Some sightings and observations over the past week or so…

In the week after Easter, some of our meeting rooms and our Fellowship Hall were transformed into a sort of homeless shelter, as St. Francis hosted four homeless families. All of this is part of our relationship with Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN). One night I dropped into Fellowship just as dinner had ended and found some of our volunteers cleaning up and some of the families’ children playing in the open space of Fellowship. Much of this goes unseen as the families are at work during the day and arrive here in the later afternoon to spend the night. Our support of WIHN and our hosting of families is a vivid living out of the gospel message to make a place for the stranger, to open our doors to those who are in need. Many thanks to all who were involved.

Another sighting last Saturday afternoon – a group of high school students preparing welcome bags for migrant workers who will soon be arriving in the area around Louisburg. Recall as well that we have a migrant worker ministry here which begins later in the spring – groups of people from our parish who drive to Louisburg and give the workers a ride to church there. From all accounts, this is a very successful and gratifying ministry here.

You have probably noticed the re-sealed and re-lined parking lots near our school. This was done in the week after Easter. We expect to re-seal and re-line the lots closer to the church sometime over the summer. Also during Easter break we had a new roof installed on Clare Hall – this is the building that houses Fellowship Hall, part of the preschool, and some of the parish offices. And over the next few months we will begin an expansion of our columbarium, adding 160 new niches in the area outside staff offices at Clare Hall. I am grateful to the Finance Council for looking closely at and planning for ongoing maintenance projects here.

Finally, we are close to the end of our Bishop’s Annual Appeal, but still short of our goal. Follow-up letters and pledge cards for the BAA were recently mailed out from the diocese. We will make one more push here in the coming weeks. On behalf of the friars, if you haven’t already made a pledge, we ask that you consider making a pledge for the success of our BAA.

Blessings on your week!

Fr. Steve