Our Franciscan Associate Linda Hall (western New York) received the St. Joseph the Worker Award from the Diocese of Buffalo by Bishop Richard Malone during a Mass on March 16 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. The Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker is presented to outstanding Catholic lay men and women from parishes throughout the diocese as a way to honor “unsung heroes” of the church.
Linda’s Pastor, Fr. Mark Noonan from St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park, New York, wrote the following message in the parish bulletin:
“I want to congratulate Linda Hall who received the St. Joseph the Worker Award last week. This award recognizes a Parishioner who has lived out their stewardship well in serving the Parish Community. It is offered once every three years.
“Linda is a lector, Eucharistic minister, she’s a member of the Sodality of Our Lady, the Ladies of Charity, she is part of the weekly church cleaning crew, she’s a collection counter and Office Steward, she is the lead Sacristan for our parish, she’s involved in the Parish Summerfest, she also assists with Religious Education in a myriad of ways, takes Communion to the homebound, she orders all the flowers and leads the decorating of the Sanctuary during various liturgical seasons …. And she is also a Lifetime Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis. And, there’s even more she does to help our community!
“Linda, you take your love of God and your Stewardship and service to heart – and you live it in great, great, ways. The whole Parish is grateful to you! May God bless you for your goodness and faithfulness – and may your example inspire all of us to live our faith with great generosity.”