My husband and I recently returned from vacation. We enjoyed a relaxing few days delighting in beautiful scenery, quaint small towns, and good food. We arrived home on Saturday and attended Mass on Sunday here at STM. Sitting in church before Mass began, I felt the most peace I had experienced in several days. I have great affection for this building, these pews, this altar. Receiving Holy Communion is always a blessed occasion, but it becomes even more special when it is shared with your personal faith community. Looking around the sanctuary I know the people I am sharing this sacred meal with. We have a common bond in our love of Christ, our faith in the Gospels, and our willingness to share what we receive with the greater community. The people I share the bread and wine with on Sunday inspire me to try to live my life as the hands and feet of Jesus, to challenge injustices, and stand on the side of love with those less fortunate.
I believe our church is more than doctrines. It is a place that marks the changes in our lives: the baptisms of our children, first communions, confirmations, weddings, and, as we did last week when we laid Fr. Werth to rest, a place to say goodbye to someone we dearly love. It is a place to celebrate, to heal, and to transform our lives.
One of the wonderful things about a community of faith is that you find the more you give, the more you get back. The more you contribute to the goals of the faith community, the more the community gives back to you, and then…you want to give even more! This cycle creates a living, fruitful Body of Christ that can truly make positive changes in the lives of others.
If you are new to St. Thomas More, welcome! You have found a dynamic faith community. Now that you are a member, search for a way you can give of your time and talent and take ownership of this community. If you are integrated into our community, never take it for granted. It is the time and talent You give that makes this place special, that makes it Holy Ground.
~ Sherry Watts, K-6 Coordinator