Community Breakfast at St. Cecilia's Parish, Harlem (pre-covid). Photo: Catholic Charities New York
The Christmas season, a time for giving, naturally fits the mission of Catholic Charities. Those who work for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York are privileged to partake in that Christmas spirit. Following are three Christmas memories generously shared by Catholic Charities’ leaders.
A number of years ago we got a donor to support and host a Catholic Charities food distribution event at St. Cecilia’s Church in East Harlem. We decided to do a Mexican breakfast, since there is a large Mexican community in the parish, and it was around the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Hot chocolate, ham and tamales were served. It was so nice to see the large families coming together on a Saturday morning and having breakfast. Cardinal Dolan came and distributed toys to the children. It didn’t feel like we were handing out food but instead we were having a beautiful breakfast with the community together.
The holidays are just around the corner. But for families living in poverty, the holiday season can be the most difficult time of the year. Nearly 1 in 5 children in New York live in poverty. Give now to help a family and become a Holiday Hero!