United in Prayer
Echoing themes from Sunday’s gospel message of The Parable of the Workers (Matthew 20:1-16A) and honoring St. Brendan’s call to be a spiritual community, Fr. Matthew VanSmoorenburg directed all parishioners this weekend to “work in the vineyard” and lift up daily prayers for the next 3 weeks for those affected by recent hurricanes and earthquakes.
Fr. Matthew encouraged those in attendance to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance and to envision who we might specifically pray for: a father, a child, an elderly person, a homeless veteran, a teenager. Let the Holy Spirit guide you as to how you choose to acknowledge this commitment: reading the Bible, reciting prayers, attending daily Mass, etc. He also encouraged parishioners to invite their friends, neighbors and co-workers to join them in blanketing those in need with this spiritual outreach.
In conjunction with our prayer outreach, Fr. Matthew has asked each person to write a letter to their intended letting them know they are cared for by the people of our parish and of Cumming, and we have been praying for them. The letter should be signed only with a first name. The letter should be placed in an envelope addressed to your intended prayer devotion and their location (“Mother of young children/Mexico” or “Homeless Elderly/Florida” for example) and then brought to the “United in Prayer” basket in the narthex. Letters will be distributed to Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and Mexico through church contacts and will be given to individuals who fit the descriptions on the envelopes.