Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas,
Everyday on the news you still see the death and the destruction
of the lives and homes in the Philippines caused by Typhoon
Haiyan. Several of our parishioners call the Philippines their
homeland and they have many family members, relatives, cousins,
and friends still residing there. We must pray for them and
their efforts which could take years to rebuild from the
devastation and horror. Over five thousand people have died and
the number keeps rising. Please keep them all in your prayers.
Also please financially support the relief efforts of Catholic
A Prayer for the People of the Philippines
we pray for those who have been devastated
by the typhoon in the Philippines.
We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly.
We hold in our hearts the families changed forever by grief and
Bring them consolation and comfort.
Surround them with our prayers for strength.
Bless those who have survived
and heal their memories of trauma and devastation.
May they find courage to face the long road of rebuilding ahead.
We ask your blessing on all those who have lost their homes,
their livelihoods, their security and their hope.
Bless the work of relief agencies
and all those providing emergency assistance.
May their work be guided by the grace and strength
that comes from you alone.
Help us to respond generously, Lord,
in prayer, in assistance, in aid to the best of our abilities.
Keep our hearts focused on the needs of those affected,
even after the crisis is over.
We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
A couple weeks ago, we provided the Financial Report for the
recently ended fiscal year. (If you missed it, you can pick one
up at the Parish Office.) Today, we present a status report of
the STV50 Anniversary Capital Campaign. It is your generosity
and commitment to St. Thomas and this three year financial
pledge program which allows us to do so much in the way of
renovation and improvements. Special thanks to Deacon John Breit
and Ron Jozwiak who co-chaired this Capital Campaign and thanks
to all their Campaign Ambassadors. And also special thanks to
Ron Schaefer and Meghan Spano who handled the administrative end
of the Campaign. If you have any questions, contact myself or
Ron Schaefer, our Parish Manager.
Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela