OREM, Utah Nearly 200 people responded to a request to lay 27,000 square feet of sod July 6 around the new St. Francis Catholic Church. Sixty-eight pallets of sod were laid in less than an hour by LDS Church members and Catholic parishioners who worked side-by-side in the summer heat.
Construction on the new St. Francis Catholic Church began more than a year ago and had progressed to the point where parishioners are able to meet for Mass. Landscaping, however, was delayed because of a lack of funds.
Zachary Lockard, a priest and Venture Scout in the Northridge 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Northridge Stake, met with a leader of St. Francis Catholic Church to help arrange the landscaping as part of his Eagle Scout project.
After an acquaintance helped raise $4,500 for the sod, Zach publicized the need for volunteers among wards and stakes, as well as members of the Catholic community. He also posted fliers around the community that were donated by a local copy center.
"Everywhere I went, people responded favorably," Zach said.
There were some anxious moments during the day as Zach wondered how many volunteers would respond, realizing that the sod needed to be laid by evening. But in less than an hour after the starting time, the sod was laid. "It is extremely gratifying to realize how eager people were to help with this project," he said.