From a young age, parishioner Evanne Mast has enjoyed helping people.
“I have always believed in giving back to my church and my community,” she says. “If I have the time and talent to help, I’m going to put it to good use for the people around me. I try to teach my kids to do the same and lead by example.”
Evanne and her husband, Jerry, have been married for 15 years. Their two children, Jordyn and Blane, attend St. Peter School. Jerry is a captain at the Quincy Fire Department and runs the family farm with his father. Evanne has worked in marketing at Knapheide Manufacturing for 17 years.
The members of Jerry’s family have been parishioners for a long time. He and his brothers attended St. Peter School and Quincy Notre Dame. While Evanne wasn’t raised Catholic, she was surrounded by the faith for a long time
“My mom taught at St. Peter and my dad was the Catholic Youth Organization Director in my younger years,” she says. “Jerry and I were married in St. Peter Church in 2008 and I participated in RCIA to officially join the Catholic faith in 2010. We feel blessed to be part of the parish and have enjoyed raising our family in the church.”
Both Evanne and Jerry are involved in several ministries, including the Relationship Enrichment Team, Funeral Dinner Ministry, PTA, Greeters Ministry, and the St. Peter Picnic marketing team. Jordyn also regularly participates in FOUND.
“When Jordyn was young, I joined the Grade School Association — now PTA — to help with the marketing of all of the events and activities,” Evanne says.
“As the kids got older, we became greeters at Mass and I joined other groups to help with marketing activities, as well,” she adds. “As part of the Relationship Enrichment Team, we plan monthly events for the parish and the Quincy community. It’s a great fellowship opportunity to get to know other parishioners. My family enjoys attending the events and helping the team with what is needed.”
With a busy family life, it can be challenging to make space for our faith lives. But Evanne and Jerry try to help others and live out their faith daily through service, keeping a positive attitude, and helping when they can. For them, stewardship means giving back using the gifts that they each have.
“Serving is at the heart of everything we do in life and makes us better people,” Evanne says.