Do you ever find yourself engaged in an activity that you really don’t give a lot of thought to when entering the activity or sometimes, even when you’re doing it? I’m talking about things you do regularly other than personal hygiene, like putting gas in your car, or driving to the grocery store and buying groceries, etc. What I mean to say is, when you stop at a QT facility to get gas, do you ever consider how many people or processes are involved that you never see, just to make it possible for you to pump your gas and drive away? Of course, we don’t think of these things because we take for granted that when we stop there will be gas in the underground tank to be pumped into our car’s tank and that’s it! When you come to the Church to celebrate the Eucharist on the weekend do you ever think how many people are involved in the preparations and processes that enable you to participate in the liturgy? Get ready to have your mind blown when you hear the number…54!! There is a minimum of fifty-four people involved in every Eucharistic celebration we have on a ‘regular’ weekend, and that number increases when we have special feast days like Christmas and Easter. The reason I bring this to your attention is to remind you that when you come to celebrate the “Source and Summit of our Catholic Faith” you should be doing so intentionally and thoughtfully to include recognizing and acknowledging those whose efforts make it possible for you to experience and participate in the worship together. In case you’re not clear on this, I’m talking about the greeters, ushers, cantors, choir members, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, sacristans, altar assistants, altar servers, acolytes, deacons, priests, musicians, facilities, flowers and linens ministers, commentators, etc. Recall a few years ago we had an “Appreciation Campaign” going and you were asked to personally thank anyone who you knew was involved in making a liturgical celebration ‘happen’ and encourage others to do so. Perhaps we should resurrect that campaign and start showing appreciation to our fellow parishioners for their service. A smile and a “Thanks for your service” can sometimes make the difference in a person’s entire day! Thank you for your continued prayers for all clergy. Thank you also for your generosity in the Building Campaign and please continue to pray for its success. You are in my prayers.
Pastor’s Points is a bi-weekly feature about faith, family, and life, from our pastor, Father James Flynn. It is published in our parish bulletins, as well.