Wisdom from GP Catholic Services

They are two of the most powerful words we can say. Yet so often we use them in such general ways. Someone holds a door for you and you whisk your way in, saying thanks without so much as glancing at the person. Someone allows you to merge into traffic this morning. You respond with a quick wave, mouthing thank you and swoosh, you’re gone.

What about when it is really important? When someone helps a parish or the diocese meet its annual needs or transform itself, or perhaps when special needs must be addressed. How do you say thank you when it matters? Is your thank you a one-size-fits-all form letter? A message from the bishop that is read by a lay person during announcements at one Mass? Thank you builds a relationship, increases understanding, and invites continued education. And while an important step, it shouldn’t be confined to acknowledging a financial transaction. At the time the gift is made, the needs defined in the case statement are still a vision or are yet to be fulfilled.

This communication of gratitude outlines the needs and expectations; builds the understanding that gifts, joined together with support from others, creates a better response; and confirms the work to be done. But do you also thank them as the work is completed? As the vision and hope become reality, services are provided, needs are met, and issues are resolved, is the celebration limited to those who delivered the work, or do you invite all stakeholders to celebrate?

To learn more about the mission of GP Catholic Services visit the organization’s Website by clicking HERE.