The importance of parking lots...

"Be generous with your time and money - it has an amazingly fast payback. Be in the moment with everyone you love - and this frequently means tuning out work completely. And drive slow in parking lots." - Scott Weiss

The importance of parking lots can easily be missed.  Whether at work, a restaurant, or out shopping, often our focus is already on the next task and parking becomes an automated ritual.  The parking lot is an important place, as a first impression as well as a transition point from our last stop, or even the act of driving, into the next thing.

At Ascension we are blessed with a lot of parking.  Some have noted that it sometimes takes weeks or months for a new member to know that parking wraps around the north end of the building as well.  The staff can all tell you which spots are shady on a summer day, as well as how that moves from morning to afternoon.  A rainy day may leave us all scrambling for a spot closer to a door...any door.

As we work to update some of the signage on campus we will be reducing the number of "guest" spots.  There are currently eight spaces designated for guests.  I'm an optimistic man, but eight is more than we need.  Further, I believe we need to leave spaces with limited mobility and those with small children.  If you can read between the lines a bit, I'm asking all those able to walk easily to leave the closest spots for those who need them, a good practice everywhere for that matter.  

Blessings - 
Fr. Paul