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All Souls ‘second home’ to cafeteria manager
February 15th, 2016
By Tom Burke


The numbers are staggering, not the least of them that Cathy Barri has been cafeteria manager at All Souls School for 50 years. “In one year the average lunches served is 21,450 for students plus faculty, multiply by 50 and that is a lot of lunches,” Cathy told me in an email.


“All Souls is like my second home,” Cathy said, noting she has always liked cooking and especially baking. The kids’ favorite meals include spaghetti, tacos, pizza and oven fried chicken, Cathy said. “The week before Thanksgiving we have a turkey lunch with all the trimmings,” Cathy said “We make 18 pumpkin pies made from fresh pumpkin.” All Souls’ federally funded lunch program serves a hot lunch each full day of school.


Cathy was honored at a Mass Jan. 31 in All Souls Church with Bishop William J. Justice, a former pastor of All Souls, presiding. Bishop Justice told me he remembers Cathy’s “great sugar free chocolate pie! Um um good.” The school said the Mass and reception were “a celebration in honor of Cathy’s years working so hard to feed delicious lunches to our children.”


Cathy is a Giants’ fan and enjoys Friday night bingo.


GOOD READING: Daly City’s Our Lady of Mercy School is readying a coffee table book for the school’s 60th anniversary this year. “It will be filled with information about the history of the school, pastors, principals and all the graduating classes,” the school said in a note to this column. Watch the school website: www.olmbulldogs.org. Jeff Burgos is principal.


SMALL GIFTS: One morning in December, third grader Vinny Previtali brought a small piggy bank to his class at St. Raphael School, San Rafael, telling “ his teacher that he had collected some money for the poor” and would like to talk to his classmates about it and see if anyone wanted to do the same, said parish Deacon Gene Smith in a note to this column. After Vinny filled the class in, students immediately went into their pockets and backpacks and found loose change even a few dollar bills. They counted the money and put the $8.72 in a sealed envelope. After school Vinny delivered the envelope to the rectory, asking for it to go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for the poor. “I have seen poor people out on the streets a lot and I really wanted to help them,” Vinny told Deacon Gene. “So I thought this would be a good way to help,” Vinny said. The effect of his act of charity rippled outward. The next day his classmates brought more money collected from moms, dads and others. Word spread about the campaign and parishioners were so inspired that they decided to match the original third grade donation. “The class even received a matching donation from a friend in Alaska!” Gene told me. The total donated to help the poor through the SVDP Society at St. Raphael Church in the name of the third grade class had become $287.64.


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From February 18, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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