The fifth annual Harvest of Hope Dinner held Thursday, October 25 spotlighted the work two congregations from the diocese are performing in Guatemala.
Deacon Michael Martini, who is director of the Catholic Charities Solidarity Team, also announced that nearly $143,000 was raised during the last Rice Bowl collection from 36 parishes, three private donors and two schools. While the bulk of the money goes to help developing nations such as Guatemala, 15 local parishes or groups that provide food assistance shared in a record $40,200 in grants that were doled out during the dinner, held at Immaculate Conception Parish in Annandale.
Martini said Harvest of Hope, which drew about 100 people, is important to show the solidarity and partnership being displayed every day in the community and beyond. He said participation in such acts as Rice Bowl “connects parishioners to the idea that even though they’re contributing something worldwide, it does have a local impact.”
Above article & Photos by Ed Koskey Jr./The Catholic Spirit FB