Like any charity or not-for-profit, the work of our Catholic parishes is borne as much by unpaid supporters as by paid staff. Indeed, the staffs’ role often includes recruiting and coordinating volunteers to help them. It takes many hands and minds to do God’s work. So many, that we can be unaware of how much is actually being done within our parish boundaries. As a step towards recognizing the impact of volunteers we would like to highlight a few individuals from around the diocese. We hope you will recognize yourself among these people or even be inspired to assist in a different capacity.
Every volunteer is a star in their parish universe and we wish we could name and praise them all. Unfortunately our pages are limited, but our gratitude is boundless. Readers are welcome to identify the volunteers closest to their hearts by leaving a comment below.
4/15/2021 06:00:04 pm
Huge shout out to Bob Young at St. Albert the Great Parish in Calgary. Bob has served for many years as Chair of our Parish Council as well as a number of other volunteer roles. Since the start of the pandemic Bob has been a thoughtful and compassionate volunteer coordinator, safety coordinator, and mass coordinator. In short, he has kept so many aspects of our faith communities "coordinated" and has amassed countless numbers of our parishioners as volunteers for the 4 weekend and 9 or more masses throughout the week. We have not had one instance where we were not able to meet the needs of our parishioners because of a lack of volunteers and this is mainly due to all of Bob's hard work and Coordination!
4/18/2021 03:04:19 pm
Reading this immediately reminds me of Fr. Martin Hagel. His line was always “Volunteers sell hotdogs. People involved in the parish are ministers.”
4/19/2021 03:27:49 pm
Good point Dawna!
4/19/2021 03:38:58 pm
I'd like to recognize my home parish of All Saints Lethbridge, and thank especially the volunteers/ministers who make it possible for us to to attend Mass/Adoration/etc. safely in these strange times.
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