St. Thomas More Parish
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

B2X 1K7

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Who we are

Come Encounter Christ, Joyfully Share His Love, Go Make Disciples

First, we want to become a place where we, along with our friends and family members, Come Encounter Christ. This encounter with God happens at Mass, or during parish events or courses. In particular, the Alpha course allows those who have no experience of God to encounter Jesus. As Pope Benedict once wrote, “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with… a Person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” When we encounter Jesus Christ in a personal way, it changes everything.

Next, we Joyfully Share His Love. As a parish family, we grow by coming together, learning our faith, and serving our community in love. As Christians, we are never “finished” — there are always more ways for us to grow and share! Saint Thomas More has lots of opportunities for faith formation and service.

Finally, we Go Make Disciples. These were Jesus’ last words to the Apostles before he ascended to heaven (Mt. 28:19), and they are the mission statement for the whole Church. When encounter Christ and share in His love, we then invite others to come encounter Him as well. Instead of focusing inwardly on ourselves, we become a parish that intentionally focuses on the mission of bringing Jesus to the world and vice versa.

We are excited to implement this new vision with you, and are eager to hear your ideas and have your help moving our parish from maintenance to mission.

Before I close, I couldn’t write this letter without expressing my overwhelming gratitude to all those who have spent decades generously supporting this parish with their time, talents and treasures. I pray that God may bless you and your loved ones, and reward you abundantly.

God bless, Becca Arend Pastoral Associate




Church Address

St. Thomas More Parish
15 Caledonia Road
Dartmouth, NS B2X 1K7
Canada
Phone: 902 434 4190
Fax: 902 435 7267
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Church Pastor

Rev. Toochuckwu Okafor
Rev. Toochuckwu Okafor
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15 Caledonia Road
Dartmouth, NS B2X 1K7
Canada
Phone: 902 434 4190
Fax: 902 435 7267
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Quote of the Day
Ecclesiastes 3:1

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

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Fr. Toochukwu was born and ordained in Nigeria in 1998. He joined the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth in 2009 and was appointed the pastor of Saint Thomas More parish in August 2014. His passion for New Evangelization and parish renewal motivated him to bring our parish into the Divine Renovation Network in September 2017.

When asked about his vision for the parish, he said, “I would like our parishioners and those who come to worship with us to have a personal experience of God’s love, the mercy of Jesus Christ and the joy of the Holy Spirit. I would like to see our parish become more alive and vibrant, with young families, children and the youth attending. I would like everyone to feel a sense of belonging, empowered to joyfully bear witness to their faith.

We are blessed to have so many committed men and women in our parish. I believe with the grace of God and the collaboration of all, we can bring the Good News of God’s love to those who are not in our pews, the poor and needy. I invite everyone to come on board ‘for together we are stronger.'”   Edit
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Deacon Jim McLevey - Deacon
Deacon Danny MacDonald - Deacon
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We have two entrances to our parking lot. You can enter from Caledonia Road by driving up either of the criss-cross driveways, or you can turn onto Kuhn Drive from Main Street and enter at the back of the parking lot. Accessible parking spots can be found nearest to the access ramp to the left of the main doors.   Edit


St. Thomas More Parish, Dartmouth Mass Times

Mass Times

Weekend Masses:

Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am

Daily Masses:

Monday: No Mass
Tuesday: 12:15 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am
Thursday: 9:00 am
Friday: 9:00 am

African Mass

Held on the first Sunday of the month at 3:00pm.
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Tuesday: By appointment
Saturday: 3:00-3:45 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist takes place every Thursday between the 9am Mass and 5pm in the main Church (or in the Divine Mercy Chapel located to the left of the sanctuary in winter months). All are invited!

St. Thomas More Parish mass times last updated on the 24th of May, 2019
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History of St. Thomas More Parish, Dartmouth NS

Origins as a Mission

The history of Saint Thomas More Parish began in early 1950 with the establishment of a mission under the charge of Saint Peter’s Parish, Maple St., Dartmouth, to serve Catholics residing in five areas of East Dartmouth. Fr. William Smith, pastor of St. Peter’s, purchased property at Grahams Corner, near the approaches of Waverley Road and the Eastern Shore highway, in order to build the mission’s church. Whebby Construction laid the foundation, erected the steel frame, shingled the roof and roughed in the walls; interior finishing work was done on a volunteer basis by members of the new mission. The simple, functional building, which consisted of a chapel and church hall, was ready for occupancy in the fall of 1951.

The mission’s members wasted no time in organizing themselves into a Men’s Council and a women’s group which became a council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada on March 5, 1952. To raise the funds needed to build and furnish the church, the two groups collaborated in 1950 on staging an Old-Time Fiddling Contest – the first of many the parish’s Council of Catholic Men would sponsor over the years – in the still unfinished church. Building a Home for Worship

In the spring of 1954, the mission became Saint Thomas More Parish, with Fr. George Hooper appointed as its first parish priest. An addition was built onto the church to serve as his office and living quarters. It wasn’t long before Fr. Hooper began making plans for construction of a school, convent and rectory to serve the needs of his growing parish. These plans, however, had to be scrapped when the Province of Nova Scotia informed the diocese in 1959 that the perimeter of the parish property would be expropriated for construction of a roadway interchange that became known as the MicMac Rotary.

Although the church building was not to be directly affected by the expropriation, the parish would have been left without sufficient land for future expansion. Seeking to accommodate the parish’s growth and the needs of its parishioners, the parish purchased from Saint Peter’s a parcel of land on the corner of Main Street and Caledonia Road and signed a contract with Harbour Construction of Dartmouth for construction of a new church and rectory. These two buildings, according to the original design by architect Graham Hooper, brother of Fr. Hooper, were to be part of a larger complex that would eventually include an attached school and convent. As a result of a change in diocesan policy in regard to schools, the second phase of construction was never undertaken.

Work on the church began in August 1960 and was completed in late January, 1961. The exact date of the first Mass celebrated in the church is unknown, but it is likely that parishioners were worshiping there by February, 1961. On July 9, 1962, then the feast of St. Thomas More, Archbishop Berry consecrated the church and blessed the cornerstone, which is located at the front of the church, to the left of the sanctuary. Following tradition, several items, including a list of parishioners and a copy of the first parish bulletin, were deposited behind the stone before it was sealed.

The documents of the Second Vatican Council, which began on October 11, 1962, just four months after the dedication ceremony, called for changes to church interiors that necessitated making alterations to the newly built St. Thomas More Church. In 1985, the church underwent a major renovation of the sanctuary that considerably changed its appearance, while remaining true to the original architectural vision expressed by Graham Hooper in his design for the church. In 2006, further renovation was undertaken to create a chapel for the reserved Blessed Sacrament by connecting the original baptistery with the nave of the church. Our Catechetical Legacy

From the establishment of the parish until 1966, catechetical instruction of the parish’s children was handled by postulants of the Sisters of Charity. From their departure until 1970, the program was coordinated by Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, who were assisted by many lay volunteers. For the next ten years, volunteers coordinated the large and complex religious education program, which required the parish to rent space in three area schools and depended upon the services of up to 125 volunteers. In 1980, the first paid Director of Religious Education was added to the parish staff. Today, the religious education program can be housed within the church, but the parish still depends on volunteers to help educate its children in their faith.

Spurred on by the documents of the Second Vatican Council and with the encouragement of their parish priests, the laity of St. Thomas More Parish became keenly involved in other areas of parish life as well. Today, the parish of Saint Thomas More continues to be a growing spiritual family with a diversity of ages and ethnicities represented. Our Mission Today

At Saint Thomas More, we invite all members of our community to Come Encounter Christ, Joyfully Share His Love, and Go Make Disciples. These missionary principles govern everything we do. Parish Priests

We are grateful for the heritage of priests who have served this parish faithfully since our founding in 1954. May God rest the souls of those who have passed on and bless the ministry of those who still serve.

Reverend George Hooper, 1954-1966 Reverend Lloyd Robertson, 1966-1968 Reverend Henry Kline, 1968-1974 Reverend Robert McDougall, 1974-1981 Reverend Donald Boudreau, 1981-1989 Reverend Paul Williams, 1989-1997 Reverend Joseph MacKinnon, 1997-2003 Reverend Ireneusz (Irek) Bem, S.D.S., 2003 – 2008 Reverend Ronald Cairns, 2008-2011 Reverend Randall Doucette, 2011-2014 Reverend Toochukwu Okafor, 2014-Present

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The power of Christian prayer With us night and morning
By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered, and confidently waiting come what may, we know that God is with us night and morning, and never fails to greet us each new day. Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented, still evil days bring burdens hard to bear; Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare. And when this cup You give is filled to brimming with bitter suffering, hard to understand, we take it thankfully and without trembling, out of so good and so beloved a hand. Yet when again in this same world You give us the joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun, we shall remember all the days we lived through, and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.
St. Thomas More Parish listing was last updated on the 24th of May, 2019
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