A Faith Community

Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,

November is the month of that special day of Thanksgiving. Since we are Eucharistic people, we must always be grateful to God for all of His blessings. For what will you be grateful for on Thanksgiving Day? And for whom will you be grateful for, as well? We can never say and pray thank you enough to God our loving Father. I would like to share the following:  

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of faith, that strength, that power, that source within: showing me the way, steadying my step and offering me the hope I need to make my way through all my troubles and trials...  

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my Church and Parish : that wounded, rag-tag, joyful lot of saints and sinners, seeking out your truth, growing in the gospel, reaching out to others' needs in your love...  

Thank you, Lord, for the people around me, behind me and before me: all who've shaped the person I've become; who've loved me in more ways than I can know, who've loved me when I've failed to love them in return; who've pardoned and forgiven me with mercy; who've shared with me their sorrows and their joys, who fill my heart with peace and who help me trust and know with hope that you are always by my side...  

And thank you, Lord, for people I've not yet met, whose paths will cross my own as your Spirit guides our ways... Thank you, Lord, for the mystery of your presence: in the simplest and most ordinary moments of each day and in the stillness, in the quiet time I spend with you in prayer... Receive my thanks and praise today for you, Lord, are my God from whom all blessings flow... Amen.  

Help! We need five volunteers—to become a Friend / Catechist to an adult with an intellectual disability in our GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) Ministry. Please see the entire article on page 5.  

The Palatine Police Department is collecting new and gently used coats and winter accessories through the month of November. Donations will be given to District 15’s Community Closet to ensure all children will have the opportunity to be properly clothed in winter months. Drop off is at the Police Department.  

Thank you to FOSTOVS—Friends of St. Thomas of Villanova School—for their successful Bears game fund-raiser last Sunday. One hundred and thirty people showed for the Bears party. Needless to say, the Bears were awesome winners and so were all who came.  

Thank yous go out to our Knights of Columbus Holy Ghost Council who donated new children’s coats to St. Thomas so that we can help keep our children warm for the winter.  

Your Pastor,


Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela 

P.S. Pray for the people of Paris.
P.P.S. Did you sign up yet? (See Bulletin page 9)
P.P.P.S. Go Palatine Pirates!



Pastor Fr. Tom

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