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Quincy Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to help Interfaith Social Services again this year

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 22, 2011 01:11 PM

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Organizers are already beginning to ramp up awareness for next month's Second Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, an event participants say was exceedingly successful last year.

The concept for the breakfast began when Mayor Thomas Koch met with Southern Artery resident Donald Sautter, who suggested doing a community event to help raise money for Interfaith Social Services.

The simple idea of bringing people from all religions together for a common cause turned into a tradition, gathering more than 250, paying $35 a ticket, for a morning of music and prayer.

Rick Doane, Executive Director of Interfaith said the event was an exciting time for the organization last year.

“When the Mayor reached out to us with his idea for an interfaith prayer breakfast, I was all ears,” he said.

According to the Interfaith’s website, “it is a wonderful opportunity to gather as a city in the spirit of interfaith prayer for the well-being of our community.”

And this time around, it will hopefully be as successful, Koch said.

“Given the stark economic challenges that all cities and towns face, it is vital that we take time to step back and realize all of the blessings we do have. The Prayer Breakfast is a way for us to be reminded that God is with us through both good times and bad,” Koch said.

The money goes to help Interfaith’s mission, which assists families in need with food, clothing, and general assistance.

The Reverend Sheldon Bennett of the United First Parish Church, who chaired last year’s event, said the diversity within the room was what made the program so special.

In addition to participants from the First Parish, the event also welcomed members from Church Unitarian Universalist, Union Congregational Church, Bethany Congregational Church, Islamic Center of New England, First Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth El, Glad Tidings Church, Massachusetts Budhi Siksa Society Thousand Buddhists Temple, Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, Quincy Point Congregational Church, Bethel Church of the Nazarene, and Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.

“Last year’s program truly encapsulated the rich cultural and religious history that makes Quincy so unique,” Bennett said. “We had many branches of Christianity represented, along with Judaism, Buddhism and Islam.”

The program combined prayers offered by religious leaders with hymns, and this year, the Prayer Breakfast Committee will again seek to strike the balance between prayer and music while highlighting the numerous faiths throughout Quincy.

According to the release, the final program has yet to be determined, yet the overarching theme will be “Quincy Gives Thanks.”

The event will be held on Nov. 16 at 7 a.m. at the Tirrell Room on Quarry Street.

Residents interested in purchasing tickets should contact Interfaith Social Services at 617-773-6203. Individual tickets are $35, and tables of 10 are $300.

If anyone is interested in attending and cannot afford the price of a ticket, please contact Chris Cassani in the Mayor’s Office at 617-376-1990.

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