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2018 Harvest of Hope Dinner

  • At the Harvest of Hope Dinner Oct. 25, Deacon Michael Martini, director of the Catholic Charities Solidarity Team, reads the name of a recipient of a Rice Bowl food grant from a paper held by team member Corabeth Reyes. Photo by Ed Koskey Jr./ The Catholic Spirit
  • Members of the Catholic Charities Solidarity Team, who attended the Harvest of Hope dinner Oct 25 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, stand for a photo. Front row, from left are the Rev. Msgr. Robert W. Medley, Evelyn Tamayo, Trish Scalese, Corabeth Reyes, Sister Ruth Bolarte, Julio Cotto and Don Tibay. In back, from left are The Rev. Msgr. Joseph M Curry, Tony Tamayo, Deacon Michael Martini, Jerry Lynch and Rey Reyes. Photo by Ed Koskey Jr./The Catholic Spirit
  • The Rev. Msgr. Joseph M. Curry, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Spotswood, talks about the Guatemala Scholarship program at the Harvest of Hope Dinner Oct. 25 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale. Photo by Ed Koskey Jr./ The Catholic Spirit
  • The Rev. Msgr. Robert W. Medley, pastor of Queenship of Mary Parish, Plainsboro tells about the Guatemala microfinance program Oct. 25 during the Harvest of Hope Dinner. Photo by Ed Koskey Jr./ The Catholic Spirit

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

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