Funeral Luncheon Hospitality Ministry
If Christ should suddenly stand before me with a towel
thrown over his shoulder
and a pan of water in his hands, would I have the
humility to take off my
shoes and really let him wash my feet?
Or, like Peter,
would I say: “Wash my feet, Lord? Never!”
Christ has stood in front of me on many a day. It hasn’t
always been a pan of water
that he’s held in front of me, for water is only one
symbol of a way to be cleansed
Sometimes he holds a Bible, or sends
a letter, or calls me on the telephone.
Sometimes she holds a loaf of bread, or
a cup of tea, or gives me a shoulder to cry on.
Christ comes in so many ways,
in so many people, always holding out that basin
of water and asking that same
“Would you mind if I wash your feet?”
The beautiful thing about that burning, persistent, foot
washing question is that
eventually it calls forth the same question from your
Then you discover that your basin is full of water and
your heart is
full of a call: a call to wash feet.
–From Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr
Over a typical year, St. Genevieve's dedicated Funeral Luncheon volunteers generate
the gift of over 3500 meals served after approximately 25+ funerals to support
those grieving the loss of a loved one. Many “feet are washed” in this
Some volunteers come to St. Genevieve's to set-up, serve, or clean up, others provide
salads and desserts upon request, and some offer to call other Funeral Luncheon
volunteers to action when notified of an upcoming funeral.
Are you wondering how you can be a part of St. Genevieve's Funeral Hospitality? Call Mary Lou Wilharber
at 651.429.2140 or Jean Peters at 651.430.2218 to let them know how you would like to be involved.