Have you ever tried to keep up with someone almost twice your age and come up short? The first time it happened to me was about ten years ago when I and a few others offered to help Jeannie give the church a spring clean before Christmas. I’ll never forget that day—she wore out about three of us and was still working flat out long after we had all called it a day. Up until that day I had considered myself a pretty good worker—never again!
Jeannie Workman has devoted herself to our Priests and Church for the past eighteen years. As Sacristan she has prepared the altar plus everything needed for every single Mass, Wedding, Baptism, Funeral, Confirmation, Liturgy, Benediction, School Ceremony—all preparations, rehearsals and always so beautifully. That is no small feat in such a busy parish, it is a fulltime, 7-day a week commitment.
Jeannie is as generous with everything else as she is with her time. You can count on her help in any situation. Being a retired chef her culinary skills come to the fore quite often. She turns every meal into a banquet and her cakes have adorned the table on many a parish occasion—they are real works of art.
Over the past sixteen months Jeannie has been Father Stevens housekeeper as well—torturing us with all the beautiful aromas coming from the presbytery kitchen. You can be assured, Father Stevens and the parish
dog, Talkem, are very well looked after.
A few times Jeannie has had to have time off for surgery and it has taken two or three of us to cover for her;
praying all the while for her speedy recovery.
We are all pretty used to having everything ready for us all the time, to be able to count on that someone else and we take it all for granted—that mighty effort from a little lady named Jeannie.
Heaven help us if she ever calls it a day!
Jeannie retired eight years later after twenty-six years of untiring service to our parish and for her Lord. May she hear Jesus say, "Well done good and faithful servant ... enter into the joy of your Lord."