We have so many opportunities for meaningful and holy friendships when we foster our prayer lives and become involved in our faith community. Kathy Rolling attended St. Mary’s School as a child and made lifelong friends with her classmates.
“To this day, I still get together with many girls I met at St. Mary’s, and we have such great camaraderie,” Kathy says. “I grew up in this faith community and feel very close to the people in my parish. I want to thank everyone for being there for me and my family over the years.”
Steve and Kathy Rolling were set up by Steve’s brother and sister-in-law, who had been friends with Kathy since first grade.
“It was pretty much love at first sight,” Steve says. “When we got together in 1978, we joined St. Mary’s Parish as a couple at that time. Our son also went to St. Mary’s School, and then the parish and school were sold. The parish merged with St. Hyacinth and became SS. Mary and Hyacinth.”
Steve first became involved in parish life through the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Steve has always been a hands-on person and involved in construction, and the committee was an opportunity for him to use his natural strengths and interests for the parish.
“There’s a sense of satisfaction in maintaining a beautiful building,” he says. “Find some small way to get involved if you can. That’s how I started, and my faith has absolutely grown. If everyone were to be involved in some way, there wouldn’t be a burden on any one person.”
When the Adoration Chapel was introduced, Kathy regularly began adoring Christ in the Eucharist and slowly found other ways to become active in parish life.
“Prayer brought me to where I am today. My level of engagement at the parish grew because of prayer and the Adoration Chapel,” she says. “I got involved more with Alpha and have been an usher. I help whenever I can and feel at home at each of the parishes.”
Over the past couple years, Kathy has also become more involved with Healing Prayer Ministry, which is a very personal and meaningful ministry for her.
“You really touch people’s hearts through this ministry,” Kathy says. “When you’re praying with somebody it is so beautiful because you actually feel the presence of God with this person. He sends the Holy Spirit and His peace, and it is awesome.”
Kathy and Steve agree that praying and fostering their spiritual lives has gradually increased their connection to the parish and other parishioners and encouraged them to live stewardship.
“Start with prayer because He will lead you,” Steve says. “My involvement has increased because my faith has grown stronger. Be a disciple and reach out to other people. Invite them in because this is our faith community, and we are here for each other.”