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Open Invitation

The Reverend

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When Rev. Tom Fangman arrived as pastor at sacred heart catholic church in 1998, the northeast Omaha parish was already known for its humanitarian embrace. At that time no one there could have imagined what a perfect fit the marriage of priest and parish was destined to become.

As if by design this hometown cleric with a gentle, jovial demeanor has broadened and deepened the caring community he guides at Sacred Heart by continually reaching out to others. Gladly receiving all, he asks people to give, aware that service to others heeds our better angels.

“I’ve always been a people-person,” Fangman said from the cozy living room of the rectory he resides in behind the church. “I find so much joy being around people. I’ve just been blessed with good people in my life. Before I came here, Sacred Heart was known as a very welcoming community, a place where people of all different backgrounds could go and feel a part of, a place where they feel they belonged. I am most proud that we’ve carried on in that same spirit. I know it’s a community, I know it’s a community that cares. We’ve maintained that charisma.”

He continued, “We’ve also been a parish that has always had a strong conviction towards social justice and serving the needs of others and providing for the poor. We are that place and we are a place that I know for certain impacts the community. We’re helping lots of young people. I’m really proud of what what we’ve maintained in continuing to do for kids.”

On a frigid Saturday morning in November, there was Fr. Tom doling out donuts, muffins and thank-yous to delivery drivers picking up Thanksgiving gift pouches for the parish’s twice-annual holiday food distribution. A record 330-plus families in need received a turkey and all the fixings for Thanksgiving. The operation, which runs with friendly, relaxed precision out of the parish’s Heart Ministry Center (HMC), is repeated for Christmas.

Dec 30, 2010 03:09 pm
 Posted by  iamcart

Great article Leo -- Father Fangman is truly and amazing man ... he's more than a priest to all of us parishioners, he's a great friend. Keep up the good work Father Tom!!!

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