Sr. Geraldine Garbarino
At the Nuns house meeting, it was decided to have a special dinner and celebration for the many volunteers who had helped during the past year. Some had charge of table setting and flower decorations and others the food preparations, some the sending of invitations and receiving the responses of those who would attend.
Sister Marianne, the excellent chef, had charge of the food, so with the help of Nuns the menu was decided to be grilled salmon, steak, baked potato, stuffed squash, yeast rolls and butter, a salad and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Preceding the dinner there would be drinks and appetizers served in the spacious grounds. The date for the dinner was set for July 16.
The day came and the Nuns were happily busy and it was time to celebrate. July 16 was a beautiful summer day and the time was nearing 5:00 p.m. and not one of the guests showed up. Getting worried a call was made to one of the guests, and we found out that the invitation said July 26th so all their preparation had to be postponed to that date.
Well, the desperate Nuns had their own celebration and it being the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, rejoiced in the festivities. After the meal, a car was packed with the leftover goodies and flower arrangements, but they kept the paper decorations for the next date Jul 26. Off they went to the dining room where the homeless were served meals.
The desperate situation became a surprise occasion which was definitely welcomed by the homeless group and the desperate Nuns as well.