Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,
Tomorrow night is the final opportunity to celebrate the
Sacrament of Reconciliation and to
experience God’s healing and forgiving love before
Easter. We will have five priests available at 6:00pm on Monday—ready to hear your Confessions.
Come—after all, it is Holy Week.
I would like to share with you this Reflection on Palm Sunday which crossed my desk:
Were You There?
Being a Catholic today can be a lonely
place, for the followers of Jesus are
now the most persecuted of all -- a reality, says
Pope Francis, the world seeks to hide. No wonder
a line in an American spiritual asks: “Were you ther
e when they crucified my Lord?” Mark’s ac-
count of the Passion, proclaimed today, has Jesus in his hour
of need calling out the words of the
prophet Zechariah which foretell why so few would re
main with him on Calvary: “I will strike the
shepherd, and the sheep will be dispersed.”
Will we stay with Jesus when the staying gets
tough? Will we have known Him, lived his truth and
told his story deeply enough that, when these moments come, there will be no other for us and
abandoning Him will not be an option? We should know
Him for He continues to carry us up that
hill. We should be living His truth for He is the tr
uth. We should be telling His story for it is one of
love without end for us.
Peter got it right when in his first moment of crisis he confessed: “To whom should we go, Lord, for
You have the words of everlasting life.” When Pe
ter later got it wrong in
the courtyard, he loved
Him so much he was able to come back and die for Him.
Each time we fall short, remember only one road
leads to Jesus, and it passes by the Cross.
Just a friendly Pastor’s reminder to remember your St. Thomas
of Villanova Parish Family at Easter time.
Our Parish Finance Committee is asking you to contribute
$175.00 as your Easter gift—if at all possible. You
are all great and generous stewards when you give from your
heart and your faith in the love of the Lord. Our
Easter collection is a very important part of our year
ly budget. Thank you as always for what each of you do
for our Parish, and thank you for your stewardship of time,
talent and treasure.
On your behalf, we sent birthday greetings to our Chief
Shepherd—Archbishop Blaise Cupich. He was busy
on St. Joseph’s Day blowing out his birthday candles.
We promised him your daily prayers for him.
And coming soon to your local Church:
Living Stations of the Cross
Christ Renews His Parish
Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela