How Do I Become a Parishioner?
Every family/household that lives within the parish boundaries are automatically parishioners of St. Thomas More.
What Are the Parish Boundaries?
51st Ave to 91st Ave – Bell Rd to Lake Pleasant
May I Register Even If I Live Outside the Parish Boundaries?
We would love to have you join our parish. Prospective registrations from outside the boundaries must be approved. We only desire that people living outside the parish boundaries register if they are going to be engaged and active in the parish.
(Please note that we are not able to anoint or bring Holy Communion to parishioners who live outside the parish boundaries, even if they are registered. They must make such arrangements from the parish in whose boundaries they reside.)
Do I Have to Register?
No, but there are some benefits to registering including, receiving parish communication and the ability to join ministries. Also, if people are not engaged and active in the parish, they will not be able to procure a parish letter to be a sponsor or godparent.
Where Do I Register?
Please click here.
What Does It Mean to Be Engaged and Active in the Parish?
Some examples include: attending Sunday Mass, financially supporting the parish, being involved in ministries and groups, having children in Religious Education, etc.
Am I Still A Parishioner If I Stop Being Engaged and Active in the Parish?
After one year all formal parish registrations will be vacated. If you live within the boundaries this means that you will be considered no longer active and engaged, however you do remain parishioners by virtue of your residence. People who live outside the parish boundaries will no longer be considered parishioners at all.
What If I Stop Being Engaged and Active in the Parish, But Live in the Boundaries?
Everyone who lives in the boundaries remains a parishioner no matter if they are engaged, active or formally registered.
What If I Stop Being Engaged and Active in the Parish, But Live Outside the Boundaries?
You will no longer be considered a parishioner of the parish and will need to contact the parish where you live for things like baptism, marriage, funerals, religious education, sponsor and godparent forms, etc. If someone resides outside the parish boundaries and seeks to be considered a parishioner of St. Thomas More it is their responsibility to make sure they are active and engaged.
How Is A Parish Defined?
The Catholic Church determines a parish by a specific physical area which includes all of those who live within that area. Everyone who lives within the boundaries of the parish are automatically parishioners. The pastor of the parish is bound to provide for the spiritual wellbeing of all of those who live within his boundaries only. However, it is customary in our diocese to allow people to register in a different parish from which they reside. In this case, most pastors will seek to care for them as much as he can. For the most part pastors won’t go outside of their parish boundaries for Anointing of the Sick or to bring Holy Communion as that is the responsibility of the pastor of that parish (defined by a specific physical area).