OUR MOTTO:  “Giving of your time to serve these families the way St. Martha served the Lord is our ministry’s vocation.”


Martha Ministry is comprised of 105 volunteers (men and women) who work together to provide a luncheon after a funeral for family and friends here at St. Francis of Assisi Church.  These volunteers do minimal food preparation and hall setup and cleanup. There are two areas of volunteer commitment: (1) one group assists in the setup of the hall, the food display and preparation of drinks for the buffet table; and (2) others offer their services to help with cleanup of the hall and kitchen. The cost of the entree’ is the family’s responsibility. The Church provides salads, fruit, desserts, coffee, iced tea, lemonade and paper ware. The Martha Ministry chairperson talks to a family/friend representative to determine the number of people expected to provide an adequate number of dishes for the luncheon.

Activities & Events:

The primary obligation of the Ministry is to provide a luncheon after a funeral.  There is, however, a secondary responsibility of our Ministry; i.e., “Parish Celebrations”.  We host the Labor Day Mass with our Lady of Light family – Incarnation.  After this Mass, we provide a breakfast (coffee, donuts, bagels and fruit) to encourage fellowship between the two parishes.  And, if there is a retirement, significant birthday, etc., the volunteers of Martha Ministry would plan and host those events.

Time Commitment:

Funerals plus luncheons occur on an unpredictable schedule.  With the size of our Ministry, your involvement should not be that frequent unless we have many funerals during a month.  The secretary of the Ministry keeps track of when you worked, so you should not be called twice in a row.

Helpful Attributes:

“Willingness to work” and “enjoy laughter while working”


While it may seem we have many volunteers, more are always welcome.  Many hands make for light work and additional volunteers help to provide everyone a chance to serve this great Ministry.
Carol Mauro, (937) 434-8678 or via email at