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Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,

This weekend is the last weekend for our Seminary Deacon—Dan Morris. He finishes his internship and begins the final step toward Priesthood Ordination in May. He returns home to his Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas—after studying at Mundelein—culminating in his Diaconal Internship here. Please keep Deacon Dan and his classmates in your prayers.

Today, we welcome to STV the Alvernia High School Class of 1965—celebrating their 50th Reunion—led by our own Joan Entwhistle, our flutist! Over 40 members of that class will be here as we pray with them and for them—reliving their glory days. The best laid plans don’t always guarantee success—or even execution. And so, it is with disappointment that we must cancel next week’s Christ Renews His Parish Men’s Retreat Weekend. We did not come up with sufficient candidates to allow the weekend to be successfully implemented. Our gratitude goes out to the CRHP team who worked long and hard on the presentations and formation. I have asked our CRHP Continuation Committee and Spiritual Directors to meet and be analytical and policy oriented about the future of CRHP.

You can read up on our excellent school in today’s bulletin. We are currently in the Accreditation Process of our School by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our students recently received several awards. I want you to read eighth grader Grace Ryan’s letter in today’s bulletin! It is excellent! (But it better be, because her Mom is our Principal!) Congrats to all of our star authors! (Maybe I can convince one of them to ghost-write my Second Homily!) Open House for our School is th is Thursday! Tell your neighbors to check us out!

Your prayer life must continue during this Easter season. Please remember to pray for the Pope’s Intentions. His April Universal Intention is “Creation: That people may learn to respect Creation and care for it as a gift of God.” Pope Francis’ April Evangelization Intention is “Persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church.” Also keep in your prayers all who suffered recently form the Illinois tornadoes. Count your blessings as those families begin the endeavor to rebuild their homes and their lives. Pray that they have the hope, faith and peace to do it!  

Who is that guy taking all those pictures, and what happens to them? That is Mark Orr, our official photographer. At times, we take pictures to document our Parish events. The pictures are then posted to a Flickr website. No names are EVER listed. The #1 question is can I get a copy of that picture? Yes!!! Use the link below, and you will be taken to the site where over 20,000 pictures reside, going back 10 years or more. (Flickr gives detailed instructions on how to download pictures. https://www.flickr.com/photos/65414281@N00/

Cardinal Francis George was released from Loyola University Medical Center recently, and has returned home. The causes that required his admission, dehydration and pain management, have been successfully addressed, and he is feeling much better. The Cardinal is deeply grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff for the excellent care he received. He is also very thankful to all those who prayed for him in a special way during his hospital stay, and asks for your continuing prayers, even as he promises his in return.

Your Pastor,


Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela

P.S. Go Blackhawks! Go Bulls!


Pastor Fr. Tom

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