The tragic loss of Father Todd

July 6, 2006

Read this great article written by Fr. J. Patrick Serna.

http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/abbott/060630

Father Todd – The video

June 26, 2006

Father Todd’s mother asked us to put together a slide show from photos she had saved for many years. We took those pictures, added our own and found some from his computer. We selected some of Fr. Todd’s favorite songs and produced this video. I hope it helps all of us know this man a little better.

Click “Continue Reading…” below to watch the movie. It is recommended you have broadband to download the movie, it is 29 MB.
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Quick Admin Note

May 31, 2006

Apologies for not making this clear earlier but the comments are currently set to be approved manually. This is to clear out any spam before it hits the published pages. What this means is that your post will not show until it has been manually approved. Sorry for any confusion.

thank you.

Fr. Todd’s Funeral Information

May 26, 2006

Funeral Mass:
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Carlson at Santa Cruz Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 30th. The burial will follow at a grave site in Austin. There will be a reception after the graveside service at Santa Cruz.

The Rosary:
The Rosary will be at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda, TX at 7:30 PM on Monday, May 29th, Msgr. Charles Elmer and Fr. Patrick Serna, presiding.

Donations, Condolences and Flowers:
In lieu of flowers people are encouraged to send donations to the Father Todd Memorial Fund. In addition to defraying the costs of the funeral and burial Fr. Todd’s family hopes to donate the funds to a charity that Father Todd supported. You may send donations to the following address:

Father Todd Reitmeyer Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
505 Round Rock Ave.
Round Rock, TX 78664
512-344-8304

If anyone chooses to send flowers they can be sent to the Funeral home at:
Cook-Walden / Capital Parks Funeral Home
14501 North IH 35
Pflugerville, TX 78660
512-251-4118

You may send cards and condolences for his family to:

c/o Bill Reitmeyer
107 Lakemont
Hutto, TX 78634

Fr. Todd’s family and friends appreciate all the comments so far and your outpouring of love. Thank you.

If you have any photos or videos with Father Todd, please send them as attachments to memorial4frtodd@mac.com for a slideshow we are preparing for the funeral reception.

Travel to Austin:
For those of you traveling to Austin, we have arranged a special rate of $79 (+tax) at The Fairfield Inn & Suites for the evening of the 29th. Call the hotel to make the reservation and mention that Mesh approved this bereavement rate. This Hotel has free Airport Shuttle.

Obituary:
If you click “continue reading…” below you can read Fr. Todd’s obituary from the Sioux Falls Diocesan Website which contains information about his family.
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A Son returns to his Father

May 25, 2006

Fr. Todd Reitmeyer returned to his Father on May 24th at 12:30 PM in the year of our Lord, 2006.

His death occured as the result of a boating accident while Fr. Todd was vacationing in Austin, TX.

His family and friends request your prayers.

“We know that in everything God works for good for those who love Him.” -Romans 8:28

Arrangements:
The Rosary will be at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda, TX at 7:30 PM on Monday, May 29th, Msgr. Charles Elmer presiding.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Carlson at Santa Cruz Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 30th.

Fr. Todd’s Family welcomes any comments from those who have supported Fr. Todd in his ministry or have been a part of his blogging community. They’ll be reading the comments on the blog.

The week in Review (so far)

May 21, 2006

Well it has been a relaxing week with a lot of sleeping. I did have some interesting liturgical experiences though.

Tuesday

On Tuesday I ran around and got things I needed for the trip. I mostly was in search of present for my Godson’s sister and her first communion. She is a devout and holy young lady for 6 years of age. On monday night we were discussing her upcoming first communion and she just sighed and said “I wish it could be tomorrow.” It was so clear the hunger she had for the Eucharist. It was beautiful.

So what did I get her? Well I do have some medals blessed for her by Pope John Paul II. A miraculous medal and one of Therese who is her favorite saint (sorry don’t know how to do the french accent mark here). But she is growing her hair long (she wants it down to her feet) and I suggested she learn how to braid it. She said only her aunt knew how. I remembered seeing a braiding kit for kids put out by klutz press a while back, so I went in search. It turns out that they didn’t have one so I got her this book. She liked it when I gave it to her. I can’t wait to see her in one of them. She is truly adorable.

Tuesday evening we had a good dinner at Rudy’s Texas Barbecue.
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There is no place like home

May 16, 2006

Well it has been a while since I have written. I have been very busy and I will leave some details of that in the next few days. I haven’t recorded my homilies in quite a while and still have 3 or more which have filled up my recorder that I need to post. The problem there is that my notebook (which I bought a little over two years ago) became my primary computer when I walked into my new assignment last July. The reason…. the pastor doesn’t have a computer there. That will change in the near future. First I had to get the secretery a computer to replace her old one. My notebook wasn’t intended to be a laptop replacement and it has been limping along ever since I tried to start using it that way. This all started back in December when I sent it in to get some things fixed before the warranty died. I didn’t get it back for at least 6 weeks and I have been making do since then. You will notice a steady decline in posts since that time.

I am hoping to get a desktop system for my desk and send my laptop back to it’s original purpose which is to do work while I am traveling. We shall see how it works. I hope it can keep working for a couple more years because I really don’t have the money to buy one and I don’t want to finance one.

Anyway, I am on vacation for two weeks in Texas. It is been great being home. The trip was very tense. I think people tend to be at their worst in airports and my temper tends to rise at some of the blatantly rude bahavior. Well that was Yesterday. I got to get beat up by my godson and his 3 siblings. I never knew I looked so much like a jungle gym but I had kids jumping all over me, hanging off of me and kicking and punching me (evidently I am Darth Vader because I wear black and they are all Jedi.) I am just glad their lightsabers are made out of plastic. The problem is the littlest one doesn’t have his own so you have to keep an eye on what he uses as a lightsaber.

As soon as I arrived I learned I left my medicine at home and so I made a trip to Walgreens where there was a nice young lady with a killer southern accent. I miss hearing that.

Now I have two weeks of food to indulge in as well beginning with breakfast tacos this morning. We shall be having BBQ very soon and a Whataburger of course.

I will be floating on the Rio Frio on Friday which is my favorite way to relax.

I have the first communion of my Godson’s sister on Saturday and will be catching up with all my priest friends as well.

It will be a great vacation and well needed to because when I get back I have to hit the ground running again.

More on that later.

Thanks for bearing with my absence… please keep my in your prayers.

Holy Week

April 13, 2006

I wish you and your families a Blessed Holy Week.

Without Reservation

March 28, 2006

I have been thinking of starting an occasional series of entitled Without Reservation. Basically I have come across a lot of good things in my life and I would like to pass on my reviews to you.

The first one would be a cause for you to consider. That is helping disadvantaged youth get a chance to experience a Steubenville conference.

The Steubenville Youth conferences have a powerful effect on a lot of youth. I have witnessed it countless times in my history with them and it is one of the reasons I push/sell/suggest/recommend them as much as I do to my youth.

I was introduced to them by my friend Mario Dance. He is a Vetrinarian who loves sharing the Gospel with others but in a special way youth. In fact I would say he works his job as a vet in order to support his youth ministry. I met him through one of his youth who came to Texas A&M and became one of my best friends. He has had a powerful effect on a lot of youth and he introduced me to the conferences.

Until recently he worked in a fairly affluent parish in Virginia where the youth could easily afford such things. Since then he has moved to working with two parishes that are mostly minority and not affluent.

I was telling him how I was promoting the Stuebenville conference and asking him which one he was going to this year. He said he was unsure if he would be able to take any youth due to their financial challenges. I needled him a bit that they could really afford it and he felt that it truly was a barrier and he couldn’t afford to take pay for them all himself. So I told him to write up something and I would post it to my blog because people had been very generous in helping me get a monstrance for Children’s Adoration.

So I am presenting the cause to my readers because I know some would be interested in helping. I know some people have contacted me and asked for suggestions for tithing because they didn’t feel it would be well used in their parish. I told them of course that we have an obligation to support our local parish but what my diocese recommends is 1% to the Diocese; 4% to the local parish; and 5% to other charities. That being said maybe some of you would like to consider this cause as part of your other charities portion.

What I can tell you is that Mario is a good steward and won’t just give handouts to kids but make them work for the opportunity to go. I also told him that money came from my readers then I would expect the youth to let me post a testimony or a thank you and he said he would expect the same.

So it is without reservation that I recommend this cause to you because I know the power of the Steubenville conferences and the ability of Mario to follow up on that impact with great catechesis and ministry to the youth. In business terms your dollar would go a very long way.

So with that I am going to leave you with his info he gave me including and address for the donation. Because the checks are made out to the Church itself your donations would of course be tax deductible. No donation is too small because every dollar puts the youth that much closer to a potentially life changing experience. If you need a receipt from them simply put that request with the check. And now I hand it off to Mario:

Fr Todd, Here is the little blurb that you can use for your web page for my youth and their trip to Steubenville

First I want to thank you Fr Todd for allowing me to post this request on your web space, it means a lot that you would be willing to help the young people that I serve. For those who feel led to help, I thank you in advance. Those who are not able to help, I ask that you pray for me and my young people. My name is Mario Dance, I am a long time friend of Fr Todd’s and I also happen to be the vol youth minister at two very small parishes in Richmond VA. One parish (Holy Rosary) is in the heart of a very poor section of the city and the other (St. John’s) is about 10 mins from Holy Rosary in a blue collar section of the city. Combined the parishes are a beautiful (and just about equal) mixture of Hispanic, Anglo and African American families. Both parishes have never had anyone committed to building it’s youth ministry program and because they both struggle financially, the resources available to do so are very limited. If anyone has ever worked in youth ministry you will know instantly how important youth retreats and conventions are in the conversion and evangelization of young people. We struggle greatly to make the local retreats available for our young people and the need to subsidize these experiences tends to deplete our budget. With this in mind I make an appeal to anyone reading this who feels inclined to help me to send my young people on a Steubenville Summer Conference weekend in Atlanta GA. In my previous parish these conventions were very powerful opportunities for conversion and I’d like to try and get some of my teens to one this summer. We hope to take 8 teens (4 per parish) and the cost to send one youth is $125 plus the cost of travel and lodging. (Potentially adding $75 more per child). If any of you would be interested in trying to help me to send 8 of my young people on the trip I would be greatly appreciated. To help you would need to send the check to Attn: Mario Dance c/o St. John Catholic Church, 813 West Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, VA 23075-1124. Make Checks payable to St John’s Church (donations are tax deductible). In all humility I am begging on behalf of the young people that I love so dearly. Thanks for considering this request. JMJ Mario

Mario E. Dance…in the humble service of the King :) Soli Deo Gloria!

April 15 and Fair Tax

March 24, 2006

Tax time every year consumers too much of my time. I wish I could afford to give it all away so I don’t have to deal with it. That day hasn’t arrived but it is approaching.

The good news is I have a lot of deductions. The bad news is I need to organize them all and get my receipts in order.

Far too much time and money is wasted on this process ever year. It is one of the big reasons I support the Fair Tax Bill. If you would like to hear more about it check it out at http://www.fairtax.org

Better yet check out the book The Fair Tax Book by Neal Boortz. You can find it at your local library or pick up a copy at the bookstore.

Then if you think it is a good system please call your reps and ask them to support the FairTax legislation, HR 25.

Back to the paperwork.


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