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Getting into th​e Holiday Spirit: 

The St. Francis Table!

By: Sandra K., Student ​Reporter


On November 21, 2017, a group of Mr. Melo’s grade eleven and twelve students went to volunteer at St. Francis Table to help the less fortunate in our Toronto community.


St. Francis Table was established in 1987 with the purpose of helping the impoverished people of Toronto. It is a cozy and distinguished restaurant located on 1322 Queen St West that welcomes the poor to enjoy a three-course hot meal for the cost of one dollar.


The girls who attended the trip were able to take an active role in their community by providing the homeless with a hot meal. The delicious food was cooked by the numerous volunteers, and everyone gathered in prayer before the food was served. The girls got to cook, clean, and help with the organization of the lunch service.


St. Francis Table began as an initiative established the Capuchin Franciscan Friars who had the vision of creating a sense of faith with the poor. The Friars decided to do this by providing them with an opportunity to enhance their sense of human dignity. Thus, the restaurant is equipped with a dining hall, a busy kitchen, a relaxing lounging area, and a humble chapel. It is now operated by the many volunteers and welcomes various student volunteer groups year-round.


St. Francis Table not only provides a positive experience the patrons, but also has a lasting impact on the students involved. Volunteering at this downtown location reminds students of what we as Christians are called upon to do.


Kerly Alonso, a student involved in the volunteer work, was extremely grateful to have attended the trip twice this year. She recognizes that it is our duty to “follow the steps of Jesus” and to assist those who are poverty-stricken. “St. Francis Table,” Kerly said, “is a perfect example of Catholic social justice."


For over twenty years, the St. Francis table has served the underprivileged population of Toronto, and they are calling on you to help. You can volunteer and donate to their year-long Thanksgiving Drive. If interested, please see Mr. Melo or Mr. Femia.