Gatherer of All Good Memories,
the spirits of many ancestors join us always at St. Francis of Assisi.
We have come to celebrate our history, to gather the memories of many decades.
You have been a companion of each one:
every grandfather and grandmother, every student and teacher,
every single person, every priest and nun, every father and mother, brother and sister.
You have been the Breath of Life for everyone who has fathered a child,
Wedded a lover, or buried a dear one.
You have sown the deep seeds of faith in the waters of countless baptisms,
kept alive a parish for a hundred years through the fidelity of those who prayed here,
and the generosity of those who served here.
While our world is weary and worn with pain,
may we take hope and find courage in what we celebrate:
the strong faith of our ancestors, the friendship of neighbors and relatives,
the generous leadership of Friars, Deacons and Brothers and Sisters,
the goodness of each one willing to reach out and be there in a time of need.
We thank you, Gracious God, for our faith, and for this place of worship and community,
which has nourished many souls, and provided a source of nurturing faith,
for all who came seeking spiritual life.
May we celebrate this year filled with hope,
knowing that the people of St. Francis of Assisi believe in your constant Presence,
accept your Grace, share your Love,
and celebrate your life with one another. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Spokane