On Labor Day....

posted Sep 3, 2010, 8:16 AM by STA Woodhaven   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 3:16 PM by STAWoodhaven Webmaster ]
As a Nation this weekend we celebrate Labor Day.   Although many recognize this celebration as a reminder that the summer is over, it was originally conceived as a celebration of the labors that have made our Country great.  Similarly, the Catholic Church has always promoted the dignity of human labor and the significance of seeking peace and justice in all we labor for and in.  The life and mission of Jesus speak all about laboring in love and self-sacrifice participating in God’s plan.
Everything we do takes sacrifice and some level of hard work.  Here at Saint Thomas we are blessed by generous ‘laborers’ who assist in the work of building up the kingdom of God here in Woodhaven. 
Over the summer, numerous volunteers participated in the work of our parish, even at a time when things are supposed to go a little more slowly.  Volunteers at the Rummage Sale and in preparation of the Harlem Wizards worked to provide additional funding despite the oppressive heat. 
The small maintenance staff at Saint Thomas also worked tirelessly to accomplish even more projects which were allowed when our school is closed and meetings cancelled.  With limited resources, (funds and only 2 men for 6 aging buildings) an awesome amount of work was done.  Shortly, I will present the full list of work accomplished through their dedicated labor so that full appreciation can be realized.
The Staff at the Parish Office, Faith Formation and Saint Thomas School, also with limited resources, provided invaluable assistance by making the preparations necessary to help guide Saint Thomas for the Pastoral Year ahead and into the future.  In the Parish Office alone, much work was begun to update our records and policies.  Hopefully their labors will be realized through a more streamlined Parish Office for parishioners and non-parishioners alike.
In your name, I am grateful to those who although employed by Saint Thomas the Apostle, give more than a salary could compensate.  In no way could our parish operate without the generosity of our parishioners, and the equal generosity of those whose labor allow us to continue the Mission of Jesus Christ through the Church.

Wishing you God’s Blessings on all your labors,