By Frank Goode
Each Sunday from September through May a dedicated group of parish volunteers set out hundreds of donuts for our enjoyment following each of the three Sunday masses. More than 70 volunteers have made themselves available one or more Sundays each month supporting this ministry which dates back to almost all of our 20 years as a parish.
The donuts along with coffee and juice provide us an opportunity to pause and chat with family, friends and the many friendly faces we see each week mass. This is one of the many ways the parish works to help enhance our social interactions with one another and bring us closer together as a parish community.
For many of us the donuts are a nice treat provided by the parish whether we enjoy them in the courtyard or take them home. However, the donuts and coffee also give us a chance to socialize with others and strengthen our bonds of community within the parish as well as extending a welcoming hand to visitors and newcomers. From the very beginning of his public ministry at the Wedding Feast in Cana to the Last Supper, Jesus often used the social occasion of a meal to reach out to people and spread his Divine Word. Many of His parables touched, in some form or another on an occasion where people came together over food. He used these to help us better understand how to live and work together in harmony with each other and with God.
A few minutes with a donut and cup of coffee and chatting with friends or family serves as a small step we can take to “grow in faith and act in love”. If you have not had one lately, take a few minutes after one of the Sunday masses to enjoy a sweet treat and get to know your fellow parishioners a little better. If you are on a diet or otherwise cannot have one, stop by anyway and say hello to the volunteers. You will probably meet someone you have wanted to speak with after mass. So, just stroll over and enjoy the conversation.October 12, 2017