favre,
words to the music. “Faithful Companions in Christ” was the perfect Joseph & Susan C. Monjure; Philip J. Muscarello, Wanda Frank, Glythenia Garr and Family,
song to set the mood for the whole celebration. Sr.; Lenore Hahn Murray Marvin Garrene, Pearl Godso, Mac Griffin,
The priests began to gather about 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Msgr. Sunday, July 12 - 8:00 a.m.: For the People; Mary Gros, Kerry Guercio, Gayle Guillot,
Greene was the first to arrive. I took him over to the office building 10:00 a.m. Paul Sifkovits; M/M H.J. Rose; Narcille Grant Hebert, Josie Hebert, Marina Hennessey,
where the priests were to vest. Msgr. Frey, our founding pastor, arrived Agnes Ferrara; Joe Schittone, Sr.; Dora Mary Carol Hester, Gillis Hill, Sarah Wickline Hull,
next. Fr. Carville, Fr. Martin, Fr. William, Msgr. Lefebvre, and Fr. Barbato; Odessa Ducote; Ellen “Snooky” Sylvia Jeansonne, Jim Kessel, Corinne Landry,
Marcell all concelebrated the Mass. Bishop Muench arrived and had a Melancon; Special Intentions for the James F. Grady Martin, Barbara Murray, Sue Murray,
great time before Mass with the clergy. He truly enjoyed the Mass and Smith Family (Living) 12:00 p.m.: Maurice “Joe” Viola Reine, Dot Roussel, Kevin Smith, Beulah
reception. I want to thank all the clergy who attended the celebration. Bienvenu; 6:00 p.m.: Lillian Tessitore Spille, Midge Sutherland, Edith Talbot, Letty
There were a number of religious who came to celebrate with us, Sr. Monday, July 13 – 6:00 a.m.: Purgatory Ward, Doris White, Crystal Wilkinson, Edward
Johanne Pederson, Sr. Mila Sones, Sr. Dianne Heinrich, Sr. Jane Louise Society; 8:45 a.m.: Amera Kroeger Willis, Gabriel Willis, and Vivian Zimmer.
Arbour, and Sr. Dehra Elliot. It was great to see all of them. All the Tuesday, July 14 – 6:00 a.m.: Special SPECIAL EVENTS
parishioners spent a great deal of time talking with them. They really Intentions for Morgan Doyle (Living); 8:45 a.m.: Saturday, July 11 – Confessions, 4 p.m.;
helped to work and build our community with their gifts and love. John Vidrine Retrouvaille/CORE, 6 p.m.
Fr. Carville’s homily was outstanding! He reminded all of us that our Wednesday, July 15 – 6:00 a.m.: Charles Sunday, July 12 – Fellowship Sunday/Fr. Chris
parish was started by laity in a time when laity usually didn’t have a Fuller; 8:45 a.m.: Victor W. Blereau Decker Welcome, following 10 a.m. Mass
voice. A group of men went to New Orleans to ask Archbishop Rummel Thursday, July 16 – 6:00 a.m.: Gaiten Monday July 13 – Vacation Bible School, 9
to establish a mission parish. Archbishop Rummel heard them and cre- Livaudais; 8:45 a.m.: Dan Hoffman a.m.; Altar Server Training, 5:30 p.m.;
ated our parish in 1959. He marked the outstanding strides our parish Friday, July 17 – 6 a.m.: Clayton B. Fontenot; Contemporary Choir Practice, 7 p.m.
made in developing as a true Vatican II parish. The Council called for the 8:45 a.m.: John Grosch Tuesday, July 14 – Vacation Bible School, 9
laity to take their rightful role as priestly people in helping to build the HOSPITAL LIST a.m.
Kingdom. St. Thomas More Parish excelled in the Council’s call to work Your prayers are requested for these parishioners Wednesday, July 15 – Vacation Bible School, 9
hand in hand with clergy and religious to make the church life-giving. who were hospitalized June 24 – 30: Betty a.m.; Wednesday Night Rosary, 7 p.m.
Brouillette, Alice Lacour, Walter Paine and Thursday, July 16 – Vacation Bible School, 9
We had and still have excellent committees such as our pastoral council,
commissions, stewardship, social justice, liturgy and worship, RCIA, and James Speaks. (Anyone who would prefer not to a.m.
so many more. He presented a call for us to continue to live our heritage appear on the Tower hospital list should call the Friday, July 17 – Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.
as workers in the Lord’s Church.
I want to thank our charter members for having the courage to estab-
lish our parish. It has taken all of us over the past 50 years to make our
parish the parish it is today. It takes all of us sharing our prayer, talents SINGLE SPOUSES MINISTRY service is recognized by the U.S. Conference of
and treasure to build the Body of Christ. July 16: Poker, 1:30 p.m., limit 7 players, Catholic Bishops and lists Mass times for parish-
The Mass was beautiful. The choir was the best I have heard. Thanks RSVP Roy McLaughlin 927-0062 es across the United States: www.masstimes.org.
to Janelle, Melanie, David Galasso, who returned to sing with the choir,
Julie, and Jacques, who prepared the liturgy, the program, and was can- CENACLE RETREATS
tor, too. The brass and strings added so much to the service. Thanks to Cenacle Retreat House presents Becoming a CATHOLIC CHARITIES
all of you for the beautiful job. Mature Believer (Fr. Simeon Gallagher) – reflec- Maternity and Adoption Counseling by
As the Mass ended, I invited the 50th anniversary committee forward tions on the challenge of growth in faith and liv- Catholic Charities provides free and confidential
and thanked them. I called the school’s 50th anniversary committee for- ing of faith in a mature/adult fashion, July 16-22. counseling services to those experiencing an
ward and we handed the light from the parish to the school. Our school Call 1-800-699-4095 for details. unplanned pregnancy regardless of their decision
celebrates their 50th anniversary during the next school year. Let’s keep to parent or make an adoption plan. Call
their celebration and our school in your prayers. MASS TIME WEBSITE Kathryn Coreil at 336-8708, email
The reception was outstanding. The food war glorious and plentiful! Are you traveling this summer? Mass Times firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 1900 Acadian
Tomi Neames and Patrice Bruno worked with many parishioners to pre- is a ministry for traveling Catholics. This free Thruway.
pare the wonderful food at the reception. Maureen Frey made two won-
derful cakes to celebrate our anniversary. Janet Talbot and Angie Ducote
decorated the hall with beauty and taste. Toward the end of the reception
ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH STAFF ST. THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC CHURCH
11441 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Pastor: Fr. Tom Duhé
there was not much food left. What was left was brought to the gym for Associate Pastor: Fr. Chris Decker
Web site: www.stmchurch.org
the dance. Permanent Deacon: Rev. Dr. Clayton Hollier
The dance was fun and the band was great. Close to 175 people STM School Principal: Dr. Judy Armstrong
STM Preschool Principal: Mrs. Angie Ducote
Parish Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday;
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday
attended. Most people stayed and danced into the night. They called me Pastoral Assistant: Mr. Dan Zito Office Phone: 275-3940 Office Fax: 275-1407
up to the stage to sing “Soul Man” with them. Can you believe that?! Business Manager: Mr. Joe Ducote STM School: 275-2820 STM Preschool: 272-3477
Each time they sang the words “I’m a soul man,” they wanted me to join Coordinator of Liturgy: Mr. Jacques Pourciau STM Youth Office: 275-2690
them. Let me say that they will remain a great band without my help. It Coordinator of Adolescent Formation: Mr. Ryan Foulon
Coordinator of Elementary Formation/RCIA: Ms. Sarah Neau
was a fun evening. Director of Adult Religious Formation: Ms. Marybelle Hardin Editor and Publisher: Rev. Thomas P. Duhé
We have some pictures on Page 3 and Jamie Craig took pictures for Administrative Assistant/Tower: Mrs. Ellen Guidry Printing: Baton Rouge Press, Inc.
InRegister. The Advocate came to take pictures, too. Laura Deavers took Bookkeeper: Ms. Ima Garland
pictures for The Catholic Commentator. We will also have all the pictures Receptionist: Mrs. Melissa Godso “TOWER - ST. THOMAS MORE BULLETIN (THE)” (USPS 517-040)
Office Assistant: Mrs. Linda Riché
from this special celebration on our website. Look at them and continue
Published weekly except the last Fridays of June and December
Evening Receptionist: Ms. Josie Rando Subscription Price: $10 annually
to celebrate this wonderful day in the life of our parish. Director of Music: Mrs. Janelle Couvillon Periodicals postage paid at Baton Rouge, LA
May God bless us as we move toward our next 50 years. Wedding Coordinator: Mrs. Sylvia Kress Deadline: Noon Fridays
In Christ, Sacristan: Mrs. Sharon Keaton
Activity Center Custodian: Mrs. Sandra Porter
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to:
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The Tower, July 10, 2009 3
STM Parish celebrates 50 years of blessings
Photos by Bobbie Stiglets
Marion Hill, Angie Ducote, and Sr. Dianne Heinrich Principal Dr. Judy Armstrong, far right, with past St. Thomas More Parish Knights of Columbus
with Fr. Tom before Mass principals Ms. Gloria Troxler, Sr. Johanne Pederson, Council #5530
and Sr. Mila Sones
50th anniversary committee, left to right, Gary
Littlefield, Mary Jurey, Tomi Neames, Betty Stevenson,
Maureen Frey, Angie Ducote, Terry Bellon, Mary Lee Ed McLaughlin, Robert Kumse, Aine McLaughlin, and Donni Shields and Sr. Jane Louise Arbour
Guillot, Ron McDaniel, Beth Broussard, Sid Pat Prince
Ferguson, and Dan Zito
John and Cathie Ryan with Gerald and Marti Didier Fr. Carville, Merlyn Stratmann, Charlie Antrobus, Chris, Ann, Carolyn, and Bobby Handy
Neissy Graf, and Michelle Dearie
Henry Guidry, D.J. and Jo Ann Webre and Barbara Marie Standfil, C.J. Lombardo, Louise Vicaro, Victor Jane and George Gelpi, Fr. William, Janelle Couvillon,
Michalski Termini, and Ida Drago and Fr. Tom
Hardworking reception volunteers
Sylvia Kress, Sr. Mila Sones, Bishop Muench, Doris Joan Dowd, Eve Chenevert, and Mary Hsu
White, and Lydia Pouricau
4 The Tower, July 10, 2009
Jesuit Spirituality Center Retreats PRAY FOR MILITARY OUR PARISH FAMILY
The Jesuit Spirituality Center in Grand Coteau, La. specializes in personally direct-
Military Rosary and Devotion to Mary; BAPTISMS
ed retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Solitude and silence We extend a warm welcome into the
first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in
are important aspects of these retreats. Retreats may range from 3 days, 5 days, or 8 Church family to the following children
days, to a full month. Costs vary according to the length of the retreat. The Jesuit the church. who were baptized at St. Thomas More
Spirituality Center is pleased to offer, in 2009, individually directed retreats Aug. 3 – during the month of June:
Thomas Gifford Alley child of Todd
12, Aug. 24 – Sept. 2, Sept. 8 – 17, and Sept. 21 – 30. Please remember in your prayers the fol-
Alley and Monica Rodrigue;
UPCOMING SPECIAL RETREATS lowing active-duty servicemen and Landon James Buuck, child of James
Prayer and Worship in the New Testament presented by Fr. Jerome Neyrey, S.J., women: Louis Buuck and Lynsey Lavergne;
Thursday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 23. If prayer is the communication of human beings Lance Cpl. Matthew Azar Nicole Marie Jorgensen, child of
with God, then worship is largely God’s response to them. Through fresh insights into Lt. Matthew Boyd Geoffrey Jorgensen and Eileen Wallin and
Christopher Khoa Anh Nguyen,
the sociology of communication, the aim of this program for each individual participant 1st Lt. Daniel Paul Braud child of Son Anh Nguyen and Anh Dao
is enriched personal experience in prayer.
Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Breaux Thi Tran.
An Ignatian Guided Retreat presented by Fr. Paul Patin, S.J., Thursday, Sept. 3 –
Lance Cpl. Jordan Byrd
Sunday, Sept. 6. Daily talks will be given on themes from the Spiritual Exercises of St.
Lt. Elaine Cherry WEDDINGS
Ignatius as a guide for personal prayer and to allow retreatants to gain further insights The parish congratulates Michael
to the Exercises. Individual conferences will also be available. Maj. Aimee Duplechin-Coleman Flynn Todd and Dana Elizabeth
For an application form, visit www.jesuitspiritualitycenter.org, or call 337-662-5251 Capt. Scott Coleman D’Aquin who were married on June 19
M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Capt. Russ Cook here at St. Thomas More Church.
Jules Haigler planning career in archaeology
Capt. Jeremy Duplechin The parish also congratulates David
Anthony Guidry and Minette Kathleen
Lt. Brock Eckel
Judice who were married on June 26 here
Sgt. Jason Fielding at St. Thomas More Church.
By Mary Brouillette Airman 1st Class Gabe Garcia We wish both couples a lifetime of
3rd Class Petty Officer Stephen Gibson happiness together!
Jules Haigler, son of Donald and Joanie Haigler and grand- Master Sgt. Ward T. Gros
son of Earl and Joanne LeBlanc, recently graduated from
Baton Rouge Magnet High School. Seaman Hunter Guest
“My dad attended St. Thomas More School, and my mom Lt. Col. Gregory Guidry
(Contact Melissa Godso at 275-3940. Deadline is two
went to Broadmoor High. All my family is from close by,” Capt. Gordon Guillot weeks prior to publication.)
Jules said. “My grandfather has always been very active in 1st Lt. Brittany Haynes For Sale: St. Michael’s High School
the Knights of Columbus, and he and my grandmother are at
activities at STM all the time. My parents were even married Cpl. Peter Leggio Blazer, size 14, like new, $40. Call 272-
at St. Thomas More when the church was in the gym.” Petty Officer William Logsdon 4701.
Jules has one sibling, Jesse, who is autistic. His brother Lt. John M. Macus, III Available: Parish youth available to
pet sit. Call 773-3541.
has taught him great respect and tolerance for others who are Airman 1st Class Gerard Marler Needed: St. Jean Vianney Parish is
different from himself.
He attended elementary school at St. Thomas More but chose the Talented Arts pro- Pvt. 1st Class Robert L. Patt, Jr. looking for a dependable person(s) to
gram at BRMHS because it offered a more rounded approach to the arts than he had Pvt. 1st Class Eric Pavlovich work part-time with their extended care
experienced while attending STM School. In high school he was active in the Art Club Sgt. Gerald B. Pitchford program. Moms are welcome to bring
and in ANIME, a club devoted to Japanese art traditions. He was a summa cum laude their children. Caregivers are needed
Cpl. John David Pitchford from 3 – 6 p.m. You will work two to
graduate of Baton Rouge High and recently has begun his undergraduate work at LSU.
Jules has chosen to major in archaeology while still pursing drawing and painting Lance Cpl. Britt J. Roussel four days/week. Duties consist of
“without a degree.” He is grateful to April Hammock, an art teacher at Baton Rouge Lt. Col. Mark A. Russo preparing snacks, calling roll, supervis-
High, for introducing him to art history, which may become his minor at LSU. He Cpl. Joshua Simonds ing homework, and supervising play.
already has sold several pieces and hopes one day to display at the Broadmoor Arts and Interested persons may contact Charlyn
Crafts Festival. Cpl. Jonathan Zalfen Bliss at 753-7644 or 752-5356 or pick
Jules credits STM School social studies teacher Marilyn Turk for his interest in (To add a name to the military prayer up an employment form from the
archeology and things of ancient origins. “Mrs. Turk brought some arrowheads to class list, call Linda Riché at the church office, Learning & Growth Preschool.
one day and told us about finding them,” Jules said. “I have been fascinated ever 275-3940.)
since!” From this experience Jules was inspired to delve into other things with histor-
ical backgrounds. His family has a place near St. Francisville, and he searches for
arrowheads near the creek.
Jules recently visited New Mexico with his family, where they explored ruins of the PHYSICAL THERAPY
Indians at Bandelier National Monument and other locations around Santa Fe, Taos and
Los Alamos. Jules likes to paint in oils and enjoys depicting Native Americans, so this
trip has inspired his art as well as his interest in history and archaeology. His love of art 275-3177
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things from this young parishioner of St. Thomas More Parish. We wish him well.
Gifts of Stewardship C. Farrell Frugé,
Sunday’s readings are about being chosen and sent. The
prophet Amos was chosen by the Lord and sent to use his talents
for the people of God. The Gospel recounts the story of the send- TAILORING & ALTERATIONS
ing of the twelve. In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that we, too, are cho- Fo r M en, Wo m en & Chil dr e n 11811 Coursey Blvd., Ste. A
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Parish Stewardship Summary 293-2848 & 293-2849 Telephone: (225) 292-9700
July 1, 2008 to June 28, 2009
Goal for Fiscal Year-to-Date $ 1,399,996
Amount Contributed to Date $ 1,345,957
Difference $ -54,039
Weekly Offertory Goal $ 26,923
Offertory for week ending 6/28/09 $ 17,201
Difference $ -9,722
Maintenance Fund Collection $ 96
Building Fund Collection $ 367