Sister Marlene Schemmel was the original Outreach and Social Justice (OSJ) Director at St. Thomas. Sister Marlene began many of the OSJ ministries that are still going strong. She traveled to Haiti one year and brought Haiti Twinning to St. Thomas. Most recently she traveled to the Mexican border to minster to those seeking asylum. Sr. Marlene is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and is now undergoing treatment. We have prayed for her during the Prayers of the Faithful. She sent the following inspirational thank you.
Dear Parishioners of St Thomas the Apostle Parish,
I wish I could adequately thank you, each and every one of you, for the prayers, beautiful cards with warm wishes for me, and the support felt by me for the long journey that is mine to return to full health.
I am living in our new Congregation of St. Joseph assisted living facility at our Center in La Grange Park. The care, kindness, and help is the best! The AMITA Cancer Center where I receive chemotherapy 3 out of 4 Mondays each month is a wonderful facility, too.
Please keep me tucked in your prayers as I keep you in mine. The families suffering so terribly with the COVID-19 virus, the health care workers everywhere, and our suffering populations around the world are also in my daily prayer intentions.
I do believe God has something for me to learn through this sickness. Every morning I have to put my life in God’s hands and walk the path to hopefully new life, a bit more energy, and good health!
I once saw a sign that read: Doctors work and God heals!
In peace and love,