Hospitality Ministry Coordinator
Bernice Hobday // email@example.com // 817-706-8813
If food is the way to the heart, then the St. Francis Hospitality Ministry has the correct recipe for serving the parish. This ministry of approximately 65 men and women provides corporal and spiritual works of mercy for our parish, priests and families, by hosting funeral receptions, dinners, and hospitality service for meetings or classes.
Hospitality at Funerals
The purpose of the hospitality ministry is to provide a welcoming environment for the families who are feeling the loss of a family member. Their goal is to create a place to meet, share memories, and gather for a home cooked meal together; but, the loved ones don’t have to cook or clean their homes. The ministry provides the place, the meal and the clean-up. The group prays for the family and offer our condolences.
If you have recently lost a family member and are needing assistance with planning a funeral at St. Francis, please visit the Funerals Page.
Hospitality for Clergy
The group also provides meals for priests and clergy who visit our parish regularly for penance services, episcopal visits, and vocations dinners. The idea is that if the group provides a good meal, the priests will come back to assist in the future. The priests of the area are extremely appreciative of the hospitality provided to them at our parish, often saying our meals are some of the best.
Other Hospitality Needs
The group also assists the Knights of Columbus, when needed, for their receptions and activities and regularly cooks for the RCIA meetings.
Since the group is blessed with so many volunteers they are able to serve on a rotating schedule; many hands make light work. The group also has the luxury of couples who serve, as well. Anyone interested in table setting and décor, meal planning, food preparation, serving, greeting, serving, replenishing, or clean-up are welcome.