Thank you to all our loyal parishioners that generously gave their time, talent, and treasure in their support of the Harvest Rib-Fest. The weather was cold and rainy, but no one complained. We had an absolutely great time! Through our efforts we have taken another step forward in funding the improvements we are making to our church campus. The automatic door openers are completed, and the roof repairs will begin soon on the parish center.
They say you can not turn back the hands of time, but in some sense, we are doing just that at our parish. I was speaking to one of our parishioners that was working the rib-fest and he expressed to me the love he has for the parish. He reminisced with me about how the parish that he grew up in was everything to his family. It was their second home and the center of their lives.
At the turn of the century thousands of Catholic immigrants came to make a new life in the United States. The parish they joined was the center of their spiritual, family, and social life. My grandparents were one of those families. I have spoken with so many of our parishioners who share this same sentiment.
Our beautiful St. Patrick Parish is so much more than bricks, mortar, and stained-glass windows. It is our home where we experience a loving God, friends that last a lifetime and the opportunity to serve the people of God. Thank God that in this time of history he gave us our beautiful St. Patrick Church.