Some Points of Interest from the Pastor...

posted Jul 5, 2010, 7:08 AM by STA Woodhaven   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 3:11 PM by STAWoodhaven Webmaster ]

As a Nation, this weekend we celebrate Independence Day – not solely as a time for BBQ’s and family get-togethers, but a time to reflect on those strong individuals who laid the ground work for the freedoms we all enjoy.  As a Church, we sometimes forget that on the contrary, we are called to trust in God, and therefore depend on God’s providential care.  As followers of Jesus, we can sometimes lose sight of the fact that His entire life, death and resurrection always closely reflect God’s plan for Salvation.  May we use the ‘calm’ of summer to reflect on our part of God’s plan – hoping and praying that our response may be similar to the Jesus we follow. 

Unfortunately, as you well know, as a Church we have a lot of work ahead of us.  Many who consider themselves Catholic, really have little, to no idea of what that entails.  In love, please join me in taking the time to continue to learn about our faith, so that with prayer and action, we may share freely the true gifts of our faith and Church. 

In the months ahead, in addition to the events marking our 100th Anniversary, we will not only be working on a Capital Campaign to fund the much needed and required repairs on Saint Thomas Church and Monsignor Mulz Hall, but to create a plan to lead us into the future.  This plan will not only focus on finances and buildings, but also about the people who make Saint Thomas a place of prayer and peace.  Utilizing the Pastoral Plan of the Parish Pastoral Council and the work of the Parish Strength Committee, focus will be paid to continually renewing our parish. 

Renewal however, involves commitment.  Please note that as it states on the front of the Bulletin, all parishioners must be registered. It is not enough to say, (as we hear too often), “I go here,” or “My child(ren) were baptized here.”  Registration and supporting one’s parish helps us to provide the services essential to living the Catholic life. 
Please note that changes of address must be provided to the Parish Office in a timely fashion.
Unfortunately, the delay of formerly registered parishioners to update their information, and to use the weekly envelopes they've requested, costs our parish thousands of dollars annually. 

Funds that could be used for programs are wasted, or never realized making our Mission increasingly more difficult. 

Please remember that to ensure the vibrancy of Saint Thomas, we must all take seriously our commitment to our parish.