Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,
How is your Lent going? Is your Lenten journey happening with
the presence of the Lord in your forty days? Are you praying
more? Are you fasting more? Are you almsgiving more? Notice
the “more”! Lent truly means less of you and more of God: You
are to be a selfless person giving of yourself. Remember our
Parish Lenten theme is “Living Lent With Passion.” So how Passionate will you be this week? Read what Henri Nouwen, a theologian and spiritual author, writes about Lent:
“Lent is the most important time of the year to nurture our
inner life. It is the time
during which we not only
prepare ourselves to celebrate the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also the
resurrection that constantly takes place within us. Life
is a continuing process of the death of the old and
the familiar, and being reborn again into a new hope, a new trust, and a new love. The death and
resurrection of Jesus therefore is not just an historical
event that took place a long time ago, but an inner
event that takes place in our heart when
we are willing to be attentive to it.
Lent offers a beautiful opportunity to discover the mystery of
Christ within us. It is a gentle but also demanding time. It is a time of solitude but also community, it is a time of listening to the voice within, but
also a time of paying attention to other people's needs.
It is a time to continuous
ly make the passage to new
inner life as well as to life with those around us. When we live Lent attentively and gently, then Easter can
truly be a celebration during which the full proclamation of
the risen Christ will reverberate into the
deepest place of our being.”
We enter into our final week of preparation for our big,
Annual Parish Fundraiser this Saturday, March 7th as
we celebrate, honor and party with St. Joseph and St. Patrick.
Our Committee has worked very hard for your
pleasurable evening. And this year, we have changed the
entertainment! Come for a lot of laughs as
Comedian Corey Calvert will regale us with jokes, stories,
banter and humor. He is a professional who has
appeared at comedy clubs all over the country.
By the way, I have invited Francis Cardinal George,
Archbishop Blaise Cupich and Bishop George Rassas to our
St. Joe’s - St. Pat’s event. I told them “if they
had nothing to do that night, come and join us for a fun
evening!” We will see!
The Pastor’s Prerogative for Parish Procrastinators has
been invoked. You have until 8:00pm this Monday to
get your paid RSVP and still pay the $40.00 rather than the
$50.00 at 8:01pm and all week and at the door.
Do you realize that the price for this event has not changed
in ten years—and yet you still get the same,
great, delicious dinner with the always raved about corned
beef. So why not join us before it sells out?
We celebrated yesterday the Gift of the Holy Spirit as the
Sacrament of Confirmation was conferred on 82
eighth graders from our Grade School and from our Religious
Education Program. Bishop John Manz was
the celebrating Bishop. I know that our eighth graders were
well prepared by our teachers, catechists and
parents. The Holy Spirit’s gift of wisdom and grace
were already present in our young adults. Please keep
them placed deeply in your Lenten prayers, so as like Jesus, they may grow in wisdom, age and grace.
Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela