As the days and weeks passed and the plan’s various components were implemented (both in spite of and in some cases because of the pandemic), programs and offerings that had success at one parish were applied at the other. “We initiated the meal strategy at the other parish,” Fr. Paul said, “and in Jay, we were turning out 140 meals every Friday through the pandemic until this past June.”
As Ss. Rose and Joseph parishes near the end of their DMI-based three-year plan, the fruits of the strategy are countless. Thank you notes from some of the people whose souls and stomachs have been filled with the parishes’ ministries speak to the unquantifiable value of the parishes’ work for bodies and souls. One woman wrote a poem. It reads:
Just a little note to say
That Tuesday has just made our day
You’re such good cooks, and it tastes so good
But what else is new, I knew it would
You folks have done a darn good job
I love it, love it and thank the Lord
Just wanted you to know, we appreciate it so
This is all I have to say
Have a happy, happy day
Another recipient left a short message on a sticky note: “Such a lovely gift for the community. Thank you. :)”
No one on the parishes’ planning teams could have ever anticipated how the DMI and their three-year plan would become the backbone of the pandemic response. All things in God’s perfect time!
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