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The project began at 9 a.m. in Boeke Hall, preparing the rigatoni and meatballs, mixing salads and getting everything together for delivery to the Maurin Center on S. Main Street at 12:30 p.m. Students and staff members began serving about 1 p.m. Students and parishioners from several other parishes also were there for the day. In addition to the main course, there was salad, bread, coffee and cookies.
As at every gathering, however, before the meal was served the big crowd formed a large prayer circle to hear prayer petitions and repeat the Lord’s prayer before dining.
The center was filled with a large crowd of both students and clients. “God bless you,” was a qutoe heard more than once during the afternoon. .Working quietly among the students were old hands–stalwarts from several Akron area parishes who are there regularly. Many have been serving at the Maurin Center for a long time.
St. Paul catechetical leader Shelly Hertzig and husband, Gene, were in charge of the project.