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FEBRUARY 6, 2011

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time



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Dear Parishioners,

As I mentioned last week, I am at a retreat house near Lake Charles

this weekend, February 4-6, helping to staff a “Come, Follow Me”

vocation retreat for men ages 16 – 40. The retreat is sponsored by

the three dioceses of Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Lake Charles, and

the talks and prayer services are led by seminarians from our

dioceses. Please pray for all of us on the retreat and for more vocations to the

priesthood and consecrated religious life.

I thank Father Tony Russo for assisting Father Andrew with the Mass schedule in my

absence. Please remember that the 6 p.m. Mass has been moved forward to

3 p.m. Mass this Sunday, February 6, because of the Super Bowl. This is

certainly not to imply that a football game is more important than the Mass but

merely in response to the low attendance for evening Mass on Super Bowl Sunday.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility on this and similar


Last Sunday we began reading from the Sermon on the Mount as found in chapters

5-7 of the Gospel of St. Matthew. Since Easter is so late this year, we will be able to

reflect on this famous sermon for six consecutive Sundays of ordinary time. Matthew’s

account of this sermon is about four times as long as the similar passage in the Gospel

of Luke, and whereas Luke’s version emphasizes love, Matthew’s version emphasizes

righteousness. Followers of Christ play a very important function in and for the world:

our good deeds provide a service of love to our neighbor and ultimately give glory to

God the Father.

Since I mentioned that Easter is late this year, it might be helpful to review the

Church’s method for determining the date of Easter. Unlike Christmas which always

falls on December 25, the date for the celebration of Easter fluctuates according to the

movement of the planets. Easter is celebrated annually on the Sunday following the

first full moon after the vernal equinox. The vernal or March equinox occurs on

March 20 or 21 and marks the start of spring for the northern hemisphere. If you look

on your 2011 parish calendar, you will note that the first full moon after the equinox is

not until April 17, a Sunday, and so Easter is celebrated the following Sunday or

April 24 this year. We then simply count backwards to determine the date for

Ash Wednesday.

We will be using our new gold communion vessels at Masses between now and the

start of Lent. I plan to return to the silver set during the Lenten season and save the

gold set for Easter, Ordinary time and Christmas. It may take a couple of weeks for us

to become comfortable with the heavier weight of the new set, and for your priests and

deacon to become adept at pouring from the new pitcher. It was easy to judge the

quantity with the crystal carafe but not quite as simple with the new metal pitcher.

Thanks again for your generous support of financial stewardship which allows us to

beautify and support all of our ministries including the celebration of the Holy Mass.

In Christ,

Father Matt



Fr. Tom Duhé

Parish Administrator

Fr. Matt Lorrain

Parochial Vicar

Fr. Andrew Merrick

Permanent Deacon

Rev. Dr. Clayton Hollier

Director of Administration

Mrs. Melanie Johnson

Coordinator of Liturgy

Mr. Jacques Pourciau

Coordinator of Adolescent


Mr. Ryan Foulon

Coordinator of Elementary


Ms. Sarah Neau

Administrative Assistant/

The Tower

Mrs. Ellen Guidry


Mrs. Ima Garland


Mrs. Melissa Godso

Office Assistant

Mrs. Linda Riché

Evening Receptionist

Ms. Josie Rando

Director of Music

Mrs. Janelle Couvillon


Mrs. Sharon Keaton

Activity Center Custodian

Mrs. Sandra Porter


Mr. Phillip Broussard

Mr. Eddie Coleman Jr.

Mr. Wayne Mayeaux

STM School Principal

Dr. Judy Armstrong

STM Preschool Principal

Mrs. Angie Ducote


Weekend Mass Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m.


Weekday Mass Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 6 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and STATEMENT

Saturday, 8:45 a.m. with Novena and Benediction following

In a caring environment dedicated

to celebrating the Catholic faith and

Holy Days of Obligation As publicized

modeling the life of Jesus Christ, St.

Reconciliation Thursdays, 8-8:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 3:30 p.m.

Thomas More Church provides

Baptism Prospective parents are asked to call the parish office in the early stages of

worship, education,


ministerial and social opportunities

Marriages Call the parish office at least six months before the wedding date to make for the spiritual growth


of the parish family.

Perpetual Adoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the Adoration Chapel

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It is not too late to register for A Quick Journey Through the Bible

By Patricia Welther

For weeks we have been encouraging every family to prayerfully consider journeying with us through salvation

history. Over eight sessions we will learn how to read bible in a new way by following the story of God’s plan of salvation.

Each week we will cover one or more of the twelve key periods of salvation history beginning with the Early World told in

Genesis. As we begin Lent, we will study the period of the Patriarchs where we meet Jacob, who God renames Israel, and

his twelve sons, the twelve tribes of Israel. On week four, we will meet Moses, Aaron, Miriam, and Joshua as we study the

period of time that Israel spend in Egypt and wondering in the desert. This time of uniting our experience of Lent to the

experience of Israel will prepare us to understand the longing of Israel for the Messiah.

Studying the period of struggle and conquest that must come before the triumphant entry into the Promised Land will

be covered in week five when we study the period of Conquest & Judges and the Royal Kingdom of David. In week six,

we will move into the period of the Divided Kingdom and Exile that resulted because Israel turned away from God, followed

by week seven with the return from Exile and the Maccabean Revolt. And finally as we begin Holy Week, we will

complete the journey with the Messianic Fulfillment and the Church.

A Quick Journey Through the Bible study will be offered at St. Thomas More in activity center on Monday mornings at

10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. on the following days: Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, and 11. The evening sessions will

offer teen, kids and preschool programs and babysitting.

Registration is available online at or by completing a registration form that is available in the

church office. There is no fee to participate but we greatly appreciate donations to cover the cost of the program

materials. Families are encouraged to register so that we can recruit enough leaders for the small groups, teen and

children’s program. To learn more, call Patricia Welther at 225-202-6437 or

Celebration of Love — Feb. 11

Calling all hopeless (and helpless) romantics! Instead of, or maybe in

addition to, the standard box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers, why not

share an evening of dining and dancing with your Valentine

STM is sponsoring a Valentine dinner and dance on Friday, Feb. 11 at

Ashley Manor. The evening begins with a wine and cheese reception at

6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. After a presentation by guest speaker

Brandt Hardy, the fabulous Foulon Brothers will entertain with a wide variety

of great dance music.

“Celebration of Love” tickets are only $50 per couple and include a wine

and cheese reception, a delicious 3-course dinner and dessert table, and

entertainment. A limited number of tickets are available at the church office.

A cash bar will be available during the dance portion of the evening.

Plan to spend Valentine’s Friday evening with your sweetheart and STM

friends. Ashley Manor is located just a short drive from the parish facilities at

14214 Old Hammond Hwy.

Thirtieth Annual St. Thomas More Parish Festival

"30 Years of Tradition"

May 6, 7 & 8

Festival Chairman

Warren Davis

(H) 274-8809 (C) 456-1331

2 nd Co-Chair / Gaming

David Broussard

(H) 923-3347 (C) 921-9724

Past Chairman

Mark Brown

(H) 925-9026 (C) 953-0684

Festival Co-Chair / Food

Tim Harris

(H) 275-7734 (C) 405-8193


Mike Matthews

(H) 753-2013 (C) 405-8013

Knights of Columbus



Saturday, Feb. 12

6 p.m. Activity Center


Cash bar or BYOB

Tickets available through Feb. 7 in

the church office or from KC

members Garrett Doucet (892-1724)

and Ken Perret (753-9844).

STM Auction 2011

The auction

committee is

now accepting

donations of

new items or

gift certificates

for services.

Our auction is

the perfect


for you to showcase your product

and/or services before the St.

Thomas More community, its

supporters and friends.

Please make arrangements to

donate by emailing or

call procurement chair Gina Davis at

225-274-8809. We will gladly pick

up the items from you!

Silent Auction: Friday, May 6

Live Auction: Saturday, May 7

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The Sanctuary Light in the church will burn in memory

of Joe and Mary Stassi the week of Feb. 6 as requested

by their family.


Monday, Feb. 7 - 6 a.m.: For All Souls

Tuesday, Feb. 8 – 8:45 a.m.: Richard Ford, Michele

Merle Lacour

Wednesday, Feb. 9 – 6 a.m.: Purgatory Society

Thursday, Feb. 10 – 8:45 a.m.: Ricky Metz, John F.

Grosch III

Friday, Feb. 11 – 6 a.m.: The Nguyen Family

Saturday, Feb. 12 – 8:45 a.m.: John F. Grosch III;

4:30 p.m.: Rhonda Roussel, Fred Kelpe, Eulan Rabalais,

Joe Vince and Salario Families, Doris White, Ida McCarty,

Joseph and Susan Monjure

Sunday, Feb. 13 - 8 a.m.: Special Intentions for James

Doll and Family; 10 a.m.: Anthony N. Scardina, Cam

Flacy, Ricky Metz, Alice Chenot, Lou Stratmann, Maudrey

LeBlanc, Elaine LeBas, Charlotte Kamiya; 12 p.m.: For

the People; 6 p.m.: Mary Gros



Feb. 8— Team 2

Monday, Feb. 7 – Legion of Mary, 10 a.m.; Military Rosary,

7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 – That Man is You, 6 a.m.; PSR 1-6,

4:30 p.m.; RCIA/RCIC, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 — Senior Ministry Cards,

6:30 p.m.; Wednesday Night Rosary, 7 p.m.; Parish

Choir Practice, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 10 – Confessions, 8 a.m.; PSR 7-12,

7 p.m.; Men’s Ultreya, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11 – JH TGIF, 3:30 p.m.; Celebration of

Love, 6:15 p.m.; Natural Family Planning, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12 – Confessions, 3:30 p.m.; Knights of

Columbus Mardi Gras Dinner-Dance, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 13 – Fellowship Sunday, 11 a.m.


Sunday: World Day for Consecrated Life; Boy Scout


Tuesday: St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

Thursday: St. Scholastica

Friday: Our Lady of Lourdes; World Day of the Sick

Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary


Please remember in your prayers those recently

hospitalized: Jack Carona, Keith Guirintano, Lydia

Pourciau, and Carol Reed.


Please remember the following people in your

prayers: Anna James Bourgeois, Bella Bowman,

Eugene Chauvin, Chris Couvillion, Mary Delaune,

Anna Diehl, Daniel Ennis, Ruth Ferguson, Pearl

Godso, Joseph Guiteau, Chris Helm, Michael

Hickman, Ginger Locke, Dick Russell, Blake and

Kristen Saucier, Midge Sutherland, Dot Terito,

Aaron and Brandon Zuccaro and Madyson Watts

and David Zumo.

PRAYER CHAIN: For serious or urgent prayer

requests, call Lydia Pourciau at 216-2521. If no

answer, please leave your name and phone

number for a callback.

Monthly Military Rosary is February 7

The recitation of the Rosary will begin

at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 in the church

followed by Benediction to the Blessed

Sacrament. Please join us to pray for the

sons, daughters and friends of our parish

who serve in the military.

"To converse with You, O King of glory, no

third person is needed, You are always ready in the

Sacrament of the Altar to give audience to all.

All who desire You always find You there, and

converse with You face to face."

St. Teresa of Avila

Please prayerfully consider filling the following vacancies in the

Perpetual Adoration schedule:

Sunday, 12 a.m. midnight—1 a.m.

Thursday, 4 a.m.—5 a.m.; and 3 p.m.—4 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m.—9 a.m.

Saturday, 11 a.m.—12 noon; and 4 p.m.—5 p.m.

Call Leven LeJeune at 928-2512 if you can fill a vacancy.

Parish Stewardship Summary

Fiscal Year to Date

July 1, 2010 to January 23, 2011

Goal for Fiscal Year-to-Date $726,930

Amount Contributed to Date $811,626

Difference $84,696

Weekly Offertory Goal $24,231

Offertory for week ending 1/23/11 $16,890

Difference $-7,316

Maintenance Fund Collection $40

Building Fund $95

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

9:30 AM to 2:30 PM


“Be Still and Know that I am God”

Presented by Fr. Tony Rauschuber, S.J.

In our hectic, materialistic world, it is often difficult to spend

quiet time with the Lord. The Spirituality Committee of the Senior

Ministry invites all adults to a special day of prayer- a time to go

deeper in our personal relationship with God, to experience His

loving presence , and to listen to the quiet voice within that says “I

am with you on the journey.”

Cost is $12.00; includes light breakfast, gumbo lunch and

presentations. Sign up in the church office until Feb. 16.

Checks only, please.

About Fr. Tony his own words

I grew up in a small city

in central Texas. Most of

my friends were from

farming families. My parents

were devout Catholics

and attended Mass daily. I

am the oldest of seven. We

prayed together as a family

Come after me and I will make you fishers

of men. Mt 4:19

every evening, at least until

we got to be teenagers.

I went to college at

Texas A & M and completed degrees in electrical engineering and a

master of business administration. I worked 11 years in sales and

marketing positions in Dallas and Houston.

I was introduced to the Jesuit order after completing college and

moving to Dallas for my first job. I did not meet a Jesuit until age 28.

The Jesuits at St. Rita’s Church in Dallas impressed me; their preaching

reawakened my faith. I was a late vocation, entering the Jesuit novitiate

at the age of 36. The Jesuits require extensive training and formation for

all their men. So, in addition to six years of college before entering

novitiate, the Jesuits sent me through six more years of philosophy and

theology study. I taught algebra and moral theology at Jesuit High

School in Tampa, Florida as part of my Jesuit formation. I was ordained

in 2005 at the age of 46.

My first assignment after ordination was to a Jesuit-sponsored

elementary and middle-school, The Good Shepherd School in New

Orleans. There I taught religion and was assistant principal. I moved to

Manresa in June of 2009. Currently I am superior of the Jesuit

Community at Manresa. I regularly lead preached retreats at Manresa, as

well as celebrating Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation during

all Manresa retreats.

I love to fish. My favorite fishing is inshore saltwater for redfish and

trout, but I also enjoy fishing for sac-a-lait and bass.

Fellowship Sunday is next


STM Scouts would like to invite all

parishioners to join them as they host

Fellowship Sunday on Feb. 13 after the 10 a.m.

Mass in the activity center. New families are

especially welcome to attend. Make plans now

to enjoy food and fun.

Baton Rouge Women’s Ultreya invites all

women who made a Cursillo to the Ultreya

meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

in the Our Lady of Mercy Parish

Activity Center, St. Gabriel Room. Fr.

Andrew Merrick will give a presentation on

the Supernatural Life. Come early for the

recitation of the Rosary at 6:05 p.m. Join us

and bring a friend. For more

information, call Vicky LaHaye at


All Parents Invited







The research on

teens and faith

cannot be clearer:

parents matter…

a lot!

What is the Church

doing to ENGAGE

and PARTNER with


supporting them in their rightful role as

primary formators of faith for their family

What can parents do to take ownership for

leading their children toward a vibrant faith

that embraces discipleship

Join other parents and Michelle Fischer,

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

for the Diocese of Orlando in answering these

questions on…

Wednesday, February 23

6—8 p.m.

St. Thomas More Parish

Activity Center

Brought to you by the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

To reserve a spot, or for more information,

contact Julie Ginther at 225-336-8751 or

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STM School wins Future City Regional Competition for the twelfth year

By Kerry Hunt, STM School Development Director

A city of the future – “Scuba” – engineered by students from St.

Thomas More School Catholic School has won the 2011 Alabama Region

Future City competition, held in Huntsville, AL. The eighth grade

students – Brooke Doiron, Brandon Magazine and Shane Martin – teamed up

with their teacher Shirley Newman, and volunteer engineer mentor Ricky Lee,

an engineer with SEMS, Inc. in Baton Rouge. The team will travel to Washington,

DC to compete for the 2011 National Engineers Week Future City

Competition, February 19-23 to vie for the grand prize, a week at Space


In addition to winning the Regional competition, the team was also awarded

the Student’s Choice Award for Best Model presented by the American Society

for Quality. Mentor, Ricky Lee was awarded the Engineer Mentor Award.

Sponsored by the nation’s professional engineering community, Future City

STM School wins Future City Regional

Competition. Future City team includes engineer

mentor, Ricky Lee, eighth grade students Shane

Martin, Brandon Magazine, Brooke Doiron and

teacher, Shirley Newman.

aims to stir interest in science, technology, math and engineering among young

people. Students work in teams under the guidance of a teacher and a volunteer

engineer mentor to design and build a city of tomorrow. They design future

cities on a computer and then use a blueprint to build a model of a city

section. They must also conduct research for an essay on a pressing social

need. This year the essay centers on providing a reliable and effective health care product or system that improves a sick,

injured or disabled patient’s quality of life and comfort. The STM team created a future city called “Scuba”, standing for

Site for Creating and Using Bio-chemical Apparatus, located off the coast of Alabama. The city’s mission is to promote

the well-being of its 100,000 residents and to protect is surrounding environment in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the twelfth year for STM School to win Regional’s including competitions in Louisiana, Houston, Dallas, San

Antonio, and Alabama. STM won the National competition in 2005 and 2007.




Benefitting STM Cub Scout

Pack 228 and Boy Scout

Troop 229



The Young Adult Ministry of the

Diocese of Baton Rouge is taking

part in a summer mission to the

mountains of Honduras. Missioners

will work alongside the Franciscan

Friars of the Renewal in mountain

village communities. This is a humbling

two week trip with lots of opportunities

to grow spiritually and

be a witness of your Catholic faith.

DATES: June 9-21

OPEN TO: 18 and over young adults

COST: $645 + plane ticket

The application and deposit are due

very please don’t delay in

contacting mission coordinator

Daniele Dubois at 225-931-6431 or


Sunday, Feb. 13

11a.m.—1:30 p.m.

School Cafeteria

Advanced tickets are $6

and can be purchased from

any Scout. Tickets will be

sold at the door.


Feb. 12 – 6 p.m. International

Dinner at The Little Village

Restaurant, 14241 Airline Hwy. Call

Rose Kamerer at 315-7831.

Swap 'n' shop

Needed: Mardi costumes for the Care

Center Nursing Home. Call 275-8030.



11441 Goodwood Blvd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Office Phone: 225-275-3940

Office Fax: 225-275-1407



Heartfelt sympathy is extended to

the family of Lois Benson who died

on Jan. 23.

The parish offers its prayers and

sympathy to Isabel and Cliff

Lasseigne and their family on the

Jan. 21 death of Isabel's brother,

Jules LeBlanc Jr., in New Roads.


Cards: Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m., coffee

shop. RSVP to Bernice Hoffman (275-

7294) by Feb. 7.

Memphis: 3 days , 2 nights,

April 6-8; $345/person, dbl. occ. Price

includes: round trip by motor coach; 2

nights at Westin Memphis Beale St.;

Peabody ducks; dinner at world famous

bbq—Rendezvous; tour Graceland;

self-guided tour Memphis Rock

n Soul Museum; leisure time on own:

Historic District, A. Schwab’s Dry

Goods Store, Beale Street Walk of

Fame, W.C. Handy Park. Friday a.m.

departure: stop at Tunica Casino for

“Free Lunch” and $10/person Free

Play. Detailed brochures are available

in the church office. Bring payment,

by check, to the church office by

March 1.

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