Diocesan Life March 2010
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Area churches to prepare Easter dinners for the needy in Susquehanna County

Bountiful Blessings, representing the communities of faith in Montrose, has announced its annual program to provide a full Easter dinner for those in need in Susquehanna County.

Working with Interfaith and other area agencies, those individuals and families listed with the agencies will be eligible for a dinner basket that includes a 3 or 5-pound ham, vegetables, potatoes/macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, bread and dessert. The baskets will be distributed on Wednesday, March 31. This year there are plans for at least 700 dinner baskets. In order to better serve our neighbors, three distribution sites will be available: St. Paul’s Montrose, St. Mark’s, New Milford, and Christ Church, Forest City.
Scholars at our local schools will collect many of the nonperishable items. Elk Lake and Mountain View will contribute canned fruit, while the Montrose Area School District will collect canned vegetables. Both Blue Ridge and Susquehanna are collecting macaroni and cheese and boxed potatoes.

Father Paul Walker, St. Paul’s rector, is charged with raising the money to cover the anticipated costs. Last year the costs were $7,000. That amount was met and exceeded. Father Charles Cesaretti, former priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s, stated: “We had a generous outpouring of funds last Easter, and I think we will find it even more so this year. I have found that individuals, groups, and businesses in our county are receptive to helping meet the needs of their neighbors.”

Those wishing to contribute to the Easter Dinner Basket Project may send a check to St Paul’s Church, 60 Church St., Montrose, PA 18801-0314. The check should be made out to “St. Paul’s Outreach” with the notation “Bountiful Blessings, 2010” in the memo line. Additionally, collection jars will be available around Montrose for anyone wishing to make a monetary contribution there.


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