Can you believe it? It has been forty years since that day in October 1979 when Kathy and I, listening to Fr. Paul Tougas, director of the Permanent Diaconate Program, ask for volunteers to help in sponsoring a Vietnamese family, looked at each other and said, “Yes.” We have been saying “yes” ever since.
Now it is time for us to pause and celebrate what the Lord has done for us. In looking back, it is unbelievable the gift of grace that has poured down upon our work. It is staggering. The number of people we had the honor to serve, the piles and piles of Christmas gifts distributed, the thousands and thousands of pounds of food given, the hundreds of candidates for citizenship tutored and most important of all, the thousands of volunteers who came to help others, and this is just for starters.
For this celebration, we are going to start with Mass and follow it with a sit-down dinner, followed by a sharing by some of the people whom we helped. Then we are going to pass out thank you gifts to many of the people who helped us get this far.
Our hope is that you will save the date, October 26, 2019, and make plans to come to Saint Joan of Arc Church, 570 Lincoln Street, Worcester MA 01605 and celebrate with us starting at 11:00 A.M. and finishing up with coffee and until 4:00 P.M. Please R.S.V.P. by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 508-831-7455. This is a free-will offering event.
Schedule of Events
10:30 A.M. Welcoming
11:00 A.M. Mass
12:30 P.M. Dinner
1:30 P.M. Stories – Happenings
1:45 P.M. – Guest Speakers and Awards Ceremony
230 P.M. Closing – Coffee and . . .