When you think of a fair, thoughts of a summer festival come to mind, but the word food and clothing bake boothfair actually is derived from the word, fer, from the Latin holy days. Through the ages, its North American meaning has evolved to mean an exhibition to promote particular products.

That’s just what occurred at St. Viator Catholic Community, only this time, its fair promoted ministries and opportunities for parishioners to become more immersed in the fabric of the parish.

The fair followed a weeklong parish mission, that featured Fr. Joseph Creedon, a former pastor and educator in Rhode Island. He often preaches about the role of stewardship and of involving parishioners in the life of the parish, and he did just that at all the Masses on Sept. 19 and 20.

“By deepening our understanding of our Baptismal call and letting the Eucharist sharpen our attitude of gratitude,” said Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, pastor “our parish will become more vibrant and engaging.”father and son

One week later,  parishioners were invited to sign up for “opportunities” to share their time and talent during the weekend Ministry Fair, and they responded.

More than two dozen ministries were represented — from a contemplative prayer group and environmental services, to a food and clothing bank, and liturgical ministries.

Volunteers from these ministries shared ways parishioners could help St. Viator move from being a “GOOD” parish to the “BEST” parish it can be.