THE RICHARD McCANN MEMORIALBREAD AND SOUP DAY This day is named in memory of Richard McCann, who was the Chair of the Catholic Studies Department in the 1990s. He retired, and was called by God shortly afterwards. He was a man of deep humanity and compassion, deeply aware of the hurt in our modern society, and did what he could to help people. It was under his direction that Bishop Kearney began the Christmas Appeals each year, and the Bread and Soup Day was named in his honor after his death. He would have been very proud of the honor. On this day, the cafeteria will be staffed by the Faculty, the soup will be donated by Navin Brothers, the bread by Sunrise Bakery and Crown Bakery, the pasta by the Faculty, Administration and Staff. We have to buy the Poland Spring water! This is the school's principal LENTEN EXERCISE, and all students are asked to join in. Although students may bring their own lunch to school that day, a better alternative will be to offer a donation, and the minimum donation is $3. The money raised is divided among the various missions conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph both in and out of the country. Last year, for example, one of the sisters (she didn't sign the hand-written letter) who works in the Food Pantry of OLPH said: "Due to extremely high rents, unemployment and low-paying jobs, for those fortunate enough to have work, we have a very large number of families who are in need of food. We distribute the food according to the size of the family every Thursday morning. The families are allowed to come once a month..... You can see how very, very grateful we are for your donation. May God continue to bless all of you and your families..." Everyone is asked to join wholeheartedly in this very worthwhile effort.