As a parish community we are called to serve one another. As family members grieve at the loss of their loved ones, the St. James Funeral Dinner Ministry helps to provide comfort and support by providing a dinner for the family and friends of the deceased. This outreach ministry is a precious work of mercy to help one another emotionally to “bury the dead”.
This ministry is in need of people to assist with the dinners. Volunteers are assigned to one of three funeral dinner teams. Depending on the number of people on the team, they are not necessarily called each time it is their team’s turn.
How You Can Help
Providing Food – The parish provides the meat and drinks; therefore volunteers are called upon to provide side dishes, breads, and desserts. For those who don’t have time or are unable to prepare food, volunteering to provide food can be as simple as buying bread, chips, cookies, and even packaged side dishes such as potato salad. Also consider making a donation to St. James specifically for this ministry to help offset the cost of the meat and drinks.
Serving – Generally each team has 2 groups of volunteers (1) those who assist getting ready for the dinner by making drinks, setting up the buffet table, etc. and (2) those who serve the food, making sure that side dishes, desserts and drinks are refilled and cleaning up after the dinner.
To assist with this ministry, or find out more, contact one of the ministry team leads:
Mary Hover: 816-429-7874
Pat Cull: 816-781-3257
Julie Harman: 816-810-4888 or Juanita Thornton: 816-792-3466
Ima Rahter: 816-781-2765
We thank you for considering becoming a part of this ministry.
We also extend our sincere thanks to our faithful volunteers who serve this ministry now and in the past. Without the dedication of all of you, we could not have successfully served the several hundred families who have looked to their parish community tor support and comfort during a very difficult time.