Few things are better than a fresh-baked treat made from someone’s home. The love and care that goes into a homemade treat make it even better — a store-bought item just isn’t the same. Here at Queen of the Holy Rosary, we have a group of people that give their time to ensure parish events have a nice sampling of treats. From the Queen’s Ladies bake sales to sacramental receptions and other events, the members of the Bakers Ministry are here to help.
The Bakers Ministry was originally part of the Queen’s Ladies, but it became its own ministry about 10 years ago. It didn’t necessarily fit with that ministry because there are men who do baking for this ministry too. Mary Kay Dillingham coordinates the bakers’ efforts, sending out an email when baked goods are needed. The members always step up to deliver — there are about 150 on the list. At times, a very specific number of bars or cookies are needed and members always come through. Mary Kay’s homemade cinnamon rolls are a parish favorite!
“We have people who come to the twice-yearly bake sales looking to buy specific items that certain people have made,” Mary Kay says.
The group always bakes for the Queen’s Ladies bake sales on Palm Sunday and the weekend before Thanksgiving.
“Our volunteers are great,” Mary Kay says. “They are always willing to help.”
Some members love to bake in their free time, but they don’t want to keep all their treats at home. Or, they don’t have many people to bake for, but they still want to bake.
“They can still fill their love for baking and share it with our parish family,” Mary Kay says. “It’s a perfect fit.”
Mary Kay encourages stay-at-home moms to get involved with this ministry and even those who are busy — this work can fit in when you have time.
“This is a valuable contribution,” says Mary Kay. “It makes a difference.”
Mary Kay also offers a special message for the ministry’s members.
“Keep up the good work,” she says. “They really are just amazing. They are all terrific — they really are.”
As a member of the parish since 1949, Mary Kay has served with many ministries, and she’s enjoyed them all — from the school board to serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Queen’s Ladies. She especially enjoys the flexibility of the Bakers Ministry.
“This is a little ministry compared to others, but it’s important,” she says. “There are so many little ministries, like watering plants and taking care of the candles, that we all take for granted. They are all important.”
To become a part of the Bakers Ministry, contact Mary Kay Dillingham at 913-302-7145.