2020 March 23 St. Thomas News

Father James Burns will have the Easter Vigil mass at St. Thomas on Saturday, April 11th, at 7:00 pm.

Masses at St. Anne’s in Le Sueur are Saturdays at 5:15 p. m., and Sundays 8 and 10:30 a. m. with Father Chris Shofner.

Barb Scholl Miller, mother of 15 children, including Tammy and Brett Simon, Val Jr. and Theresa Miller of St. Thomas, passed away March 21, 2020. Barb was well known in the tractor-pulling circuit and worked side-by-side with her husband in farming operations. Also well-known, after she’d have a baby, she’d be in the cab of a tractor with the newborn in an infant seat with her as she worked the fields. She was dedicated. Our sympathy to Val, Sr. and their family, especially Tammy and Val, Jr.
and our sympathies to Carly, Mason, Lindsey, and Addie on the passing of their Grandma.

Megan Rutt keeps racking up the awards! She was named the 6th All Decade Bethany College Indoor Track and Field Student Athlete. Megan graduated from Bethany in December. Congratulations, Megan

A picture appeared on Facebook awhile ago, of the Sullivans visiting Iris at Praha Village on St Patrick’s Day. During this time of mandatory social distancing, just when we needed it... so heart-warming.

Bob and Becky Block returned home on St. Patrick's Day from a Wendinger Tour bus trip down south. The destination was to have been New Orleans. Five days into theip, it was necessary to turn around and head back home due to the corona virus threat. Just like here, everything was closing. However, the first 5 days were filled with amazing sites. Coincidentally, Bruce and Betty Burns Olson of Le Sueur, were on the trip as well! Upon reaching St. Louis, all 40 of the tour goers rode the tram to the top of the Gateway Arch. Later in the day, they were present for the "Walk of the Ducks" at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The next day they enjoyed touring Graceland, before heading to Vicksburg, Mississppi. On Sunday, March 15, they all toured the Civil War Battlefield in Vicksburg where 4000 troops from Minnesota took part in that battle. Sadly, 400 serviceman from Minnesota lost their lives. Minnesota had the most decorated serviceman at Vicksburg and was chosen to lead the victory march. Later that day they enjoyed traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway, a per-civil war route which brought goods from the Mississippi River to Nashville. In Natchez, they toured the 6 story 30,000 square foot octagonal Longwood Mansion. That evening they enjoyed a 4 course dinner at the Magnolia mansion. The next morning should have taken them to New Orleans and beyond, but with everything closing, it was homeward bound, thankful to arrive home safely.

Got Grands busy with all their free time...Katie is learning songs by heart on the piano….Andy learning songs by heart on his violin… Artistic Maddie is painting rocks, and this writer just learned how to Skype. Don’t call me. When the phone rings, I don’t know whether to run for the comb... or the phone. Keep in touch, keep the distance, and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize...God Bless.