By Joanna Thurmann,
Saint Julie Billiart Parish
For over 7 years, youth at Saint Julie Billiart Parish have celebrated Halloween the Gospel way. They were guided by the words of Matthew 25:35.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”
In the weeks prior to Halloween, the faith formation youth group at the parish passed out flyers in the neighborhood announcing that they would return on October 27 to collect non-perishable goods and monetary donations for families in need. The activity was dubbed “Trick-or-Treat for Jesus” in its inaugural year and quickly caught on with the neighbors, who look forward to the annual tradition.
This Halloween season, 57 youth participated in the charitable drive and collected over 250 bags of food to be distributed by the Saint Julie’s Food Pantry to needy families – just in time for Thanksgiving. The activity is not only an excellent way to help the most vulnerable, but also an excellent bridge-builder between the youth and the broader community, and a meaningful opportunity to live out the Gospel message.