When Stephanie Bornhorst of Dublin, Ohio was leafing through her church bulletin, a call to action caught her eye.
A home cook, Stephanie decided to join the group at her church, St. Brigid of Kildare.
The group, Holy Casseroles, got its start in June 2008. It's the brainchild of church member Rise Casteel, who was looking for a way to help needy people living in the inner city. A recent illness prevented Rise from driving downtown, so she wanted to be able to help from her suburban home.
The women get together for cooking sessions at alternating members' homes and make 20 casseroles at a time. The church allocates $100 to buy ingredients for each cooking session. If more money is needed, members split the amount.
On Friday mornings, they deliver the casseroles to the Holy Family Soup Kitchen in nearby Columbus, and the food is distributed to families who use the soup kitchen. Since the kitchen is closed on weekends, the casseroles feed these families until the kitchen opens again on Monday.
The group of mostly young mothers is happy to help people at the soup kitchen, which St. Brigid has supported for more than 20 years.
"I know I'm doing one of the corporal works of mercy in feeding the hungry," says Rise. "This is an expression of my faith. I'm a grandma, but I enjoy working with all the young moms in our group and seeing their sincerity in helping others and teaching their own children to be generous."
Adds Stephanie, "It's an enjoyable and easy way to serve the community. We hope to inspire others to do the same!"
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