Remsen parish helps missionaries help others
By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff writer
Posted Oct.10, 2002
REMSEN - The St. Mary's Mission Society is holding its yearly fundraiser this
month that will benefit five missionaries from the parish.
The Mission Society will host its annual breakfast on Oct. 13 at the Remsen
St. Mary's High School cafeteria from 8 a.m. until noon.
A mini craft show will also be available for those attending the breakfast.
The craft area will include a variety of flower arrangements, embroidered tea
towels, among other crafts that have been made or donated. Raffle tickets will
be sold to win a queen-sized quilt as well as a baby quilt.
"Basically we have five missioners from Remsen and we would like to help
them out because they are helping other people out," said Dorie Kolker.
"We donate $600 to each of them. We send them money to help them out in any
way we can."
The missionaries that originated in the Remsen area are: Father Lloyd Fiedler
who serves in the Philippines; Father Elroy Frank who serves in Central America;
Sister Shirley Waldschmitt who serves at Jardin de los Ninos, a daycare center
for homeless children in Los Cruces, N.M.; Sister Marilyn Freking who works at
Corpus Christi Parish in Chicago; Sister Phillis Vaske who serves at a learning
center in Tulsa, Okla.
Besides donating money to the missionaries, the Mission Society they also
raises money to help with the general parish needs list. All of the money raised
goes either to the missionaries and to help the church.
"We donate money for hosts (for Communion), buy missalettes and blessed
candles. Father has a wish list, and we do things that he has on the list. We
have a raffle on quilts, small and large. That is how we make money besides our
breakfast," said Kolker. "People also sell crafts, and in the
summertime we have a garage sale."
The Mission Society has taken a new turn. In the past, the society was mad up
of just women, but now it is men, women and children. Since the society is no
longer a formal organization, no dues are needed, just new ideas.
Kolker explained that the parish is involved as a whole, but certain people
help with certain activities. There are about 100 people who help with the
breakfast and about 25 who help with the garage sale. Then a couple of women
have their own specialties such as making quilts, handmade rosaries, dish
towels, flower arrangements, bird houses, wooden animals and doilies.
This year at the breakfast, Joan Schroeder will be taking orders for the
handmade, personal rosaries.
"I order things from Louis and Company in New York," said
Schroeder. "I get the eye-pins and the beads that come in a case and put
Without interruptions, it takes about an hour to make one rosary and
Schroeder does them herself. She makes the rosaries for new babies, first
Communion and birthdays. The rosaries can be personalized with names.
"I don't ever advertise or anything, people just know that I'm the
rosary maker," said Schroeder.
The breakfast will be an opportunity to see the Mission Society in action.
There will be food, crafts and the community present. For information contact
Terri Conover, public relations for the society, at (712) 786-2088.