Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey

   Societies and Organizations

Doug Corley
(732) 245-2541

If someone is interested in participating in either of these support groups, all they need to do is attend the gathering at 8:00 PM on Tuesday evenings. These open meetings are held weekly and in strictest confidence.

Dan Vesque

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Cub Scouts NJ Pack 157


Cub Pack 157 has been chartered at St. Thomas More Church for over 50 years. Over the years the Cub Pack has been active in the St. Thomas More Parish and the Manalapan community.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10 or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join the Cub Scouts, but may be eligible to join the Boy Scouts.

Boys meet in Dens organized by their grade (1-5). All Dens meet together once a month at a Pack Meeting usually held on the last Friday of the month in St. Thomas More Parish Hall at 7pm. We usually have one pack-wide outing each month, hockey game, ball park,Winter Bowl and Family Camp are just an example of a few.

Webelos (4th and 5th graders) have additional camping opportunities as they prepare for the transition to Boy Scouts. Our Webelos are often invited of many of Troop 157's outings. Den Meetings are generally held in a classroom at St. Thomas More.

Hank Araujo

Boy Scouts of America

Troop 157

Troop 157 has been chartered at St. Thomas More Church for over 50 years, and during that time over 60 Boy Scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award in Cub Scouting and are at least 10 years old, or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years of age can join the Boy Scouts.

Troop 157 achieves the Boy Scouts of America's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness through various outdoor activities, achieving recognition and awards through community service, and performing civic duties for the St. Thomas More Parish and the Manalapan community. The boys can be seen selling donuts on Sunday mornings, collecting money to sponsor wreaths for our veterans, assisting in community disaster drills, collecting food items for the Samaritan Center, collecting books for the AAUW book drive and picking up litter on the church grounds. Past Eagle projects can be seen on the church grounds and new ones, to help the church community, are always being considered.

John M. Keane Jr. Ancient Order of Hibernians

Ancient Order of Hibernians

John M. Keane Jr.
President, Division 16
Monmouth County - St. Oliver Plunkett

Our organization is dedicated to uniting Irish Catholic men in Friendship, Unity, and Catholic Charity. Division #16, Monmouth County- St. Oliver Plunkett, was chartered in September 2002. Division 16 consists of members from St. Thomas More, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Rose of Lima, St. Robert Bellermine, St. Gabriel, and several other parishes in the area.

In our short time as a division we have donated to several local charities including Freehold Area Open Door, St. Vincent dePaul society, Birthright, Monmouth County Child Advocacy, and many state and national charities. We also support Project Children and non-sectarian program that gives an opportunity to Children of Northern Ireland to spend 4 weeks with sponsor families in the United States.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. However, while the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization. The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our country.

The Order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England's King Henry VIII. When England implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country.

Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded May 4th, 1836 at New York's St. James Church, to protect the clergy and church property from the "Know Nothings" and their followers. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing famine issues in Ireland in the late 1840's, prompted a growth of various social societies in the USA - the largest of which was, and continues to be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

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Knights of Columbus
Prince of Peace Council #5903 - Englishtown
Guy Girgenti - (732) 614-605

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest lay Catholic men's organization dedicated to the ideals of charity and support of the Church and country and is open to all practical Catholic men over 18 years of age. Its four main principles are charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. The Order is world wide with over 14,000 local councils and 1.8 million members. Its members donate over 70 million man hours of volunteer service and more than $150,000,000 annually to a wide range of Church, community, and charitable activities. It has rightly been labeled the strong right arm of the Church.

Prince of Peace Council #5903 was chartered in Englishtown on December 2, 1966 and includes members from Our Lady of Mercy and Saint Thomas More Churches. Its members have donated countless hours of service to both Parishes in a variety of projects and many of our members are involved with many community organizations.

The Council sponsors an annual Christmas party for underprivileged children, a party to recognize Altar Servers in both Parishes, donates to the support of Seminarians, raises over $10,000 each year to support the disadvantaged, and actively supports the Right to Life movement.

The many social and fraternal activities of the council promote the spirit of family and friendship among its members. The Knights of Columbus is the perfect organization if you want to help the Church and the community while building lasting friendships with fellow Catholic men. Father Mark, and Father Peter are members of the Knights of Columbus.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last six Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.

Active members meet weekly for about 90 minutes with their Spiritual Director to pray, and to report on and to receive a work assignment. A minimum of two hours work is assigned by the President and approved by the pastor. Active membership is open to all Catholic men and women. Those who are 18 years of age or older join a senior group, those under 18 years of age join a junior group.
Active members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Auxiliary members, the praying wing of the Legion of Mary, are lay faithful, priests, or religious unable to assume the duties of active membership. They recite the prayers of the Legion and the Rosary.

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