August 3, 2014 – A View from the Rectory Window

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;

Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

Psalm 127:1

 

The above passage reminds us that while we have done much to ensure that our church campuses are faithful to what we profess to believe, we must always build in accord with God’s design. I write to ask your help.

The Church of Saint Casimir is a gem whose simple beauty reflects the humble beginnings and ever present witness of our church community in Woodbine and its environs. How many have walked in this church to encounter the love of God through His Church, His Sacraments and His people. The carpet is worn because of all those who have tread these floors in search of an encounter with their Lord. I ask you to designate a donation for new carpeting through the collection, the mail, or by dropping it off at the parish office.

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At the Church of the Resurrection I was energized by the children of our parish who came to Vacation Bible School. But where will they go the remainder of the summer? Or, for that matter, throughout all the seasons of the year? How often have our parishioners stood outside Mass, in the parking lot, enjoying the company of one another. On the other hand, how often we have been unable to enjoy each other’s company because there is no place to gather.

By the time you read this, you will [hopefully] see site work being done in preparation for a pavilion where we might continue to gather as church. Again, I ask you to designate a donation for this pavilion through the collection, the mail, or by dropping it off at the parish office.

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I remain grateful for your generosity and I strive to be faithful to your goodness and expectations of me. I offer each day a prayer of thanksgiving for our sisters and brothers whose goodness and faith have already made possible all that we already know this day. I pray also that we all may be inspired by their sacrifice and generosity so that we might always continue to build in accord with God’s design.

Father Pete