My parish is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make many generous gifts to many causes if I am a generous giver.
It will bring others into its worship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith,
of compassion, charity, and mercy,
if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I now dedicate myself to the task
of being all the things that I want my parish to be.