Monday, December 22nd

Adult Ed • 9:30am
Daily Mass • 5:15pm
Art & Environment • 5:30pm
Individual Confessions • 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 23rd

NO Marian Prayer Group
NO Women's Book Study
"Walking Utopia" • 7:00am - 9:00am
Daily Mass • 7:15am
THOMS MOMS • 9:15am
Mass @ Via Christi • 9:30am
Fraschilla Funeral • 10:00am - 11:00am
Children's Choir Rehearsal • 10:00am
Individual Confessions • 11:30am - 1:00pm
STM Card Group • 7:00pm
Tuesday Basketball • 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 24th

NO K-6 & Jr YM
NO Adult Choir
Christmas Eve Mass • 4:00pm
Youth Choir Rehearsal • 5:30pm
Christmas Eve Mass • 6:30pm
Christmas Eve Mass • 11:00pm
Thursday, December 25th

NO Bell Choir
NO "Walking Utopia"
Christmas Day Mass • 9:00am
Friday, December 26th

NO Daily Mass
NO "Walking Utopia"
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Christmas-Epiphany PDF Print

In order to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated as follows:

Communal Penance Service - December 14  at  3:00 p.m.
Individual Confessions:
December 22 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
December 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Mass schedule for Christmas through Epiphany:

Christmas Eve - December 24
4:00 p.m. - Vigil Mass with Children's Choir
6:30 p.m. - Vigil Mass with Youth Choir
11:00 p.m. - Mass in the Night with Adult Choir
New Year's Eve - December 31
5:30 p.m. - New Year's Eve Mass
Christmas Day - December 25
9:00 a.m. - Christmas Day Mass
New Year's Day - January 1
9:00 a.m. - New Year's Day Mass
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph
December 27: 4:30 p.m.
December 28: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
Epiphany of the Lord
January 3: 4:30 p.m.
January 4: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.

The Parish Office will be closed the afternoon of December 24 through December 26 and January 1-2.  There will be no "Walking Utopia" on December 25-26 and January 1-2.

Pastor's Corner PDF Print

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” How gratifying and encouraging that message must have been for Mary.  Even though she heard the announcement that she would be the Mother of God, she trusted, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your

Women's Conference PDF Print

Our Annual Women's Conference will be held on March 7!  This year's speaker is ValLimar Jansen.  The conference is entitled "Mothers, Mystics, and Models of Faith".  Registration Deadline is February 28.  Forms are available in the parish office or the conference website.

Light of the World PDF Print

Light of the World Parish Retreat
St. Thomas More
Friday, January 23 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 25 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Contact the parish office for more information and registration!

Committee Close-Up PDF Print

Learn how our parish functions by taking a closer look at this month's featured committee!

Art & Environment

"Live flowers and plants are a symbol of our joy in Christ and express our thanksgiving for the gifts of creation."  Therefore, Art & Environment do their best to use live flowers and plants or those that have been alive (dried plants or flowers).  Nothing artificial is used inside the church.  Art & Environment not only designs the decor, but also works nonstop to maintain it.  This requires a lot of planning, care, and dedication.  Check back next week to learn more or visit the Liturgy pages.


Father Don ZimmermanWelcome to St. Thomas More Parish where our mission is "to profess the Gospel of Jesus Christ by living our faith through prayer, scripture, evangelism, service, and celebration of the sacraments". We invite you to join the more than 900 families who worship with us and share of their time, talents, and treasure to make our parish welcoming, hospitable, and full of vitality. All of the Pastoral Team are committed to serving you. Pastoral care is an essential element of who we are in Christ Jesus. We are grateful for the privilege to serve along side our numerous volunteers. Perhaps you have suggestions about how we can make our parish a more warm and dynamic place to worship and fellowship with other followers of Christ. If so, please share them with any member of the Pastoral Team. We look forward to serving Christ with you!

-Father Don Zimmerman, Pastor


Mass Times

Lord's Day Mass
Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. **
Daily Mass
Monday 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 7:15 a.m.

**Summer Schedule: From Memorial Day through Labor Day, there will be NO Sunday 5:30 Mass.

See the bulletin for details


Current Reflection

Question of the Week
Adult Question
:  How does having a God who knows what it means to be human affect the way you pray and think about God?
Children's Question:  Why is it important for you to obey your parents?

All Creation Is Singing God's Praise
The order and harmony of the created world results from the diversity of beings and from the relationships which exist among them...The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man's intellect and will. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 341)
How I Can Help...

  • Adopt a whale for Christmas!  The National Wildlife Foundation's Adoption Center allows you to symbolically adopt your favorite species and at the same time support NWF's important work protecting wildlife and connecting people to nature.  Whether your child's favorite animal is an armadillo or a warthog, the NWF has a wide variety of species to choose from.  A $30 Adoption Kit includes a plush animal, a Certificate of Adoption, and an 11 x 14 full color poster.  This is a great way to "Go Green" this Christmas.

How does care for creation relate to our identity as Christians?  Watch this space for ideas and inspiration in the coming weeks.



Saturday: 3:30 - 4:00 PM
OR by appointment

St Thomas More Catholic Church
2900 Kimball Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 776-5151


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