Eucharistic celebration at St. Thomas is Saturday, November 25, 2007. Weekday masses at St. Thomas are at 9 am. On Tuesday mass was for Father Karl Wittman and on Thursday mass is for Thanksgiving.

Maxine Sullivan attended a bridal shower in Coon Rapids on Saturday, November 18 for Alisha Baldwin. Alisha will be marrying Max's grandson, Dale Ely, in January. Dale is the son of Max's daughter, Laurie, who recently moved from St. Thomas to Belle Plaine.

Kylie Anne was born on November 1st to Bill and Lisa Meger at Queen of Peace weighing 8 pounds and 15 ounces. Kylie has lots of dark hair and looks ‘exactly’ like her 23 month-old sister Ashlind, except her big sister’s a blondie now. They were in church Saturday night …such sweeties … “and not a peep out of ‘em.”

Happy First Birthday to Jonathon Robert Connelly, Bob and Kelly’s little lad. They partied at the Bob and Kelly Connelly home on Sunday.

Gerri Hoehn Dix from Shell Rock, Iowa visited the Jack and Vangie Burns home on Friday. She wanted to learn how to make kolackies and asked one of St. Thomas’s best teachers, who specializes in making the Czech delicacy. Gerri is the daughter of Alice Burns Hoehn…”and she did good.”

Mary Grace O’Brien, Madelyne Wolff and Kathleen Fogarty were guests at the Bernetta Wolff home in Waseca on Saturday. Marcia Cotton, Kathy Thomason, Jerry Wolff and daughter Jill, Camrie and Cole Vlasak and their grandmother, Loni Graham also enjoyed Bernetta’s hospitality.

Jessica Retka comes home from St. Olaf College in Northfield periodically. This Saturday, before Thanksgiving, was an unexpected pleasure. Jessie plays the organ at the St.Thomas Church. Her sign that she’s home and in the choir loft, to choir members already seated below is when Jessie playfully runs her fingers over a few organ keys before mass. The anxious and eager choir members gather in the loft and fill the air with music during mass. Her brother Jared says,” She only came home to get my car, so she could come home for Thanksgiving.” (Thanks, Jared)

Mara Beth Johnson and Corey Lee Vlasak of Eden Prairie will be married in Las Vegas on December 9th. Mara is a Sales Re-location Manager at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis and Corey is a Business Analyst for Digital Rivers in Eden Prairie. (Yes-s-s! Mara is the very same blonde-haired daughter-in-law this writer wished for … last Christmas.)

From the Archives: “At the Union Hill Church took place the marriage of John Holden of St. Thomas and Miss Susan Pranky. Miss Tina Pranky and Jos. Pitheon were the attendants.” BPH November 15, 1916

From the archives: “St. Thomas’ largest wedding took place when Miss Katie Murphy, daughter of Moses Murphy, became the bride of John Joseph Cullen.” BPH November 15, 1886

Happiness is counting your blessing and recognizing what we are really thankful for…
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, folks.