Food Locker Ministry
St. Isidore Parish Food Locker provides food to those in need in our community. The parish community can support the efforts of the Food Locker with the Can-A-Week program to stock the shelves of the food locker. Parishioners are asked to bring one food item to mass each week. (Please no glass containers.) The food items may be placed in the Food Locker Box in the vestibule of the church.
In 2010 we were able to provide the following number of bags of food, the number we fed and total meals distributed. Thank you everyone who contributed and volunteered.
CAN-A-WEEK ..THAT'S ALL WE ASK.
In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, our Food Locker Ministry collects dry and canned food goods for distribution to families and individuals in crisis, as well as to homeless and transient persons. This ministry at St. Isidore extends back beyond recent memory and before current parishioner volunteers began this social commitment.
The Can-A-Week campaign is an ongoing program to help keep our Food Locker shelves stocked. Unfortunately, there is no season to hunger. Morning, noon and night, seven days a week, 12 months a year, there are people in our community in need of food. Each week, in the bulletin, there is a request for a specific food item needed in the Food Locker. Parishioners are asked to bring one food item to mass with them each week and place it in the Food Locker box in the vestibule of the church. In this way the Food Locker can have a steady supply of food items on the shelves, rather than a twice a year canned food drive which will fill the shelves for a short time.
Please participate by bringing canned food each Sunday.
Remember, Jesus told us: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink… I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25: 35,40.
Known as the Seraphic Saint, St. Francis was born at Assisi, Italy, in 1182. St. Francis in his youth loved pleasure and fine clothes. He renounced his wealth and became the most extraordinary Saint of the Middle Ages. He founded the Order of Friars Minor, the Second Order of the Poor Clares, and the Tertiaries or Third Order of St. Francis. Our Lord favored him with the Stigmata. He died in 1226.
" Francis did not try to abolish poverty, he tried to make it holy. When his friars met someone poorer than they, they would eagerly rip off the sleeve of their habit to give to the person. They worked for all necessities and only begged if they had to. But Francis would not let them accept any money. He told them to treat coins as if they were pebbles in the road. When the bishop showed horror at the friars' hard life, Francis said, "If we had any possessions we should need weapons and laws to defend them." Possessing something was the death of love for Francis. Also, Francis reasoned, what could you do to a man who owns nothing? You can't starve a fasting man, you can't steal from someone who has no money, you can't ruin someone who hates prestige. They were truly free."
For more on the life of St. Francis of Assisi, please visit Catholics Online at http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=50.