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Dear of People of St. Anthony, St. Mary and Holy Family Parish:
“Martha welcomed him.”
Next weekend after the 4:00pm, 8:30am and 10:30am Masses, those who went to Kenya will give a full report complete with pictures and video of our experiences there. This weekend’s scriptures would have been a perfect starting point for that report with their theme of hospitality. For a good summary of our experience would be: They welcomed us as if we were Christ.
I’ll save the full story for when we give the report next weekend, but I share just one example that has been staying with me. We were all invited by the people of St. Francis parish in Saikeri to come back and next time stay with them in their homes. We had some concerns about that and Fr. John had a concern about that. We were concerned of course about our comfort and health. Many live in mud and stick huts without windows in the intense heat. I remember clearly our visiting a family in such a home and feeling the sweat run off my brow as we talked. Better off families have homes made of sheets of tin. A few are able to afford a cinderblock house. None of them had running water or electricity. Fr. John’s concern was of an entirely different nature. He was against the idea because the Maasai would go hungry in order to feed us. They treat guests….. like Christ.
I am so proud to see similar Gospel hospitality here at home as well. A new example begins this Tuesday afternoon. We have eight Mexican adults coming to Abbot Jerome Hall at 12:30pm to learn English. This weekly class is being organized by “Page Forward: Volunteers for Literacy in Clark County.” Several members of this volunteer group spoke at the June Spanish mass. Their invitation was received with great interest by those present. “Page Forward” provides the materials and gets the class organized, but they hope volunteers from the local community come forward to work one on one with the adult students. They offer classes in communities throughout the county. I am happy to say that at the time of this writing we had three volunteers already come forward. If you would like to help a neighbor learn English please call Darlene Bucherger at 715-267-6330. My experience at the Spanish Mass and from home visits leads me to believe that to welcome one of these families into your life is to welcome in Christ.
Another new act of hospitality is happening today: our first three-parish-picnic. Thank you to our Family Life Committee led by picnic chair Deb Ortner for putting this lovely gathering together. It was their hope to provide a way to gather that would not be a burden to any one group so we could maximize fun and minimize work. Thank you St. Mary’s for hosting us this year. As we rotate this event from parish to parish I hope we gather a larger and large group. No less than Kenyan and American sitting at one table, it will be a joyous day when Greenwood, Willard and Loyal people welcome one another… as Christ.
The new Child Care program at St. Anthony’s is also about hospitality, helping families find a safe and nurturing place for their children to grow. This past Wednesday three people were interviewed for the director’s position. Gayle Flaig, the diocesan expert on childcare led the interviews with Mrs. Billings, Kaila Fitzl and myself assisting. We should be able to announce who was selected soon. And with a director in place we can begin assembling the staff. Assembling the furnishings needed has already begun. Please see the wish list in this bulletin and on the bulletin board in the back of St. Anthony’s church. What an important ministry this will be…. Welcoming children as we would Christ.
The work of welcoming the homeless back into community life is also making great progress. The building inspection report is being used to develop a list of repair and upgrade projects. If you would like to volunteer to help with tuckpointing brick, fixing leaky faucets, laying carpet and such please contact Judy Morrow (715-937-0675) or Roberto Partarrieu (202-812-9331). We are also assembling an advisory board that will meet a couple of times a year to support and guide the operation of the House of Mercy. Interviews for the director position are underway.
If we didn’t have the Gospels to say it, around here we’d know it from experience, the more we welcome the stranger the more we welcome Christ.
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