Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.
This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Colleen Harmeyer.
For all who know Colleen Harmeyer,you know she is a “mover and shaker.” In other words, she gets things done! The blessing is that she gets great projects done here at the parish because she has a big heart for others. Her actions spring from her faith.
Recall these words from the Letter of St. James:
“What good is it if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14,17)
Colleen is a woman of many “works!” Two such “works” Colleen has created, organized and spear-headed over the last several years are the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party each November and the Family Sandwich-making Nights held each Lent and Advent. Thanks to Colleen’s determination, Visitation families have likely packed over a thousand shoeboxes with gifts and school supplies over the last six years. These shoeboxes were then shipped to children in third world countries where most of the kids would not have received any Christmas gifts if not for this charity campaign that crosses denominational lines.
The Sandwich-making Nights result in hundreds of sandwiches being made to feed those in need at Our Daily Bread in Over the Rhine. Colleen’s idea for both of these projects was not only to help those in need, but also to give an opportunity for entire families to gather and do a service project together. What a great way for our families to bond and to share their faith in doing good works for those in need!
Besides these projects, Colleen was also PTO President from 2012 - 2015. She has been head of the former Ladies Sodality group, and the spiritual leader for the CRHP Continuation Committee. Colleen was the one who put forth the idea for the playground and then helped make it happen. This will provide much fun and joy for our students and other children in the neighborhood for years to come. Colleen has also been involved in the school’s fundraising walk each year.
Kudos Corner thanks and salutes Colleen Harmeyer for her years of organizing great works that have touched thousands of lives and for inspiring so many of us with her faith!