Serving coffee and donuts after the weekend Masses has been a longstanding tradition at the Cathedral of St. Joseph — dating back to 1960! The simple ministry makes a giant impact on our parish community and is a great way for families to get to know each other.
The coffee and donuts are served after every weekend Mass in the renovated Cana Hall. So beloved are the coffee and donuts gatherings that the Cathedral has had to increase the donut order from 12 to 21 dozen since this past May — showing that more families are attending Mass and faithfully returning each week to worship our Lord.
Stewardship Coordinator Steve Meystrik organizes the ministry and makes sure that everything is in its place for the volunteers to ensure the ministry’s success. He has seen the fruits of this ministry firsthand and is encouraged by how it has united families and parishioners in a greater sense of community.
“This is about much more than coffee and donuts,” Steve says. “Hosting coffee and donuts is a welcoming and hospitable act that hopefully creates opportunities for our parishioners and guests to strengthen our community. Our faith takes root in communal life and the vitality of our parish depends on our parishioners feeling welcomed and wanted.”
Steve adds that it is especially exciting to see young families and their children spending time together at the gatherings.
“I think one way that this ministry serves our parish is by showing families with small children that they are not alone and that they are welcome to join us in worship and Mass,” Steve says.
“The elderly also enjoy seeing the kids serve the donuts,” he adds. “Christ truly does use this ministry to touch all our parishioners and build our Church.”
Many fruits have come from the fellowship fostered by the coffee and donuts — people have been invited to prayer or Rosary groups, information has been shared about parish organizations and events, and families have gotten to know each other better. The Cathedral’s Welcoming Committee has also started inviting new parishioners to a special quarterly Coffee and Donut Bar to allow our parish the opportunity to formally welcome them and introduce them to others within the parish family.
The Coffee and Donuts Ministry is also a great opportunity to serve. For several years, the Knights of Columbus spearheaded and funded the ministry. The Knights were instrumental in reviving this ministry for the parish. Today, they still play a large part in picking up milk and juice before each weekend, serving donuts, and helping to train new volunteers for the ministry.
St. Joseph Cathedral School also plays a big role, as the students and families are actively living out stewardship by sharing their time and talents with the Coffee and Donuts Ministry.
“We are very grateful to our St. Joseph Cathedral School parents and students who have been volunteering to host the Coffee and Donut Bar for their respective classrooms in recent months,” Steve says. “They are doing a great job and have really been a shot in the arm for this important ministry.”
The parish invites other groups, ministries, and families to host a Sunday of serving coffee and donuts. All are encouraged to consider signing up to serve. Serving 21 dozen donuts is easier and a lot more fun when there are extra hands to help!
Hosts are given very thorough instructions to prepare them for the job and can even be trained by Steve or one of the Knights of Columbus. The hosts are responsible for picking up the donuts from Schulte’s Bakery around 6:45 a.m., bringing them to the Cana Hall, brewing the coffee, serving the refreshments after Mass, and helping with some light clean-up afterward.
To help out this ministry as a Coffee and Donut Bar Host, sign up at www.bit.ly/CSJCoffee, or contact Steve Meystrik at 573-635-7991, ext. 303.