Thursday, 05 January 2012 13:09
By Bonnie Toombs
In February the Diocese of Wichita will host homeless men at Holy Savior Parish’s Gym. We need the help of many people to serve them well. Please consider helping in whatever way you as an individual can or with your parish or work group. Some needs include:
• A warm breakfast and a sack lunch. The men will be asked to eat dinner at The Lord’s Diner. In the evening we will have light foods for snacks.
• Food and fellowship. There are facilities for warming/cooking meals.
• 5:30 a.m. breakfast to be served at 6 a.m. Suggestions: biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, egg casserole, oatmeal.
• 5:30 p.m. snack, to be served between 6 and 9 p.m., such as cheese and crackers, sandwiches, popcorn, apple slices, fruit bowl.
• Anytime: collect items for lunches, such as individual bags of chips, pudding cups, individual cracker packs, bread, peanut butter and jelly, and individually wrapped cookies.
• Prepare lunches
• Collect paper products to be used at the shelter. For example: sandwich bags, lunch sacks, plastic ware, paper plates, bowls, napkins, foil pans.
• Pray an hour of adoration or the rosary for an end to poverty
We are called as Catholics to perform corporal works of mercy because they connect the love of God with love of neighbor. The Holy Eucharist, which is “the source and summit of the Christian life” as the Second Vatican Council described it, moves us from sacramental union with Christ in his Eucharistic Body to union with Christ in his Mystical Body, in the least of his brothers and sisters.
This two-fold love, stemming from the Eucharist, is the fulfillment of the love of God and neighbor mentioned above. This two-fold Eucharistic love becomes the basis upon which to live our new life in Christ. To live fully in communion with Christ, we must reach out to our neighbor as well. I ask that you keep all those who are hungry, homeless, ill and without means to care for themselves in prayer.
Whatever your group can help with would be greatly appreciated.
The church’s love for the poor extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.