Kimberly — Bill and Rose Adamietz both come from large Catholic families (seven children and 10 children, respectively) and have been faithful churchgoers since childhood. When their daughter, Rachael, started school at Holy Name of Jesus in Kimberly, they got involved in both the school and their church.
A few years ago, they really upped their game. “When you see all of the people at church who volunteer, a lot of them are elderly,” said Rose. “Younger people need to step up and help out.”
The best way to get people to volunteer is to ask, she added. “You can’t expect people to volunteer. But when people ask you, you’re more likely to say yes.”
In 2016, Bill attended a Cursillo retreat. He had been asked to go several times by a fellow parishioner and the timing finally worked out. It turned out to be a life-changing experience for him. “The Holy Spirit touches you if you’re open to it,” he said.
“He came back on fire,” recalled Rose. She then went on a women’s Cursillo and had a similar experience. Since then, the couple has chosen to devote more time to the church and to the study of their faith. They are both extraordinary ministers of holy Communion. Together they teach religious education to third-graders, they oversee parish volunteers when it’s St. Paul’s turn to work at the Fox Valley Warming Shelter, and they are members of Paul Cares, a ministry for visiting parishioners who are in nursing homes.
Rose cooks for COTS men’s homeless shelter in Appleton a few times a year and she makes crafts and small quilt projects for their parish Fall Fest.
For about the last five years, Bill has attended the Esto Vir men’s conference sponsored by the Green Bay Diocese. “It’s so refreshing to get like 900 guys and to be able to sit there and talk about your faith,” he said. It inspired him to participate in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the St. Pius X Adoration Chapel in Appleton.
One of the biggest commitments for Bill is his membership in the Knights of Columbus, which he joined in 2015. Currently he is a fourth-degree Knight, a member of the KC honor guard and holds the office of Deputy Grand Knight at his parish’s council. “I joined because I was asked,” he said.
“One of the things I like about the Knights is they stand up for the church to support the priests,” said Bill. “I also like all the different events we do, like the (monthly) pancake breakfast. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a blast. I like the camaraderie — it’s a great bunch of guys. You would see these guys at church, but now you’re getting to know them and getting to know their wives and families.”
Rose is glad Bill is part of the Knights of Columbus, particularly because of their commitment to pro-life issues, which is very important to both of them. She also likes that, as a member of the Honor Guard, he greets veterans upon their return from Old Glory Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.
The more Bill and Rose get involved in their parish, the more they want to learn about their faith. They are in the middle of a Bible study at St. John Nepomucene Church in Little Chute and they enjoy attending talks and reading books about the church. “I’m learning so much about our faith. The more you learn the more you want to learn,” said Bill.
The Adamietzes would like to do more for the church but they can’t say yes to everything. “It feels like we’re always running around,” said Rose. In the meantime, they will do as much as they can, as often as they can.
“You think of all of the things that God’s done for us, we have to give back,” she said. “You have to use your time, talent and treasure.”