Saint Vincent de Paul
Roman Catholic Church
The Soup Kitchen (SK) Ministry and the entire parish including Frs. Sergio and Hermes ought to feel good, deserve a pat on their backs, and a big THANK YOU for a job well done with the First Meal on Thu May 18. We were able to successfully overcome and for the first time prepare and serve a delicious meal for the few poor and hungry of our community that came to eat. We learned a lot and this first experience is what we need to continue this ministry as part of our responsibility to take care of those in need of a meal. We can do it; yes we can! All of us, in many ways, went out of our ways to bring this endeavor to fruition and although we may have lacked practical experience in some areas like publicity and outreach there are some among us that deserve our special gratitude for going far and beyond to complete their commitments. I have to single out the following volunteers for this special recognition: Dolores Trasande and Susana Rosado for visiting and following up with the bakeries and picking up and bringing to the table more than enough fresh and delicious bread; Barbara Sherry for the beautiful table cloths and most important for keeping us focused on kindness and compassion towards one another and more so towards our guests; and a big Thank You to our chef Jose and his family and the kitchen volunteers for keeping the kitchen in top shape.
We must also be thankful and pray for all the parishioners that without their ongoing cash donations we would not be able to maintain this ministry. We also want to thank businesses like PC Richards, Judicke Bakery, Paulanto Bakery, and Altamura Bakery, and the Gary La Pelusa Association for their contributions.
This was just the beginning, let’s be thankful to God Almighty, and let’s go forward to continue serving the poor and hungry. Our next meal will be served on June 15 at 6:PM. Let’s not waste any time and begin promoting it right away to attract those in need like veterans, senior citizens, the homeless, the working poor, etc. We must also form a committee that will be responsible for the logistics of handling/distributing any left over food; with emphasis on packaging individual portions and bringing it to Senior Citizen and Handicap buildings, the shut in that can not make it to the SK, the homeless on the streets in areas like, Journal Square, MLK Drive, and Ocean Avenue, etc.
Thank you Lord for this privilege you bestow upon us to serve the poor, please forgive us and have mercy on us, guide us to do better next time, for everything we do; we do for the good of Your Holy church; Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us!
Soup Kitchen Ministry -
Kitchen Ministry will begin fulfilling its "mission to SERVE the poor and
hungry in our community as did our patron, Saint Vincent de Paul,
unconditionally with dignity and hospitality for all" with the INAUGURAL FIRST MEAL
on May 18th. The first menu will be Ziti with meat balls, green
salad, bread and butter, and desert; we plan to start serving our guests
at 6:PM. This is a parish endeavor that every parishioner can join
that will make us all feel good about “feed my sheep”. You can help
with volunteering your time and/or donating whatever you can. We are
in need of disposable paper products for serving food including utensils,
napkins, and towels; CASH donations are
very much needed to purchase food. Please make check payable to ST.
VINCENT DE PAUL SOUP KITCHEN,
write "Soup Kitchen donation" in memo line,
and give to Fr. Sergio or Fr. Hermes or
place it in a sealed envelope clearly marked SOUP KITCHEN and drop in the
collection basket during Mass. God bless you!
Contributions are tax deductible and very much needed.
Volunteers Honor Roll
Their commitment and hard work is a testament of real love that exemplifies the desire of many volunteers to overcome the obstacles before us to make this happen in honor of Saint Vincent. That is precisely what 'God in the flesh' meant when He said "Take up your cross and follow me". The "cross" being the obstacles and hard work before us that we must overcome and the "follow me" is the recompense for serving and feeding the least among us. Thank you to all volunteers; this wouldn't be possible without your help and generosity.
Photos from the general meeting of
Volunteers May 11, 2017 for final preparations before the First Meal of
Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen
MISSION STATEMENT (1st draft)
the poor, elderly, and homeless
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