Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey

We welcome you and your family to the web site for the Parish of St. Thomas More. We hope that you find it easy to navigate and full of useful information that will give you a better understanding of the many activities and ministries that our Parish Community has to offer. We invite you to browse through the site and we welcome any comments or suggestions you may have regarding the content. Comments may be sent via email to If you are new to the community and wish to register, please contact the Parish office at (732) 446-6661 to determine if you are within Parish boundaries.

Daily Mass Intentions and other important information can be found in the current Church bulletin.

Church Bulletin

Altar Server Ministry seeking additional members

Altar Servers make up the largest ministry in our parish and we are actively seeking new members to serve at Our Lady of Mercy and St. Thomas More Churches. This opportunity is open to boys and girls 9 years of age or older. Detailed information about our Altar Server Ministry is available on the Altar Server Ministry Home Page Anyone interested in joining should contact Deacon Matt Nicosia at (732) 490-1592 or by email Training sessions will be scheduled as individuals sign up.


Your St. Vincent DePaul Conference is seeking additional "Workers for the Vineyard"
For 10 years our St. Vincent de Paul Conference has been addressing the needs of those in the community who seek our help. And each year our caseload grows and grows while our need for more “workers in the vineyard” multiplies. So, on Sunday, November 16th, we’re inviting you to join us in Petri Hall between 9AM and Noon to learn how you can help in the work of the Conference. Perhaps you can help drive someone to a doctor’s appointment, or take on some administrative duties, or sell donuts, or assist with any of our other fund- raising activities. We meet once a month for prayer and direction and would welcome you joining us.

If you are interested but unable to meet with us on November 16th, please leave your name and phone number at Ext 5, 732 446-6661 and we’ll reach you.

Parish Prayer Chain –Our Parish has a prayer chain of over 30 members. Some are current member of our parish and others have moved to other parts of the country, but still keep active in this ministry. We have received prayer requests from all over the world. Please call (732)446-2371 if you have a need for prayers for any situation. Alternatively, you may send your prayer request via email to If you do not want your name known, it will be kept confidential. The head of this ministry is Deacon Jim Davis

Please Sponsor a wreath to be placed on the grave of a veteran for Christmas. On Dec 13th, at noon, Boy Scout Troop 157 along with thousands of other volunteers, will be placing these wreaths in over 900 National cemetaries across the United States. The reason the ceremonies are held at this time is to coincide with the laying of the wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Last year 540,000 wreaths were placed. Our Boy Scout Troop, along with their families, will have the honor of placing our wreaths in the Beverly National cemetary in Beverly NJ. To make a contribute to this cause Click here to view the team page for Boy Scout Troop 157. Thanks for your support!


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Catechism of the Catholic Church

Daily Mass Readings

Diocesan News

Funeral Preparations

Parish Sick List

Saint of the Day

Our Lady of Mercy Church Altar Server Schedule:   
September 6th thru November 2nd   

St. Thomas More Church Ministry Schedule:   
October 25th thru December 14th   

From the Office of the Bishop:

Join Bishop O’Connell in the Footsteps of Saint John Paul II.
Learn more: Diocese of Trenton Pilgrimage April 23, 2015 – May 3, 2015.

People ask me all kinds of questions. As your Bishop, I would like to begin a series of catechetical instructions to help clarify some of the issues, expectations and misunderstandings presented to me most often. I would like to begin with the sacraments of the Catholic Church.

Catechesis on the Sacraments: by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

Bridges Nursery School and Kindergarten

Bridges Nursery School & Kindergarten is a traditional Catholic preschool. Voted "Favorite Preschool in Manalapan" our staff has been enriching the lives of their students spiritually, emotionally and academically.

Classes begin with Mommy & Me and continue up through our full day kindergarten." There are full and half day sessions available. We are the Bridges family and we'd love for you to join us. Bridges is now accepting registration for the 2014-2015 school year. The best way to fully understand the benefits of any program is to schedule a visit to discuss your options. Please call Luann or Kristen at (732) 446-3107 to arrange an appointment or, visit our web site for more information.

Holy Hour will take place on the first Friday of each month from 7:30PM to 8:30PM at St. Thomas More Church (except during Lent when Stations of the Cross will be offered at Our Lady of Mercy Church). During the hour we will celebrate evening prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) and benediction with at least 30 minutes for quiet prayer time with our Eucharistic Lord. The next Holy Hour of Prayer will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014

Make a donation to our parish just by shopping! The Printery House is a department of Conception Abbey that manufactures and sells Christian greeting cards and gifts.

If you click on the Printery House link, we will automatically receive a donation of 7% of whatever you purchase. Or, just be sure to use our special Keycode, AF1333 if you call or mail in your order to them. Your donation will be used to benefit social outreach ministries in the Parish. Plus, by patronizing the Printery House, you help to support Conception Seminary College at the Abbey, where our future priests begin their training.

Parish Mission Statement:
The Parish of St. Thomas More is a Roman Catholic family of faith, built on the inspiration of past generations, to serve the community by loving God and our neighbor. We strengthen faith, celebrate the sacraments, provide for the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, educate across the life span, heal the spiritually broken and respect the dignity of human life. We live the Gospel and seek Christ in all people.

© 2014 Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, NJ