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Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers. Peace be upon Israel. (Psalm 125 :1-5)
My beloved Sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
May our God be praised both now and forever. Amen.
I come to you again as we continue to make sincere efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus through recommended guidelines and pastoral initiatives. The pain and challenges of this dreadful period cannot be overemphasized. The obvious reality of separation from one another and even for some people from God, is beginning to dawn on us. The truth is that something is missing.
May be, the joy of worshipping together? The public liturgical prayers and experiencing the presence and spiritual connection of our priests and pastors of souls may be part of it too. The little chats at the end of Holy Mass that soothes our social and emotional needs. All these we may identify as our various wants at the moment. But I believe that many may also have identified a stronger desire to be closer to God. As St Augustine would say, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” This desire is stronger when we are faced with situation like the pandemic coronavirus that is ravaging our world at the moment. In the words of the Psalmist, “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” (Ps 63:1)
This indeed is the moment to rediscover who we are. We have another opportunity to search and find God in the various activities of our lives. We have a special call for prayers, reading the bible and spiritual books, reciting the Rosary but above all the Memorare (Remember) and we fly to your patronage …., these are some of the specific prayers for help and protection. We have sent across the prayer for spiritual communion. The Archdiocese has called for collective prayers uniting our intentions at different specific times. May we do our best to join in these efforts to salvage our human society, for the sufferings and pains of any of us are the sufferings and pains of all of us.
We are in a very challenging time but it is also a time of growth and spiritual maturity. Jesus told the Samaritan Woman at the well:
“But the hour is coming, indeed is already here, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, that is the kind of worshippers the father seeks” (John 4:423-24)
We therefore, encourage us to keep praying and uniting ourselves in prayers and meditating on the word of God.
Keep safe and remain blessed.
Father Stephen Oranuba
Bonn, 27th March 2020
It’s a pleasure to welcome you to the website of Saint Thomas More, the International Catholic Chaplaincy in Bonn.
As a spiritual family, our desire is to be a truly international Community who seeks to hold Christ at the center of all that we do.
We began here in Bonn in 1952 as part of the American Embassy.
Today, our parishioners come from over 25 different countries.
We hope that this website helps you to find answers to questions about us.
We look forward to you joining us for Holy Mass on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
God bless you.
We offer Religious Education programs for everyone, children as well as adults. The Adult Coffee and Conversation Program is an opportunity to discuss subjects that we are all interested in as Christians. These topics range from church history, to morality, to public service. If you would like to join us, the door is always open.
Confessions are heard before and after Sunday Mass and, of course, by appointment.
We encourage all parishioners to be involved in community life and are always glad to welcome people willing to serve as Ushers, Altar Servers, Lectors and Teachers of Religious Education (or substitutes) as well as new members for our social committee or parish council – and last but not least – new singers or musicians for our Choir.