This weekend we take time to say thank you to all our present and past volunteers for their good work here at St. Edwards. We could not do it without you!
In the spirit of thanksgiving I offer this adaptation of a prayer from author Joyce Rupp —
Gatherer of All Good Memories,
the spirits of many ancestors join us
here in this sacred place of St. Edwards.
We have come to celebrate a history,
to gather the memories of many decades.
You have been a Companion for each one:
every grandfather and grandmother,
every student and teacher,
every single person, every priest, and nun,
every father and mother, brother and sister.
You have been the Breath of Life
for everyone who has birthed a child,
wedded a lover, or buried a dear one.
You have sown the deep seeds of faith
in the waters of countless baptisms,
kept alive a parish for forty seven years
through the fidelity of those who prayed here,
and the generosity of those who served here.
While our world is weary and worn with pain,
may we take hope and find courage
in what we celebrate:
the strong faith of our ancestors,
the friendship of neighbors and relatives,
the generous leadership of pastors,
the goodness of each one willing to reach out
and be there in a time of need.
We thank you, Gracious God, for our faith,
and for this place of worship and community,
which has nourished many souls,
and provided a source of nurturing faith
for all who came seeking spiritual life.
May we leave here filled with hope,
knowing that the people of St. Edwards
believed in your constant Presence,
accepted your Grace, shared your Love,
and celebrated your Life with one another.
May God continue to bless our efforts to build the kingdom here at St. Edwards. Keep the faith!
Easter blessings, Fr. Brian