Food fast proves successful in Tioga - Catholic Courier

Food fast proves successful in Tioga

A bit of sacrifice by the youths of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes has resulted in a lot of money for Catholic Relief Services.

In all, $1,885.72 was raised from a 24-hour food fast held Jan. 23-24. Taking part were 39 teens and 11 adults from the senior- and junior-high youth groups of the five Tioga County churches: St. Margaret Mary, Apalachin; St. Patrick, Owego; St. John the Evangelist, Newark Valley; St. James, Waverly; and St. Francis, Catatonk.

The weekend included a “Shopping Trip Challenge” at Price Chopper in Owego, which involved youths purchasing as much food as they could for $5. All the food was donated to Tioga County Rural Ministry in Owego and Project Neighbor in Newark Valley. At midnight, participants gathered at St. Patrick Church for a prayer service designed to deepen their awareness of being in solidarity with people around the world. In addition, one group spent the morning baking goodies for a bake sale to raise funds, and another contingent served lunch at a soup kitchen in Endicott, Broome County. Father Al Bebel, a retired priest with the Diocese of Syracuse, spoke to the youths about migrant workers in New York state and the Eastern Farm Workers Association. The fast ended with each youth group celebrating liturgy at a worship site of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes.

“We were living our parish mission statement. We were out in the community, doing and living the Gospel,” remarked Debbie Kennedy, junior-high youth minister at St. James in Waverly.

Funds will go toward supporting Catholic Relief Services’ many hunger-relief efforts around the world. The annual food fast has raised thousands of dollars for those in need since it was begun 12 years ago under Sue White, youth minister at St. Margaret Mary in Apalachin.

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