PORT ST. LUCIE | Father Tri Pham, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Port St. Lucie, has a meaningful hobby he shares with the community. On his days off, Father Pham intricately shapes pens in his workshop and delicately polishes the image of St. Joseph on each one. He then donates these hand-crafted items to Catholic Charities as a means of fundraising.
This hobby began when a parishioner introduced him to woodturning. “It is amazing what you can do with a piece of wood and a lathe,” Father Pham said. “You can turn a scrap of wood into something beautiful.”
March is dedicated to St. Joseph, who worked as a carpenter and is the patron saint of workers, and parishes celebrate his feast day March 19. Father Pham’s dedication to St. Joseph is strengthened during the Lenten season. He contemplates how during Lent, the faithful should allow God to mold them and shape them into better Christians. Father Pham said like the process of woodturning, “we are all scraps of uncarved wood — blank, but full of potential. With prayers and sacrifice, God transforms us, or turns us, into something beautiful.”