By Ken Bresnan, Parish Outreach Liaison
Wheat, rye and sourdough.
Rolls, baguettes and flat-bread.
Ciabatta, focaccia and cornbread. These are a few of my favorite breads.
Being an American, bread is a major part of my diet. It might not be a basic food group but it sure is basic to me. I can’t eat Italian food without a piece of French bread close by. Chili begs for a slice or two of bread. A fresh baked crescent roll entices all of my senses. And then there is the sandwich, the staple of my lunch time diet. I love them all and can’t conceive of a diet without some type of bread regularly.
You probably feel the same way.
But it occurred to me yesterday that we fail to realize how fortunate we are to have something as simple as bread when I stopped by St. Mary Family Center (Catholic Charities food pantry).
I was chatting with the coordinator about how much in demand bread is at their food pantry. It is rare that they ever have enough to get through the day. That gave me pause to reflect that a good percentage of our neighbors in this area may not regularly have a simple item like bread that is so basic to me.
Once again, I am reminded how important St. Mary Family Center and other excellent food pantries are to our community. It does make me proud that they are there to help provide basic items that I think all should have.
By Ken Bresnan, Parish Outreach Liaison, Catholic Charities
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the coming season of Lent?
Naturally, you may think of the meaning of Lent and the good that it can do us, or fasting and religious obligations.
But what about preparation for the Lenten season? What is the true meaning of Lent and what would be the best way to prepare for it?
So grab your spouse, your friends and your family, think New Orleans, and join us for “Laissez Les Bon Temps TRANSFORM,” or for you mono-lingual people, “Let the Good time TRANSFORM”.
On February 18th at the Catholic Pastoral Center from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Catholic Charities and the Center for Social Ministry invite you to the first ever Mardi Gras "event to remember". This fundraiser will help support both organizations work of advocacy and education about social justice-related issues and service. The event features costumes, jazz music, hors d’overs, cocktails, dancing and, believe it or not, even a parade. Seamlessly interwoven will be a unique prayer service -- all in preparation for the Lenten Season.
All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will support the work of both the Center for Social Ministry and Catholic Charities. Suggested donations are $40 for an individual and $75 for a couple. For tickets call Susie Paloma at 515-782-3054 or reserve your tickets online at CatholicCharitiesDM.org.
Happy New Year! Catholic Charities would like to thank everyone for such amazing support in 2011! Because of your volunteer time, your donations and your support of our initiatives, Catholic Charities was able to help thousands of Iowans in need in 2011. We are already off and running in 2012 and hope you will once again join us in the months ahead.
Important dates for you 2012 calendar include:
Feb. 18, 2012 - Laissez les bons temps TRANSFORM! (Let the Good Times TRANSFORM), A Mardi Gras Event to Remember! A new event held in collaboration with the Center for Social Ministry. Catholic Pastoral Center, 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines
Feb. 22 - March 8, 2012 - Lenten Food Stamp Challenge & Catholic Charities Special Collections in participating parishes
March 29, 2012 - The Art of Healing, awareness event and fundraiser for the Phoenix House Domestic Violence Shelter & Sexual Abuse Program in Council Bluffs
June 7, 2012 - Catholic Charities Night at the Iowa Cubs fundraising event for the entire family!
Aug. 27, 2012 - Bishop's Catholic Charities Golf Classic, Echo Valley Country Club
Nov. 25 - Dec. 2, 2012 - Catholic Charities Week (Projects and opportunities for schools, parishes and business)
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2012 - No Room at the Inn, awareness and fundraising event for Poverty Reduction
Thank you again for your support in 2011! You are truly making a difference!