A Faith Community

Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas,

I want to thank all of you for the welcome and the support which you gave to Father Pat Universal last weekend. This Missionary appeal on behalf of the “Missionary Society of St. James” was well received by all of you. The second collection last weekend for this Missionary Community stands at $ 8,580.00. And some of you have already added to this cause through the envelopes at the doors. Thank you for your spiritual pray er and financial support of the poverty stricken missions in Peru and Ecuador. Father Universal (yes, that’s his real name) has a thank you in today’s bulletin. We owe a special thank you to Ron and Sharron Jozwiak who housed and fed him last weekend as our rectory house was filled—(Father Wojciech ‘s mom is here for two months from Poland and is staying at the rectory– cooking him his favorite meals!)

Can you believe that school begins tomorrow? Where did the summer go? It is long gone. Most of our college students are back at school already. Our High Schools have started. And our own St. Thomas of Villanova grade school begins this Monday. Our Principal Lisa Ryan is very happy! The teachers are happy! The students are happy- (Well at least some of them are!) And the Moms are the happiest. Please keep all in your prayers! I would like to share the following prayer which is from Notre Dame University:

Prayer for the Beginning of School

God of Wisdom,
As a new school year begins , we ask for your guidance in our study and learning. Open our minds and hearts to the new people and ideas we will meet this year. Give us courage to stretch beyond our bounds of comfort and to seek your truth as we grow in knowledge and insight.

Aware of the great gift of education, may our study and learning become a source of transformation and renewal for ourselves a nd others. Kindle our passion to enlighten,
heal, and unify the world you have entrusted to us. Amen.

Just a reminder that our Appalachian Service Project volunteers are inviting your financial support as they seek to better the lives of several families down South! Envelopes were in the bulletin last weekend and at the doors of the Church today.

Pope Francis’ Tweet of the day is—”The news coming from Iraq pains me. Lord, teach us to live in solidarity with all those who suffer.” Millions of our Iraqi brothers and sisters are suffering displacement and terror from the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS). Religious minorities, including Christians, Shia Muslims and Turken are being attacked and murdered. Please pray for peace and unity and consider donating to Catholic Relief Services: ATTN: Iraq Emergency Appeal—Catholic Relief Services,3525 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653

Your Pastor,

Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela

P.S. Now you know why Father Wojciech has been behaving lately!


Pastor Fr. Tom