I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer. I spent, in between some time away, a good deal of time acquainting myself with the good work of our parish outreach efforts, as I begin trying to support that work in my new role.
If I didn’t learn anything this summer, I have come to know that the two most important words I must get accustomed to saying are, “Thank you!” Even in the less-busier time of summer, the Outreach Center and The Attic thrift shop are alive with those giving so generously of themselves in so many ways.
This, of course, is what I have experienced in the life of our parish since I arrived here in November of 2014, and actually is what I had known about this community long before I was assigned here. This Christ-like spirit of selflessness shines through in every aspect of what we do. As I begin my time trying to do what I can to support this good work, I am particularly grateful to Yanira Chacon-Lopez, Ximena Aravena, Barbara Powell, Lupe Ramirez, the coordinators of the Outreach Center, and Millie Lopez, the coordinator of the Attic, as well as each of the many volunteers who make happen all that happens in our outreach efforts. Their tireless efforts are a great example of Christ the Servant.
Of course, I am ever-mindful and grateful for what our beloved Joan Echausse gifted us with during her time of loving service to those in need. My heart is warmed to see that Joan’s legacy of care for every person that comes to our door continues in everything that we do.
I look forward to the days ahead when I will have the opportunity to walk alongside, not only those who have traditionally been part of our formal outreach efforts, but those who serve in many other aspects of parish life and who care for the needs of others in so many ways.
A big, “Thank you!” to each of you for your continued generosity. I see that generosity on display as I look at the loads of school supplies so many recently donated. I have had the great opportunity to get to see the joy on the faces of the young people who have received their backpacks full of the things they need to start a successful school year.
Our Lord taught that when we serve those in need, we serve Him. Thank you all for that you do to make that happen here at St. Brigid’s.
Gratefully in Christ,