Our preparations for the homeless men’s dinner began with a fundraising social on Friday 9th September. The evening went very well, with over 40 parishioners and friends of the parish in attendance. We thank most sincerely Henry and Catriona for providing the live music free of charge, all those who bought tickets, and all who provided food. The evening raised £444, and additional donations over the next week brought the total donated to just over £700.
On Sunday 18th September, 20 men were brought from Belgrove Hostel to the church. Thanks to Ann’s Coaches in Kirkintilloch for providing transport. After a short service with hymns and prayers for the men of Belgrove who have died, the men sat down to a three course meal of homemade soup, fish and sausage suppers (thanks to the Merchant Chippie) and cake. The men were also given goodie bags of toiletries, new clothes and each won a raffle prize. The men were very grateful for the parish’s generosity and hospitality.
As Fr Morris has reminded us in recent homilies, we must all see material and spiritual poverty in perspective. In working to meet the physical needs of the poor, we must strive to lead others to the God who can meet our spiritual need for forgiveness and grace.
Thanks again to Henry and Catriona for providing live music for the men. Thanks also to our ever-faithful team of servers and dishwashers! Thank you to all who donated money or time to make the evening a success.