When did your active participation with the parish begin?
Early on, I started teaching CCD (today known as PREP). It was a wonderful way to share my faith. For me, teaching was a faith journey in itself. I had no special degree, but after all “God doesn’t always call the qualified; he qualifies the called.”
In what ministries have you served?
The greatest ministry has been to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. I was totally overjoyed to be asked. Over the years, I have served on various committees. Presently, I am a member of the Bereavement Committee. I enjoy working with families to choose meaningful scriptures for funerals. It can be a difficult task at times, but I always pray before I call the family. It’s such a blessing when you receive a note of thanks. You know your ministry is making a difference.
How has the parish helped with your own spiritual growth?
My spiritual growth is not limited to the parish. For several summers, I attended the Bible Institute at Xavier University. It was always a thrill to meet people who were excited about sharing their faith. In addition, the True Devotion to Mary sessions at St. Gertrude have helped me grow in my love of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. The people of St. Andrew, however, have been so supportive in my spiritual growth. I cannot do it alone. We are the Body of Christ! We are fortunate to have time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the parish monthly. I need that quiet time with God. St Andrew has so many good people doing God’s work in many activities, we are truly blessed.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
My family is very important to me. I enjoy family celebrations so much! Flower arranging and working with clay are a couple of my more creative interests. Growing in my faith and sharing it with others is the central focus of my life. I like to live by the words of the following scripture:
You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Jane and Charlie have been married for 53 years, and have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. They have been members of St Andrew Parish for 49 years. In addition to the Bereavement Ministry, Jane is involved with the Rosary Makers at St. Andrews and each Monday she works with the seniors at SEM Haven helping them to make rosaries. They make about 20 rosaries a week which are sent to the missions.