Religions and Spirituality

St. Thomas More Hosts Two-Part Ministry Fair in Fairfield

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Three-year-old Cameron Edmonds and his grandmother, Pat Bedigian, a 40-year parishioner of St. Thomas More (STM) Parish, make Valentine's Day cards for United States soldiers.  Credits: Gail Bottone
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Brad Ucci, STM director of worship and music, and Ann Marie Keegan, choir member, promote the music ministry to parishioners.  Credits: Gail Bottone
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Left row, front to back: Gina and Natalie Mangiarelli and Corry Mittiga. Right row front to back: Michael Ragusa, Domenic Mangiarelli and Stephanie Mitchell. Credits: Gail Bottone
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Vacation Bible School is represented at the STM ministry fair by Elaina and Michael Ragusa; Christian, Dante and Danielle Ragusa; Andrew Rubinich and Butch Lanzerotti. Credits: Gail Bottone
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Alexa Weiss Wins Valentine's Day Candy Credits: Gail Bottone
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Father Juan Pablo Esteban, parochial vicar, Father Marek Chachlowski, pastor, and Deacon Michael Pontoriero encourage parishioners to participate in a ministry of their choice.  Credits: Gail Bottone
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Rosemarie Scalo, member of the STM Legion of Mary, encourages new parishioner Michelina Giuliano to join.  Credits: Gail Bottone
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FAIRFIELD, NJ — St. Thomas More (STM) Parish in Fairfield hosted the second half of its ministry fair on Sunday, which Deacon Aidan King said was “well received” by guests and Father Juan Pablo Esteban was “very effective in its presentations.”

Last week, 15 ministries were represented, and this week the other 15 had displays, presentations and activities.

“The ministry fair is such a nice way of reviving our parish,” said St. Thomas More (STM) Pastor Marek Chachlowski. “It’s a nice idea to have parishioners get together and see all the ministries STM has to offer. It would be a blessing if everyone would pick just one ministry to serve God and each other in our community.”

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The ministry fair was a success in that many people signed up to share their time and talent in different ministries at STM, according to the event’s organizers. It also gave those who are already involved in the parish an opportunity to see what others are doing.

“I had no idea STM had so much to offer. It is very inspirational,” said Deacon Michael Pontoriero.

The children and adults were creative in making one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards for United States soldiers. The cards were filled with appreciation and good wishes.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) provided a craft of marshmallows and pretzels, whereby children built marshmallow and pretzel forts.

“It is a tasty treat that shows that God surrounds and supports us,” said Danielle Lanzerotti Ragusa when describing the project.

The theme of this year’s VBS is “Created by God: Built for a Purpose.”

The Legion of Mary had a signup sheet for people who would like the statue of Our Lady of Fatima brought to their home for a week. If interested, one may sign up on the sheet in the vestibule of the church or call the rectory at 973-227-0055.

Our Lady of Lourdes prayer group had a table set with rosaries and a display inviting everyone to attend their Thursday night prayer group in the Mary Room at 7:00 p.m.

Some other tables on display were for pastoral council, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Bible study, altar servers, Knights of Columbus, music ministry, soup kitchen, and Liturgy of the Word for children. Other ministries are ushers, carnival, finance committee, giving tree, food pantry and baptismal team.

“Making everyone who enters STM feel welcomed is a major role in evangelization and spreading the Gospel message,” said Mary Ann Durantino, ministry fair director.

To read about the first half of this event, click HERE

The ministries represented at the fair last week were Cornerstone, Faith Quest, Art and Environment, Cursillo, Ministry of Praise for the Homebound, Card Ministry, Evangelization, Religious Education, Hospitality, Serra Club, Public Discipleship, Renew, Knights of Columbus and Youth Ministry.

All the ministries and contact information are in this week’s church bulletin. For more information or questions, contact the rectory at 973-227-0055.

Photo Captions:

Three-year-old Cameron Edmonds and his grandmother, Pat Bedigian, a 40-year parishioner of St. Thomas More (STM) Parish, make Valentine's Day cards for United States soldiers. 

Brad Ucci, STM director of worship and music, and Ann Marie Keegan, choir member, promote the music ministry to parishioners. 

Students build marshmallow and pretzel forts showing the Jesus gives strength and support to all people. (Left row, front to back: Gina and Natalie Mangiarelli and Corry Mittiga. Right row front to back: Michael Ragusa, Domenic Mangiarelli and Stephanie Mitchell.)

Vacation Bible School is represented at the STM ministry fair by Elaina and Michael Ragusa; Christian, Dante and Danielle Ragusa; Andrew Rubinich and Butch Lanzerotti.

Alexa Weiss is the winner of the Valentine's Day candy at the STM ministry fair.

Father Juan Pablo Esteban, parochial vicar, Father Marek Chachlowski, pastor, and Deacon Michael Pontoriero enjoy the STM ministry fair and encourage parishioners to participate in a ministry of their choice. 

Rosemarie Scalo, member of the STM Legion of Mary, encourages new parishioner Michelina Giuliano to join. 

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