Customer Appreciation Day by the Daughters of St. Paul written by Dennis Daniels submitted by Bill Schelinski
... and now for the rest of the story concerning the Customer Appreciation Day by the Daughters of St. Paul this past Saturday.
< We collected $80.00 in 50/50 efforts and the Winner from the ticket pull was Ms. Mary Matthews. She was contacted with news of the drawing results and without hesitation pushed her $40.00 winnings back to the Sisters. Way to go, Mary. :-)
< Our donation (tip) jar on the edge of the food table to help the Daughters continue and advance their good works in our community yielded another $183.00 from well-wishers attending the event.
< The glorious painting of Jesus that Pauline Books & Media provided in a raffle was won by none other than our brother knight, Jonathan Leljedal. Good fortune for you and yours, Jonathan. May you and your family enjoy this beautiful rendering of Jesus for many, many years to come!
As Brother Struckhoff noted in his email about the Customer Appreciation Day, the power of prayer prevailed and the Good Lord smiled on us with excellent weather for the event.
Our event day began with some moisture in the air and a wet parking lot during our set-up in the early morning. The clouds began to dissipate, the winds dried up the grounds and the sun rolled out to grace our event by the time we began serving patrons at 11 AM. We served food until 2 PM and were soon out of there, with the last of the tear down efforts wrapping up around 3 PM.
Brother knights, I was pleased to see many of our volunteer knights also make the 5 PM Mass at SCLP as we all have so very much to be thankful for in realizing yet another successful annual event with the Sisters and attendees.
With this said, our joint KOC and Pauline missions continue and are energized from the countless blessings of the day and the immeasurable value the Daughters of St. Paul and Pauline Books & Media (and our knights) provide our community. .. day in and day out in being of service to one and in service to all.
Once again, a special thanks to all directly and indirectly involved in turning this annual vision into yet another successful reality. .. especially my friends and brother knights - Jerry F., Jack S., Michael S., Joe P., Ray J., Allan B., Jack M., Jimmie N., Chuck S. and Rich H. WE could not have done it without you and both the Daughters of St. Paul and the event attendees echo my gratitude and appreciation for you.
FYI. We also achieved a first with this event. .. Sister Mary Joan (who comes to the Daughters of St. Paul and us from her home country of Italy and is in her 80s) is very restrictive with what she eats. In fact, Sister Laura told me that Sister Mary Joan will not even eat Sister Laura's cooking - as each nun is expected to prepare a meal for the Sisters and Postulants at least once a week for all to share.
Nevertheless, Sister Mary Joan had not only her usual order of a plain hamburger pattie on a hamburger bun, but then came back outside a short while later to partake in a second serving of the same order. Will miracles never cease to happen for us, brother knights?
Some regulars and the faithful attended as we also drew in folks who have never been to this annual event before let alone experienced the Pauline community - grotto, chapel, store, mission, etc.
A fun time was had by all, young and old, on perhaps the nicest weather day of the year in St. Louis and we look forward to another great experience this time next year in 2020.