“Togetherness” & “Gratitude”

St. George Church | Uniontown, PA |Dr. Mabel George Howard

“Togetherness,” and “Gratitude,”are two very powerful words.  Parishioners of St. George are proud to exhibit “togetherness”and “gratitude”working cooperatively on numerous church activities including the following.  Patrons enjoying a variety of delicious ethnic foods and desserts, entertainment, prize auctions, and a kids’ carnival described the cheerful atmosphere at the annual St. George Church festival in Uniontown held on 12 August 2018.  This was an opportunity for the congregation and community members to celebrate Uniontown’s Middle Eastern heritage.  We were“grateful” that all church organizations worked “together”to make this event a great success for the common good of our church and Lebanese ancestry.

On 8 September, Father Habib, and parishioners celebrated a “Blue Mass” “together”to honor the men and women of the community who serve and protect the citizens.  The “Blue Mass” pays tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty and those currently serving their communities. These public defenders included firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, 911 operators, rescue teams and the military.  Our First Responders demonstrate courage and risk their safety for others in difficult times.  We are “grateful”for these caring souls who strive to keep our communities safe.

Our annual Uniontown Rosary Walk organized and sponsored by the Altar & Rosary Society was held on 16 September.  This spiritual event, honoring the Blessed Mother, Queen of the Holy Rosary, began in the St. George Church “Garden of Prayer” with the recitation of the first decade of the rosary.  The Knights of Columbus led the worshippers in procession to five Catholic churches in Uniontown to pray a decade of the rosary in each church followed by a final benediction.  The participants were “grateful”for the opportunity to experience three Catholic traditions (Maronite, Roman, and Byzantine) praying “together”in unison.

To continue the spiritual and financial support of the church, the Ladies Guild and the Altar & Rosary Society worked “together”to sponsor and host a Calendar Party held on 23 September in the church hall.  It was a very festive and successful event, and the groups were “grateful”for the participation and hard work of so many dedicated friends and relatives.

Finally, on 11 November, the Altar & Rosary Society celebrated a Memorial Liturgy “together”honoring the deceased members of the Society.  We remembered our loved ones and were “grateful” to them for their many spiritual and cultural contributions. The Society members recited the rosary “together” as names of the deceased were announced and candles lit.

Many would agree that it is important to demonstrate the virtues of “togetherness”and “gratitude,”not only in the church, but in all walks of life.  As written by Aesop: “Gratitude”is the sign of noble souls.”  Mother Teresa simply stated: “I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. “Together”we can do great things.” 

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