St. Thomas Church serves soup and bread for Lent

Parishioner Alice Osterman at Soup and Bread Night 2007 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.  |  Submitted
Parishioner Alice Osterman at Soup and Bread Night 2007 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. | Submitted

In the spirit of the Lenten season, the lector ministries at St. Thomas the Apostle Church will host a Soup and Bread Night.

The annual event, which has become a favorite tradition at the Naperville church, reflects the sanctity and meaning of the holiday.

“Lent is a time of fasting and anticipation,” said Denny Rockett, a coordinator of Soup and Bread Night. “What better way to do this than to have a simple meal of soup and bread to get us in the mood for Lent.”

Rockett said he has participated in the event since it began more than 20 years ago.

“At the time, I worked for Baker’s Square Restaurant, and we called it Soup and Pie Night because I brought pies,” he said. “We switched after a couple of years because pie sounded fancy, and this is a Lenten meal. So we’ve been doing Soup and Bread ever since.”

The cost is a free-will donation that goes to charity.

“This year, we’re donating to Dominican Literacy Center, which teaches women how to speak, read and right English, so that they can be involved in their neighborhood,” event coordinator Doug Cunningham said.

Each of the members of the parish lector committee will provide a slow cooker of soup or a loaf of bread to share for the dinner. The event begins with a short prayer service and scripture reading. Everyone is then invited to partake of the simple meal.

“This gives people an opportunity to experience what people who aren’t as fortunate as they are, might have for a regular meal,” Rockett said.

Ideally, Rockett said, people will sit with others they’ve not yet met and make new friends.

“This is a very informal way of bringing people together within the parish community,” Rockett said.

The event will close with a brief address from a representative of the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora.

“It’s a good chance for everyone to do something simple together and to raise sense of community within our church while doing something good,” Cunningham said.

At a Glance Soup and Bread Night will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville.