September 16, 2018
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
We had our first pastoral council this past week. We had a fascinating discussion about the bishop’s first diocese-wide convention at which Elsie Fischer represented St. Thomas. The bishop reached out to the parishes to discuss 1) how to increase vocations, given our looming crisis with many more priests retiring or returning to their home countries each year than are getting ordained and 2) the ongoing abuse scandals and what the diocese is doing to prevent them from occurring locally. The members of the pastoral council are listed on the last page of the bulletin. Please reach out to any member of the council to address any issues you have.
We are in the process of revamping our parish websites. The preschool, youth group and parish website will soon be hosted under the same site with a more dynamic, user friendly interface. The current plan is to roll the new website out on or about October 1. Look for the announcement and then give it a try.
Fr. John L.