St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving Dinner

By Deacon Jerry Connery

And Jesus said to those on His right, “When I was hungry you gave me something to eat.” A couple of months ago at a Priest/Deacon meeting, Fr. Joe and Fr. Dave asked the Deacons if they would undertake the Thanksgiving Day dinner, previously run by St. Patrick, for St. Vincent de Paul Parish. After the shock and awe and the “Are you out of your minds?!” we Deacons agreed to look into it. We divided the project up into stages. If stage one worked, we would move on to stage 2, etc. We agreed that if one of the stages could not be met, we would call it off. The first thing we did was to meet with Mary Jo Ballenger, who continues to be a great resource. We realized it would only take 6 of us to replace her. We next met with Ron Morrison and Marvin Brownfield who continue to be a great help. Other people who have done this in the past are stepping up. Our biggest concern was whether or not we could get the food in these uncertain times and Betsy Gerke and Michael Eufinger helped us with that. We are now at the final phase. We are bringing this project to the good people of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. We need your help to pay for the food and to put on the dinner. We will need people to help cook, plate and serve as well as delivery of the meals and clean up. We decided at the onset, because of the uncertainty with COVID, we would do take out and delivery meals only. WE especially need the help of young strong people. I have been told by Marvin and Ron that the pots used to cook the food can be, at times, quite heavy. We are also looking for people who would consider taking leadership roles as both priests have indicated that they would like this to be an annual event. Those of us doing this are now getting on in years. There is an envelope in your monthly packet which will allow you to donate to this project, and if you can help, you can contact Dianne at the rectory office (660-827-2311/ There will be a preliminary meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 1pm in St. Patrick basement. And those on Jesus’ right said, “Lord when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat? And he replied, “What you did to the least of these, you did unto me.”