seniors

New food truck to help stem senior hunger in Diocese of Oakland

Krista Lucchesi stood outside the new Mercy Brown Bag food truck April 4 at Oakland’s Mercy Retirement and Care Center. The truck is an effort to feed seniors who don’t have sufficient access to healthy food.

OAKLAND, Calif. — A new shiny truck is bringing food to senior citizens in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood and nearby communities.

A year in the making, the Mercy Brown Bag Program has expanded, with the truck visiting several locales and offering assistance to seniors faced with the high cost of rent and medication.

Krista Lucchesi, director of the program that is part of the services of the Mercy Retirement and Care Center, couldn't stop smiling as she looked at the vehicle parked behind the residential care facility.

Stories run wild among unique group of Rosati-Kain alums

Left to right: Wertz, McDonald, Guenthel, Sullivan

The St. Louis question is unavoidable at Our Lady of Life Apartments in Shrewsbury, where the answer has led to fun gatherings of residents who have an answer in common.

"You know St. Louis, when you move in somewhere, people say, 'What high school did you go to?' You move in here one day, and the next day we know if you went to Rosati-Kain," said Helen Guenthel, Class of 1942.

SERVICE AT ANY AGE | 90-year-old, peers excel as altar servers at Florissant parish

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John Lauria is among a group of seniors who put their gifts to work serving at daily Mass at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish in Florissant.

As he processed before Mass, John Lauria held tightly the crucifix. But he isn't what we typically expect of an altar server, with his gray hair and a more well-worn frame than the typical school-age server.

Lauria is 90, and server-colleagues who take turns at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church at weekday Masses aren't far behind him.

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