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
CRHP Continuation Committee and Spiritual Directors to meet and be
analytical and policy oriented about the future of
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
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.
Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela
P.S. Go Blackhawks! Go Bulls!