“Our parishioners have been feeling very disconnected, not being able to be together at Mass or share in sacraments with family members. But creating our own 1,000-crane chain, each with a prayer, could help us feel like a community again.”
The Senior Dining Frozen Meal Expansion Project, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, is offering meals for pick-up at several additional locations across Central Minnesota in December.
Cathedral High School started distance learning the week of Nov. 16, but distance learning for K-6 schools in the CCS school system begins Nov. 30. Catholic Community Schools will remain in distance learning through the holidays.
When Father John Fields received an email from the University of Pennsylvania Aug. 28 asking him if he wanted to participate in the third and final phase of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, he answered “yes” immediately.
By incorporating frozen foods, developing pop-up sites and partnering with food shelves, the Senior Dining program more than tripled its capacity and has been able to prepare and deliver about 91,000 meals per month, which is up from 26,000 meals a month in 2019.
Even during a global pandemic, the World Day of the Poor will be an important opportunity for parishes to highlight the importance of charity and spiritual comfort for those in need, said a Vatican official.