When Susie Meyer retired three years ago after working for years in the banking industry, she was lost for a purpose. It happened to be time for the Stewardship Renewal, and she signed up for the Social Concerns Committee (SCC).
“The Social Concerns Committee seemed to fill a little niche that was empty for me,” Susie says. “I was raised with eight siblings in a loving and disciplined Catholic family by parents who believed in giving back to Jesus through their time, talent, and treasure. Now I feel I am sharing my former banking profession as the Fifth Sunday Collection Chairman.”
St. Peter’s Social Concerns Committee consists of a group of parishioners who support specific needs in our local community, and through the 5th Sunday Collection, funds are gathered after the Masses on the Fifth Sunday to support organizations and also parishioners.
“The committee does a few different fundraising activities, and this special collection is one of them,” says Sharon Mays, SCC Coordinator. “Many of us also volunteer with different agencies and organizations, and the specific organizations we support change over time.”
Some of the organizations the committee works with include Birthright, Ladies of Charity, Horizons, Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank, Catholic Charities, and Bella Ease. In addition, the committee works with United Way’s Unmet Needs committee.
At times, there are also parishioners in need who reach out to the parish and are supported by the fund.
“Sometimes families are experiencing an emergency or time of sickness, or might need gift cards for gas or groceries,” Sharon says. “We also help Quincy Notre Dame and sometimes provide funding to support students in having experiences that will enrich their faith like attending a Right to Life conference or Catholic HEART Workcamp.”
At the committee meeting before each Fifth Sunday, Susie circulates a sign-up sheet for volunteers to sign up to hold a basket at one of the church doors after a specific Mass. Susie also makes phone calls until she has enough volunteers.
“We need six people for each Mass, which is 24 people total to cover the weekend Masses,” Susie says. “I understand how people are busy with vacations and different things, and sometimes it is a struggle for certain Masses, but I always find someone who
Parishioners do not need to be members of the SCC to help with the Fifth Sunday Collection. Anyone interested in helping can reach out to Sharon or Susie or indicate interest on the stewardship renewal form.
“I had my grandkids helping with the collection the other day,” Sharon says. “I have to say that working with the collection has increased my faith. It is humbling to see what happens when you ask and how people respond. Seeing the generosity of others has increased my own generosity and helped me grow in my faith.”
Both Sharon and Susie would like to thank Fr. Leo Enlow and Fr. Zach Samples for their support and for announcing the collection before the end of the Fifth Sunday Masses. They would also like to thank parishioners for their incredible generosity.
“Without the generous donations from our parishioners, the Social Concerns Committee wouldn’t be able to assist those in need,” Susie says. “We love to see when children put coins in the baskets because it all adds up. Thank you for your support whether in dollars or in pennies!”
For more information about St. Peter’s Fifth Sunday Collections, contact Sharon Mays at 217-257-1376 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susie Meyer at 217-653-4542 or email@example.com.