Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Cathedral lunch part of outreach to downtown community
the Inland Register
(From the October 20, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)
On Tuesday Sept. 27, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes hosted a meal for those in need, especially the poor and homeless in downtown Spokane.
Chili dogs were on the menu, along with potato salad, pasta salad, chili-dog fixinís, and water and juice for drinks.
Some 500 people were served between 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and almost all of them expressed gratitude for making the effort of hosting a full supper that they could sit down and enjoy.
Bill Oakley, the cathedralís superintendent of buildings and grounds, and maintenance assistant Mel Garman coordinated the preparations for the meal. Many Cathedral parishioners joyfully volunteered their time to serve the meal line, including the cathedralís rector, Father Darrin Connall.
Musical entertainment was provided by Father Jeff Lewis, the parishís parochial vicar, joined by Cathedral parishioner and Spokane Symphony trumpeter Chris Cook in performing trumpet duets.
The event is just one of many social outreach ministries and programs to which the cathedral is firmly committed. In addition to the meal, the cathedral provides free sandwiches twice each day, Monday-Friday; offers opportunities for day-labor for those willing to assist Oakley and Garman with maintenance work; and donates funds through Spokane Catholic Charities for emergency financial assistance.
The Cathedralís commitment to social outreach is in direct response and obedience to the Lord himself and his own concern for the poorest of the poor.