Who could imagine how a simple email reminder would transform the week for my family?
REMINDER: Sandwiches needed for St. Vincent DePaul Place Please participate this Thursday, February 27, in providing turkey/cheese or ham/cheese sandwiches (no mayo) for the guests of St. Vincent DePaul Place in Middletown. Sandwiches wrapped in individual baggies may be brought to the church from 7:00 to 7:30PM Thursday evening. You may also leave sandwiches in the refrigerator in the St. Thomas More Hall on Thursday during Parish Office Hours - 9 am to 2 pm. Your sandwiches will be distributed to patrons of St. Vincent DePaul Place on Friday for their evening take-home meals. Thank you!
For the first time in a very long time, I actually remembered to stop at the store on my way home from work. One loaf of bread, one pound of turkey, one pound of ham. A small price to pay for the feeling of satisfaction that was soon to come. My husband, sons, and I set up a mini-assembly line to put together the sandwiches. Bread, cheese, meat, baggie. The whole process took less than 15
minutes and we had ten sandwiches ready to go.
"Is that it?" asked my son, surprised and a bit deflated by how quickly the whole thing was over. "There's nothing else?"
"Well.." I responded, doing some quick thinking, "we could say a prayer over each sandwich. Ask God to bless the person who will eat it."
So we divided up the sandwiches, each one praying silently, in our own way, for God to reveal Himself to the patrons of St. Vincent DePaul who would be nourished by these sandwiches on Friday night.
Our small act of service felt complete. A quick drive to church to drop off the sandwiches brought a wonderful surprise. The refrigerator in the church hall was packed full with sandwiches! It seems others were also spurred into action by the email reminder. I later found out that this was the first time in many months that the fridge was full. The staff at St. Vincent DePaul was surprised and delighted!
If you would like to help our parish "FILL THE FRIDGE" each month for the patrons of St. Vincent DePaul, sign up to receive a monthly email reminder by contacting the Parish Office. You'll also have the opportunity to receive email reminders about our monthly Food Drive for the Marlborough Food Bank.
In today's busy world, we can always use a little help remembering to live out the words of Jesus' Great Commandment: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."