I was passing by the conference room this past Saturday morning on my
way out to offer Mass at the nursing home where I am Chaplain, I noticed
several women seated in circle. They were preparing for a meeting of our
newly formed Lay Missionaries group. As noted in an article in this
Newsletter, this group was established from the growing recognition of
the special outreach the laity can have extending the apostolates of our
congregation. It got me to thinking of all the work lay people do
“behind the scenes” in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions.
I thought of all the volunteers who cooked in steamy kitchens for parish
dinners, breakfasts and provide refreshments for school events . . . and
cleaned up afterward. Then there are the ushers, Lectors, Extraordinary
Ministers, choir members, altar servers, CCD teachers and countless
others that help our parishes run smoothly. Day after day, year after
year, where would we, the priests, be without their help? I only hope
that I have said thank you as often as I should and promise myself I
would never take all that service for granted. I encourage you to take a
moment to thank someone you know who is volunteering their time and
effort whether in your parish, school or community . . . indeed where
would any of us be without them and all they do.
May the peace
and love of Christ fill your hearts,
Father John, M.SS.CC.