Jean Thommes is our 2018 Light of Christ Honoree. Jean left this world on October 18th but her light shines on in our memories. Jean's life was rooted in prayer with her daily Rosary and Mass attendance as well as her commitment to her Adoration hours and Bible Study courses. She put her talents to excellent use singing in the choir for over 30 years, organizing the funeral luncheon crew, participating in various CCW events (she was most recently head of the shoe department for the rummage sale), helping with soup suppers, and serving on Parish Council. She also enjoyed bringing her famous key lime pie to the Priests and Brothers.
Jean had been a parishioner for over 50 years. Her five children attended the school and she once worked in the child care center. In the words of her children, “Mom and Dad faithfully brought us to 11:00 Mass at St. Mark's every Sunday in the big green Buick and we would fight over who would sit in the front on Mom's lap.” Later, when Jean's husband, Allan, was diagnosed with ALS, Jean cared for him at home. Choir director, Cindy Holupchinski noted, “During those years, Jean would bring Al to the Saturday 5:00 Mass, then return alone on Sunday morning to sing in the choir.” Her legacy at St. Mark's lives on with three grandchildren attending the school.
We miss you, Jean! Thank you for your loving example of Christ's light in our world.
The Light of Christ Award
Each year since 2014, we have recognized one person or group in our community who shines with the "light of Christ".
The Saint Mark's Light of Christ Award was established in 2013 to recognize those who live their baptismal call in an extraordinary way. It honors those who exemplify the spirit of Christ within our community. "You are the light of the world. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." (Mt 5: 14, 16)
2018: Jean Thommes
2017: Steve Osborne
2016: Mary Pat Hartshorn
2015: Lois Lotzer
2014: Council of Catholic Women