The Eucharistic Celebration here at St. Thomas is Saturday, October 28 at 5 pm.
Week day masses are at 9 am, on Tuesday mass was for Ray Schoenbauer and on Thursday mass in St. Thomas is for George Sullivan. At St. Scholastica - on Tuesday 8 am mass was for William Shaughnessy and on Thursday for Leona Mager.

Harvest Bingo on November 5 at 1:30. 20 games for $3.00! Raffle drawing for $100 cash and other prizes.

Our sympathy to Bob and Kelly Connelly on the death of her Grandpa George Kartak.

Russell Retka, of Isle, was in the St. Thomas area visiting and “stealing” (wink) corn from his relatives, with his brother-in-law, Roland Olson, on Wednesday. Russell’s parents rest here among our “Dearly Departed,” Tom (1902-1991) and Theresa (1902-1953) with his brother Bernard (1908-1998) and Florence (1908-1977). Russell and his wife, Jean, enjoy feeding squirrels, deer, muskrats and otter at his Green Isle home.

We have a few ladies that enjoy getting-together for a few card games pretty regularly: In two different groups, one playing weekly and the other playing monthly :Katie Denzer, Catherine and Jan Retka, Bernadette Engel, Rosemary and Vangie Burns, Harriett Wagner, Jule Preuhs and Dorothy Shaughnessy. They take turns hostessing, play 500…and they play to win not… for money.

Mary Hanlon’s in the news again. Mary and her son, Dan Hanlon of Burnsville, attended a seminar at St. Thomas University last week. The guest speaker was Martin Palous, the Czech Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Palous currently lives in New York and
is originally from Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic, Mary's family
originates from Southern Bohemia. After the seminar, Mary visited with
Ambassador Palous, speaking Czech with him. Mary and her daughter, Eileen,
spent three weeks in the Czech Republic in the spring of 2004. Eileen, who
has a Doctorate Degree in International Law, was the Attorney for the Czech-
Slovak Center in the Twin Cities before moving to Belle Plaine. Dan received
his MBA in International Business from St. Thomas University. (Thanks, Eileen)


Ellen Puff, grandaughter of Parnell and Lauretta “Ret” Halloran Sullivan, was in the area “visiting relatives” this weekend. Ellen teaches in St. Paul, and enjoys researching her Irish roots. On this trip, she looked up relatives in Jessenland’s St. Thomas, Assumption, St. John’s at rural Belle Plaine, Sacred Heart in Belle Plaine, and here in St. Thomas.

Tom and Dawn Callahan were blessed with a baby boy, Daniel Thomas, on Monday, October 9th at 10:21 p.m at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Daniel Thomas weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. He was welcomed home by his big sister, Claire who is 20 months old. (Thanks, Denise)

Congratulations to Ted and Tracy on their new daughter, Megan Marie, who joins Allison, Billy and Steven in their Odenthal home…and Congratulations to Allison for being highlighted as one of the “Raiders of the Week” at Holy Redeemer School in Montgomery… listed among Allison’s interests are dancing and reading…her goals are college and dentistry.

Overheard last Wednesday “There goes Ted.”…Ted Odenthal on his 9250 Case IH…Fifty years ago, when we heard “There goes Ted” it was Ted’s grandpa…on his 1937 W C Allis.

Happy Birthday, Catherine! Catherine Retka is another year older, 35 and holding!

From the archives: “Hugh Doherty, manager of the Shipping Association, shipped some baby beef to South St. Paul this week and received 10 cents a pound. This is the highest price paid in many a day” LSH October 1921

Mr. and Mrs. John Duane, Sr. (1858-1948) & (1864-1962) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday with their family all present. BPH October 1946

Also from the archives: “Two St. Thomas boys arrived home from Japan this week after a long absence. They are T-3 John B. Connolly (1920-1961), son of John Connolly, who arrived Sunday direct from a Pacific coast mustering out station, and Pfc. John A. Halloran, who arrived the previous day after being mustered out at Fort Sheridan, Ill. Both boys have been serving in Japan for a year” BPH October1946

Don’t forget Tim…Timothy.j.oconnell@us.army.mil

Have a good one, folks.