My dear family,
First, I have news both bitter and sweet. Our longtime and faithful parish secretary, Mrs. Kathy Giron, has decided it’s time to retire. Kathy has served as a parish secretary for 40 years! Most of that time has been here at St. Thomas. I cannot begin to express what I personally owe to Kathy. I always knew that the parish was in good hands with her at her desk, able to serve all the many people who come each day to our church with countless needs and problems. Now she deservedly wants to spend more time with her family. Thank you, Kathy, and God reward you for your service to His people.
I am pleased to announce that our new parish secretary will be Mrs. Vianna Sikes. Many of you know Vianna and her husband Kevin and their children, who are very involved in parish ministries. Vianna has worked on our parish staff before, and I know she will do a wonderful job in her new position.
All of these changes will take place on May 1st.
Wow. We had two-hundred people show up last Monday for the start of our spring Bible study “You Make Me Crazy!” I am so happy. Friends, this is a powerful, practical Bible study that will give you the tools to have relationship that are fulfilling, not draining!
This week our topic is: WHO’S PUSHING YOUR BUTTONS? We will, through the eyes of the Bible, take a close look at anger, and we will learn five ways to disarm our anger towards those who really know how to push our buttons. Monday, April 16, 7 pm, Fr. D’Arco Hall: a one-hour teaching.
Our October Pilgrimage to Fatima and the Shrines and Cathedrals of Spain is filling up! It’s October 1-12. This is a wonderful opportunity to draw close to our Lady at the place of one of her most powerful apparitions, and to discover the Spanish roots of our holy Faith. Call the office for more information.
Well, I ran across these short bits of tender wisdom that I thought I would share over the next few weeks:
- Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said:
“Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
- Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70’s, what his top three tips are for success. He smiled and said:
“Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun