It takes a team to make sure things run smoothly in a parish. A great way to share your time and talent is by volunteering in the office with administrative tasks. Here at St. Francis Xavier, we have many committed volunteers who have been serving in the parish office for years.
Karen Bisges is the parish office assistant. She says there are various projects around the office where the volunteers help out.
“My office volunteers help with all sorts of things, from day-to-day tasks to full-blown projects,” she says. “We are especially busy around Christmas and Easter and I am eternally thankful for my volunteers during those weeks, and every day they come in. Some have a specific weekly task.”
Rose Wilkinson volunteers weekly on Thursday mornings.
“I am originally from Nebraska and a retired teacher,” Rose says. “I live alone so I am happy to volunteer at the church.”
Generally, volunteers serve once a week, either morning or afternoon. Rose says she enjoys the friendship among those in the office and spending her time at the church. She helps out with folding liturgy sheets every week for the weekend liturgy.
“It is very casual and it is a very friendly atmosphere,” she says.
Milissa Gofourth volunteers on Wednesday mornings. She helps out with whatever tasks might be needed for the day.
“I assist with anything Karen or other staff may request,” Milissa says. “Since my volunteer time coincides with the staff meeting, my main duty is to answer the phone and greet guests. In addition, depending on the liturgical year, there are often extra liturgy aides that need to be folded. I also have organized materials and supplies before and after special events.”
Serving in the parish office is a different experience from a typical office setting.
“The staff always make you feel appreciated for even the simplest accomplishments,” Milissa says. “When something changes in my schedule at the last minute, I can call Karen and let her know I must miss this week and she truly understands. In turn, when she has last-minute deadlines, she can call on me to see if I can come in to help.”
Milissa enjoys the welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity to share her gifts.
“As a result, I receive back much more than I give,” she says.
Volunteers are always welcome to serve in the parish office, especially on Friday afternoons as we prepare for the weekend liturgies and activities.
“We want volunteers who work in the front office to have a welcoming personality because they will meet and greet visitors to our parish — from the delivery man to curious travelers,” Karen says.
To get involved, please send an email to Karen Bisges at email@example.com.