Outreach

On behalf of the St. Thomas More Catholic Community, in support of our Parish Vision, and guided by Gospel and Church teachings, we are dedicated to promoting fairness and equality by working to ensure the welfare, dignity, and basic human rights of all people through increased awareness, on-going education, and Christian acts of service to those in need. Parishes need to be bridge builders, reminding us that we are part of a Universal Church with ties of faith and humanity to sisters and brothers all over the world…A key test of a parish’s Catholicity is its willingness to go beyond its boundaries to serve those in need and work for justice and peace.

- "Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1994

 

Below are some of the services and programs that we offer at this time. There are typically other outreach events throughout the year, such as our Back to School Drive, G.L.O.W.S. Thanksgiving Meal Deliveries, and more. For more information or to get involved, please contact Cheryl Schwarz at 725-205-0606 or at [email protected]

 

 

FOOD PANTRY. We have a food pantry on our campus with non-perishable foods that are available to our parishioners, families, and friends. We are happy to schedule an appointment for you to come and get what is needed to help you get by and ensure there is food to put on the table. We accept donations and volunteers are always welcomed! If you are interested in becoming a Food Pantry Volunteer, please click here to sign-up.

PIECEMAKERS. The Piecemakers, started a ministry to make and provide scripture quilts to people going through difficult times. The quilts are given freely to members of our community to show our care for them. To date, we have given more than 200 quilts to various members of our Community. The Homebound, Bereavement, and others have received these quilts. We’ve received so many wonderful comments from the recipients and their families over how the quilts have affected their recoveries. The quilts carry the words of scripture in them and it seems to speak to the heart of the recipient or to those that care for them. If you would like to join our group, we would be happy to have you come to our quilting sessions. You do not have to know how to sew or to quilt to join. We need many different talents. Some of our members love writing scripture, others enjoy ironing and others like to put the quilting kits together. If you do like to sew, you can help us sew the word of God into the quilts. You can also participate in a very social committee that enjoys meeting and working as a team to achieve the beautiful results that we have been able to reach. For additional information, please contact Pat Burkitt at 702-376-5410. The Remaining 2021 Meetings are scheduled for October 12th and 26th, November 9th and 23rd, and December 14th. The meetings are from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the Community Center.

 

OTHER OUTREACH PROJECTS/EVENTS WE DO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE. We team up with HopeLink of Southern Nevada to provide clothing, shoes, school supplies, and more to children in need as they prepare to go back to school. This takes place each summer.

BLOOD DRIVES. We team up with Vitalant and host blood drives on the property a couple of times a year.

CHRISTMAS IN THE FALL. Don’t you love it at Christmas when you’re able to give someone just what they need? At St. Thomas More, you can get that feeling throughout the year as you help hundreds of people in Southern Nevada by helping our Outreach Committee. This is our largest outreach program. Each October, we invite parishioners to donate needed items to give early Christmas presents to those less fortunate. 

EASTER BASKETS. We assemble approximately 100 Easter baskets, which are then given to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada to hand out to those children of families that they serve.

FACES OF HUNGER. During the weeks of Lent, baskets are typically placed on the altar and parishioners are able to donate to different programs within Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. For awareness and understanding, the programs are highlighted in our bulletin and at Mass as well.

G.L.O.W.S. (Thanksgiving Meals). Staff and parishioners team up to cook and prepare Thanksgiving meals and then deliver them to homebound seniors that are registered with Meals on Wheels through HopeLink of Southern Nevada.

M.o.M.S. BABY SHOWER. Our Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MoMS) hosts an annual baby shower where parishioners donate new or gently-used items to a specific organization. Anyone in the parish can participate in this fun event.

TRUNK OR TREAT. Each year, Faith Formation families are asked to donate candy or small items leading up to Halloween. These donations are used to hand out at the Halloween event that is held on our property. Parishioners sign-up to park their cars in our lot, decorate their trunks, and pass out candy to children. We typically ask for a canned food item donation as an entrance “fee.” These donations are then given to a chosen organization. The event is a fun and safe Halloween activity for families with food and beverages also provided.

VALENTINE CARDS. Students and their families that are involved in Youth Ministry groups gather to create Valentine’s Day cards. These cards are delivered to nearby senior facilities.