Family of the Year-2012
Father Werner Council 7057
Saint Joseph, Minnesota
Marvin and Carol Joan Mastey
The Family of the Year for 2012 exemplifies service to the church and community and is loved and respected by many. The Mastey Family teaches us the value of responsible Christian living. They generously serve each other and others with love that extends out to their church and the community. Marvin has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 32 years. Marvin and Carol have been married for 45 years. They were selected as a monthly winner of Family of the Year by the Supreme Office of the Knights of Columbus.
The Masteys became members of St. Joseph’s Parish soon after moving St. Joseph in 1993. Since becoming members they have been active. Both Marin and Carol have been ushers for 18 years, and it is believed Carol was the first female usher in the parish. They also set up the church and usher for the funeral help in the church. Marvin is one of the videographers for the Sunday Mass which makes the Mass available to shut ins. Carol has been a eucharistic minister for the past 18 years.
You usually see the Masteys working as a team, but if you see Marvin alone you can be sure Carol has helped him prepare in any way she can. Marvin was the council treasurer for two years and is currently a door guard. For the Parish 4th of July Festival, Marvin was the bingo co-chairman for eight years. He opened the stand up on the evening of the 3rd and obtained better seating for the stand through his connections with the St. Wendel parish. When bingo was passed to others, profit was a subgoal. With this philosophy the burger stand, used for council fundraising, grew in popularity and the Knights received many accolades.
In the community Marvin volunteers to take boys and girls from the Girls and Boys Club fishing on Kraemer Lake. He has done this for seven years. It is more than what one does in the community that marks them as servants. It is how their neighbors and friends are treated that is the real mark of service to the community. In that respect they are stellar community servants.
The Masteys deserve the distinction of Family of the Year because of their selfless generosity and service to others. This honor is bestowed on them because of the manner they support church beliefs as well as showing others the value of stewardship of their time, talent and treasure. They demonstrate through many initiatives the Catholic Church and all the good things generated by the efforts of the people of God. They also stand firm in support of the unborn and respect of the aged. We as a council applaud their strong and unwavering support of Catholic values and tenets.