Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, was on hand to officially offer his blessings on the opening of the Door.
Volunteers and staff prepare a variety of hearty home-cooked meals daily. What is served depends wholly on the generous support of our donors and sponsors.
Guests line up for a light breakfast and coffee, then again for a hot nutritious lunch. Picnic tables and benches adorn the property to create a family-type setting.
We have done the DeMazenod BBQ every Friday for the last two years. Through rain, snow, blazing heat and freezing cold we have never let the elements deter us from serving our guests a Friday BBQ lunch. Of all the weeks this past Friday was, by far, our coldest BBQ yet. That day we really understood our purpose. After watching our guests line up in the freezing cold we realized that the need for food was greater than the need for shelter and warmth. Myself and the volunteers could not bring ourselves to complain about the cold after seeing what our friends were going through that day. That’s when Father Tony told us to unlock the church doors and let our guests eat in warmth. Everyone was stricken with relief and elated at the opportunity for hot food and warm surroundings. The gratitude and appreciation that we received from our guests was heart warming enough to thaw out our volunteers to continue our purpose – and it has never been more clear about what that purpose is. Gods work can be done in so many ways and it is Gods grace that gives us the ability to reach out and help those in need. I was touched by this experience and will never forget that day at the BBQ.
“I moved to Hamilton from Buffalo, N.Y. last year and although I had difficulties finding work, the Door has helped keep my stomach from being empty, my motivation and spirits high, and my hope and faith in the goodness of mankind is alive and well!”
“Thank you for the kindness and generosity and the donation of time and energy to serve us supper.”
“I’m positive the strength of my gratitude is felt by us all. I love you people. You have helped me so much. There is very little I wouldn’t do for you.”
Hi, we’re Sophia (11) and Jamie (9). We live in Oakville. Our Mom went to St. Pat’s School over 30 years ago. When we found out that we could help serve a beautiful Christmas meal to those in need we wanted to participate as well. Our Uncle and his girlfriend were also serving meals. We asked for tables side by side so we could work as a family. We learned never to waste food because the less fortunate sometimes don’t have anything to eat at all. The guests at our table were so friendly, kind and happy to be there. We were happy to be there as well and the food was really yummy! It was such a nice environment with people laughing, hugging, and there was even a harpist playing there. We would LOVE to come back and serve again! It was an awesome experience! Thank you for letting us share in this special occasion.”