Thursday, January 25, 2007

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.

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Blogger Sorka said...

One of my great joys these days is working with our local chapter of St.Vincent de Paul. Our church has dedicated space for us to run a food pantry twice a week. We probably give out emergency food to about 150 families a month. Not only does our chapter have some really amazing members but the rest of the parish joins in the work via money or food donations on a regular basis.
So I applaud your idea with the youth. Its a worthy thing to help them see charity in action directly.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you -- and for those you help. There are so many ways to help the poor -- wonderful of you to shine a light on some of those valiant efforts.

Many youths in the 13 - 18 age group are involved in helping the poor through programs at school. It is always nice when they can combine church and school volunteerism -- and often necessary, with their schedules often being jam-packed.(Plus they have to try to get enough sleep at that age. The key word is try.)

Anyway, good luck!

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you have socials that the kids will actually want to attend and that you won't have to force them. ... They do like dances at that age. And pizza. (But maybe the pizza thing is bigger here than in your neck of the woods.)But surely you know those things.

In a New England diocese, there was a big Jesse concert that the kids were forced to attend but liked when they got there -- for the most part. However,this Catholic singer/entertainer made derogatory and questionable remarks to the press about well-groomed females.

6:54 AM  

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