A parish bands together
St. John youth come to rescue of two elderly women
By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register
ST. JOHN -- “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” but helping them move comes a close second.
Young parishioners of St. John Parish were not only up to the task, but offered their services freely and willingly to two women whom they had never met.
“When our mission is to grow in service to our community and beyond, a solution is not far away,” said Sister Catherine Therese Paulie, CSJ, parish life coordinator for St. John.
It all happened very quickly. Sister Catherine learned of two women who needed help moving from St. John to Stafford, and made an announcement at the end of Mass. The youth and several adults went from Mass, to lunch in the parish center served by the Knights of Columbus, and then directly to the home of the women to begin moving.
“It was not only a great opportunity for a community service project for our [confirmation class], but for our parish as well,” said Jarrod Taylor, whose wife, Michelle, and four children, ranging in age from 7 to 14, also volunteered. “We had several adults from the parish who chipped in trailers, trucks, and their manpower. We went out at 1 p.m. and finished by 3. After that we all went and had ice creams sodas. It was a great day of community service and fellowship. It was a very worthwhile project.”
Julia Taylor, 14, is studying for her confirmation.
“It felt really good,” she said. “I knew that without our help, they wouldn’t have been able to move. I helped carry boxes to the truck, and then we drove to Stafford and helped unload it.”
She didn’t know either of the women that they helped that day.
“They were grateful,” Julia said. When asked if she would like to be of service to others in the future, the St. John High School student replied, “Of course. It’s such a great feeling.”
Among the youth who volunteered were (photo on Page 1): Itzel Garcia, Miranda Garner, Torre Fisher, Paige Doran, Julia Taylor, Damian Rios, Jordan Taylor, Rogelio Loya, Eddy Ibarra, Luke Mercer, (front row) Joslyn Taylor and Jace Taylor.
“The Knights of Columbus provided a hearty brunch,” Sister Catherine said. “Additional adult volunteers from the parish came to give support and muscle power: Chris and Amanda Staub, Tom, Sabrena and Bryce Garner, Jarrod and Michelle Taylor, Todd Meyer. and Kevin Davis.”
“Sister Catherine did a beautiful job,” Jarrod said. “She got up after church and tied the project into the Gospel that Sunday. She did a great job rallying the troops. Hats off to Sister.”