Our Parish Festival is one of the biggest fundraiser’s events of the year. It gathers all ministries to work together for a common purpose; to help raise money for our Parish. I have been blessed to attend and collaborate in this event for the last ten years.
At first, I worked as a “volunteer” representing St. Joseph School Parish by helping with the game booths. Granted, this was part of the school contract to do service hours during this event, I always enjoyed spending time with friends, and eating delicious food!
Two years ago, I decided that I wanted to take a more active role at this event. So I came with the risky idea of running a “Guitar Hero” booth. I must say that my sister encouraged me to proceed with this adventure. I prepared a month in advance. Everything was well planned and every little detail studied carefully; Rules of game, schedule, prizes, equipment…everything well documented. But there was one little piece of information that I never thought about… Players needed to know HOW to play the game! What a surprise! My attempt to make a difference failed! And yes, we raised some money for our Parish but it was not even close to what I was expecting to contribute.
After my previous experience, you may think that I wouldn’t dare to try it again. Well, believe me when I say that was my intention, only that God had a different plan for me. When I least expected God called me to promote the Divine Mercy, and take a more active role within my Ministry. Praying didn’t seem enough for Him…evangelization is what He was asking for. Then selling Rosaries became such a wonderful idea for our Parish Fair booth.
It was a challenge to make one hundred rosaries for the Parish Fair in less than two months. My God sent people who shared their talents and time for the making of these Rosaries. Despite of the strong wind that kept blowing through out the whole weekend of the event, the mission was accomplished. We were able to contribute money to the Parish and propagate the Divine Mercy as well.
“Be ready at all times, for God’s call, that is, do what He demands of you at each moment and do not worry about the next” (Mother Mary Angela, I, 107) It has been four years since the Lord called me into His mercy. Serving Him brings fulfillment to my life. I enjoy what I do, and I just can’t imagine myself doing anything else.Many Blessings!