Smith, K 9/9/18

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY!  You remember the tune.  We pray all the time FOR rain, but enough is enough!  Our hearts go out to all the people affected by the recent flooding.  How frightening, devastating, and heartbreaking their experiences must have been…and still are.  We continue to pray for them.

As most of you know, our Parish Hall—the Utopia Room—became a Red Cross shelter for some of these people.  How wonderful that the room where we hold countless celebrations, wedding receptions, parish picnics, Cookie Carousel, Garage Sale, Coffee & Donuts, and Junior High and Senior High School Religious Education has been used to HELP OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED.  Thank you, God, for our facility and for the amazing Red Cross volunteers.

In his teachings, Jesus calls on us to perform the Corporal Works of Mercy (Matthew 25:35), which are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs.  Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, give alms to the poor…these are four of the works that are so desperately needed by our own neighbors right now.

Please pray about how you and your family can help.  Look at all the blessings in your life and decide what you can share or contribute to our brothers and sisters in need.

All of us at one time or another have been or will be in need.  We thank God for providing for all of these needs and we continue, with His strength, to support one another however we can as we journey together through this life.

God bless us all.

~ Kelley Smith, Music Liturgist

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