Thursday, August 14, 2008
A death in the family is never easy. Making all the arrangements can be difficult. St. Paul’s Sorrowful Mothers help ease some of the burden by making and serving food following the funeral. Never is a person’s life do they need the support of their church family as at the passing of a loved one.
Judy Richard, who leads the Sorrowful Mothers, describes the group as “individuals who work to prepare, serve and clean up the lunch following a funeral.”
The group consists of volunteers that work the actual day of the event.
If you have never experienced all that goes on in the preparation of the luncheon, it
starts from the moment the family calls the church office to inform of the death and
makes the arrangements for the funeral. From then, someone from the rectory calls Judy to start the process of planning the luncheon. She then calls the family to go over
particulars regarding the lunch, including possible food allergies or preferences.
The meal always consists of.chicken or ham, salad, potatoes.and various vegetables and desserts Volunteers who provide food usually donate desserts, vegetables, salads and fruit. Volunteers work from approximately an hour and a half before the service and clean up after the food is served,
It takes a very special person to work these luncheons. The Sorrowful Mothers are always there to offer compassion and a warm smile while helping the family
get through their tough day.
Judy would like to thank each and every person who has given their time and effort toward preparation of the luncheons, whether by serving at the luncheons or donating food.
If you would like more information on how to donate food or service, contact Judy
Richard at 330-644-4514.. Food is always needed and should be delivered in disposable containers.