For the last three decades, Ida Smythe has coordinated all aspects of our liturgical environment at St Raphael. Having worked previously at parishes that had very little coordination of decoration, when I arrived here last June I was happy to know that it would be well-taken care of. This last year I have come to appreciate Ida’s commitment, attention to detail, and willingness to try something a little different.
Last month, Ida let us know that she had decided to “retire” and step down as the coordinator of the decorating ministry. I hope that the next time you see her, you thank her for her many years of good service to the parish. She took care of so many things that just “happened” because of her, I think we are all guilty of taking her for granted. No longer!
Just to give you a sense, Ida coordinated the ordering and care of all flowers and plants, including for weddings. She managed the hanging, removal, and