A man owned a stand of sugar maple trees.  It was a family business passed down from father to son and from brother to brother.  The man, his family and his workers tended the forest year-round.

In the spring, they collected sap and boiled it to make and sell maple syrup and candies.  They were careful not to over-tap the trees, lest they weaken and die. In the summer, they harvested the straightest trees for lumber to make furniture, firewood and other uses.  Craftsmen made all sorts of maple products for sale.

Every fall, the leaves turned yellow, orange and red. People travelled for miles around to see the beautiful trees – large and small, young and old - and to buy syrup and souvenirs.  In the winter, they sold the seasoned wood for fuel and to smoke food.

In good years there were many seeds and seedlings. It takes years for these seedlings to become tall trees.  The workers kept the deer away from eating the seedlings; they removed the poorly formed, diseased and dead trees to make room for healthy growth.

All was kept in balance, and all was well.

What does this story mean?  The owner is the Faithful Navigator, the workers are the assembly officers and chairs and the trees are the members.  A healthy assembly uses everyone’s talents in a balanced manner.  A member gives of himself – as a tree in charity gives its sap, its leaves and even its wood.  Everyone can help, as even showing up at Mass with a nametag – a brightly colored leaf if you will – attracts potential members.  We need new members to sustain the council, lest we “sap” our most active member’s strength.  Do your part to sustain the forest.

District Prayer Intentions

  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Anthony I Colbert, PSD, FDD, PGK, PFN, FS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Carl Roberts, FM
  • For the return to health of Deacon Rich Fisher
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Wise Tennyson
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Yoshitaka Takeuchi
  • For the return to health of Marvin Schuttoffel
  • For the return to health of Barbara Chayka
  • For the private intentions of Marcia Lapham
  • For the private intentions of Matt Santangelo
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Eileen Santangelo
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Chris Voegel
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Greg Curtain, PGK
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK James Huse
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Bill Sheehan, PGK
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Beverly Woods
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Geraldine Barbara Hickley Massimini Brandon
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery Maurice Bear
  • For the return to health of Rev. Robert Pittman
  • For the return to health of SK Stephen Holowenzak
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Larry Smialek
  • For peace of spirit and ease of pain to Judge William Missouri who has entered into hospice care
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Cesar B. Martinez, FM, FDD, PGK, PFN - Former Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District
  • Fort he repose of the soul of Phil Asplen, PSD, FDD, FM, PGK, PFN - Past State Deputy of Maryland
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Roger Doucette
  • For the repose of the soul of SK Archie Q. Evans
  • For the repose of the soul of SK John H Bond, Jr
  • For the repose of the soul of Fr. John Mattingly
  • For the repose of the soul of Roy Demese
  • For the repose of the soul of Walter Chimiak, father of Msgr. Karl Chimiak
  • For the repose of the soul of Detective Sean Suiter and for the consolation of his family.
  • For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Geraldine Brandon, mother of District Secretary Joe Massimini
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