Building connections: St. John Bosco parish campaign supports emergency pantry at nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe parish

Representatives from St. John Bosco and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes met for the presentation of a $2,396.50 cheque from a "Partners at the Table" campaign in support of Our Lady of Guadalupe's emergency food pantry. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Courchene)

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News

In the weeks leading up to Holy Week, parishioners at St. John Bosco parish in Saskatoon were encouraged to find ways to be “Partners at the Table,” in support of the emergency food pantry operated by nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, which serves Indigenous, Métis, and non-Indigenous parishioners as well as reaching out to the wider community with ministry and service.

Pastor Fr. Marvin Lishchynsky of St. John Bosco promised parishioners that if $1,000 was raised during a collection for the “Partners at the Table” on Holy Thursday, he would demonstrate his juggling skills after Mass during the Easter season.

With more than $2,300 raised for Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish’s outreach, he fulfilled the promise on the second Sunday of Easter, April 24.

Fr. Marvin Lishchynsky of St. John Bosco Parish juggled after Mass April 24 after parishioners met a fund-raising challenge in support of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish food pantry. (Photo by Tim Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

St. John Bosco representatives subsequently visited Our Lady of Guadalupe parish on May 19, 2022 to present a cheque for $2,396.50 in support of the food pantry that serves the surrounding neighbourhood.

In addition, a considerable amount of food for the pantry was also donated by St. John Bosco parishioners during the “Partners at the Table” campaign, reported Parish Life Director Matthew Courchene.