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Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,

Pope Francis has decided to set up a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which is to be celebrated on September 1 annually. So last Monday was the first time experience! Pope Francis said “the Day of Prayer allows us a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation and also to seek God’s mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” I would like to share with you the following:


Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift. Help us to care for it and all people, that we may live in right relationship—with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation.  

Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins. Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected—to our brot hers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation, and to future generations.  

Holy Spirit, giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us. Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all—individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders.  

Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in pove rty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home.  


He is “Coming to America.” He is! He is “Coming to America!” (Now I sound like Neil Diamond!) So all the more reason! You need to pray with and for Him. Yes, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is “Coming to America” from September 22 ‘til 27. He will be visiting Washington DC, New York City and winding up in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.  

I have established a Principal Search Committee, and I am in daily communications with the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools who must vet the possible candidates before we can even interview them. I will keep you posted on the progress of this very important process. Meanwhile, we seek your prayers for this critical endeavor.  

Your Pastor,


Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela 

P.S. Why not come to 9:30am Mass on Monday, Labor Day? Work on it!



Pastor Fr. Tom

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