The All Saints Men’s Club is a lively and dynamic group of men who grow in the love of Christ through service and brotherhood.
Club president Matt Raney has been a member for the last seven years. He has experienced the profound fellowship shared among the men and has been honored to be a part of such a great group.
“The All Saints Men’s Club is a group of volunteers dedicated to service by leading and participating in several parish events during the year,” Matt says.
Guided by three pillars — service, social fellowship, and spirituality — the Men’s Club does much to promote a greater sense of community within our parish.
“We are involved in a lot of events at All Saints,” Matt says. “We run the grill — serving burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings at our annual Fall Fest. We have a Christmas puppet show for the kids, along with a holiday toy and donation drive for St. Vincent de Paul. During the Lenten season, we host two Friday night fish dinners, and for Easter, we host an egg hunt for the children in our community. In the Spring, we partner with the school to host a golf tournament with a raffle and all profits going to the Kraig Frick Scholarship Fund.”
To keep all these events in order and to build the brotherhood within the group, the club has monthly meetings that include dinner and drinks.
“We have some great cooks in our ranks, including Woody Barry of Woody B’s Barbecue in Addison — so the dinners are always something special,” Matt says.
“Our meetings take place on the first Monday of the month in the All Saints Fellowship Hall,” Matt says. “The meetings start at 6 p.m. with an hour of fellowship followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The general meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and consists of updates on Men’s Club events, volunteer opportunities, and updates from the parish and school leadership.
“Being part of the Men’s Club reminds us all that showing up and being there for our extended Catholic family fosters a sense of purpose and contributes to creating a welcoming community that is difficult to find anywhere else,” he adds. “This brotherhood strengthens our commitment to our families and energizes and inspires us to be better men as we live our lives.”
The Men’s Club is a special group. With about 110 active members, the opportunity to meet other men who share the same values and goal of growing in relationship with Christ is amazing. There are men from every stage of life.
“I admire and try to learn from the wisdom of the men who built this club,” Matt says. “Seeing what these men have lived through and overcome, and the grace and dignity with which they’ve done so is a constant reminder of our responsibility to live out Jesus’ teachings.”
All men over the age of 18 are welcome to join the Men’s Club. For more information or to join, email Matt Raney or Jordan Hollier at firstname.lastname@example.org or add this ministry on your 2024 Commitment Card.