On the most recent chilly mornings, it is comforting looking in the closet thinking about which coat, jacket, hoodie, or sweater to wear for warmth. We are so blessed in our Parish to have plenty of warm weather clothing! Many in our city are not as fortunate, as we saw downtown last Sunday at the homeless luncheon. Several of our homeless friends asked if we had any coats, gloves and blankets. On behalf of the disadvantaged in our city, thanks to everyone who has donated to our annual coat and blanket drive sponsored by our Junior St. Vincent De Paul group.
At last Sunday’s homeless luncheon we had a surprise guest-Father Grelinger. He participated and even brought cookies for the meal. Father gave a powerful impromptu blessing to those attending. Several of our guests recognized Father from his service at the Lord’s Diner. Thanks to everyone who helped prepare the sandwiches, served the dinner and donated the chips, cookies, and fruit for the meal. Our Knights of Columbus donated 100 Tootsie Rolls to pass out to the children and others. One of our regular guests at the luncheon was a man named “Ted”. He revealed that he was in foster homes when he was young and actually attended Blessed Sacrament School for a short time. He was an altar server when Father Bieberle was here (Father Grelinger’s great uncle. Small world!)
Watch for the “Signup Genius” request regarding the “Trunk or Treat” event October 28, in the Hilltop neighbourhood. We will be helping the Dear Neighbor group to ensure the children in that neighborhood have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
Thanks to everyone who donated food or helped prepare & serve a delicious hot breakfast at St. Anthony’s Family Shelter. Most of those we serve are children and this is the only hot breakfast they receive each month. For a child (or adult) experiencing life in a homeless shelter, we are blessed to have the opportunity to show them that Catholics care.