Devotional prayer has had a place in the tradition of our Church from very early times. Veneration of saints, especially Mary and the early martyrs goes back as early as the 2nd Century. Eucharistic adoration, novenas and the rosary have all become important aspects of our spiritual life. But devotional prayer is enlivened when it leads to service and as we celebrate The Body and Blood of Christ, the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart, we are reminded that the Love of God unites us as brothers and sisters and invites us to work to alleviate the needs of those around us.
Each week, our Christian Service food pantry gives food to about 300 families and our Homeless outreach provides for about the same number. In order to meet the needs around us, our parish spends about a quarter of a million dollars a year on Christian Service. Of that amount, about half comes from the yellow envelope that you receive in your packets. The rest comes from our regular collection. Christian Service continues to be a strong moving force at St. Margaret Mary. Besides our Christian Service office, various parish organizations are also involved in particular areas of service through scholarship work, ministry to special needs children, etc., not including the support we give to other parishes through our Together in Mission pledges. As we celebrate these great feasts, remember that you are invited to be involved in the works and needs of the Body of Christ that you encounter around you. Let our devotion find expression in the support and service to our brothers and sisters.