Father Joseph's Meal Train
Posted Aug 4, 2022 by Diana Schiro
Hi everyone! What an enthusiastic response we have had. Many participants make it easy for all! I extended signups through November. Father Joseph is thrilled to receive the wonderful meals. Thank you again and God Bless!
Meals for Father Joseph
Posted Jul 17, 2022 by Diana Schiro
Hi! I am setting up a meal train for Father Joseph. We will be announcing it in the bulletin at church, but I thought I could start with this group that supported Father John for the past four years. Please do not feel obligated to participate! Hopefully, we will get some new participants. Thanks to all of you and to Stephanie for her help and for organizing for the last 4 years!
An update and love
Posted Mar 23, 2020 by Stephanie McIntyre
Dear SH friends,
Fr. John called me yesterday evening and asked me to write you all, extending his love, prayers, and gratitude for our care of him and for our care for our families and friends during this coronavirus pandemic. We spoke at length, and he is quite concerned about us. Over the weekend, he realized for the first time that he, in his early 70s, is part of the age group who should be most highly concerned about contracting COVID-19. He is re-committing himself to social distancing, and he is worried about all of us, particularly those of us over the age of 60 and/or any of us who may be immunocompromised or who may be caring for someone in our home who is older and/or immunocompromised.
Therefore, he and I ask that if you fall into either or both of the groups above OR if you simply don't feel comfortable with continuing to prepare meals for him, PLEASE STOP! He and I both understand. We want all of us to remain healthy.
My requests as the group organizer:
1) please, all of you, take a moment to respond to me, via email, and let me know if you need to back out for the remaining dates on the calendar.
2) if you need to remove yourself from a date for which you've already signed up for, please do so
3) if you feel comfortable remaining in the rotation, let me know
4) if you would like to send Fr. John a gift certificate for a local restaurant, you may click on the links attached to the Meal Train homepage, e.g. GrubHub or others
For now, we will continue to deliver food to the parish office.
In closing, I would like to share an excerpt from a weekly Lenten meditation/reflection I received last week from my friend, Karen Wright Marsh, who ministers to Christian students at the University of Virginia. Her message from last week centered on St. Patrick :)
"'In difficult times, always keep something beautiful in your heart.'" (Pascal)
"As the privileged son of a Christian family in Britain, young Patrick lived a complacent life. Then one day he was abducted by pirates, ripped from home, and sold across the sea to a pagan Irish warlord, forced into the wilderness to tend sheep alone. Patrick's physical slavery opened the door into divine freedom. In unexpected alienation and exile, Patrick discovered the enlivening beauty of God's presence.
------What surprising gifts might God offer to you and to me during this time of isolation?"
I love the Pascal quote, and I am reflecting often on what gifts there may be--even when I am struggling with my teenagers!!! I look forward to hearing from all of you. Also, please don't hesitate to let me know if you or your family or friends need anything.
Blessings to you all.
March/April calendar dates for Fr. John
Posted Feb 17, 2020 by Stephanie McIntyre
I have finally heard back from Fr. John about his calendar for the next two months and about his dietary concerns. Open dates are posted for the next two months.
PLEASE NOTE: Fr. John wants no desserts, no carbonated beverages/sodas, and no wine or alcohol. He is following the Mediterranean diet and is very keen on eating salads, fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. Soups are welcome.
One special request from Fr. John: he is eating quinoa for breakfast and would appreciate if we took turns providing him with cooked quinoa every week or so. If you could prepare quinoa for him, please prepare it plain. He will add whatever he likes, on his own, to make it sweet or savory.
I don't know about you, but I thought the homily he shared yesterday was quite possibly the best yet. That Gospel reading is the worst--so difficult to hear and ponder! I'm going to ask him to post his homily on the parish website.
A million thanks to you all. I pray that our upcoming Lenten season will be fruitful for you and your families.
January/February 2020 calendar dates
Posted Dec 19, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Late Advent greetings to all of you!
Please know that I am opening up dates in 2020. Fr. John will be on vacation from Jan 9 - 21, and the calendar dates reflect his travel.
Also, Fr. John may soon need us to be mindful of new dietary restrictions. He is awaiting more guidance from his doctors and will let me know when/what to do. I assured him that we are happy to accommodate him, however we can.
As always, I am thankful for all of you--for the ways you support our wonderful pastor and also support each other.
With many wishes for a blessed Christmas and 2020.
Posted Nov 21, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
What a lovely time we enjoyed at lunch earlier today with Fr. John! And our food from Angelo's was delicious. Fr. John was so pleased to treat us and visit with us before the upcoming holiday frenzy.
Diana, if you have time to share your onion pie recipe, we'd all love to have it and give it a try!
I will open up the calendars for January and February in the next day or so, as soon as Fr. John gives me his winter schedule.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.
I am offering a prayer of thanks for all of you.
P.S. Please continue to spread the word about this Meal Train for Fr. John. Also, if you have signed up but have reconsidered and would like me to remove your name from the list, please let me know so I can remove your name and contact information.
Last chance to RSVP
Posted Nov 12, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Would you please take a moment to check your calendars? I have only heard from a fraction of you and want to know if you might join in Fr. John's luncheon on Thursday, Nov 21 at 11:30 am at Angelo's in Bellevue?
If you could please respond by this Friday, Nov 15, I would appreciate it.
Thanks so much!
A Luncheon Invitation from Fr. John
Posted Nov 4, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Hello, SH Meal Makers!
Fr. John has asked me to extend you all an invitation to lunch. In appreciation for all we have done to feed him and care for him, he would like to treat us to lunch at Angelo's Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. NE, on Thursday, November 21st at 11:30 am.
Please RSVP to me at your earliest convenience so I will be able to give Angelo's a proper headcount in advance.
Updated calendar for November and December
Posted Oct 11, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Happy Autumn to you all!
Many thanks for the gentle nudges/reminders I received at morning Mass from Cecelia and Gemma--now I have added the open dates for meals through the end of the year. I allowed for a cushion around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Fr. John always appreciates what we do for him, but also wants to diminish our stress levels :)
Welcome to our new meal makers--I think there are two or three!
I am still trying to spread the word about this ministry, but I think word of mouth works best. Personal invitations are effective. Please do what you can to invite others to join us.
I will ask Lucy to run the ad in the bulletin again and check in with the SHS secretary again about the ad I asked her to place in the school newsletter.
Updated Calendar :)
Posted Aug 9, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Please note that Fr. John needs a meal on Thursday, Aug 29, but won't need any meals until Thursday, Oct 3 due to vacation.
Enjoy your vacation!
Posted Aug 9, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Hello, Sacred Heart friends!
I hope this cool summer has been treating you and your families well. It has been an odd time for us as we have recently learned that my mother-in-law in Tucson is facing a diagnosis of Stage 4 bile duct cancer. Very hard. And my mother in Tacoma is facing several surgeries in the next six months. . . In addition, we are preparing to leave for Honolulu and move in our son for his freshman year at Chaminade University. Yikes.
So, I am sorry for being a bit tardy with this update. I have talked with Fr. John and learned that he will not need meals between Aug 30 and October. Fr. Joseph will be here, but he does not need meals during his stay.
At this point, Fr. John could use a meal on August 29, but will not need another meal until Thursday, October 3. I will update the calendar accordingly.
Also, at Fr. John's request, would each of you take a moment to include a note with your meal so he will know who has prepared the food? He is SO delighted with our efforts and feels bad that he often doesn't know who provided the dinner. He wants to be able to thank people personally when he can.
Finally, now that I know that Fr. John will be away until October, I won't put a new meal making announcement in the bulletin until September. I will also advertise in the SHS parent newsletter as we have had no school families join our group.
As always, I am ever grateful to you all.
Posted Jun 13, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
I just updated available dates through October.
Posted Jun 12, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
I hope you're all keeping cool today, the hottest day of our year so far! Today is my birthday, and I'm trying to stay cool in my non-air conditioned house :)
I know that Fr. John is returning from Ireland today and that we will be happy to see him at Mass this weekend.
As we head into summer and people begin to travel, I'd like to encourage you to check your schedules to see if/when you might be able to prepare a meal for Fr. John. We have no meals scheduled for July. A reminder: he appreciates salads, sandwiches, and fresh fruits and also understands if we bring entrees from Trader Joe's, for instance. He is capable of heating items in his oven or microwave.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your service.
I will soon be advertising again for more meal makers to join in. Please do ask your parish friends if they might consider helping.
Posted May 22, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Dearest SH Meal Makers,
Aren't we all thrilled about the news that Fr. John will be our pastor for another three years? Thanks be to God!!!
I have important news to share about our schedule. Please read!
First, Fr. John will be in Ireland from May 26 through June 12. That means that Diana, Julie C, Maryann, and Cecilia are "off the hook" for their spots. Meals will resume with the June 13 date. In fact, June 13 and June 17 are currently "open" spots for meals.
Second, I cannot thank you all ENOUGH for your willingness to provide dinners for Fr. John. Your hospitality, kindness, and good humor (not to mention your cooking skills!) is incredible. You give me yet another reason to be proud of our Sacred Heart parish community.
Third, Fr. John and I chatted earlier today about the meals program, and he relayed his concern about burnout. In other words, while he is grateful that the Archbishop agreed to extend Fr. John's stay with us, Fr. John does not want any of us to feel unduly burdened by the meals commitment. As usual, he is very considerate of his flock.
Fourth, I assured Fr. John that I would make clear to you all that YOU ARE BY NO MEANS OBLIGATED TO CONTINUE MAKING MEALS and that YOU SHOULD LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT "OUT." Now that we are assured of Fr. John's tenure with us, we can move forward accordingly. I, too, do not want to burden anyone, and I am going to recruit more meal makers from our parish community. I will re-run a bulletin announcement and also reach out more specifically to our school families. I am confident that our group can and will expand.
In closing, please do contact me if you would like me to remove your name/contact info from this effort. Additionally, please consider reaching out to your parish friends and ask them to consider joining this Meal Train for Fr. John.
My heart is full.
Thank you all.
Monday, April 29
Posted Apr 23, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Easter blessings to you all!
Just a note to let you know that Fr. John will be out-of-town on April 29 so he will not need a meal that day. It appears to be "open" on the calendar, but none of us need worry. He will be fed on that day :)
A Spring Update
Posted Mar 29, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Thanks again to you all for providing such fantastic meals for our wonderful pastor. He continues to be amazed and delighted by all of our tasty dinners and is overwhelmed by our hospitality.
A note: he has washed, dried, and placed all the Tupperware/plastic meal containers many of us have given him, and he has stored them in a large cardboard box in the sacristy. He would like us to reclaim our plastics :) Please take a moment after weekend Mass to come to the sacristy and claim your containers.
A suggestion from me: it may not always be possible, but please try to bring your food in disposable containers, e.g. foil pans or wrapped in foil or wrap. Fr. John is trying hard to do his part and doesn't want to toss our plastic containers in the trash.
I hope your Lent is bringing you peace and moments of insight. I was sorry to have missed the St. Patrick's Day party and have been entirely too busy with travel and guests :(
Blessings to you all.
Please read--an important reminder and update!
Posted Jan 21, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Good morning, SH meal makers!
First, please do RSVP about Fr. John's Overlake luncheon this Thursday. I need a head count by tomorrow morning.
Second, Fr. John has asked me to amend the meal parameters: please, do not include anymore bottles of wine and do not include anymore desserts! He is trying very hard to follow the guidance of his doctors and needs our help. Fresh fruit is always welcome.
As always, thank you for your service, and I look forward to seeing you and meeting you this Thursday, Jan 24 at Overlake at noon.
A Luncheon Invitation from Fr. John, Thursday, January 24
Posted Jan 17, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Good afternoon, meal makers!
Overlake CC has been reserved for Fr. John's appreciation luncheon at noon on Thursday, January 24. As I am sure you have noticed, Fr. John's voice has returned so he is looking forward to hosting all of us and some other members of the parish staff. He is ever appreciative!
I appreciate your patience as we have ironed out details. Please RSVP to me at your earliest convenience.
Fr. John luncheon postponed!
Posted Jan 2, 2019 by Stephanie McIntyre
Fr. John is still in the process of regaining his voice so we have decided to postpone the appreciation luncheon. We will most likely gather on Thursday, Jan 24 or Friday, Jan 25 at Overlake Country Club.
I apologize for the last minute cancellation and will be in touch again with a definitive date and time.
A Luncheon Invitation from Fr. John
Posted Dec 28, 2018 by Stephanie McIntyre
I hope you have all enjoyed beautiful Christmas celebrations with family and friends and that you are looking forward to 2019. If you were in town and were able to attend any of the Christmas Masses at Sacred Heart, I'm sure you will agree with me that Fr. John shared one of the loveliest and most heartfelt homilies we have ever heard! What a gift he is to our parish community.
I cannot thank you enough for your commitment to cooking for Fr. John, and he is so appreciative that he has asked me to invite all of you meal makers to be his guests at a luncheon at Overlake Country Club on Thursday, January 3rd at noon.
Would you please RSVP to me, Stephanie McIntyre, by January 2nd?
December meals for Fr. Madigan
Posted Nov 26, 2018 by Stephanie McIntyre
Hello, merry meal makers!
I do hope that everyone enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends and that you all had help in meal prep for the big feast and thereafter.
I know that the holiday season is upon us and that we are all busy, busy. I do, however, need to ask you to consider whether you might sign up for the several open dates for meals in December. If it is too much to do, I understand completely!
Also, please know that Fr. Madigan is capable of heating a frozen entree from Trader Joe's or wherever :) Pre-made entrees work just fine; what we share with him doesn't always have to be homemade.
Thank you for all that you have done so far! Fr. John is very appreciative.
Soon to be Advent blessings,
An update regarding Fr. Akor
Posted Aug 22, 2018 by Stephanie McIntyre
Dear Sacred Heart Meal Makers:
Thanks again to all of you who have signed up thus far! I attended Mass yesterday morning and spoke with Fr. Akor directly about whether we might provide him with meals while he minsters to us during Fr. Madigan's absence.
As it turns out, Fr. Akor is quite reluctant to receive meals and is worried about receiving too much food. I am going to edit the calendar requirements accordingly. Deacon Scott assured me that the parish will provide a per diem for Fr. Akor's food needs.
Fr. Madigan returns on Oct 2 so our meal making calendar will be updated to reflect his return date.
Blessings to all of you.