A Faith Community

Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas,

 Happy Easter to all in our St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Family! We gathered today on the greatest Feast Day of the Liturgical Year- Easter Sunday! We welcome all of our family members, visitors and guests to the Easter Eucharist. Together, we all celebrate the gift of new life- The Resurrection of our Lord.

Do you remember last Easter? Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, was the Pope for only 12 days as He celebrated Easter. At his Easter Mass, Our Holy Father preached:

"Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons. Let the risen Jesus enter your life; welcome Him as a friend, with trust. Jesus is life! If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward.

He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk, you will not disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust Him! Be confident he is close to you; He is with you. He will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as He would have you do.”

We often say or sing- “Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.” May we also live that in our faith life as we seek to understand and live the mystery of life and death- and Resurrection!

Your Pastor,

Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela

P.S. Next Sunday we celebrate the Canonization of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.


Pastor Fr. Tom