I hope everyone had a safe, fun-filled and restful holiday. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours volunteering on the Fourth of July at one of our wonderful partner agencies, Operation Nightwatch. Six of us had a great time making macaroni salad, hot dogs, beans and dessert for about 120 guests for their meal service later that evening. Operation Nightwatch provides a myriad of services to people who live on the margins, with a particular emphasis on those who are experiencing homelessness. They offer spiritual care and hope through their street ministry, shelter placement through their dispatch center, meals through their food program, and low-income housing for seniors. For more information and to find out about volunteering visit their website www.seattlenightwatch.org
Our new justice-focused book club will meet for the third time this Sunday, July 10 in the parish livingroom after the 9:30 AM Mass. We will be discussing the last three chapters of Pope Francis’ book, The Name of God is Mercy. At this gathering, we will be picking our next read and scheduling future meetings, so please join us and bring your suggestions for other justice-focused books. All are welcome!
Finally, a little inspiration from one of my favorite Catholics -
"People say what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that. No one has the right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much to do."