Together We Grow Capital Campaign 2017-2020
Holy Family Love Stories 6

Alex Beffa

Alex Beffa (left), Rob Lickteig, Youth Minister (right)

Ever since my family moved to the Holy Family area in 2006 we have been involved in many church activities. I specifically have been involved in altar serving, lecturing, ushering and Parish School of Religion (PSR) for as long as I can remember. Also, I recently became a team member for Senior High Youth Night (SHYN).

Holy Family has been a place that I can have a special connection with God, and all of the youth group sessions have helped strengthen the relationship I have with God.

Most of my favorite memories have been with the youth group, especially on the Confirmation retreats. I have been involved in this retreat for the past three years, and that is one of the main reasons why I love being on (SHYN) team, being able to see how all of the Confirmandi connect to God. I don’t want to spoil it for any future Confirmandi, but it is a weekend full of faith and fun.
I have been involved in PSR and SHYN for as long as I can remember, and I think we have been everywhere imaginable for a teaching space. A designated area for youth hang-out would be phenomenal, it would provide consistency and comfort for our meetings, which we meet a lot. I think a designated space would also help give more people an incentive to join the youth groups.

Karen Ferland

In 1994, my husband and I moved “north of the river”. It was time to find a new church. Given our neighborhood’s proximity to two parishes, I decided to check out both. The first Sunday I went to the one closest to my house. I attended Mass and left. No one said a word to me. The next Sunday, I called to get directions to Holy Family. I can’t remember the name of the person I spoke to, but he gave me a general description of himself. When I got there, I recognized him from his description, told him who I was, and he greeted me warmly. Needless to say, my choice was made.

While being welcomed initially was the reason for joining Holy Family, the opportunities to use my talents and time contributing to our parish’s mission has been the reason for staying.

Some opportunities I initiated such as being a lector and Eucharistic minister. In other instances, I was asked to participate in activities and found talents that I didn’t know or believe I had. From the beginning, I have been involved in Giving Tree in some capacity. I originally thought I would do this ministry for a few years and then move on. However, because Marcy Johnson specifically asked me to continue with the program, I did and have been honored to chair this program for the past five years.
So, whenever Father Phil asks us to be sure to greet our visitors or to turn and thank someone for coming to Mass, I think of my first time at Holy Family and of how just a simple greeting made me feel welcomed. If I can influence someone else to join our church family by welcoming them, I will because I don’t know what talents that person will bring to our church community.
The Capital Campaign will allow us to increase the size of our worship, education, and gathering spaces. Hopefully, these increased space will make more people feel welcome in our church and they will become involved in helping to live out our mission.
One thing that I would like to convey is that Holy Family is a parish where committee chairs or parish staff ask for participation. It is the idea of feeling needed/wanted that gives me a warm feeling, that I am using my talents where they matter.

Christina Mackenzie

I have been going to Holy Family all my life, and it’s important to me because it is a place where I can worship God with people who share my beliefs.

Everyone at Holy Family is willing and eager to help me on my faith journey. Some of my favorite memories at Holy Family are from Vacation Bible School. As a kid, I loved going to all the activities, and now helping lead the kids, I love sharing my love of God with them. I used to be in PSR, and have been in Holy Family’s youth group for a couple years now. To have a dedicated youth hang-out space would be really great because I think it would help other teens feel more at home. It would allow us to connect more with each other. I’m so glad that Holy Family has been given this opportunity to expand, and I’m very excited to see where it will lead us.

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