Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
One of the key concepts of stewardship is thanksgiving. It is that basic understanding that all we have is from God and remains God’s. We wake each morning and say with humility, “Thank you.” Psalm 50 urges us “to offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.”
Sometimes we may take for granted the sacrifices and gifts of those around us in our families and work places and in our parish. We may not know who is doing something….it just gets done. Or we presume someone is paid to perform a task. Or we do not become aware of a service provided until we are in need of it.
I would like to acknowledge a simple behind the scenes action performed by our fellow parishioners Bob and Jan Gage. For untold years they have quietly cleaned and filled with holy water our baptismal founts at all the entrances in our church. Water can stagnate in these founts and become containers of germs if not cleansed. Bob and Jan have meticulously cleaned these on a weekly basis. They made sure that clean holy water was placed in them so we could all enter our church and bless ourselves with the water that reminds us of our baptism in the Body of Christ, called to serve one another.
Thank you, Bob and Jan, for your simple, quiet acts of service for our parish. You represent the many, many parishioners who give of their time and talents to make St. Al’s the beautiful image of “offering to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.”
Gratefully, Fr. Pat, C.Ss.R.