As Father Heiman stated in his “Pastor’s Letter” on Divine Mercy Sunday, “We are called to be peacemakers through the beatitudes Christ taught us. It is not an option; rather it is our life as disciples of Christ. If we are to be true disciples, true peacemakers, it must begin with imitating the Divine Mercy of Christ.
At the conclusion of Mass, the Sacrifice of Mercy and Reconciliation, we are commanded by God to be sent out with the peace of Christ and to bring that peace to others. This peace begins with the mercy we give to others, imitating the mercy God has given to us…May we learn to give an act of mercy through a kind word, a warm smile, or a loving act of kindness. For through forgiveness and acts of love, we imitate Christ’s paschal mystery and help establish peace”.
Better yet, we say through our actions, “Peace be with you!” As Father Heiman states, we are called to be peacemakers, and this is the primary reason that we, in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, do what we do. That is why we respond to those who are in need. And we not only help those within our Parish, we go to the poorer parts of the city to help. We have developed relationships with St. Anthony’s Family Shelter, Harbor House, Dear Neighbor Program in Hilltop, Guadalupe Clinic, McKinney Vento Homeless Children’s Program (USD 259), Dirty Vagabonds, other St. Vincent de Paul Conferences, and other organizations, to seek out and find the forgotten, the suffering and deprived. Thanks to the countless number of Parishioners who are either actively involved, or who support this mission with donations of needed items, or with monetary support.
The Weekend Kid’s Food Program “food of the month” for March, is Pop-Tarts. Please place donations of this food in the drop box inside the parish office.