Cathy Shumaker writes the Sunday newsletter and more in St. Mary’s


LANCASTER – People who go to Sunday mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church and read the newsletter probably don’t think much of who writes it. But this important task falls to Parish Secretary Cathy Shumaker.

A church bulletin is like a bulletin that lets members know what is going on in the church.

“I’m staying pretty basic,” she said. “I’m collecting information. We mainly want to focus on parish events and our surrounding Catholic parishes in the area, diocesan events going on and our school and anything that might be of interest to our parishioners.”

Shumaker has been at his job for 15 years and yet has other duties than writing the newsletter.

“I try to help wherever I can to make it easier for everyone here by answering the phone, at the door, directing parishioners to where they need to go or helping them with any questions they can. have, ”she said. “There is a lot of office work and a lot of posting of sacramental information. Just a little of this and that.”

Shumaker said sometimes people would call the ward office with questions about the Catholic faith.

“I try to respond as best I can as a lay Catholic or direct them to certain resources or invite them to attend Mass,” she said. “I will put them in touch with some of our other staff who may be able to answer their questions. I will also share with them some of my journey as a Catholic or invite them to listen to Catholic radio.”

In addition to working at the church since 2006, Shumaker has attended St. Mary’s Church for 40 years.

“I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work for my ward,” she said. “Our (former) secretary had the opportunity to take a position in another parish in the Columbus area. For some reason she thought of me. So I came over and interviewed and j was very lucky to get the job. “

Shumaker said working for his church is a special experience.

“I have been fortunate to have good jobs throughout my life,” she said. “Jobs in retail and office trade. But working for your parish, your faith, for me, is even difficult to express. Sometimes I don’t really feel worthy. But I am grateful. ”

Away from work, Shumaker is married to her husband, Tim. They have been married for 40 years.

She is also the mother of two daughters and has five grandchildren.

“They are a big part of our after-work activities,” Shumaker said. “Go to all their little games and so on.”

She also enjoys walking, traveling and reading. Shumaker also enjoys spending time with his 90-year-old father and 89-year-old mother.

“So in between doing all of this it takes a long time and I’m just grateful for it,” she said.


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