From Your Pastors
What must it be like to be a parent and have little or nothing to feed your children? How does it feel to look into your child’s hungry eyes and know you have nothing to offer them?
When we pray the words that Jesus taught us – “give us this day our daily bread” – do we think of actual bread, real food? For some of our sisters and brothers, this is the clear and urgent intent of these words. As Pope Francis has pointed out, Jesus teaches us to say “our” daily bread. Jesus is teaching us, Pope Francis contends, to not only pray for our own needs but to place those in the context of the needs of others,especially the poor and vulnerable. “The Our Father” he continues, “contains and attitude of empathy, an attitude of solidarity. In my hunger I feel the hunger of the multitudes, and then I will pray to God until their request is granted.”
Feeding the hungry, being attentive to their needs, is at the heart of who we are as Catholics. Many of Jesus’ miracles were about feeding, indeed, the greatest miracle, the Eucharist, is a meal. As we are fed by our God we are meant to become “food” for others that they too might live with dignity and security.
So we are pleased to highlight this week our annual Oratory Parishes Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food drive will begin on Saturday, October 16th, and continue through Sunday, November 21st.
Food collected will be shared between Hour Children and Second
Harvest. Some food will be used for the Newman Food Pantry to service the college students in the area.
You may participate in the following ways:
- Use Pushpay to donate, and your contribution will be used to purchase bulk food for the pantries. Select the “Poor Box” fund.
- Bring essential items listed below to Assumption and St. Boniface during the weekend liturgies, or during weekday Mass times.
- You can also order online and have it delivered to 64 Middagh Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201-att: Fr. Michael Callaghan
- Place your items in the narthex, in the bins marked Food Drive.
Essential Items Needed:
Pasta, Rice, Stuffing Mix, Mashed Potato Mix, Cereal, Tomato/Pasta Sauce, Canned vegetables, Canned Soups, Canned Juices, Canned Fruit, Instant Noodles (bowls/cups), Instant Oatmeal Packets, Mac ‘n Cheese (boxes or bowls), Saltines, Crackers, Hot Chocolate Packets.
Note: On canned items, please choose low sugar and low salt.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink...” Matt. 25:35
Thank you for your generous support.
Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.