Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms who are present here and to all who nurture and bring forth the life of Christ through the witness of their daily living and caring for others.

On April 25, the day on which our parish was founded, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving presented The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi with the John M. Meares, Sr. Memorial Award to acknowledge the collaborative partnership of caring for the needs of parishioners and neighbors since 1996.  The Center’s mission is to provide volunteer services to help Wake County seniors, family caregivers, and adults with disabilities live at home as long as possible so that they can maintain independence, dignity, and quality of life.  This award is presented annually to recognize an individual or partner that exemplifies commitment to the spirit and tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.

The Center calls St. Francis a “Model Partner” for the continued financial support to The Center, the many volunteers who serve, and the ministry leader of the volunteers.  One of the care receivers who benefits from the St. Francis community recently wrote in a survey, “I can’t imagine what my life would be like without the St. Francis Caregivers.  I don’t see how I could live alone.”  Another wrote, “I have met some wonderful people through this organization.  I am so grateful and my prayer is somebody will be there for each one of you.” Congratulations, and a big “thank you” to the many volunteers through the years who have helped us live out our parish mission by serving those in need in our community in collaboration with the Center for Volunteer Caregiving.

We were fortunate to have Bishop Burbidge with us last Sunday.  He expressed his heartfelt appreciation to all who have generously donated to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, especially so many who have made sacrificial gifts.  I echo his gratitude and invite those who have not yet sent in their pledge cards to please do so.  Every gift makes a difference!

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark