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 - Join us!

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.

Parish Youth Group - Welcome

Teen BLAST - Belonging, Learning and Serving Together. All teens are welcome to join us - make new friends, grow in faith, and make a difference in the world. This is YOUR group and there are many exciting activities being planned based on your suggestions. Don't miss out! If you aren't getting our emails please contact us at . You can also text the word JOIN to 732-587-6160. Visit our Youth Group web page to find out about all kinds of activities including our calendar of upcoming events. We'll see you at the next great event and bring a buddy!

Religious Education Registration

We ask that all parents register their children online. Please click on the following link to register:

Register Now

Please note that the registration form will be unavailable every night from 11PM-3AM for nightly maintenance.

Thank 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

This year, our annual appeal has a new name: the Annual Catholic Appeal. Formerly the Bishop’s Appeal, the campaign’s new name presents a clearer picture of what the appeal is about and what it is meant to accomplish. (learn more) Today the mission of the Annual Catholic Appeal remains the same as it was when it began, to financially empower the Church to serve all the people of God, regardless of belief. What is different today is that the needs are greater than ever before.


Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

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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:   
July 5th thru August 31st   

St. Thomas More Church Ministry Schedule:   
July 5th thru August 24th   

From the Desk of the Bishop

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.

PART I BAPTISM: the Gateway to Christian Life

PART II CONFIRMATION: Strength for the Christian Catholic journey through life

              THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST: Do this in memory me (Part II)

Part IV THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE: Penance is a sacrament of healing

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, August 1, 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