Sharon has been a dedicated parishioner here for 42 years. She and husband Jim are the parents of 2 and grandparents of 4. During her kids’ school years she was active serving in the lunchroom, library, Olympic Day as well as singing in the choir! Her service grew in 2003 when she helped Fr. Anthony by setting up for the visiting priest at the 8:30 morning Mass and gradually she expanded to ordering supplies, doing the laundry and replacing candles. Sharon was able to cut back duties after two sacristans were hired earlier this year but she continues to do the laundry which includes altar cloths, purificators and the servers’ albs. Sharon is truly a model for living your faith. She calls the service she is doing for the parish “Busy Prayer,” saying it allows her time to pray while working. What a great example of what St. Paul said: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
Marcella is one of the founding members of our parish. She and her husband Charlie were married here in October of 1947. It was the 9th wedding in our church which had just opened in February of that year. Marcella is the mother of 5, grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 11. In the early years, Marcella was a member of a group of women that volunteered to clean the church. They would bring their kids with them and work while the kids played outside. Marcella also volunteered in the cafeteria and at school. In recent years she volunteered to help Sharon doing the church laundry when the former sacristan retired. Marcella says this is something she can do for the church that gives her a sense of responsibility. But that’s not all Marcella does for Visi! She also helps a group of women process The Voice of Visitation for mailing each month, serves on the Bereavement Committee, belongs to the “Sagers” group and attends various bible study groups. All this…at the age of 89!
FYI: There are several steps to launder the purificators:
Treat the wine and lipstick stains
Soak the cloths for several hours
Rinse twice and dispose of water where people do not walk
Sharon and Marcella both have helped each other in many ways…like when Marcella’s husband was ill and passed away in 2013. That’s when Sharon covered for her. And then when Sharon had knee surgery recently…Marcella covered for her! These are two angels that serve the Lord behind the scenes!
Kudos Corner salutes them both!