This past weekend I had the great joy of traveling to New York City with 11 of our wonderful youth and several adults to work on a couple of service projects with some of the 58,000 homeless of the city and just a few of the hundred thousand individuals who rely on food pantries and soup kitchens to make their budgets work. (There are 970 food pantries and soup kitchens that serve the needs of the people of New York throughout the month) I would like to share with you something that I realized in the 24 hours that we were down. I realized that those who are in financial difficulties are always at the mercy of some shelter or food shelf/pantry to determine when they can enter and when they have to leave or what they are allowed to take for food. I don’t like waiting for my newspaper and these are brothers and sisters have to wait for the basic necessities of life. Let us pray that even though they are at the mercy of everybody that they will never think that they don’t matter because they do. The fact that all people do matter is why our parishes are beginning a free community meal where we can all come together and enjoy the gift of one another.
God’s continued Peace,
Fr. Yvon J. Royer