The Saints of St. Mary’s

I volunteered at St Mary’s in Flint yesterday. They do good work in a very underserved community in the inner city. 

My job was to update the accounts for the Water Drive and Distribution. As I worked I watched cars drive up to back of the church to collect their allotment of bottled water and there was a busy group of people working on other projects, including a food pantry and a women’s shelter.

The office phone rang constantly  and the church secretary, Kathy,  fielded them all with great patience but each time she put the phone down she put her head in her hands and said, “where was I”? 

As it turns out, the diocese finance office requested a meeting smack dab in the middle of high Holy Week and someone else double booked the cantor for Good Friday services. Kathy sorted these problems out and then cooked corned beef sandwiches for the volunteers’ lunch.  She typed up the  Sunday service, counselled a social worker, and fixed a printer while I plugged in numbers and addressed letters. 

And when I told her that the deposit for water donations came to $666.00 she reached in her wallet and handed me $2.00.  “No honey,” she said. “We can’t have that. Add this to the donations. There’s no way I’m having that.”  

Kathy knows how to fix everything. 

I might have to go to mass on Sunday. And I’m not even Catholic. 

3 thoughts on “The Saints of St. Mary’s

  1. There are some very good deeds done by churches. I guess they have to atone for their bad deeds somehow. I have a gay friend who became a Catholic Priest long after being out and involved with the gay liberation movement. Not because he believes in all that crazy religion crap, but because he thought he could do some good for people as a priest. And he did help, especially after Hurricane Katrina and one of those other hurricanes.

  2. I could almost take back everything bad I’ve said about religion. We really don’t hear as much as we should about these good people and their good works. Thanks, Kim, and thanks for your service!

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