For some, the idea of volunteering might seem like a chore. Modern society tells us that we should be paid for our work. But, as good stewards, we know that isn’t always true. We all have talents that we should give back to the parish. With this in mind, parishioners Frank and Judy Andres believe any opportunity to serve is a blessing. They would be the first to tell you that there is no shortage of ministries in which to get involved here in our Area Catholic Community. Take your pick — there’s something for everyone!
Frank and Judy were both raised Catholic in the Randall area. They retired from dairy farming several years ago and have eight children and 15 grandchildren. In their retirement, they have gotten more and more involved at St. James over the years.
They both find all of their ministry involvement to be rewarding in some way, but they have their favorites. The couple helps families coordinate funerals, which they both feel makes a particularly profound impact.
“We are the go-between from the priest to the family,” Judy says. “It’s a very fulfilling thing to do.”
“It’s really rewarding work,” Frank adds. “The families appreciate it so much.”
The Andres also bring the Eucharist to the homebound, which they find to be very rewarding. They spend some time talking with each person they visit.
“Those we deliver to really appreciate having Communion brought to them,” Judy says. ”Otherwise, they can’t receive it. It’s been fulfilling that we are doing something for them.”
Both are also Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass. Frank has been doing that since laypeople have been allowed. They also serve as sacristans. Frank lectors for Sunday and weekday Mass, and Judy also lectors at weekday Mass.
“We’ve tried to step in when we see a need at the parish,” Frank says.
Frank and Judy also directed Religious Education for 10 years and taught various grades over the years. They currently mentor engaged couples.
“We have some people we taught in Religious Education, and we are now mentoring them for marriage,” Frank says. “It was great to teach the students over the years. We got to know the families and the kids, and we enjoyed that.”
When a church fundraiser or event is taking place, Frank and Judy help wherever they can. They also are on the Prayer Line.
“We have found that by being involved, we have gotten to know the other parishioners better,” Judy says. “They are our church family. You have a blood family, then a church family. You don’t feel like a stranger when you know the people.”