There are many people working and volunteering behind the scenes at a parish. While they may garner little attention, they make a huge difference. One such person is Joe Schutte.
Joe regularly creates the schedules for Eucharistic ministers, lectors and servers. He’s been doing this since taking over for the late Deacon Bill Dehmer back when Bill began having health problems. That’s when Joe stepped forward to help and has been doing the scheduling ever since.
Managing these schedules is not an easy process. It involves using our parish data base and computer programs to schedule each area. There are frequent requests in each area from individuals who can only participate at certain Masses, on certain weekends, etc. This makes the scheduling process complicated and time consuming. On average Joe spends approximately 5 hours every week working on this scheduling process. That’s because there are several hundred parishioners volunteering as Eucharistic ministers, lectors or servers!
Joe receives frequent requests to add and drop people from the schedule. He tries to take into account families that have multiple members performing different ministries who request to all take part at the same Mass. Joe patiently carries out this complicated scheduling process with great dedication and care.
Joe and his wife, Rhonda, have been parishioners since 1987 and have three grown children.
Kudos Corner thanks and salutes Joe Schutte for his tireless service behind the scenes. We appreciate you as so do the hundreds of current and past Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Servers!!