Rector's Corner


At this time each year, I begin to search for new volunteers for this wonderful ministry in our parish. This ministry involves assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion at our parish Masses on Saturday evening and on Sundays. It also involves bringing Holy Communion to our homebound and/or sick parishioners on Sunday mornings after the 9:30 or 11:00 am Masses.

If we have enough ministers, you would only serve once every 5 or 6 weeks. It is a very rewarding ministry and our homebound parishioners look forward to your visits every week. The mandate that the Bishops’ office issues for each minister is not a permanent one. It is for a 5-year term, renewable once. The reason for this is that neither the Church nor the Diocese desires to have Extraordinary Ministers see their ministry as a permanent one. This is the reason that we need to refresh the ranks of our ministers so that many of the faithful can share in the benefits of this wonderful ministry.

The attendance at a Diocesan training workshop is mandatory for newly appointed ministers. I hope that some of you are interested in this ministry. Please send  a letter to the "Attention: Fr. Rippy" or call the rectory to say that you are interested by April 1, 2017

Thanks for your consideration in this matter.

Please Consider Faith Direct for Your Financial Stewardship 

Can’t find your checkbook or envelope Sunday morning? Join the parishioners who are using Faith Direct for automated giving to the CATHEDRAL OF SAINT THOMAS MORE. It is secure, convenient and Faith Direct will provide you an offertory card to place in the basket during the collections. There is no cost to you, and the program provides a great benefit to our parish. Sign up today by visiting, our parish code is VA326.

Parish Support — January

   2017 2016
Sunday Collections
 $ 74,683.16  $ 71,455.50
Maintenance Collection   

 $ 10,022.74  

 $  9,177.42
   (4 Sundays)  (4 Sundays)

We appreciate your support!

Giving Opportunities

We hope that you will financially support our parish to maintain our old buildings and our parish ministries and programs with donations using parish offering envelopes, loose checks or regular envelopes with your name on it.

OR - You can sign up for Faith Direct online at using our church code: VA326.


Thank you for supporng the 2017 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA). Please be aware that BLA pledge payments should NOT be made through our parish’s Faith Direct giving program. If you would like to set up a recurring monthly payment for your BLA pledge, please visit to set this up. Thank you!