No not really blood relatives, but we have a Community Meal here at St. Michael, where people of all type come together to enjoy eating and being together, just like family. It was a great way to start the New Year, by exchanging New Years greetings, as they came in hungry from the cold, enticed by the aroma of the evenings meal.
Community is supposed to be like that. The creator and preparer, Fr. Peter, has grown this event to several times a month, tonight marking the first Thursday in January and I believe, the next one is on the 20th. People are looking forward to coming, and as usual, it is a pleasure to serve them. Tonight there were around thirteen volunteers, helping with various dinning room and kitchen operations.
One of the aspects of the program, which naturally follow a good meal and friendship, is sharing. People share stories, and personal concerns. It's funny, we're actually missing people now who didn't attend for one reason or another, and you find yourself wondering if they are okay.
Eager to be the winner of a gift certificate, to a local grocery store, they usually do not just eat and run, but linger a little bit longer, making the evening just a little sweeter.
Dinner was minestrone soup, bread, meatloaf, vegetables, and potatoes. Served with a smile and greetings, extended to one and all. Dessert is relished with a cup of coffee, especially good on a cold winter's night.
The best way to brighten the day is a healthy, home-cooked meal with friends who think your pretty special. All you need do is come on by and you'll be made welcome here at Romanian Hall, Southbridge, and become one of our family.
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