Rob and Mary Gruber have been parishioners at Our Lady of the Angels since 1989. Over the years they have both gotten involved in different ministries and have learned to step outside of their comfort zones to share their God-given talents with their parish family.
“In general, when we start new things, it does put us outside of our comfort zones,” Mary says. “But that is part of it. You have to step out and do things for the Church, even if you aren’t necessarily comfortable with it. God always helps you do it right. If you put your service in His hands, you become more grateful for the gifts you have been given to share with others.”
Mary is an accompanist at Mass. She is also involved with Teen Intercessory Prayer, adoration, and the Wedding Coordinators. Rob has served as an usher for the past 30 years, and in 2016 he started participating in the Mass as an altar server.
“Our latest stewardship opportunity is co-chairing the OLA Chow Mein Supper,” Rob says. “We have been helping with it for around 20 years, just assisting. But last year we got even more involved.”
Rob and Mary both grew up in the Catholic faith. Mary was raised on a farm and attended Mass regularly. She had a faithful family, including two aunts that were Benedictine Nuns.
“My family was very family-oriented, and that kept us involved in the Church growing up,” Mary says. “I had a very faithful family, and we learned about God and how much He provides for us at a young age.”
Rob also grew up on a farm and was one of 14 kids. His parents were married for 61 years and were very strong in their faith. Rob and his siblings are thankful for the faithful example that their parents provided.
Over the years, Rob and Mary’s involvement in parish life has changed as their family has grown and changed. They have three daughters who are all married, and they are grandparents to six beautiful grandchildren!
For Rob and Mary, being active stewards at Our Lady of the Angels has also given them a sense of community with other parishioners. Being involved has provided them with the opportunity to meet new people and to grow in fellowship with others.
“Pick one thing and try it,” Mary says. “If you don’t like the ministry or it doesn’t work for you, you can always stop. But there is always someone there to help you. You’ll never know until you try something.”