Growing up, Saturday mornings often meant housework for my three sisters and I.  Mom would make a list of all the jobs to be done, write them on little slips of paper, fold them up and put them in a cereal bowl for us to “draw jobs”.  Holding our breath and holding out hope for the “easy jobs”, we’d pass the bowl around until it was empty and we held our cleaning fate in our hands.  Being so short staffed within the Parish Office, many of you have reached out with offers to help, and I’d like to take you up on that offer.  Perhaps you’d be willing to draw a job? 

Our beloved Pastoral Center has seen a lot of action over the years.  Where it once used to house the Nuns residing there, it has since turned into a home-away-from-home for our youth ministry groups, RCIA, Confirmation, Scout Troop, Bible Studies and before and after school care for our school.  We’ve demanded a lot of the space, and it could use some TLC.  On Monday, August 14th, I am asking you to put on your work gloves, pack up your cleaning supplies and meet me in the Pastoral Center at 10:30 a.m. to spruce the place up.  Some of the jobs we’ll be doing include vacuuming and washing window ledges and tracks, mopping the new floors, cleaning and organizing kitchen cabinets and cupboards, washing windows, scrubbing bathrooms, trimming and weeding the garden area long the walkway and more.  Many hands make light work, as they say, and I imagine it will sparkle and shine by the end of the day.  I am attaching a link to a Sign-Up Genius so you can let me know that you’ll be pitching in.  Signing up online should be easy if you click on the link, but if it gives you trouble, just send me a note and let me know we can count on you.  Sign Up Here

Like any job, working for the Parish Office comes with many joys and a few struggles.  By far, my greatest struggle is knowing how to effectively communicate with the 700 families who belong to Our Lady of Lourdes. With one of me, 700 of you, and all the means of communication it can be a challenge.  I pray that I am reaching the majority of you with these regular updates.  Feel free to share them with our fellow parishioners if they aren’t getting the word.

Before I sign off, I extend my thanks on behalf of Deacon David, and his family, for your continued prayers.  Deacon David remains hospitalized in Iowa and is being closely monitored by his team of doctors.  He has not undergone surgery as of yet, and we are praying it will not become necessary.  We will keep you posted as updates arrive.

Thank you, in advance, for your help on Monday.  I’ll hold out hope you draw the easy job!

With Love,