This week I will be traveling with six men from the parish to the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Kentucky to work with the poor. We will be working on repairing and renovating houses for the desperately poor.
Carpentry and construction is not part of my skillset but I can carry things, hit a nail reasonably well and cook a pot of chili if needed. I am sure I will be able to put some of my priestly skills to work as well. I appreciate the wonderful work we do here in our parish to help the less fortunate.
When I arrived here at Saint Joan’s, I was told that we focus our charitable activities locally, (places like the Food Bank, Birthright, Lourdes House, etc.), nationally (The Father Beiting Mission), and internationally (our sisterparish in Haiti). I think this is a great approach because it makes us look beyond our own neighborhood and see the needs of others. I look forward to going to Haiti in the future to see all the good being done there. Pray for us as we go to Kentucky. Know that these kind of activities are something I consider very important in the life of our parish.
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