|4/14/2013 1:03:00 PM|
Word from food official in D.C.
Catholic News Service
Kevin Concannon, U.S. Agriculture Department undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, is pictured at the Agriculture Department in Washington
To the Catholic Sentinel:
Apart from the expected effects of the Sequester and the trying circumstances of tens of millions in this economy who must rely on a very frayed safety net, I am still feeling very fortunate to be here with these responsibilities. Forty-seven million Americans on food stamps, 45 percent children, 7.5 million in households with not a single dollar of any other income or public program other than supplemental nutrition assistance — more evidence of the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots.
Our food and nutrition programs are urgently needed. One of the great gifts Eileen and I are appreciating is our fabulous parish called Holy Redeemer in D.C. Since its inception in 1923, it has been primarily an all-black Catholic parish in an area of the District behind Union Station.
Last year our former parish, St. Aloysius, a Jesuit parish, merged into Holy Redeemer. It has been wonderful — welcoming pastor, parishioners, choir, deacons, etc. A really great and authentically pastoral pastor, wonderful gospel choir and active social justice ministries.
If every parish were like this in spirit, energy, enthusiasm, liturgies and homilies we would be bursting at the seams across the U.S.