A SPECIAL VISITOR
A brief note to say thanks a million to all of you for the hundreds of letters, cards, notes, Mass cards, expressions of support, love and sympathy over the past few months since the death of my sister Maureen. Yall have been so supportive once again. I honestly had the good intention of dropping each one of you a postcard or note. I know that's not going to happen now. ( Those cows are extremely demanding!!!!)
However your good pastor, Fr Cuddy has given me permission to concelebrate the Masses on Sunday May 31st. I will be there in person to say thanks again for all your love and encouragement. In the meantime may God bless all of you and you continue to be in my prayers. Life on the farm is good....very relaxing( and hard work too). I love yall; see you soon. Mooooo…——Fr. Louis Lohan
HELLO MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES
After many years, twenty-three or four, I believe, as a volunteer at St. Thomas, I have decided it is time to retire from my position as Director of Liturgy.
My grandparents were married in St. Thomas in 1915, the year St. Thomas became a parish. Since then, there have been many ‘Carrubbas’ volunteering in some way at St. Thomas; I feel quite sure there will continue to be.
Through the years I have had the opportunity to serve in a number of capacities: Building and Rebuilding Committees, CALB Secretary, Chairperson for the Fall Festival several times, Finance Administration Board, Maintenance and Purchasing, Pastoral Council, Volunteer Staff and Wedding Coordinator.
I remember a few days after “the storm”, Father Louis was wondering where we would have Mass. He, as always, wanted to bring God’s people together. Living across the street from Quarles School, I suggested we have an outdoor Mass on the vacant school lot. With the help of many of you, we set up and had our Mass. This was the first religious service in our community after the storm. People of the many other faiths as well as Catholics were in attendance.
For a number of weeks after Katrina, my living room served as the Sanctuary, housing the priest’s vestments as well as the Tabernacle and Blessed Sacrament. Those visiting the sick would stop by daily and pick up a consecrated host to take to the shut-ins.
Serving as Chairperson of the Liturgical Design Team after Katrina, I traveled to Pennsylvania and assisted in selecting furnishings for our new church from churches closing in the Scranton Diocese.
The round-faceted windows from our pyramid church were all that survived Katrina. Heading up the 50 person team for the removal of these windows to store and save for our new church was an easy task with so many willing to help in any way needed or possible.
As a member of the RCIA Team since 1992, I have watched, helped nurture, guide and be with a lot of you as you walked your journey into the Catholic Faith.
The office in which I have served and is the most near and dear to my heart will always be my position as Director of Liturgy at St. Thomas. “I love my Catholic Faith; I love my St. Thomas Church.”
What I will miss most is working with all of you as we prepare for our Liturgies. You have been my dear friends, my extended family. It has been a wonderful time in my life.
Thank you for the pleasure, honor and blessing to serve with you.
THANK YOU TO OUR SRE TEACHERS/AIDES
The classes for our School of Religious Education have ended for this year, and we thank God for a blessed and productive year of faith formation for our children/teens here at St. Thomas. We want to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to all of our volunteers of the school of religious education and vacation bible school. Thank you for leading and guiding our children/teens in the faith. Because of your love and dedication to our School of Religious Education/VBS, we are confident that our children/teens have developed a closer relationship with God and appreciate the gift of faith more each day. May God reward you and your loved ones for sharing your faith and time with our children/teens.
to our children/teens and parents of SRE/Youth Ministry and Young Vincentian/Heritage Girls who helped us set up/clean up and serve at our senior citizens' appreciation dinner. Special thanks to Stella
Wolf and her team of volunteers for the delicious meal. We thank Sr. Mary /Sr. Maria and our St. Thomas Children Dancers for the wonderful Fan Dance. We thank especially our senior citizens who are our grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles for the religious formation and good examples you provide for your children and grandchildren. Thank you for living your Catholic faith, and thank you for passing on the faith to the children/teens of our St. Thomas faith community.
SAVE THE DATE
June 14th, 9:00am Mass in honor of Sister Consilio Buckley celebrating sixty years as a devoted servant of God. There will be a reception following Mass in the Community Center. If you have a picture of Sister Consilio with you and/or family and/or friends you might like to share, please email to Peggy at: email@example.com
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (Catholic Kidz Camp)
“Around the Word in Five Days: Living the Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love with the Saints”
…for Pre K thru 6th grade. Our VBS week will be from Monday-Friday, June 1-5…8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The blue registration forms can be found in the displayed cabinets in the church and in the SRE building. Let Sr. Cecilia know ASAP if you are interested in helping with VBS this summer!
ReligiousEducation@SaintThomasLB.org or call 868-3774. Our next meeting for VBS volunteers will be on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00pm in the SRE building.
PAYING CATHOLIC SCHOOL TUITION
The parish finance committee has adopted guidelines for families who wish to avail themselves of the subsidized (lower) rate of tuition at Catholic schools. Parish families (registered here) who attend Mass at St. Thomas on a regular basis and use their church support envelopes or the electronic method of making their weekly contributions are eligible for a lower rate of tuition for children in Grade K-12 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School, Our Lady Academy, and St. Patrick High School. A form to request parish subsidy is available at the school office and should be turned in to the parish office for completion.
Catholic school tuition is expensive but we believe that it is well worth the sacrifices made by the families who choose to have their children enrolled in the Catholic school system. Traditionally, Catholic school families are very involved in their parish. We appreciate their involvement and support.
SUMMER CAMPS AT ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
June 8– July 31. Choose from: SVdP camp, Art camp, Preschool camp, Lego Adventure camp, and Music camp. Visit the website: svdpcatholicschool.org
Lighthouse Catholic Media Stand…East foyer
St Vincent de Paul Society….9:30am-12:30pm,
Mon & Thurs, open to help
Adoration in the Chapel….8:00am-7:00pm, Fridays
Youth Gift Cards (Scrip) sales…after all Masses &
during office hours, 9am-4:30pm weekdays
Knights of Columbus, Council #4898….6:30pm,
every first & third Thursday of the month
St. Joseph’s Helping Hands….Work day is every first
Saturday of the month; meeting is every fourth Thursday