Happy Easter to all!
When I first came to St. John's, I thought that feeding the hungry was the only charity we did here but how wrong I was. St. John's Soup Kitchen not only provides breakfast and lunch, but also assists with getting prescriptions filled when someone doesn't have the money to pay for it. We offer spiritual support to anyone who ask for prayers. We assist those in need of bus tickets to return to their loved ones or to relocate in the hopes of rebuilding their lives, and the list goes on.
The last amazing work of mercy we were able to do for two people who were connected for many years with St. John's was to find a place of rest for their remains. Yes, you read correctly. Two years ago one of our regulars, Jim, who was loved by many here at St. John's passed away and we took care of his funeral arrangements, but at that time we were not able to give him a proper burial due to finances. Last year a member of St. John's Deaf Community passed away also; her family took care of the funeral arrangements but refused to take her ashes and left them with us. I could not bear the thought of having the remains of two precious people in my office so in the spirit of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I contacted the Cemetery Office of the Archdiocese of Newark and asked to help me fulfill the Corporal Work of Mercy "To Bury The Dead". The Office of Cemeteries accepted my request and gave us two places for Jim and Rebecca. We will be burying them after Easter, a proper time to lay them to rest with the dignity that every human being deserves.
As you can see, St. John's does not limit itself to feeding the hungry, but we go beyond according to the need presented and our ability, and all of this is possible thanks to the support of people like you!
Have a blessed Easter!