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We recently posted the pictures from our GivingTuesday event with our guests. Check em out!
In honor of #GivingTuesday, we’ll be sharing with you how performing the simplest acts of kindness can go a long way for our guests. We thrive on a year-long season of giving: love, patience, and meeting basic human needs. Follow along as our staff, volunteers, and (most importantly) our guests explain the importance of service and giving back.
If you’re not familiar with what #GivingTuesday is, check out http://community.givingtuesday.org/News Essentially, it is the “opening day” for the giving season. #GivingTuesday will take place on the Tuesday after Cyber Monday. Join in on the movement by sharing with us your experiences with helping those who are poor and marginalized.
After a 2 week break in August, Lantern Light’s kitchen went offline to receive an upgrade. The kitchen needed to be insulated for a heating/cooling system and a new walk-in freezer had to be installed. In the absence of the kitchen we’ve managed to continue serving lunch each day. More importantly, we still were able to provide homemade meals for our guests at least three times a week. This wouldn’t have been possible without our faithful volunteers!
Serving has been a bit different. We’ve utilized the meeting room as a quasi-kitchen, which has affected all services at the Rebuild Center. Fortunately, we are a team that works well together! Just a few minor adjustments and all was well! These 90 days have left us all anxious as we slowly watch renovation coming to a close.
We’re excited to announce that the kitchen (should be) running just after Thanksgiving (our final walk through is this Wednesday). We will have a special ceremony to bless the kitchen in the upcoming weeks. We can’t wait to return to normalcy, but we’re pleased with how the last three months have unfolded.
Once again– thank you to all of our volunteers who made this adjustment run smoothly, and thank you to all of our supporters and contributors!
Below are some pre-renovation and current shots of the kitchen. You can see our new orange flooring, white interior, and new walk-in freezer.
Very exciting news here for the Sisters at Lantern Light Ministry! Our foundress, Nano Nagle, has been named Venerable. Being named Venerable is the second step on the path to Sainthood. Although the official celebration took place in Cork, Ireland, we celebrated down here in the Big Easy with prayer and reflections. We eagerly watched the live-streaming of the Mass at 5:30 on Thursday morning via Presentation Sisters Union website http://presentationsistersunion.org/.
There are four official steps in the Sainthood process: Servant, Venerable, Blessed, and Saint. Passing through these steps takes many years, prayer, a few miracles, and lots of financial support. We’re excited to celebrate as Nano moves from Servant to Venerable in the 238 years after her death.
Below is a link to a radio special from Ireland about Nano Nagle.
“Spend yourself for the poor”—Nano Nagle
“If I could be of service in any part of the world, I would do all of my power to provide that Service”—Nano Nagle.
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Some great photos of the recent fish fry have been posted to Facebook. Here is the link: Fish Fry Photos!
Our Lenten Fish Fry on Friday March 1, 2013, was a huge success. Thanks to the time, talent and energy of several of the top chefs in New Orleans, we had a wonderful turn out. We topped our goal of 1200 dinners by 500. It was a great day!
Managing the large number of orders was an unbelievable task. God blessed us with a great group of efficient volunteers who took on this task. It was a fantastic day in so many ways. The weather was sunny and many who purchased a meal had the opportunity to sit out on the deck of the Rebuild Center in the sunshine to enjoy their meal.
The highlight of the day was the exchange that took place among the chefs, the volunteers, the Presentation Sisters and all those who came to support the event. Lantern Light was also blessed by the media who carried our story in the newspaper and on the radio on the TV.
Thank you to all from the Presentation Sisters.
Sister Anna, Sister Dolores, Sister Enid and Sister Vera
Thank you to top area chefs Jason Walters, Chuck Subra, Rene Bajou, Yves Favier, Robert Mitchell, Michael McGuire, Thorsten Leighty, Benjamin Sarrat, Matt Murphy, Justin Kennedy, Richard Bond, Andrew Shurlock and “Fireman” Mike Gowland, Tariq Hanna for their support of our upcoming Lenten Fish Fry!
A donation of $10 will get you a wonderful meal of fried catfish, baked macaroni, corn salad and banana foster! We are serving from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1. There is also an option for take-out! Call 504.273.5573, extension 116, if you have questions or would like to pre-order your take out meals.
Click here Lenten Fish Fry 2013 for more details on the March 1 event.