The Roman Catholic Community of Saint Thomas Aquinas & Holy Family. Two churches - Joining as ONE Family - Together in Love.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mother's Day Blessing

Lord God, Bless the Mother of our Family.

Bless her with the strength of Your Spirit, she who has taught her children how to stand and how to walk.

Bless her with the melody of Your love, she who has shared how to speak, how to sing and how to pray to You.

Bless her with a place at Your eternal dinner table, she who has fed and nurtured the life that was formed within her while still helpless but embraced in her love.

Bless her today, now, in this lifetime, with good things, with health.

Bless her with joy, love, laughter and pride in her children and surround her with many good friends.

May she who carried life in her womb be carried one day to Your divine embrace, there, for all eternity to rejoice with her family and friends.


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Father Thomas E. Fox

Eternal Rest Grant unto Fr. Fox, Oh Lord!
And let perpetual life shine upon him.
May he rest in peace, and may his soul
and all the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace!

Our MOST sincere condolences to our Brothers & Sisters of Holy Family Parish whose beloved pastor, Father Thomas E. Fox was welcomed into heaven on Holy Saturday (April 15th, 2006). Fr. Fox has been the pastor of Holy Family Parish since 1994. He was a loving person, a great storyteller and a person who was filled with the joy of being a Christian. Although he wasn't tall, his vibrant personality stood out in any gathering.

He will forever be a part of the lives of all of the people he touched during his ministry to the Diocese of Brooklyn. I know that he touched many children during his ministry at Good Shepherd parish in the 1960's, as he took the time to help us learn our catechism, our vowels and how to draw. As Catholic's we believe that he is still with us, laughing and guiding us to our eternal home. To quote Fr. Ed Hays ~ "With their last breath those we love do not say good-bye .... for love is timeless. Instead, they leave us a solemn promise that when they are finally at rest in God, they will continue to be present to us whenever they are called upon. Let us fear not, or grieve beyond letting go the departure of those we have greatly loved, for in the Tree of Life their roots and ours are forever intertwined."