2021 October 5 St. Thomas News

Next mass in St. Thomas is on Saturday, October 9th at 5:00 p. m.

St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur will have masses with Father Chris Shofner: Saturdays at 5:15 p. m. and Sundays at 8 a. m. and 10:30 a. m. Check the website for more information if needed.

Mass of Christian Burial of Kay Byrne McMillen was held in St. Thomas on October 3rd with Father Shofner officiating and Father Hessian assisting. “T. C.” and Deb O’Connell assisted as Eucharistic Ministers. Kay’s funeral was filled warm greetings, laughter and Irish music, Just the way Kay would have wanted. Vocalist was a friend Charlie Murphy, and included Irish music played by bagpiper Mike Breidenbach. Lunch at St. Anne’s in Le Sueur, and celebrations continued at Mark and Laurie’s home in New Prague.

Little Edonna, daughter of Ryan and Tracy Callahan Halloran, received the Sacrament of Baptism on September 19th by Father Roger Hessian here at St. Thomas. Her Godparents are Ryan’s sister Margaret and Tracy’s brother, Travis Callahan. Lunch was hosted by Grandma Mary Jean at her Halloran home for Tracy’s Callahan family and Jim and Mary Jean’s family.

Barney and Jean Burns entertained a few guests on the farm Saturday, the occasion being Barney’s birthday. Grandchildren, Grace and Addie Feser, Beou and Riley Burns, and his sisters Colleen, Diane and Loni. Notice in Barney’s Shop reads “Hell hath no fury like a Dad whose tools are missing.”

Darryl and Jessica Sirek Ekblad bought the Roadhaus in Henderson and have taken over. We wish them
them good luck in their new endeavor.

Heard from Sheila Halloran Soukup in Alaska: “Captain Matthew Soukup, son of Jerry and Sheila Soukup, formerly of New Prague and St Thomas, was involved in a harrowing evacuation the rescue mission off of Al Asad Air base in Iraq on January 8, 2020, the night it was hit by 11 Iranian Qiam 1 precision theater ballistic missiles. An article recently appeared on the JBER website detailing the events. (Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.) Up until now it wasn’t publicly disclosed. The HC-130J Combat King II was under the command of 26th ERQS pilot Capt. Soukup who flew two flights evacuating personnel from the base not really knowing what threat was coming. Matthew believes their flight was the last to leave the base before it was hit. On the second flight shortly after lift off they heard over the radio that bases in Iraq were being hit with missiles. This is one account from that night where many on base were trying to reach safety in the confusion of war. For the full article go to jber.jb.mil al asad, it was posted Sept 24, 2021. Jerry, Sheila and brother Michael are grateful that Matthew and his crew were safe and for the great training he received in the Air Force. Matthew is a member of the 211th Rescue Squadron in the Alaska Air National Guard.” We are St. Thomas proud, Sheila, and keeping Matt’s safety in our prayers.

From Kay McMillen’s funeral program: “Irish Family Blessing, May love connect us, Faith direct us, and God protect us.” The blessing is Irish, but works for everybody.