19 Ways to Let Your Parish Priest Know You Appreciate Him
Our parish priests are some of the hardest working members of the Church. The typical parish priest works every weekend and holiday, lives in the same building as their office, and only gets one day off a week, not to mention they’re being asked to care for more souls and take on more responsibilities and roles than ever before.
Today is the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. To mark the occasion, we asked a some parish priests how we could best let them know we’re thankful for them and all the work they do for us.
In no particular order:
1. Pray for Your Priest(s)
2. Cook Them a Meal, Especially on Their Busy Days
3. Celebrate Their Special Days
4. Pray More, Complain Less
5. Offer to Help
6. Go to Mass and/or Confession
7. Write Them a Note Expressing Your Gratitude
8. Say Thank You
9. Give Them a Compliment
10. Look Out for Their Wellbeing
11. Save the Drama for Yo Mama
12. Let Him Know You Have His Back
13. Establish a Relationship
14. Have Realistic Expectations and Be Helpful
15. Don’t Be a “Priest Collector”
16. Be Supportive
17. Give Him Space
18. Invite Him Over
19. Strive for Holiness
I hope this list has inspired you to do something for your priest. Remember, each priest has his own preferences and ways that make him feel appreciated. Some may really like being invited over for dinner, while other priests may recharge with a quiet dinner alone in the rectory. Every priest I contacted mentioned a well-thought, meaningful letter or card mentioning specific ways he helped you. Maybe that’s a great place to start. No matter what you do, let’s make sure we let our priests know just how much we care for them.
Feel free to add additional ways or creative takes on the above in the comments. All you priests out there, let us know what you like!