How We Can Respond To God As a Truly Thankful People:“This is My Parish”

It is composed of people like me.  We make it what it is.  It will be friendly, if I am friendly.  Its pews will be filled, if I help to fill them.  It will do great work, if I work.  It will contribute generously to our community, if I am a  generous giver.  It will bring others into its worship and family, if my joy in my God is a light to them.  It will be a church of loyalty, peace and love, of courage and faith, and a parish with a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these qualities also.  Therefore, with the help of God,

I shall dedicate myself to the call of Christ to develop the qualities that I want my parish to have.