Las Vegas Catholic Worker

Compassionate Hearts, Mystical Body

Six pots boil away on the stove; it’s my morning to cook! A new Fettuccine Alfredo recipe demands more of my focus. Still, I’m aware of the volunteer arrivals. Conversations and greetings spill in and I recognize familiar voices and notice newcomers.

Miraculously, without much coordination on most mornings, enough volunteers arrive before dawn to participate in our mission of providing a hot meal for a few hundred homeless men, women and sometimes children.

Our volunteers trek from all parts of the city. Many are Catholic, some are from other faith traditions and some not claiming any religious affiliation at all. They are all ages: parents with young children, retirees, college students and teenage youth groups. They come from varied life experiences: teachers, doctors, social workers, artists, peace activists and seekers.

Looking about the circle, gathered hand-in-hand in prayer before venturing out to serve the morning feast, I am often struck by the spectrum of diversity. People who are unlikely to cross paths and converse are in this moment standing side-by-side, ready to transcend any illusion of our separateness for the greater purpose at hand.

A mystical body is being formed as we are willing to move together into the zone of the suffering reality with vulnerable, compassionate hearts. A mystical body that not only coexists but coalesces to manifest and mirror the divine light present in all life.

The miracle of what happens at the Catholic Worker may be that the multitudes are fed. And with your help we have done this consistently for over thirty-two years. Yet I offer that in this historic moment another dimension of the Catholic Worker way becomes especially relevant. In a time where many are defaulting to a stance of hatred, intolerance, fear and divisiveness, we stay committed to the vision of Gospel love and nonviolence. We aim to provide a place for the many members of this broken body to find hope and healing in working together for the well being of the lost and forgotten. We need your financial kindness to continue our ministry here on the streets of Las Vegas.

PayPal will pay 101% of donations made to the Las Vegas Catholic Worker in December. See our website: www.lvcw.org

Las Vegas Catholic Worker
500 W. Van Buren Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106-3039


PLEASE JOIN US:

  • Wednesday-Saturday, 6:00 a.m.: Morning prayer at Catholic Worker.
  • Wednesday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.: Breakfast served to 150-200 poor & homeless people.
  • Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Hospitality Day, we invite 20 homeless men home for showers, to wash clothes and for a great lunch.
  • Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Vigil for Peace in front of Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
  • Thursday, 10:30 a.m.: 50 lunches taken to the homeless.
  • Second Saturday of the month: Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast to the homeless.
  • Third Saturday of the month: Deliver food boxes to homes in need.

Las Vegas Catholic Worker
500 W. Van Buren Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106-3039
(702) 647-0728 ~ mail@lvcw.org ~ www.lvcw.org

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