A Faith Community

Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,

On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced that in October, 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome on topics related to the family and evangelization. Pope Francis him self wrote this prayer for the Synod:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families, too,
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family
and its beauty in God's plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

By now, I hope that you have heard the news. And I think that it is great news! In his first major appointment for the United States, Pope Francis has named Bishop Blasé J. Cupich (Pronounced Soup-itch) to be the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. He is currently the Bishop of Spokane, Washington and now Archbishop-elect of Chicago. If you watched the press conferences last weekend, you got a real sense of the new leader of our Archdiocese. He is very pastoral, theologically as tute, a great visionary, yet very humble and simple. At the press conference, he was asked—what message do you think Pope Francis is sending to the Archdiocese of Chicago? His concrete answer was—”The Holy Father’s priority is not to send a message but a Bishop—someone to serve the needs of the people.”

He has asked for our prayers so I hope that you will pray for him and his Ministry of leading this Archdiocese beginning with his installation on November 18. Meanwhile, also pray for Francis Cardinal George for his strength and health and for a happy retirement.

Your Pastor,

Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela


Pastor Fr. Tom