Hosting Hospitality

Here at St. Josaphat Parish we strive to be a welcoming Catholic community offering "hospitality" after our Family Masses and other special masses.  "Hospitality" offers our parishioners and guests an opportunity to socialize at the back of church as they share in coffee, juice, and goodies.

Family Masses are scheduled about once every three weeks during the school year, and these masses are indicated on the parish calendar. A St. Josaphat School and/or Religious Education class "hosts" the Family Mass. This means that students from the class welcome mass-goers at the entrances, bring up the gifts, and read the 1st and 2nd Readings (5th Grade and above). Their families also provide the goodies for hospitality and provide volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. The room parents will help with the organization of hospitality.
At these masses, donations of men's socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and L or XL t-shirts are accepted for Don’s Helping Hands Ministry.


Suggested Goodies for Hospitality

The parish provides the coffee & accouterments, cups, small plates, napkins, & disposable tablecloths. Volunteers are asked to provide:
  • 350-400 Donut Holes

  • 12 Bagels Cut into 4, (cream cheese/knife optional)

  • 4 pints of washed Strawberries

  • 3 lbs of washed Grapes, cut into sprigs of 4-5

  • 1 Quart of Half & Half optional (CoffeeMate powder is stored in the Beverage bin)

  • 128 oz of Apple Juice

Coffee: The Weekend Parish Office staff will make the coffee and bring it to the back of church in a brown thermos serving container before mass starts. The staff person will also pick up the brown container after mass.

Instructions for Hosting Hospitality

Before Mass:
  • Put disposable tablecloths on the North and South tables that are against the back wall and pull them away from the wall to allow room for servers.

  • Set up beverages on the South table.

  • Set up food on the North table.

  • Cover all food during the Mass.

  • Please DO NOT Setup during Mass

After Mass:
  • Wrap leftovers and take them to the rectory for Don's Helping Hands Ministry.

  • Replace all supplies in the correct bin.

  • Clear all items from the tables and throw away disposable tablecloths.

  • Push the tables back against the wall.

  • Take out the garbage to the alley (through the gate behind the rectory).

  • Replace the trash can liners.


Hospitality Bin Contents

(located under the tables behind the back pews)
Beverage Setup:
  • Coffee Cups
  • Juice Cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Sugar/Sweetener
  • Creamer
Food Setup/Cleanup:
  • Disposable Tablecloths
  • Trays/Baskets
  • Knives
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Trash Bags
(in their own bin)