Recently, I was reminded that I have never brought closure to the question of whether we could continue funeral luncheons at the parish. Regarding whether we are able to revive the funeral luncheon committee, the answer is "no". We simply didn't have enough people step forward to re-organize that committee. As of the writing of this bulletin letter, we have had 74 funerals since last November 1st. You can imagine how intimidating that number could seem to anybody who would consider taking leadership to organize funeral luncheon teams. But, funeral luncheons still have been happening on occasion with providers from outside the parish. Families bring up their desire with the funeral home or parish staff, and sometimes the luncheon happens.
I am very grateful for the many, many years of heroic service that have gone into providing funeral luncheons throughout our parish history. It seems we've reached a threshold with parish volunteers, at least when it comes to funeral luncheons.
We still have many other opportunities for people to volunteer in the parish. The parish can't survive without zealous volunteers! We can still use more greeters and ushers at Mass, as well as altar servers, choir members, lectors, etc.. We are especially looking for some people to run the live streaming.
The live streaming system has been updated and is pretty easy to manage. I imagine high school youth being pretty interested in this service, because it is technical, and it serves the Church. We certainly will welcome adults to run the live streaming as well. The live streaming exists as a service especially to our homebound and nursing home parishioners. I am glad we were able this past year to make live streaming a more permanent part of our parish.
Have a blessed week!
In cordibus Iesu, Mariae et Iosephus,