We are excited to announce a new ministry initiative for Our Lady of the Mount and St. Katharine Drexel. The “Hot Meals” ministry has as its basic “mission statement” the words found in Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Here are two ways you can participate:
1. Hot meal preparation in Fr. Shuler Hall kitchen on most Mondays from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (starting February 15, 2021). Please signup to volunteer HERE. If the schedule needs to change for any reason, SignUpGenius will help us to know who is planning to attend. Individual servings will be prepared for those living in nearby tent communities. You may not be able to stay for all 2.5 hours. That is okay, donate whatever time you may have. No one needs to make a commitment to come every Monday.
2. Financial donations are always accepted. The ingredients for the 3-5 standard meals to be prepared cost around $3.50, or thereabouts, per individual meal. If you would like to make a donation simply write “Hot Meals” on the memo line of your personal check and drop it in the weekend Mass collection basket, mail your check to the parish office, or drop off in person. We now have a drop box on the wall near the chairs as you enter the office hallway for your convenience after hours.
We will start slowly and try to discern as a parish where God might be taking us with the Hot Meals ministry. We will take the food to the people who are hungry.
Remember that our food pantry continues and donations of groceries and other items helpful to those out in the cold are always accepted at Mass, or anytime during the week at the parish office.
Hot meals received in tent communities, freshly prepared with the love of Christ, do wonders for inspiring hope in those who often feel hopeless. It reminds them and us of our common humanity.