CASSELBERRY | Nothing cools off a Sunday afternoon like ice cream and Pathways to Care residents in Casselberry were grateful for the reprieve. On Oct. 13, the Associates of the Blessed Sacrament of St. Stephen Parish in Winter Springs brought in a sundry array of flavors, hosting an ice cream social.

The afternoon began with a group prayer for residents of the Catholic Charities of Central Florida licensed assisted living facility dedicated to providing quality healthcare, housing and hope to Central Florida’s vulnerable homeless and veterans in need of a safe place to heal from serious illness or injury. The troupe then headed to the dining hall for a selection of ice cream flavors in unlimited scoops. More than 15 choices of toppings, including toasted pecans, hot fudge, fresh sliced strawberries, bananas, and mini-M&M®’s were available as well as sugar-free choices. All sundaes were topped with whipped cream and a cherry with a caramel waffle cookie on the side.

 Associates of the Blessed Sacrament are focused on the reality of God’s love in the Eucharist by the “gift of self” to God and others, as evidenced when they joined residents at their tables, visiting with them, sharing stories and enjoying the Sunday afternoon treat.

As the group prayed the rosary, a resident came in. Associate Beth King went over and offered her rosary to him. The two spent time together after the rosary. King said that’s when the resident shared he was unable to get to church service that day and that Sunday was the best day he had experienced for over a month. He noted that the prayer made a difference and proceeded to place the rosary around his neck and leave the dining room. King was surprised and didn’t know quite what to do as the resident had just shared a special moment with her then left. The rosary actually belonged to Kim Bean, another associate who had lent it to King.

Blessed Sacrament Associate Diana McGinty noted, “We just never know how God will help us serve others! I’m sure Kim’s rosary will be on an amazing journey…who knows where it may end up. It will certainly be a reminder to this man of how we prayed together today.

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic  October 16, 2019