So what is a caring committee?
The caring committee is a group of men and women who host a luncheon after the funeral of a parishioner. The luncheon is held at either St Stephen or Our Lady of Guadalupe sites at the request of the family.
Why? It is a corporal work of mercy to comfort those who mourn and what better way to do that than surrounded by food, friends and family. Better yet, it takes the burden off the family to host something after the funeral. At Holy Trinity, we average about 80 funerals a year. Not all will require a luncheon, but on the average we host about one a week. Last week alone, the Caring Committee hosted 3 luncheons.
I had the opportunity to sit down with these wonderful folks and talk about how the parish could better help serve their committee. Unfortunately, many of our men and ladies are getting up in age and are struggling to keep the ministry going. A typical funeral luncheon takes about 5-7 people to set-up, clean-up, and serve. Ideally we like to operate with three teams of 10 people. Right now we barely have enough for two teams and many of them tag-team to make sure there are enough people to help. The teams that are in operation would be more than happy to divide their expertise so that the third team is not overwhelmed with all new people. They are happy to welcome and train new volunteers!
If you would like to help but are confined to your house because of other commitments (like kids, or an elderly family member, don’t drive) There are volunteers who call parishioners to bring in vegetable dishes and desserts. Some examples include green bean casserole, cheesy potatoes and desserts. A Hispanic luncheon may include things like beans, rice, and tortillas. (We are privileged to have some ladies in our parish who make great Mexican food!) Our list of volunteers is rotated so you will not be called for every funeral. Many hands make the work easy!
In an effort to get more support with the food, the committee may be randomly calling people in the parish. We understand that you are busy, store bought goodies are fine too. If this is not a good time, please let us know when we call.
If you would like to help in any way, please click here to download the form to fill out and drop it in the collection basket at Mass, or mail or drop off at the rectory. Thank you in advance for being open to the Spirit.