Happy weekend after Labor Day!
I always like the Labor Day weekend! I also very much like to use the week after that to take time to gratefully remember and pray for those who labor here at the parish! Of course I also remember them and give thanks to them every day! Speaking of those who labor, we are incredibly blessed to have the Staff that we have here at the parish. Saint Francis is a very vibrant, busy and lively parish. The members of our Staff work a lot of hours to care for our parishioners and their families. They exhibit great customer service as they encounter the many visitors that visit our parish and its beautiful grounds. I am so very proud of each and every one of them for their commitment to follow Jesus Christ, their depth of prayer, the way in which they demonstrate the love that Christ has for those he encounters – as they encounter parishioners and visitors with that same Christ like love. They are the best! Please take a moment to personally thank them for their labors here in the Vineyard of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Town of Castle Rock and Douglas County!
I am so grateful to all of our volunteers who give of their time and talent and labor here in so many ways – from teaching and volunteering in the classroom, Knights picking up trash on Fifth Street, gardeners working to make our campus such a great place to walk around and pray, volunteers cutting the lawn, volunteers who serve at the liturgy and in visiting the sick and homebound, Saint Vincent de Paul volunteers caring for the poor and the abandoned and Knights working long hours so that they can take care of the needs of others. We have so many opportunities for service. You all are most remarkable!
Sometimes as we labor, we can grow tired and weary. That’s where the Scriptures come to play. My prayer for you is “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul” (Psalm 23). And of course: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…” (Matthew 11) I pray that in the midst of the great work that you all do, that you will find rest, refreshment and peace!
You’re the best!