Lift Up Your Hearts

Tomorrow as our nation celebrates Labor Day we recognize the work ethic and spirit of ingenuity that have built up a great country; and we honor the sacrifice and contribution which working men and women have offered. As we all enjoy a bit of rest from our regular daily work and celebrate the end of summer, we should take just a moment to think about the important contributions that we make to Church and Country.

The Church reminds us that we realize, in part, our dignity through work, because through our labors we cooperate with the work of God, our Creator, in caring for our families and our world. In our Catholic tradition, we have long looked to Saint Joseph as a patron of all workers, since by his work he provided for the Holy Family. Let’s take this Labor Day as an opportunity to gratefully remember the selfless work of our parents and grandparents in caring for our families, as well as the many sacrifices of those who have built up and maintained our parish communities over many generations.

I often like to reflect on the Church’s liturgy as part of our work. In our worship, God brings us together to experience what He first does for us, in sharing His life with us so abundantly. Our common prayer allows us to work together with the Lord’s grace in building up His Church.

For the past few years at Saint Louise Church, we have been blessed to pray Morning Prayer together on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Beginning tomorrow, September 2, we will pray Morning Prayer immediately following the 9:00 am Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and on Tuesdays at 8:30 am (before the 9:00 am Mass). Morning Prayer is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the prayer of the whole Church, which sanctifies our day through the recitation of and reflection on the psalms and scripture. I am grateful to our parishioners who volunteer to prepare our ‘prayer books’ each morning in order to welcome everyone to participate. Please come and join with us in our morning praise—it only lasts about 15 minutes!

I am grateful to the ways in which you all are working to build up our parish communities. On this Labor Day, let’s look to the example of Saint Joseph and ask his prayers in all our work.

Saint Joseph, the Worker, Pray for Us!

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Joe

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