Father Tom May, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Riverside. | FILE

A journey that began 40 years ago at Divine Savior Parish in Norridge will culminate with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Father Thomas May’s ordination as a priest at St. Mary Church in Riverside on May 13 with 4 p.m. Mass followed by a reception in the St. Paul VI Parish Center.

Father Tom attended Divine Savior Grade School, Notre Dame High School and DePaul University, earning a degree in business management. He then set out on his vocation to become an archdiocesan priest. 

Before coming to St. Mary’s, he served at St. Benedict Parish, St. Priscilla Parish, St. John Fisher Parish and St. John Brebeuf Parish. He was instrumental in the combining of St. Mary, St. Hugh and Mater Christi parishes, assuming the title of pastor of the combined parish of St. Paul VI.

Father Tom has brought his sense of caring for not only to his parishioners but to the people of the community. Who hasn’t seen his bright smile and wave in Riverside’s July 4th parade or helping the parish be a part of community activities? He has brought a sense of calm to the parish and obviously is enjoying his time here.

So, gather on May 13 to thank the man who is sharing his life and generously giving to so many. Thank you, Father Tom, on behalf of all who benefitted from your personal visits, those hearty waves and sincere smiles for all you meet.

 Hair today and gone tomorrow: That is how it went for Father Matt Nemchausky, associate pastor St. Paul VI Parish. 

Father Matt, who was formerly pastor of Mater Christi Parish before it merged with St. Mary and St. Hugh to form St. Paul VI, was recognizable for his very full beard, of which he is proud and grows quickly and easily. 

So, when St. Mary School held its annual fundraiser, someone thought of asking Father Matt to shave his beard to raise funds. Hoping to raise $5,000, they exceeded their hopes by raising over $15,000. 

The question is, is Father Matt going to grow his beard again? How much do you want to bet he will grow it back and how long do you think it will take? Could be another fundraiser.

The parish does have another fundraiser scheduled for May, a limited raffle where only 200 tickets will be sold. Another check in the mail for me.