Labor Day Update from Fr.John
Dear Fellow Survivors,
This is Labor Day, a time we traditionally are called to remember and give thanks for the dignity of work and workers. All true work is a continuation of the action of God the Creator in breathing forth creation itself. This includes the work to which many go daily at computers, retail establishments and repair shops… as well as the labor of so many to rescue flood-damaged homes, businesses and churches.
St. Joseph the Carpenter is the traditional patron saint of work and workers. We should keep in mind that he was forced to flee his homeland and begin a new home, a new business and a new life in Egypt, only to be called back after some years to settle in Nazareth. As he traversed these challenges, his family, Mary and Jesus, also faced them with him. And so Jesus, our Savior, knew firsthand what it is like to lose a home, to lose a livelihood and to depend radically on God and neighbor. The Holy Family knew and know what it is like for all who struggle today to recover from the flooding.
During this time of recovery, I invite everyone who is able to come to a weekday Mass and/or to visit the Main Church for some time of quiet prayer. Pray for all of those still suffering, whether you are able to help them directly or not. And remember that volunteers will be needed – perhaps even more so – next week and even next month. Hurricane Harvey has left a wound that will not be healed for many, many years. And, regardless of the weather, we continue to face the scourge of poverty every day in our Mercy Ministry.
Volunteers: thank you for your generosity! Please help us stay organized and meet all our volunteer needs by signing up to volunteer through one of the links below. Parents bringing children and youth younger than 18 will be asked to complete medical and liability release forms.
We are continuing to assess our volunteer needs. Please c heck our Streams of Mercy page regularly for the latest signup links for volunteering.
We will be serving a free supper again tonight for flood victims from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Community Center, across from the Main Church. The Community Center has electrical outlets and free Wi-Fi.
We ask everyone NOT to contribute clothing at this time.
We can still use and distribute:
Plastic bins with lids
5 gallon buckets
50 Ozs. Bottles of Laundry Detergent
12-16 ozs. Bottles of Liquid Soap that may be mixed with water
16-24 ozs. Bottles of Dish Soap
Cans of air freshener
Cans of bug repellent
Sponges (no cellulose)
Scouring pads - no abrasive pads such as Brillo, or S.O.S., with Soap built in
24 rolls of heavy duty trash bags (33-45 gallons)
Adoration and evening services resume Tuesday.
The Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth are spearheading a night of adoration on Thursday, September 7. We will be joining the other parishes of Texas in a prayer service with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a time of adoration, beginning at 7:30 pm.
THE COLLECTION THAT WON'T BE...
A special collection for relief of the flood victims is being held the next two weekends in all the parishes of the United States. Prince of Peace and area parishes most affected will not be taking a collection.
If anyone wishes to make a special financial gift for the hurricane victim relief through our Mercy Ministry you can do so at www.pophouston.org/streamsofmercy2017, or you can send an email to email@example.com.
For the most current updates on needed items, volunteering, financial donations, and food, visit our Streams of Mercy Page
Let us give thanks and praise to God in all things,