Breaking Bread offers 'happy meals' at parish

Monday, January 08, 2018 - Updated: 11:59 pm

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

The Breaking Bread Ministry of St. Bernadette Parish in Monroeville recently completed its second year of serving holiday meals for those who might eat alone.

The ministry prepares and serves on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Parishioners raised more than $3,000 that was used to purchase food and supplies. Meat, potatoes and veggies were supplied by Nino Sunseri. Meal planning and preparation were coordinated by Sharon Torick.

Volunteers help with food preparation in the days leading up to the holiday and on the holiday itself. Volunteers sign up after Sunday Masses for setup, serving and cleanup, and all desserts are provided by parishioners.

An important volunteer activity is welcoming guests and spending time with them in a family-meal setting. At Thanksgiving, the ministry served nearly 100 guests, and at Christmas nearly 90 guests were fed. Volunteers totaled 50 to 60 individuals. Leftover food has been provided to Light of Life, Jubilee Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, the Garden City volunteer firefighters and the parish Fellowship Breakfast.

The ministry was the vision of Father Tony Gargotta, pastor, following the ChristLife program in 2015-16.

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