No summer fun for less fortunate
As I was doing my grocery shopping last week, I looked for the obvious sale items. “Campbells Pork & Beans,” 28 cents a can! Well, “That’s a bargain,” I thought. I’ll stock up. Most of us grill hamburgers and hot dogs during the summer and baked beans are one of the sides. What if that was your entire dinner? For some, it might just be and they are truly grateful. Summertime is a time for being out and about, maybe being able to take a vacation away with family and friends, or a “staycation” in our own backyards. For others it’s just another season, one in which they cannot be secure in basic needs.

I would ask that you stop and take a moment to be thankful for what you have and keep our local food pantries in the area in your hearts, because summertime is one of the most critical times for our food pantries being empty.

When you are buying those “sale items” to stock up on, throw a few extra into your shopping cart and bring it to your local pantry. You can take solace in knowing you’ve taken a step to help someone who isn’t having “summer fun.”
Kathy Wojno
North Merrick

Dedicate parish activities to religious freedom
As the Fortnight of Freedom has come to a conclusion we hope and pray this period of prayer was just what we needed to get started in our fight for religious freedom. Surely, we must continue and expand our prayerful efforts “to renew the face of the earth.”

 Our government is already poised to have our taxes directly fund abortion for the first time. What will we do then when we are forced to pay for the killing of innocent human life?

Our liberty depends on continued group prayer but with much wider participation. We also need to refocus our parish life. How serious is our effort if we carry on with all our other activities such as meetings, dinners and golf outings while we are experiencing the greatest threat to our religious lives that any of us have ever witnessed? We need not stop these parish activities but rather dedicate them under the banner of “Religious Freedom” to emphasize the seriousness of our plight.
Walter Ruzek