When was the last time you stopped to count your blessings?
Well, in reality if you tried to actually count them, you would most likely find it impossible; there would be more blessings than you could actually stick a number on. If you are having a hard time seeing these blessings, you can start by searching for just five a day. This practice makes good dinner conversation or a great beginning for an evening journal entry. Before you know it, you will find yourself noticing these blessings everywhere. Just a warning, it can become increasingly overwhelming to see so many if you hadn’t noticed them before. I believe it was St. Bernard who was so confident in God’s love and so grateful for God’s blessings, he would actually thank God in advance. That’s right; he would thank God for all the blessings that he hadn’t even received yet. I find this kind of confidence in God’s love worth taking a second look at. In this first week of 2009, I am up to my elbows in the final preparation of our eighth annual Sacred Heart Bingo fundraiser. Please let me clarify. I am up to my elbows in blessings because we are surrounded by a community that gives so unselfishly of their time and generosity, and totally supports the youth in our area. The outpouring of donations, help and participation is incredible. Our thanks could never adequately express our gratitude for the response that makes our fundraiser a huge success. This night would not be possible without the team of more than 40 youth, more than 20 parent supervisors, kitchen, set up and clean up volunteers, all the people who put countless hours into this project prior to bingo night and for the entire community who shows up on Bingo night for an evening of fun and fellowship. Not only will this fundraiser financially help send young people to summer camps and spiritual conferences, it also fulfills a dream for some that may not have been able to go without your support. By helping make this a reality for a group of grateful young people, you have given them the opportunity to strengthen faith with other young people and learn more about our amazing God. Combine that with unbelievable extreme sports or convention centers full of enthusiastic young people and it makes an unforgettable life experience.
On behalf of all the youth at Sacred Heart Church, we would like to send out a heartfelt “THANK YOU” in advance.
We look forward to the fun and fellowship that will take place Saturday. To enjoy our chili and baked potatoes, doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and bingo will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
— Shari Petree is youth minister at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie.