The merciful person is he who gives to others what he himself received from God, whether it be money, or food, or strength, a helpful word, a prayer, or anything else he has through which he can express his compassion for those in need. + St. Peter of Damascus
Our world now has been turned upside down with the effects of the Coronavirus. In some parishes it is impossible to attend liturgical services, and in others there is limited attendance. It is unfeasible to meet together except via the internet.
Our West Coast is on fire and our East and Gulf Coasts have suffered dramatically from hurricanes and natural disasters. Thousands have lost their loved ones, their livelihoods, and their homes.
In the United States, one in five people struggles with hunger, and many rely on food from local food banks to help feed their families. We’re about to embark on the holiday season, which is an especially difficult time to live with food insecurity – that is, not knowing when you will get your next meal. You can help by supporting your local food pantry, food banks or shelters, because no one deserves to go to bed hungry!
Each parish can reach out to their local community and food banks to ascertain what is needed the most, then oversee the collection and distribution of the food to the needy in their own community, thus expressing their faith and sharing their love.
For more information, please visit Food For Hungry People and Charitable Outreach.