Eucharistic celebration is at St. Thomas at 5 pm on Saturday, January 27th.
Weekday masses are at 9 am. On Tuesday, mass for Andy Fogarty was offered and on Thursday mass is for the St. Thomas CCW.

DuWayne “Doc” and Barb Hoehn, of Waseca, their six adult children and all of their grandchildren attended services for Marcella Tousely, January 5th and 6th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Barb is a daughter of Marcella’s daughter, Elizabeth Hollenback and Doc Hoehn is the son of Cletus and Alice Burns Hoehn. Marcella was a hard worker, a kind person and enjoyed spending time with her family. Our sympathy to
the Tousley and Hoehn families.

Services for Mildred Byrne Zika were held at the Assumption Church in Richfield, and burial was at Fort Snelling on Saturday, January 20th. Mildred grew up in St. Thomas, the daughter of Dick and Cecelia Byrne, received a Nursing Degree at St. Mary’s and retired from Abbott Northwestern Hospital after 30 years of service. Mildred passed away at the age of 79 years. Her husband, Edward Zicka, and son, John, parents Dick (1891-1985) and Cecelia (1892-1984) Byrne and her brother, Jim (1930-1991), precede her. Mark Zicka, Kristine and Michael Otte, Mary Zicka, and Margaret and Kevin Gray, and four grandchildren survive her. Our sympathies to her family and her sisters who grew to adulthood with her in St. Thomas, Mary Matejeck, Alice Groh, Lucille Stratton and Kay McMillen.

Annie Pexa, of New Prague, and Laura Johnson, of North Dakota, were welcome “first time” visitors at The Eyeball, near St. Thomas, last Friday. The girls are nurses at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

While Andy, Amanda and Danielle Cemenski went fishing, Saturday morning, Chris hosted a Home Interior Party, in their grand home, on the old John and Margaret Whalen farm, just south of St. T. A brief update on the Cemenski household: Chris has been attending the Minnesota State University in Mankato, obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Construction Management. She “walked in commencement - making it official - on December 16th” … just needs her internship now. Andy, our St. Thomas pilot, who flies a single engine plane, has “Complex Certification” now, which means he can fly planes with retractable landing gear. In October, Chris flew with Andy to Brainerd, Minnesota. “He did really well.” Their girls, Amanda, a sophomore and Danielle, in junior high, at Le Sueur –Henderson Schools both made the honor roll, this time. It kinda’ sounds like they’re “following their dreams!” (Thanks, Chris)

Last week, Aggie Gill and Carol Jean O’Connell were on a winter break to Fort Meyers, Florida and enjoyed visiting with Ronnie Callahan and Ronnie Regan. Later, Aggie joined Gert Meger, Eileen Reak, Gloria Simonette and Rita O’Connell on a trip to Apache Junction, Arizona to spent a few days with Bev Honza and her husband, Dewey. (Thanks, Mary)

Jim and Muriel O’Neil, of Le Sueur, and Muriel’s brother, Jerry and Ginger Kemp,
of Arlington, both celebrated their fiftieth Wedding Anniversaries this year by taking a cruise, and inviting members of their families along. Their group of thirty-six flew to Florida, then boarded “The Valor” cruise ship, and spent the week as they cruised to Belize, Honduras, the Grand Cayman, and to Cozumel Mexico. Among Jim and Muriel’s family, along for the cruise were; Ron and Carolyn, Meghan, Annie, Brittney and Sam Burns, Colleen and Mike Bartlett, John and Andy O’Neil and their family, and Kelly and Al Gundmeyer and their family from Eagan. Seventh grader Sam “embraced every aspect of the cruise experience” and “Grandpa Jim even went snorkeling with us.”
(Thanks, Carolyn and Annie)

It’s been cold, but Saturday brought a beautiful, still and serene morning here in St. Thomas. The ground was blanketed with snow, pines and cedars were frosted, and
the bare tree branches were glistening and covered with ice. After dinner, the air was a-buzz with snowmobilers out over the trails enjoying the crisp, cold air.
Have a good week, folks.