Sacred heart chapel, Lorain celebrates culture with food
March 30, 2010 · Print This Article
Sacred Heart mixes food and culture during mass
Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart’s Chapel in Lorain is more then a religious experience, it is a celebration of culture, a time when parishioners come together for spiritual communion, and Hispanic food, creating more then a community of church members, they create family.
Sacred Heart performs three Masses every Sunday, and after each Mass church goers can count on authentic, home made food to be served straight from the church’s kitchen. Members can choose from bacalaos, pastilillos, tostados, burritos, and tacos fresh and hot, made the same way they have been for decades.
Maria Feliciano has been volunteering in the kitchen for longer them many church members have been alive; she understands the work needed to create a successful Sunday brunch after every Mass every Sunday.
“We put in a lot of hours,” she said. “We are all volunteers and all the money goes toward the church.”
All the food served begins in the kitchen. Volunteers roll the dough, cook the meat, and toast the shells. Once the food is complete, the meat is put into the shells and served hot to the parish as they leave Mass. Father Bill, Sacred Heart’s priest enjoys visiting the kitchen in between Masses.
“This is a nice thing they do here,” said Father Bill, speaking of the kitchen staff.
Feliciano understands the importance of religion in the lives of others and appreciates everything Father Bill does for the church.
“We have a very beautiful church,” she said. “Father Bill is a very nice man; he tries hard to work with us.”
Palm Sunday is a busy time for the kitchen and the church as a whole. During the week they are full of activities in preparation for Resurrection Sunday.
All those who take part in the kitchen staff include: Angel Rodriquez, Julia Gonzalez, Lucy Morales, Josefina Rodriquez, Sonia Adorno, Norma Tirabo, Enid Cruz, Roberto Tirabo, Felipe Marcial, Carlos Gonzales, Maria Santiago, Leny Velez, Selena Spitia,