Since 1971 the people of St. Thomas More have distinguished themselves as a young, spiritually alive congregation. More than 20,000 individuals strong - the largest in the Archdiocese of Denver - the parish continues to innovate and grow in its Christ-directed mission to "Go and make disciples of all the nations." (Matthew 28:19)
A parish of this size could be intimidating or overwhelming, but St. Thomas More's mission of evangelism has kept the big picture focused on the spiritual needs of each family and individual. That is the vision that was seeded her by the charter families who founded this parish as they met to celebrate Mass on Sundays in the gymnasium of Walnut Hills Elementary School. Those founding members prayed that one day the Catholics of the growing southern suburbs of Denver would have a place of their own for worship and fellowship.
Twenty new members of families join our parish every week. They are brought to Denver and our community for any number of reasons, but are led to St. Thomas More by their faith and their desire to feel part of a vital spiritual "family." And it truly us is a spirit of vitality that unites us here at St. Thomas More. We have joined together in a commitment to evangelism, which touches all aspects of our ministries, apostolates and parish life. These ventures have found new life in the tremendous facilities of the Evangelization Center, where the elementary and middle school, plus ongoing youth and young adult ministries as well as religious education and adult education programs, have continued a strong history of spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Every year our surrounding community continues to grow. In response, St. Thomas More has expanded to meet the needs of its vast numbers of parishioners. Perhaps it is best to remember Jesus' sermon on the Mount: "You are the light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on a lamp stand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
Indeed, if St. Thomas More is to be perceived as a huge parish, let it be because our parish is overflowing with the abundant spirit of Christ.