By now, we’ve all heard the pleas. Practice social-distancing. Wash your hands often and clean off surfaces. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. But, here’s one more plea that we can’t ignore: Think of how you can help those in your community. Can you shop for the elderly in your neighborhood? Are there people who provide you with services who you can support in the interim (babysitters, house cleaners, beauty workers, exercise teachers)? If you can’t frequent local businesses, can you buy gift cards from them to use in the future? If you can maintain your normal salary while working from home, can you help someone who can’t? St. Vincent de Paul is a nonprofit organization right here at St.Ben’s that already serves the most likely to be hurt by the economic devastation of the Coronavirus Crisis. Everyone is inconvenienced, but those already in need face financial devastation. You can be there for them. Your support will change lives. If you currently give, thank you and please continue to give to both St. Vincent de Paul and St. Benedict Cathedral. If not, you can sign up remotely at saintbenedictcathedral.org and give electronically. Just click on “Giving Opportunities” in the top right corner and click on “WeShare.” You can also mail your payments to the parish office at 1328 Lincoln Avenue, 47714. Please let St. Ben’s be a shining light in this time of darkness. Be kind, be generous, be responsible and be healthy. Together, and with faith, we will get through this.
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