On December 12, 1269 Café homeless ministry and more than 70 other churches and ministries held the second annual, “You’re a Gift Christmas,” at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. This is another event that has given us great joy because all of God’s people are coming together. Here are the comments offered by Fr. Anthony Frontiero, the rector (pastor representing the bishop) of the Cathedral:
“Saturday afternoon saw the Cathedral filled to the brim with brothers and sisters throughout the city of Manchester who struggle with poverty and homelessness. For the second year in a row, the Cathedral most happily hosted what I believe to be one the most powerful experiences of ecumenism in our neighborhood: ‘You’re a Gift Christmas Event’—an hour of prayer and praise followed by an opportunity to lavish Christmas gifts—(clothing, warm blankets, and other basic need items), great food, and most especially Christmas joy, love and peace—upon our struggling brothers and sisters living in the city.
Last year, we opened the doors to the Cathedral for 200 of these friends; this year we more than doubled that number!! It was truly an awesome experience of our common humanity and a shining example of what it means to ‘love one another as Christ has loved us.’ And, what better timing to share this love with one another as a local Christian community than at the start of the Holy Year of Mercy! I cannot begin to thank the many, many businesses who donated goods to be given, the generous and loving volunteers from our Catholic parish, Saint Hedwig’s, and other area churches (all told, around 200 volunteers made this happen!”). You all worked long hours to pull this event off. Words fall short of expressing the joy and thanksgiving that was present in the Cathedral that day. I know that the Lord will reward each of you for your goodness!”