Race for Education ~ May 8, 2014

May is an exciting month!  One of the activites, that makes it fun, is the Race for Education.  It is the second one for St. Thomas.  May 8th is the big day.  The purpose of this fundraiser is to enhance the education of the children and their environment, the school building.  As we did last year, the goal is to air condition the rest of the school building.  All that is needed is for the parents to send in labels completed with names/addresses of family and friends.  The students will write notes to these potential sponsors. The rest is left to the providence of God.  The students then enjoy a day full of fun activities and ice cold water ice.

Set aside May 8th and join us!

It's show time!  Round up your friends or go it alone, it's time to be creative and start practicing.  Whether you are a talented singer, dancer, magician, wherever your talent lies, showcase it at the annual Talent Show Friday, May 16th at 7:00pm.  Auditions will be held on Monday April 14th in the old gym after school.  Your act must be no more than 2 minutes and you can participate in no more than 2 acts.  Come out and join the fun!

Saint of the Day

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint's life.

Born in 1577, Mark Rey (Fidelis was his religious name) became a lawyer who constantly upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. Nicknamed "the poor man's lawyer," Fidelis soon grew disgusted with the corruption and injustice he saw among his colleagues. He left his law career to become a priest, joining his brother George as a member of the Capuchin Order. His wealth was divided between needy seminarians and the poor.

As a follower of Francis, Fidelis continued his devotion to the weak and needy. During a severe epidemic in a city where he was guardian of a friary, Fidelis cared for and cured many sick soldiers.

He was appointed head of a group of Capuchins sent to preach against the Calvinists and Zwinglians in Switzerland. Almost certain violence threatened. Those who observed the mission felt that success was more attributable to the prayer of Fidelis during the night than to his sermons and instructions.

He was accused of opposing the peasants' national aspirations for independence from Austria. While he was preaching at Seewis, to which he had gone against the advice of his friends, a gun was fired at him, but he escaped unharmed. A Protestant offered to shelter Fidelis, but he declined, saying his life was in God's hands. On the road back, he was set upon by a group of armed men and killed.

He was canonized in 1746. Fifteen years later, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, which was established in 1622, recognized him as its first martyr.