MEN & WOMEN who are physically able to and otherwise capable I CHALLENGE you to volunteer at your Church to be: a Reader, a Sacristan, an Adult Altar server (MALES ONLY), someone who passes the collection basket, unpaid help at the Church office, cleaning the Church (unpaid of course), Religious Education teacher. And I’m sure there are more. You might say Oh well there are groups of people for that and they don’t want new people-------won’t know until you ask & volunteer. I have seen it over and over and over again the people that do take care of these functions get older, they get tired & sick and then sadly die off and THEN new people have to be found. DON’T wait for that to happen. HELP THEM NOW!
Stop and realize if we all volunteered in some way even for a certain period of time (say a year or so) and helped each of our Churches we wouldn’t have all of the issues we have today with shortages, problems etc. Every “duty” usually has some kind of training so don’t worry, you will be taught and shown what to do and what not to do. And don’t say OH I could never do that cause 99.99% of you who are capable can do these things.
It’s EASY to just show up at Church, sit there, and have everything done. Then you leave after Mass without any worries or concerns of what also has to be done after Mass. THINK ABOUT IT----THESE ARE YOUR CHURCHES and it’s not always somebody else’s job or it’s not always going to be somebody else volunteering to do what needs to be done.
Also, to no one specific, it’s very easy to criticize the Priest, the musicians, the Readers, the Sacristans, the Altar Servers BUT have you ever gotten up there and done any of it (of course not the Priest’ part) but the other things? DON’T ever criticize or even begin to point out wrongs if you have never even offered to help in any of these areas. .
The Priest of course has his role and it is the most important role but we as CATHOLICS who are supposed to love our Church/Faith also have roles. We are NOT meant to sit like bumps on logs. We are supposed to participate. If you are one of the people who physically and otherwise can’t do these things then at least TAKE PART IN THE MASS–respond, sing. How that must make Priests feel when they look out and everybody is either falling asleep, yawning, checking their watches or sitting there like dynamite wouldn’t get a flinch out of them. SO SAD. We expect so much form our Churches but exactly how much do we take part, volunteer and help. I promise you if you offer your skills and services to the Parish you will 99.99% be THANKED and shown how you can help. DO it today. It’s also part of our time, talent, treasure gifts we are supposed to give back.
Sorry if I am “preaching to some of the choir”, sounding bossy, being mean or just rude to some but seriously we need to ALL get involved in some way even for a little while if we can.