Members of our RCIA class recently volunteered at the Jubilee Soup Kitchen.

We are blessed with five candidates in RCIA this year—Kathy Baker, Brian Foster, Bob Kim, Mike Lukacs and Tom Walker—who will be officially welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. To help teach and support our candidates on their faith journey, we are blessed to have a large RCIA team led by Fr. Kevin and Director of Religious Education Louis Bosco. The team includes Paula Belanger, Susan Burnet, Tim Ciocco, Jenna Shanahan, Linda Skender and Keith Young.

The volunteer work at Jubilee is part of our RCIA philosophy, which takes the balanced approach of instilling the teachings of our faith along with providing opportunities for charitable outreach—ways of putting the faith into action.

Founded 36 years ago in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, the Jubilee Soup Kitchen is dedicated to Judeo-Christian values and Catholic Worker ideals of honoring the dignity of the underprivileged men, women and children, whom they serve. These same values are fostered in the kitchen’s staff and volunteers.

It is a ministry that seeks to nourish not just the body, but the soul as well. In addition to serving hot meals to about 125 guests each day, Jubilee also operates a food pantry, clothing room and daycare center, and offers employment assistance as well.

“Without volunteers, the Jubilee could not continue its mission to feed many underprivileged in the area with food and more importantly to provide a safe place to come to spend time every day,” said RCIA team member Jenna Shanahan, who came with her husband, Brian, and their sons, Patrick and Luke. “Volunteering with the RCIA group was such a great experience that I wanted to share the experience with my family as well.”

The candidates and team also were joined in their volunteer work by family members Pam and Mary Baker and Krista Kim.

The Jubilee Soup Kitchen is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call Father Paul at 412-261-5417 or visit jubileesoupkitchen.org.