Meet Walt & Marie Thome

How long have you been a member of St John Vianney Catholic Church?
We have been members of St John Vianney for 43 years and our four children attended CCE and received their sacraments here.

What is your family’s background? Where are you from originally?
Walt was raised in Toledo, Ohio and Marie was raised in Kansas City, Missouri where we met and then moved to Texas as soon as we could.

How do you live your Catholic Faith?
We live our faith by trying to follow the commandments of God and the Church. We pray daily and read the Bible and faithfully attend Sunday mass and some daily masses. We try to live a life full of love, kindness and generosity. We strive to be spiritual people and continue to learn more about our faith by attending various Adult Formation programs. We are more aware of the Holy Spirit working in our life. We live our faith by service to others and we have served in many of the ministries at SJV. Currently we are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

How has your involvement at the Parish impacted/changed your life?
By both of us having the church and our faith as the center of our life, we have been able to have a stronger marriage and family life. We are more loving, caring and united. When we had struggles or just needed some wisdom we could seek help from our church and our God. Having our church and our faith has helped us to know that we are not alone and we do not have to solve our problems alone. We believe in the power of prayer and we know that God answers prayers.

How do you make a difference? What programs or activities are/were you involved in?
We both taught in the CCE program for many years and completed the FTCM certification. We were sponsors in both the RCIA and Engaged Couples programs for several years. Walt has been president of the Parish Council, president of the Men’s Club and chairman of the Bazaar and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Today we are both active in the ACTS ministry and Marie has been both a past director and Spiritual Director. Walt has a dedicated hour to weekly Perpetual Adoration. We enjoy the social activities including coffee and donuts and Breakfast Sundays and parish dinners. We have been leaders and are members of Honeymooners, a ministry for married couples. For eight years we have lead Friday Night Bridge, a social ministry.

What is special about SJV? Do you have a special memory/anecdote you would like to share?
We have found the parishioners of SJV to be warm and welcoming and a friendly community and there is a ministry for most individuals. A very special memory was having the privilege of attending Fr Troy’s ordination in 1989 and attending his twenty fifth anniversary celebration in 2014.

What do you tell your friends & family about SJV?
We tell our family and friends that we think our pastor, Father Troy, is very passionate about our Catholic faith and he leads the parishioners to desire to not only have a strong faith but to live our faith as well. He believes in community and SJV offers so many opportunities to fill your spiritual needs. We invite family and friends to spiritual and social activities and we tell them we love being a part of this vibrant community.

What would you say to someone new who wants to get more involved in the church?
We would say get involved now: don’t just volunteer, but be of service to others as we are all called to do by Christ. There are many opportunities to be of service and you will be rewarded. We would say be sure to go to the Ministries Fair. Also you can meet other parishioners by going to breakfast and coffee and donuts Sundays. If you attend an ACTS retreat you will not only meet other parishioners but you may become more aware of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and learn of opportunities to serve.