In this Easter season, as we encounter and celebrate our Risen Lord, we find ourselves in a unique time due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. On the Friday in the octave of Easter, in the Gospel of John, we read about one of the encounters the Apostles had with our Risen Lord as they were out fishing. After instructing them where to catch the fish, He takes time to sit and eat with them (see John 21:1-14).
Right now, in our community of Tarrant County, there is a great need for many families to both encounter our Risen Lord and have their basic needs for food met. Therefore, in line with the recommendations of the CDC, the Tarrant County Public Health Department, and the City of Fort Worth, the Diocese of Fort Worth is encouraging all the parishes to provide help as they are able. We here at St. Patrick’s Cathedral want to work to help address this crisis.
The parishioners and community of St. Patrick have already generously donated $30,000 to help the disadvantaged in our area. To maximize the amount of help that this will provide and to assure that the help will be distributed in the most effective and efficient means possible, we have determined that with these funds,
St. Patrick Cathedral will partner with the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) where a donation of $10 provides 50 meals for people out of school and work. This enables all of us to immediately provide 150,000 meals to those most affected by this crisis.
We know that many of you are struggling in this time of uncertainty, but for those of you who are able, we are providing you with a means to help us increase that donation. We have set a goal as a parish to provide an additional 150,000 meals.
We have, therefore, set up an online account specifically for this purpose. We are asking everyone connected with St. Patrick Cathedral in any way to consider making an online one-time or recurring donation to this account for the duration of this crisis. CLICK HERE to make a donation or you can also mail your donation to the parish office, noting that you’d like to help out with the St. Patrick Covid-19 Food Response, and we will see that it gets to the proper people providing relief to those in our community that are currently going hungry.
Please be as generous as possible during this time of unprecedented suffering and help us as a church fulfill our missionary call to feed the hungry, in which all may encounter the Risen Lord in this time. As Jesus himself says in the gospel of Matthew, “I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matthew 25:35).
Thank you for your generosity, and may the blessings of Our Risen Lord be with you during this Easter season.