Every Sunday, we gather as a parish family to celebrate the Holy Mass. This is arguably the most important thing that we do together as a parish. However, it is also important for us to get to know our fellow parishioners, to build relationships with them, in order to form a true community. These relationships are often built outside of Mass, and St. Patrick’s offers a perfect opportunity to do just that — Coffee, Donuts, and Fellowship.
Coffee and donuts are served after the 7:45 a.m. Mass, the 9:30 a.m. Mass, and the 11:30 a.m. Mass in the lower level of the Bonzel Hall. It provides a chance for parishioners to gather together, outside of Mass, to form more personal relationships. Leonor Marin, who has been involved with this ministry for about three months, helps organize the preparation and sometimes helps distribute the donuts after Mass. She got involved because she was struck by what a wonderful environment was created, simply by serving coffee and donuts, and she wanted to help create that same environment for other parishioners.
“It is important to host opportunities for fellowship amongst parishioners because it can create a deeper connection between the parishioners, and it also gives a chance to discuss the Gospel,” Leonor says. “It helps create a sense of community among parishioners by being able to create relationships within the church.”
This is a family-friendly event, with many parishioners and families staying 25-30 minutes after Holy Mass to socialize and grow in fellowship with fellow members. In fact, creating a family environment is one of the things that the volunteers enjoy the most about being part of this ministry.
The church provides the items for Coffee, Donuts, and Fellowship. There is a group of volunteers who help prepare and distribute the donuts. The only requirement is to have a smile on your face and to greet guests with a “good morning.” The time commitment to volunteer is about 30 minutes.
Leonor wants all parishioners to know that they are invited to gather to share coffee, donuts, and fellowship. She loves seeing parishioners come and get to know one another, as they build those relationships that make celebrating Holy Mass together all the more special.
If you have questions about this ministry or would like to serve, please contact Leonor Marin at firstname.lastname@example.org.