Stories I heard over the weekend: One “grandmother” was telling me how their extended family had gathered for dinner at their home. They have a grandson in Pre-K. The other day, an EMS and Firetruck were at a home nearby. It must have been mentioned in class that it would be good to pray for that person, whomever they were. When he was at the grandparents home, he suggested that they all pray for the person for whom the ambulance had come near his school. He suggested that maybe the Lord’s Prayer would be good. So they all did and mom praised him for caring and suggesting it. She too is a teacher, but in a different local Catholic school. She asked, “why the Lord’s Prayer as your choice?” He said something to effect, “Mr. D teaches us that one when he does morning prayer each day.”
There are LOTS of stories like that that we need to be sharing. Not only are they heart-warming but they tell of the many positive things happening here. How much better that than the occasional problem that comes up? Good stories promote more good! Let’s be sure to be on that side of the fence. I hear many good stories too coming from our K and 1st grades, as true with all our grades. We are blessed with good teachers that often know how to handle children in the classroom better than you may think. We see the changes from one year to the next in children’s behavior and much of it happens right here in school. Speak well of the many on staff who are always doing their best. Share the GOOD stories! There are many each week! Unkind gossip that is best “unshared” is sinful behavior and does no good and serves no good purpose.
A second story I heard was how at our school, parents picking up children (or grandparents, or whomever is so designated), must be recorded with the school as a matter of protocol. One grandparent was telling how at one of the other local schools, it doesn’t matter who calls for the child in the car line, the staff lets them get in with whomever, even if it is not the parent or properly designated adult. Mr. D is doing more than the average in protecting our children in every conceivable way possible. Tell the good story and give Mr. D a pat on the back for his level of professional care.
Still another story: Michael and Becki Hagen were at weekday Mass since it was for a child they had who died during pregnancy. After Mass, one of the older members of the parish, often at weekday Mass, came up to them to express her condolences and introduce herself (not recognizing that Becki is a Wynan). While both have been in the parish many years, one did not immediately know the other. The beautiful part of the story—worth retelling—is the level of caring that comes from one for the other. It is a very good parish filled with many more wonderful people than we are aware of if not involved. Rather than take it for granted, share the good stories. It can be catching! There are so many good stories that can be shared.
While these have been St. Jude stories, there are just as many at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. They always far outweigh any misunderstandings or difficulties that naturally come with human nature and people. Share the good stories.
Evangelization happens when we share the Good News, not look to what has to do with ALL our feet of clay. If you want to grow the parish, share the Good News! Keep the few other moments to yourself. The good far outweighs the struggles, to be sure.
- Fr. John