This week we are going to take a trip out to the Eastern Panhandle (Martinsburg Vicariate) to meet Brigitte Schmidt! Brigitte is an educator, a wife, and a mother of three. She has been involved in ministry for 14 years, serving young people from kindergarten through Confirmation prep. She has a huge heart for education and evangelization. Thank you for your "yes" to serving the young Church, Brigitte!
Q. Where do you currently serve as a minister? St. Agnes Catholic Church in Shepherdstown Q. How long have you been involved in ministry? 14 years, K through Confirmation Q. What's your favorite spot in West Virginia? Walking up to Jefferson Rock in Harper's Ferry. Q. Describe your perfect pepperoni roll Not quite my thing. I'm almost 50, so I am reducing my carbs and sugars and eating more fruits and veggies. I know, no fun! Q. Tell us about your family First, I could not do this job with the support of my family. My husband Bruce and I have been married for 22 years. I was in my last semester of graduate school when we met. He is a 4th grade catechist this year. Our oldest daughter Olivia will turn 20 in April and is a student at WVU. She is studying interior design and is planning to studying in Italy next semester. She loves playing rugby and her sorority. Our son Henry turns 18 in April, he is a senior in High School and loves to run long distances. Needless to say I spend quite a bit of time at track meets. Our youngest daughter Maggie will turn 15 in April, she is a freshman in High School and loves to play volleyball. When she is not playing for the high school she is on a travel team. She also runs unified track with individuals with developmental disabilities and volunteers with the Best Buddies program. We have 2 dogs Teddy and Maci, and a house bunny named Newton as well as a fish. As you can tell, I love my family! Q.What's your favorite way to pray? I love my monthly trips to the prayer labyrinth. God always surprises me by allowing me to see something in another way. My daily favorite way to pray is review my day at the end and see all the ways He was present & count my blessings. I see where I can improve and be more Christ like. My favorite prayer is the first prayer of the Church, the Canticle of Mary, The Magnificat. This prayer call us to recognize God's saving work in our lives. Q. What are your hobbies or special interests? I like old linens and antique china and setting a beautiful table for the holidays. I love to cook meals I have never cooked before when a house full of family is coming over. This Easter Saturday I am preparing an entire meal by Tyler Florence. Q. What's been the funniest thing you've experienced during your time in ministry? Our second graders were lining up for First Communion. We process into the Church with our baptismal candles lite and renew our Baptismal vows around the baptismal font. At one point before the 2nd grade catechist lite the candles I over heard someone saying "No Sword fighting with your Baptismal Candles." Q. What drew you to ministry? I began serving as a catechist, then ran VBS for a summer when they needed someone, then the parish priest came to dinner & then the Holy Spirit never let go. I just kept saying YES! Q. What is it that keeps you in ministry? I consider it a privilege to travel and journey with a family through faith formation and sacramental formation. I have been so enriched by the Love that youth have towards Jesus especially during sacramental formation. I know God has plans for all of us and I am where I am suppose to be for now. Q. Do you have any advice for other ministers? Attend as much training as possible, one for the training, two for the relationships that you build at those training's. Make yourself exchange your contact information with at least three people. That way you are not in your office alone, you have co-workers to run ideas by and collaborate. Q. Are there any cool events that are going on at St. Agnes that you'd like to share? Our parish youth are currently in rehearsal the play Fiddler on the Roof that will run for two weekend this June. More information TBA. Our youth cooks and serves monthly at our local soup kitchen for those that are in need of food. This ministry has been running strong for over two years by our youth. Our youth will be assisting after the 10:30 am Easter Mass with the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 1-10 of over 300+ eggs.