Randy and Marie Fleischman have been blessed to serve our parish community in a number of ways. As parishioners of St. Wenceslaus, the two assist with many of the same stewardship ministries — welcoming new parishioners, helping with Fall Fest, serving during funeral dinners, and working on hospitality for the enrichment sessions. Marie is a lector, and Randy is an usher.
“I enjoy working with people and giving back to the church,” Randy says.
When Randy and Marie first joined St. Wenceslaus 10 years ago, they were impressed with the sense of community they felt through attending Mass and the socials that followed.
Due to the change in Mass times and the COVID-19 pandemic, the socials stopped happening. Last year, the Fleischmans approached Fr. Joel to see if they could start gathering once a month during the winter, thinking parishioners might be interested in social gatherings once again.
Then the Fleischmans contacted some of the members of the funeral committee and received support to start it up. In January of last year, they held a potluck, followed by a game for those in attendance, both young and old. It was a great success, as were the potlucks that took place in February and March. Both Marie and Randy agree their favorite part of the parish is the sense of community.
Marie and her brothers were raised Catholic by their parents who lived strong and faith-filled lives. Randy is an Antigo native.
“I moved from Minnesota to Stevens Point in 1972, where I met Randy,” Marie says. “After we got married in 1974 we lived in Rothschild until we rebuilt our present home. We have three children who are all married, and we have four grandchildren, with our fifth grandchild, a baby girl, due in January. Our children live in three different states, Minnesota, Illinois, and southern Wisconsin.”
The Fleischmans seek to live out their faith on a daily basis in various ways.
“I was blessed to have a spouse who was a practicing Catholic when we met, and we have chosen to remain Catholic all of our married lives,” Marie says. “We do daily Mass readings from Word Among Us every day. We try to attend Mass once a week besides Sundays and say the Rosary daily when possible. We say ‘thank you’ prayers to God and pray for those in need.”
What’s more, since retiring seven years ago, the Fleischmans do daily Bible readings and have journaled in Fr. Joel’s Oriens books each Advent and Christmas season.
Marie and Randy raised their children in the Catholic faith, all of them attending Catholic grade schools and Religious Education programs. They sought to instill Catholic values in their family and attended Mass together. They both participate in parish life and share their time, talent, and treasure, exemplifying what stewardship is all about.
“It feels good to be an active part of our parish family!” Marie adds. Our community thanks Marie and Randy for their