For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me. - Matthew 25:35
This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week!
Join us for the events below as we pray for our brothers and sisters who experience hunger and homelessness.
For the remainder of the semester...
The Season of Giving is underway! We are collecting nonperishable food items, diapers, hats, gloves, socks and blankets to be distributed by the Padre Pio Friary in Philadelphia. Their greatest need is for diapers. Collection boxes are outside the chapel. If you are unable to donate in person, consider helping St. Francis Inn or Project Home by purchasing items from their wish list, or purchasing groceries for someone in need.
Join us for a viewing of the short DePaul USA documentary, "Feels Like Home," followed by Q&A with DePaul staff doing important outreach in Philadelphia. Join the Teams call on Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00pm.
Sign up for our annual Sleep Out for Homelessness on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11. The Sleep Out will kick off with our last Agape Latte of the semester. Vince Riley will be our speaker and touch on the issue of Veteran homelessness in the US.
"Jesus in the Bread Line"
This image, titled "Jesus in the Bread Line" challenges us to see Christ in our sisters and brothers in poverty. Check @neuministry on Friday for a Retreat Yourself reflection on this image, and tune in to Retreat Yourself Radio Hour at 2:00pm on Wednesday for a conversation on solidarity and service.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Fr. Michael Duffy at St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia
Care for the poor is central to our Franciscan mission and rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. Neumann students often serve at St. Francis Inn, "a Franciscan, Eucharistic community called to minister with the poor and homeless of Philadelphia." Check out St. Francis Inn's facts on homelessness, and this reflection on Catholic Social Teaching and food waste. Finally, check out how the pandemic is setting up for a global "hunger pandemic." What can you do during this season of giving to respond to some of these issues?
Alexis Lomax '21
"Being ready for God's coming doesn't mean making up your bed, doing the dishes or making sure your place is nice and tidy. God might appreciate those things if you think He has a sense of humor, which I do. To truly be ready, however, requires more than physical readiness but readiness of the mind and most importantly the soul." Read Lexi's full reflection on this week's readings.
Did you miss last week's post-grad service fair? Here's another opportunity to check out 55+ organizations to serve with after graduation! Click here to sign up.
CM Picks for the Week
Movie: The Soloist
Book: Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
Podcast: The Moth: A Bratz Life