A Video Message from Ryan Mitchell, Manager of the St. Joe’s Supper Table

Ryan Mitchell, the Manager of the St. Joe’s Supper Table, a mission of St. Joseph’s Parish, offers us a video message, in which he shares how he has been reaching out to the Sandy Hill community through the 151 Laurier Avenue East (rectory) food bank. Ryan also provides us with the following thoughts on the pandemic and lockdown experience:

“As Catholics, we can connect to the experience of the disciples. It’s often at Mass, in the presence of the Eucharist, that we can comprehend the truths deep in our hearts. We are reminded that our sufferings bring us closer to Christ and we are given the space to reflect on our actions and thoughts. The breaking of bread leads to personal reflection so that we can stop walking away from pain and embrace it in the human experience…We live in a time when we can’t see our loved ones and although this is a new distance and it is a new reality, all we might want is for them to be in our homes, on our patios. But the place we need to remember that our family and friends never leave is our hearts.”

If you would like to support the St. Joe’s Supper Table, please use Canada Helps and select “Supper Table” from the drop-down menu. Thank you for continuing to support our social justice outreach to the Sandy Hill community!

5 thoughts on “A Video Message from Ryan Mitchell, Manager of the St. Joe’s Supper Table”

  1. Thank you Ryan, your passion for what you do at St. Joe’s Supper Table is obvious. Indeed these are difficult times but as you remind us in reaching out to others, our loved ones, and those less fortunate we are celebrating God’s love for us. I will be by with a contribution and pray others will help also in order to sustain the good work you do.

  2. Well done and thank you so much Ryan – for who you are every bit as much as for all that you do for us.

  3. Ryan thank you for your dedication & courage at this tough time. May God continue to encourage you in your work. It will be great to get back to the Supper Table when life goes back to our new normal.

  4. Thank you Ryan for your sharing and your doing, particularly in ensuring a foodbank outreach can still happen while respecting safety guidelines for all. You noted that the place our family and friends never leave is our hearts. Our Supper Table friends stay close in daily thoughts and through the continuing support for the ministry while unable to physically present.

    1. Ryan, across the country there are so many good people working like you, but you share a 41-year-old apostolate with St. Joe’s Supper Table that is life-affirming too – God bless you and the community of St. Joseph’s in Ottawa, and “Hi” to Jim Bleackley too!

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