Meet The Church Walkers
By Leo Wozniak
Every time we enter our parish church, whether it is to attend Mass, baptism, wedding or other celebration, we are impressed by how pristine the interior is. The inside of our church is always welcoming.
Is that just an coincident? Far from it.
What we are experiencing are the results of the untiring efforts of a small behind-the-scene group of parishioners who do their volunteer work under the title, “The Church Walkers.” They are Pat Myers, Barb Schaller, Judy Ryan and Diane Holmstedt.
But while walking is what their title implies, their overall job is to keep our church an inviting place in which to be. For instance, as Diane explains, some of the time spent in the church is to replace votive holders with new candles. “This can be a touching experience,” she says. “You are standing in front of the Holy Family or our Pope with the light shining down all around you. And you know that each candle held a prayer for someone.”
But there is some “walking” involved also, specifically through every pew to collect bits and pieces of left-behind items, whether they be frayed papers, a child’s drawing, or a little cross made from palms on Palm Sunday. “We have a lost and found, with so many eyeglasses, missals, and jewelry,” Diane says. (Diane has recently moved from the valley.)
The Church Walkers was begun In October of 2016 by Gabrielle Franzoni of the parish’s Ministry and Development. “We are always looking for more volunteers to this ministry, as well as several others,” Gaby says.
Contact Gaby at: firstname.lastname@example.org