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Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.


This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Peggy James

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Peggy James.   

Peggy is involved in two ministries here at Visitation that have major impacts on people’s lives. She has been involved with Stephen Ministry since its inception in 2012 and is also a longtime member of our St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Peggy and her husband Jerry had three sons: Romey, Matthew and Simon. Tragically, they lost Matthew in an accident during his senior year of high school. According to parishioner Diane Williams, “It was Peggy’s faith that got her through this. She told me that she was so blessed to have had Matthew in her life and she also was blessed by the love she received from family, friends and strangers during that time. She felt that God was with her.” Diane said that Peggy wanted to respond by giving back for what God had given her…so she got involved in St. Vincent de Paul.

SVDP involves not only attending frequent meetings but also taking turns in receiving phone calls from those in need. This also involves scheduling home visits to those requesting assistance. Peggy helped set up the Western Hills store at the Glenway Ave. location before joining the SVDP team at the parish.

As for her role in Stephen Ministry, she was asked by Fr. Mark to be one of the original leaders in 2012. According to Pastoral Associate Ken Meymann, “Peggy was initially in charge of the training aspect of Stephen Ministry which is a huge amount of work. Then a couple years ago she transitioned to being in charge of the supervision. This is a very demanding portion of the ministry as it calls for supervision meetings every two weeks with our Stephen Ministers. Peggy does an excellent job with this aspect of the ministry.”

Peggy has also been involved in the Christ Renews His Parish program. “I know Peggy as a very committed, passionate, and spiritual person,” said Diane Williams. “Peggy is passionate about what she does and truly lives her faith.”

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Peggy for her dedicated service in ministry and her example in following Christ!







This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Carolyn Menner

In the wake of our Parish Mission when we heard such inspiring words about following Jesus in reaching out to those who are in need…it seems fitting that this month’s Kudos Corner shines the spotlight on Carolyn. She has truly been a bearer of Christ’s Light in this parish.

 

When she sees someone in need…she takes action. Perhaps this was first demonstrated in her many years as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital where she ministered to the most vulnerable in times of crisis. Carolyn was also instrumental in helping to form Elizabeth Ministry here, an outreach to women who have suffered a miscarriage or are in need of help after having a baby. She also was the driving force behind establishing our Meal Ministry. According to Pastoral Associate Ken Meymann, “Through her time and efforts we now have a computer website we use to advertise and track meals that volunteers make for anyone who is recovering from an illness.”

 

Carolyn truly has a caring heart. According to Youth Minister Laura Hampel, “If she knows of someone who needs help, she does whatever she can do to help them – including coordinating carpools, making food, childcare, praying for them, you name it. She is a walking saint in my book, but she'll deny that. Carolyn can laugh at herself, and bring a smile to your face just by making eye contact with her. For many people, she's a compassionate shoulder to lean on in times of need.”

 

Perhaps Carolyn’s greatest impact has been felt through her dedicated involvement in the “Visi Retreat” for high school students which was started by Don Darnell 28 years ago. Carolyn has been involved from the very beginning. “I could never have started this project without her,” Darnell said. “She has been so involved because leading others to make the world a better place has always been a passion of hers. Is this not the ‘kingdom of God’ that Jesus speaks of? The Visi Retreat is where this “kingdom” has come to life for hundreds and hundreds of retreatants…thanks in part to Carolyn!” Mr. Darnell went on to say, “Carolyn is truly an example of a profoundly Christian woman. A few of the adjectives I could use to portray her include: compassionate, sympathetic, caring, empathetic, sensitive, warm, loving, kind, and charitable. She will take the time to assist anyone whenever possible. She always asks others if they need help with the tasks they are performing. She never says no when called upon to help, regardless of the task. She has been blessed with numerous talents and she obviously uses these to the fullest. More importantly though, she is willing to share these strengths with others, which is definitely a rare characteristic in this day and age.”

 

Carolyn was also crucial in keeping the Visi Retreat going after Mr. Darnell lost his wife to cancer…according to Sean Tierney, a Religion Teacher at Elder High School and veteran Core Team member of the retreat. “It was in 1997-98, I believe, when Carolyn approached me about coming on board to sustain the retreat. After Carol Darnell had fallen ill with cancer, the retreat was forced to take a hiatus. With the death of Carol, Carolyn knew Mr. Darnell would need time to grieve and adjust. Carolyn was concerned that the break would be permanent if someone didn't step in to help carry the load. So during a pancreatic cancer fundraising walk (which we were all walking to honor Carol Darnell), she asked me if I would be willing to step in to help with the leadership team. As a result, Tim (Mr. Darnell’s son) and I stepped in to spearhead the future retreats. So it was Carolyn's desire to maintain the retreat that motivated Tim and I to up our involvement.” As for Tim, he also speaks of Carolyn in glowing terms. “On the Visi Retreat, we try to teach the kids to live their lives as loving, compassionate, and humble servants. No one involved with this retreat does this better than Carolyn. She is a mentor and example for all of us.”

 

I can tell you…Sean and Tim’s involvement in this retreat has profoundly impacted hundreds of retreatants for the good. And as someone who helped organize the retreat for several years when I was Youth Minister, I can tell you that without Carolyn, I would have been lost!

 

Parishioner Kyle Isaack had the privilege of growing up down the street from the Menners. He knows Carolyn as a retreatant, college leader and now as a member of the core team. Kyle says, “Carolyn is such a beautiful person, full of love, peace, strong faith and great hugs. Carolyn and Don both bring so much peace to the world.”

 

And let’s not forget Carolyn’s husband Don who also has been a fixture of support and hard work in the behind-the-scenes workings of the retreat! Don and Carolyn are long-time parishioners and have raised three children who are now adults.

 

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Carolyn for her dedicated service and exemplary Christian example!


This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Kaye Schroeder

 

‘Sweet’ ‘Kind’ ‘Loving’ ‘Generous’ ‘An inspiration’ ‘Servant of the Lord’

These are the words that came up over and over from those who were asked to describe Kaye. And for those who know her…you can attest that she seems to always have a smile on her face and a friendly word on her lips.

 

Kaye has made a huge contribution of her time, talent and treasure here at Visitation. She has been a dedicated member of our St. Vincent de Paul team…conducting home visits and also coordinating gift-giving for their clients at Christmas. She is an active Stephen Minister…having completed the 50 hours of training in the most recent class of ministers. That’s not all. Kaye, a retired oncology nurse, uses that experience to offer support to the Cancer Support Group here. She also volunteers at Good Samaritan Hospital where she holds and comforts babies born to drug-addicted moms. Kaye also volunteers making meals for the sick and volunteers at Holy Family Parish as the school nurse.

 

Kaye and her late husband Jim joined the parish in 1967 and have four children, many grandchildren and even one great grandchild. Kaye’s favorite pastime is spending time with her family…according to our former Business Manager, Diane Williams, who added, “She is an inspiration to me in the way she lives her faith each and every day simply by being herself. Our parish is blessed to have her as a parishioner and I am blessed to have her as a friend.”

What more can be said?

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Kaye Schroeder for her loving, kind, generous and faithful service as well as example of following Jesus!


This month Kudos Corner recognizes Steve Deiters


This month Kudos Corner Recognizes Steve Deiters.


If you ever worship at the 7:30 Sunday morning Mass…you will definitely recognize the face and voice of Steve Deiters. He has been a regular lector at this Mass for years. Steve also helps lead the rosary before the 9:00 Sunday Masses. You also will see and hear him occasionally when he’s a lector at the 6:30 weekday morning Masses. As a matter of fact, you also might see Steve filling in as a server at that Mass on the rare occasion that an altar boy or girl doesn’t show up!
Steve clearly has a servant’s heart. You would immediately recognize that if you get to know him. He’s been making a positive difference in the parish for a long time!

For the past seven years, Steve has been on the adult RCIA Team. He and his wife Teresa set up the chapel for years on the “Christ Renews” weekends. He also has served on the CRHP Giving Teams and as a volunteer at festivals.

This year, Steve has been helping our Director of Religious Education, Jeanne Hunt, at our Covenant partner St. Leo’s by teaching the Children’s RCIA. Jeanne describes Steve this way: “He is a dedicated and gifted catechist. His witness speaks of his faith with a gentleness and certainty that inspires our kids.”

Steve and his wife Teresa have three adult children: Christie, Nick and Kelly.

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Steve Deiters for his faithful service and Christian example!

This month Kudos Corner Recognizes Steve Deiters.


If you ever worship at the 7:30 Sunday morning Mass…you will definitely recognize the face and voice of Steve Deiters. He has been a regular lector at this Mass for years. Steve also helps lead the rosary before the 9:00 Sunday Masses. You also will see and hear him occasionally when he’s a lector at the 6:30 weekday morning Masses. As a matter of fact, you also might see Steve filling in as a server at that Mass on the rare occasion that an altar boy or girl doesn’t show up!

 

Steve clearly has a servant’s heart. You would immediately recognize that if you get to know him. He’s been making a positive difference in the parish for a long time!

 

For the past seven years, Steve has been on the adult RCIA Team. He and his wife Teresa set up the chapel for years on the “Christ Renews” weekends. He also has served on the CRHP Giving Teams and as a volunteer at festivals.

 

This year, Steve has been helping our Director of Religious Education, Jeanne Hunt, at ourCovenant partner St. Leo’s by teaching the Children’s RCIA. Jeanne describes Steve this way: “He is a dedicated and gifted catechist. His witness speaks of his faith with a gentleness and certainty that inspires our kids.”

 

Steve and his wife Teresa have three adult children: Christie, Nick and Kelly.

 

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Steve Deiters for his faithful service and Christian example!

This month Kudos Corner Recognizes Steve Deiters.


If you ever worship at the 7:30 Sunday morning Mass…you will definitely recognize the face and voice of Steve Deiters. He has been a regular lector at this Mass for years. Steve also helps lead the rosary before the 9:00 Sunday Masses. You also will see and hear him occasionally when he’s a lector at the 6:30 weekday morning Masses. As a matter of fact, you also might see Steve filling in as a server at that Mass on the rare occasion that an altar boy or girl doesn’t show up!

 

Steve clearly has a servant’s heart. You would immediately recognize that if you get to know him. He’s been making a positive difference in the parish for a long time!

 

For the past seven years, Steve has been on the adult RCIA Team. He and his wife Teresa set up the chapel for years on the “Christ Renews” weekends. He also has served on the CRHP Giving Teams and as a volunteer at festivals.

 

This year, Steve has been helping our Director of Religious Education, Jeanne Hunt, at ourCovenant partner St. Leo’s by teaching the Children’s RCIA. Jeanne describes Steve this way: “He is a dedicated and gifted catechist. His witness speaks of his faith with a gentleness and certainty that inspires our kids.”

 

Steve and his wife Teresa have three adult children: Christie, Nick and Kelly.

 

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Steve Deiters for his faithful service and Christian example!


This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Lisa Smith

Lisa has very generously given of her time and talents to the parish over the years. She has been a major influence on our youth! If you’ve been involved in any of the plays and musicals over the years…you’ve no doubt seen Lisa. Going back to the early ‘90’s, Lisa first got involved when her kids were in school here. She then started volunteering to choreograph dances for a few of the shows and eventually started directing.

 

According to teacher Dawn Gruenemeier, “We have done about 12 shows here since the late 90’s, and Lisa was, in some capacity, involved in about 10 of them! For years she just helped out with the musicals because I asked her to. Her children had all graduated from here. She didn’t hesitate to get involved....even knowing it was a major time commitment!”

 

Thanks to Lisa sharing her love of theater with our youth, no doubt many of them discovered their talents to dance and sing…and then went on to share their talents with many morepeople.

 

Two of Lisa’s grandchildren are currently in school here and both were in the recent production of Annie Junior. “She is passing on to them her love of theater!” said Gruenemeier.

 

For a number of years, Lisa also directed Lent Event, the Youth Ministry’s play about the life and passion of Jesus. She also shared her deep passion for the Catholic faith.


Lisa is on the Board of Directors at Pregnancy Center West and has been President the last several years. Before that she was a client advocate.


Mrs. Gruenemeier says, “Lisa is amazing! Her youngest son, Evan, got married 2 weeks before Annie Junior opened and Lisa handled it like a champ. She had an open house at her home in between the wedding and reception. The following week she hosted an event for the Pregnancy Center!” 

Lisa has also served several terms on Parish Council and chaired the craft show and Christmas Walk for several years back in the ‘90’s.

She and her husband, Tom, have two daughters and two sons.


Kudos Corner thanks and honors Lisa Smith for her years of faith-filled service!