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St. Catharine Catholic Church
Pastor Father Dan Dury
"A Priest, a Pint, and a Patio"
St. Catharine Men’s Ministry Launches MVP Program!
Looking for a way to boost your parish men’s ministry program? Maybe St. Catharine Church’s men’s program will give you some ideas.
A core team of men from the parish met over the summer and overhauled their men’s ministry program which in recent years had consisted of only two initiatives:
a Knights of Columbus council
and a That Man Is You (TMIY) program
While both of those were successful, there were too many men in the parish that weren’t interested in either.
So the core team decided to broaden their reach by planning two events this fall that are exclusively social in nature:
a "bourbon and cigars" event on the patio of the parish rectory (held last Saturday night) (see photos above)
and a tailgate party for the October 14th OSU Nebraska football game, also scheduled for the patio of the parish rectory
The core team believes that social events like these will attract lots of men that otherwise are not engaged in other men’s ministry events and that through the relationships built at these events, many more men will be drawn into other more spiritually enriching programs.
So far they are right as "The Bourbon and Cigar" event was a huge success – with 61 men attending of all ages including lots of men who have never come to TMIY. St. Catharine’s pastor, Father Dury, “hosted” the event and that was a key to its success as well – what guy doesn’t enjoy hanging out with teir pastor with a cigar and a beer or a glass of bourbon?!
The core team also named their men’s ministry program MVP (Men’s Virtue Program) and printed baseball sized playing cards that have been given to every man in the parish (after Masses) – it contains a schedule of all of the events/opportunities now available.
Besides the tailgate and bourbon and cigars event, MVP offers
a weekly men’s rosary
a monthly happy hour after Adoration
a weekly breakfast at Scotty’s breakfast
a tour and presentation of the church’s stained glass windows
and a Valentine’s Day Dinner prepared by the men of the parish for their wives.
Guys may not attend all of these, but they can pick and choose ones that fit their interest and time schedule.
Want to learn more?
contact Matt Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Stelmach at email@example.com