Chris and Brian McCarraher know that Blessed Sacrament in built on a strong faith community, and they do their part to contribute to that community. After all, this parish is home — a home they’ve been attending for the past 19 years.
The couple is involved because they believe their first duty in life is to the Lord.
“We want to make the Mass run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible for Fr. Marty Egging and the other parishioners,”
Chris is a past member of the Parish Council, has taught Religious Education, and was also part of the Godparent group. She is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, along with Brian, and is a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Brian formerly assisted with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
“We enjoy the camaraderie and friendships we have developed through the various areas we are involved in,” Chris says.
The couple has three grown children — Alex, Caitlyn and Sara. When the McCarraher children were at home and active in the parish, they were altar servers, worked in sound ministry, assisted with Religious Education, and served as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion after being confirmed.
It was, and continues to be important to Chris and Brian that their family actively participates in the Mass.
“We enjoy serving people,” Chris says. “We try to serve people as God intends for us to do.”
When service opportunities arise at Blessed Sacrament, whether Habitat for Humanity or the parish festival, Chris and Brian help where they can.
“It is how we try to live out our Christian duty as Catholics,” says Chris. “If we can make someone’s life better, even for just a little bit, it is such a deep feeling inside of you that is hard to explain. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it feels good to serve others.”
Blessed Sacrament is a special place for Chris and Brian. They leave Sunday Mass “rejuvenated” and ready to spread the love of Christ into the world.
“We love Blessed Sacrament because of the welcoming spirit we are greeted with,” Chris says. “It is nice to have people to call you by name, shake your hand and ask how you are, and know they genuinely care about you. It is how these people live their lives. We are inspired to be better people because of the people at Blessed Sacrament.”
To get involved in a ministry at Blessed Sacrament, take Chris and Brian’s advice — attend a meeting and see what it’s about.
“You will be amazed at the welcoming group you meet,” Chris says. “We always love new people to join our groups. We can always find something for you to do.”
The McCarrahers know the impact that being involved has had in their lives, and they want the same for others.
“Ministries have helped us better serve others, inside of the church walls, as well as outside of the church,” Chris says. “We are not perfect at it and probably have a long way to go, but we are trying to grow, personally and spiritually, and be the people God created us to be.”