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Benincasa Community Updates, Events & Invitations, and Reasons for Co-creation

Moved by Action

As we dive into July, we are experiencing an abundant harvest and the peaceful satisfaction of a year well lived. Yesterday we reflected on the passage: “The harvest is abundant but laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for the harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)
 
The Soup Kitchen is experiencing a time of abundance. Each week we welcome new guests—not because the need has increased—but because word has spread about our kindness, joyfulness, and good food. Even more exciting, there is an abundance of joking, story sharing and hugs “on the line”. 
 
Harmony Farm’s CSA with Blessed Sacrament Parish is also in a time of abundance. We chop, roast and mince garlic scapes endlessly. They seem to multiply in our newly installed “cold room”. The loaves and the fishes may, actually, have been served with garlic scapes. We were so very pleased to invite family and friends to visit the source of the veggies, Harmony Farm, in June. Our connection to the Sisters’ farm is so important to us. How great to share the connection with those we love.

Perhaps the most vivid picture of abundance was the Sounds of Action music festival and BBQ on July 2nd.  Over 75 people joined us to celebrate the ongoing struggle for liberation! We used the produce from Harmony Farm to feed the masses!

Indeed, our entire house was and is full! Friends from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) joined us last week as well as musicians visiting for Sounds of Action and Julie and Alandra’s family members. With a little coordination, we provided everyone with a comfortable room. Earlier in the month we also welcomed Catholic Workers from Baltimore and Minnesota.
 
We experienced abundance when we heard the powerful preaching of the brilliant, young and lay Darragh Leddy at the monthly Feast Gathering! In this newsletter, we ask for your prayers for the entire West Side Jesuit Community. They lost so many members this year. We send Joe Towle, SJ Don Moore, SJ and George Anderson, SJ our warmest regards. 
 
Finally, while the harvest is abundant, we now say goodbye to two of our most experienced laborers. Julie Iuliano and Alandra Scott joined us a year ago as Dominican Volunteers. We pause to thank them for their hard work at the United Nations, at Sienna House, and in Benincasa Community. Thank you for jumping on board the ship of the imagination with us! Wherever you go, do not forget your cosmic address! 


  Alandra and Julie receive a blessing from friends, family, Dominican Sisters, and the Benincasa Community as they celebrate a farewell liturgy.

Alandra and Julie receive a blessing from friends, family, Dominican Sisters, and the Benincasa Community as they celebrate a farewell liturgy.

Sean McCreight