One of the most important aspects of our Catholic faith is fellowship — we gather as a community to celebrate Mass, and it’s essential that we share in time together. Here at Christ the King, we have a fantastic opportunity to do just that, while enjoying some great refreshments. After all morning Masses on the First Sunday of each month, Coffee and Donuts are served in Hehman Hall. All parishioners are welcome to stop by and choose from a selection of 15-17 different varieties of Dunkin Donuts, as well as regular or decaffeinated coffee, water, tea, milk, orange juice, or fruit punch.
Carol Keslin began helping with Coffee and Donuts shortly after moving to Lexington in 2016 and has enjoyed the opportunity to become involved in this way.
“Our lives are very busy, especially on weekends,” Carol says. “I think most people enjoy a time when they can just sit, relax, and enjoy a quick bite to eat. They can share time with their family, friends, fellow parishioners, or strangers. We don’t have an agenda or time constraint. I’ve come to know so many people through Coffee and Donuts. In fact, most of the people I know in Lexington have come through my association with Christ the King. Getting involved opened up a whole new life for me.”
There is no time commitment to come and enjoy a treat after Mass. Some parishioners stay just long enough to finish eating and drinking, while others might stay for a half hour or longer.
“When CCD is in session, parents tend to stay a bit longer as they wait for their children to attend CCD,” Carol says. “For some parents, this is the only time they may have during the week to sit and speak with their spouse without their children around.”
While Carol is in charge of setting up tables and chairs, purchasing or ordering the needed supplies, ordering the donuts, and putting a notice in the bulletin, there are many volunteers who help create a hospitable environment during the event.
“I am very blessed that I have a dedicated core of volunteers, some of whom have been doing this much longer than I have,” Carol says. “One very dedicated volunteer, Ann Marie Glover, is there early for each event to clean the tables, and set up the refreshments.”
Parishioners are encouraged to volunteer with the Coffee and Donuts Ministry. This is a wonderful and simple way to get involved in the life of our parish and to get to know other parishioners.
“God calls us to serve His people in many ways,” Carol says. “Christ the King offers a wide variety of ways for people to serve within and outside of our own community. Providing a place and atmosphere of hospitality to our parishioners is one way to serve God’s people.”
To become involved, fill out your Stewardship Commitment Card. If you have questions prior to making a commitment, please email Carol Keslin at email@example.com.