Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
In the first reading today, from the First Book of Kings, God said to Solomon in a dream at night “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
As I am writing this letter to the people of St. Patrick Parish, the thought occurred to me, what would I say or ask from God that would have meaning to our Parish?
Lord, can you end the pandemic so I can see the beautiful smiles of the people of St. Patrick without a need of a mask as they come into the church for Mass, even if they come late.
Lord, can we see and hear the joy of our children as they take a pictures of them starting school and happy to see their teachers and classmates.
Lord, can we hear the voices of our wonderful choirs singing in the church at Mass and oh yes, everyone in the congregation singing loudly with them.
Lord, can I have a cup of coffee and a donut in the parish hall after Mass.
Lord, can we get rid of our $55,516.07 deficit from our current parish budget, and find our $8,666.00 needed to reach our goal of the Bishop’s Appeal.
Well, as we await the Lords’ answer, let us pray as a parish for everyone and let us do our best to smile and trust that the Lord is with us and soon we can go back to our normal lives and say, “Thank You God and let me never forget you in my life.”
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church