When you come to weekend Mass, you may not have the chance to meet or speak with the other parishioners sitting in the pews around you. The Supper Club Ministry is a perfect opportunity to do just that. Supper Club groups are formed two times per year. There’s no study or small-group discussion — this is simply an opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners over a hearty meal.
This ministry was on hiatus for a bit, but Katie Keller and Andrea Cihak recently got it going again.
“I love the Supper Club Ministry because it really is all about fun, faith, and friendship,” Katie says. “What could be better than that?”
When Katie and her husband, Bart, moved to Castle Rock in 2012, they saw a bulletin announcement for the Supper Club Ministry. They had never heard of this concept at a parish and decided to try it. All these years later, some of their closest friends are those they met at Supper Club.
Two times per year, typically in January and July, there is a gathering for all Supper Club members, former and new. There’s usually a social activity and people fill out a form to indicate characteristic preferences for their next group. Andrea and Katie form the groups based on preferences. They try to mix it up each time so members can get to know new people. Each group has six to eight people.
“I know my faith has grown enormously since joining St. Francis with all of the activities it has to offer — Supper Club included,” Katie says.
Katie loves that this ministry offers the opportunity to get to know people more intimately. You can learn about their struggles and triumphs, and offer support and advice in turn. It’s all about building community.
“Getting to know new parishioners also helps us all to share our involvement with the Church, and it’s a great avenue to invite the people we meet to join us in other ministries,” Katie says. “Supper Club helps build up the community by building up its members. We strengthen each other, pray for each other, and encourage each other to get involved in all the ways St. Francis helps those in need.”
Each member hosts a potluck meal at their home during the six-month rotation. There are about four meetings during the six months. Each group determines what works best for the timing of the meetings.
Singles, widowers, and couples are welcome to join!
The next gathering is on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Assisi Hall. For more information on the Supper Club Ministry, contact Andrea Cihak at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Katie Keller at email@example.com.