I want to thank all of those who so generously donated to our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which Bishop Kettler has ask of us this past month. It’s always important that we look out for others, and although what we give is very small compared to the huge task of those who have to do the clean-up and rebuilding, when you put all Catholic Churches in our country together and all other Christian denominations, the total sum can be an awful lot! So, thank you again for your help. The Bishop’s Office will make sure all our donations get to places where it is needed most.
Speaking of charity and our call to be outward focused as “disciples” of Christ, I would like to remind everyone that this year, once again, we are planning to host “Church of the Week” at St. Peter’s Church for two weeks in October as well. If you remember last year, it was decided that both St. Peter and St. Paul would pool our human resources together and instead of doing two separate weeks (St. Paul hosted one week at the end of December and St. Peter hosted one week in January) we have banded together to volunteer for two weeks straight next month beginning Monday October 9th thru Monday October 23rd.
Church of the Week is a wonderful ecumenical effort by all the Christian churches in the St. Cloud area. Each parish or church takes their turn at providing homeless people a good meal and a place to sleep over night. Depending on the week or month, there are many people who have no place to stay at night. Much of this comes out of the overflow of Place of Hope who are not always able to house so many residents in these colder months. Volunteering is easy and there are many ways each of us can reach out and help. For the next couple weeks you will have an opportunity to sign up in the back of each church for a small job or duty. You might want to help provide a small snack, help set up the sleeping mats, clean up, make part of a main evening meal, or help monitor the halls for part of an evening or night. There are a host of other duties both large and small. Last year we had a great turn-out of help and so no one person had to do a lot. This is what it means to “Church” Christ’s heart and hands to others.
One a final note: The main reason we have decided to host both weeks at St. Peter is because at St. Paul, All Saints Academy School is in session and it is so difficult, if not impossible, to host at the St. Paul site. So, please consider putting your faith into action next month and sign up! As Jesus once said, “When I was hungry you gave me food. When I was thirsty, you gave me drink, a stranger and you visited me, naked you clothed. Ill or in prison you visited….for whatever you do to one of the least of your brothers or sisters, you do for me!” (Matthew 25:31f)
Words to live by: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed if it is not faced.”