First Down (June 4, 2017)

Dear Friends,

There is no doubt that this parish is a busy place. Every day there are ministries, groups, guests, Masses and outside groups that use our space to gather, proclaim their message, break it open then send those involved out into the community to serve. Many parishioners may not fully comprehend what our parish community does 365 days a year. In our tight spaces we have set ups for around 450 events, from the simple to the huge. I always like to say we are like Denny’s: our space is used 365 days a year.

A gift to the parish is there are people who are hired to set up, clean, repair broken things and assist those in need during their event , whatever that event might be. Many times people come into our space unaware of how much work has gone into making sure everything is set properly and maintained. Yet, I want to ask parishioners to take a moment and become aware of these people who offer maintenance and assistance to St. Patrick.




Meet the team that works so hard to make sure everything runs smoothly. If we have air conditioning working, it’s because our team makes sure it works. Clean facilities? Thank this team. Set up and breaking down for events? Thank this team. Needing direction, tour the place, help with moving supplies to the Church. Thank this team.

I ask God to bless our team. Without them, it would be impossible to do the amount of work we do. With them, the burden is lightened. When you see one of these team members in their green work shirts, please make every effort to acknowledge their hard work.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric