The Joy of the Lord
I just returned from an Appreciation Dinner sponsored by the parish conference of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. This was an opportunity for many people involved in the ministry to enjoy one another’s company in a social setting recognizing the joy initiated by service to the poor. It is the same joy spoken of by Bishop Olmsted the afternoon the annual Charity and Development Appeal was launched for this year. That joy radiated throughout the room that day and this evening.
We read in 2 Esdras 8:10
And he said to them: Go, eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves: because it is the holy day of the Lord, and be not sad: for the joy of the Lord is our strength.
I have decided to completely revamp our youth program for the coming year. In the fall, our young people ages 13 to 18 will begin assisting the poor through the various organizations and institutions already in place in the diocese. Study, theological reflection and socials will augment the service.
Please pray for the success of the Charity and Development Appeal, the work of the Saint Vincent DePaul Society, and the forthcoming service of our young people.