Reeson’s Ramblings :: March 11, 2018
Last weekend I had the privilege of attending our annual fundraising dinner, Ceili (pronounced kay-lee). Every year in March, our parish throws a big party with dinner, auctions, and dancing as a way to both build community and raise money for various parish functions. Last year‘s record amazing record attendance of 509 was set by Judy and Doug McWilliams.
I, personally, did not think anyone could coming close to even meeting that record so I felt sorry for Chris and Stephanie Wiedenfeld and I didn’t think they had a snowballs chance of coming close to that record! When they shattered the record with 540, I was amazed and delighted!
We honored some very special stewards in our parish with the “Spirit of St. Columbkille Award”. Jim and Theresa Krajicek and Jim and Jessica Rempe are wonderful examples of what it means to give of yourself for the sake of others.
Jim and Jessica Rempe are completely enmeshed in our parish as coaches, teachers for Vacation Bible School (VBS), and the leaders and founders of our Secret Kindness Agents Group. Their whole goal is to share love and kindness – what a beautiful thing! I’m inspired just being around them.
One of their most recent events was hosting an appreciation day for grandparents—now, I know we are all supposed to respect our elders, but lately it’s been getting harder and harder for me to find one!
Jim and Theresa Krajicek are also fully engaged in ministry—in fact, no matter what’s going on in the parish, there’s about a 99% chance the Krajiceks have had something to do with it at one point or another! They’re catechists in our Religious Education program and Spirituality Alive hosts; they have served as coaches, have been members of the School Advisory Council and Knights of Columbus, they’ve baked casseroles for funerals, and about a gazillion other things. I tell you what, no one makes me feel more like a lazy slug than they do!
Each year, the Ceili also takes on a special project around the parish called, “The Helping Hands Project”. This year, that consists of making the North doors of the church handicap accessible—this will be a big step in making our church more welcoming and accommodating to the needs of our parishioners.
My only disappointment was with Father Pat. I had instructed him to go from table to table and retrieve all of the leftover wine from each of the tables. We we’re going to use that for Mass on Sunday, but I think perhaps he went from table to table and may have consumed it himself!
There are so many people who worked to put this dinner together. All in all, we had 159 volunteers who helped out leading up to and during the event! We are so lucky to have so many good folks who give up so much time to serve others and who make me look so good. If you weren’t able to attend this time around, I hope you’ll consider joining us next year for another fantastic night, and I hope to see you in the pews in the meantime!