About 10 years ago Derry had one of those inspirational moments triggered by her mother telling her about the Lenten Lunches which took place in her parish in rural England. "I'm quite sure we could do that," she thought.
And in true Kaulbachstraße style she announced Soup Sunday at Mass on the following Sunday. She purchased several packets of soup, mixed them together, asked someone to purchase a few rolls and turned up the following Sunday to "sell her soup."
The premise has always been that this meal of soup and bread should replace Sunday lunch on that day. Soup and bread are unlimited and payment should be based on what it would cost to have eaten Sunday lunch in a restaurant. The money collected goes to support our local outreach programme for refugees and asylum-seekers.
A year later the idea of a Soup Sunday still seemed relevant so we did it again. This time there was a request for homemade soup. Volunteers weren't slow in coming forward and Soup Sunday started to have a dynamic all its own. Our contact, who works with the refugees, agreed to come and talk to us about the conditions under which the families live and to tell us how she uses our donations. She still comes and it really helps to have someone who can describe what goes on first-hand.
Soup Sunday has become an annual event. It takes place on the fifth Sunday in Lent, (that's the one before Palm Sunday) and is looked forward to by everyone. Derry is often asked in January when Soup Sunday will be and whether so and so can make soup. This year we had 9 different varieties! The children have their favourites and queue up to make sure they get some. Anything we have leftover (which isn't much!), gets taken to the Sisters of Charity's soup kitchen in the city.
Soup Sunday is a true Community event and all for a good cause too.
Contact person: Derry Godden