A Faith Community

Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,

Our Twelfth Annual Parish Golf Outing is now history. It is one of two annual fundraisers which helps us financially to do all the things we do ministerially to bring Christ’s love and hope to His people. Needless to say, it was a great day weather wise, great scoring (both low scores and the highest high scores), great food and drink, great golfers numbering a total of ninety nine, great Oral Auction items and raffle prizes, and great camaraderie and great fellowship! A full financial report will be given after we pay all the bills of this great event.  

We owe tons of thanks to many people who made it such a great day. Thank you to Golf Outing Chairperson Tom Nicholas who has again led our Golf Committee through many meetings to help plan and execute a perfect day for all of our golfers. Thank you to his Core Committee of Jack Devron, Dan Fitzpatrick, John Heraty, Greg Korney, Ron Schaefer and Carol Wilson. Thank you to our friend, Bob Malpede—Head Golf Professional and General Manager at White Deer Run Golf Course —for his excellent cooperation and support in providing the great day. Thank you to all of our volunteers and anyone who did anything to help us with anther very successful event. And thank you to all of our local businesses and especially our parishioners who donated items and purchased raffle tickets for our event!  

Were you married in 1965? Then we need to celebrate with you and so does Archbishop Blaise Cupich. So—have you registered for the Annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass? Please call Suzie at the Parish Office so that we can get you an invite. The Mass will be Sunday, August 30 at 2:45pm at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.  

I would like to share the following prayer written by a husband:  

Dear Lord,

Thank you for my wife. I am so blessed to have her in my life. I am so sorry that sometimes I am not patient with her. I snap at her when I get frustrated or over- whelmed and she doesn’t deserve that. I need to respect her by being patient with her. Please help me to have self-control in this area of my life. Transform my heart, God, let me be a person of peace, full of joy and tranquility. I pray that every response towards my wife and my children and others would be said with patience. In Jesus name AMEN!  

 Your Pastor,


Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela 

P.S. Thank you to all for your patience as we are freshening up our look in the Parish offices and meeting rooms. Sorry for any inconvenience. Hopefully, you will like the new look.



Pastor Fr. Tom

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