Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Happy Labor Day.  Greg Pierce, author of Spirituality @ Work, suggests that there is a spirituality to the workplace – a spirituality that takes seriously the idea that God is present in the hustle and bustle of the daily workplace just as much as in a church or on a mountain top.

Pierce suggests a spirituality of work does two things.  First, it raises our awareness to the presence of God –  the ultimately meaningful in the work itself.  And second, this raised awareness changes the way workers do their work and relate to others in the workplace.  I think what a spirituality of work really suggests is that God’s spirit is present in our life’s work.  As we take time to rest from our labors may we be attentive to the ways in which God is at work in our life.  And also let us be mindful of the under employed and unemployed who seek the dignity of work.

Thank you to Dave Vogelpohl who spoke last weekend at each of our Masses.  I continue to be grateful and in awe of David’s amazing energy and leadership gifts that he is generously sharing with our parish as Interim Coordinator of Youth Ministry.  It is my hope and commitment that as we strengthen our offertory, we can better invest in our youth and fulfill our strategic initiatives. Faithful people in every age have confronted the challenges as opportunities to make known God’s power and presence.  This is our challenge today as a Catholic Community.  I urge every household to pledge your full and active participation in the life of our parish by making a thoughtful, prayerful pledge to support the ministries and mission of our Catholic Community.  I’m asking each household to prayerfully consider:

Increasing your offertory pledge; consider automatic bank draft, and supporting our monthly mortgage reduction Sunday.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry, your continued prayers, presence and partnership are the light of Christ that illuminates our lantern. With your support our youth will better know Jesus and more of our youth will be involved.  We will create a culture of stewardship where everyone’s gifts are engaged and shared to build up the Body of Christ we gather here to receive and become.

Next weekend our nation remembers the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001.  At each of our Masses next weekend we will include this in our prayers.

Bishop Burbidge invites you to join him for the Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary at a Sacred Liturgy of Prayer Remembering the victims, families and first responders as we commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11 at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Wake Forest at 2:30 pm.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark