One of the accountability requirements in the job description of your president is to deliver an annual accounting of accomplishments to the membership. This year you received your report in an email blast since we were unable to hold an Annual General meeting. In preparing that document, I was humbled reviewing the accomplishments of this year of the pandemic. Initiatives were accomplished that may have not been possible in a “normal” year, steps taken that will benefit us for years to come.
Here we are starting a new fiscal year, expecting an end to the pandemic restrictions. We look forward to returning to our favorite volunteer location to serve and socialize as in the past. At Seton, preparations are happening to prepare for the day when we can actually hear… “Have a blessed day” again from our grateful shoppers at our thrift store there.
I am so grateful we were able to gather for our LOC rosary and private Masses with Father Mulhearn last December and this past month. Combining the numbers of those present and live-streaming, both Masses were very well attended. It was a very positive sign to me, from our membership working to meet their spiritual and social needs. We do look forward to sharing meals again and being able to socialize in person though as well.
One more thank you to our outgoing board for their flexibility and commitment in this most challenging year. We will continue to accept to the challenges brought before us. I look forward to serving you again this year. With the assistance of Sts. Vincent, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton, we will see this pandemic through and continue to be open to the necessary changes to flourish, not just survive, to meet the needs of our poor.
With my deepest gratitude, Mary Pat Sullivan, President