Dear Heavenly Father,
My parish is composed of people like me;
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a parish with a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with Your help, O God, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all things that I want my parish to be.
Reprinted from the September 2019 issue of One Family in Mission newsletter, courtesy of the Office of Parish Stewardship, Diocese of Rockville Centre.