by Lisa Tome
Rising Sun's St. Agnes Catholic Church served as a temporary bed and breakfast for a group of teens passing through last week.
The group, en route to see His Holiness Pope Francis in Philadelphia, stayed at the church and were fed by volunteers and church members.
Marilyn Paré' organized the visit from the approximately 22 teens and chaperones who were walking 108 miles from Baltimore to Philadelphia. The group arrived in Rising Sun on Tuesday night and were fed dinner by a Knights of Columbus group. On Wednesday morning, Paré, her husband Bill, and others prepared breakfast while the group attended Mass led by Father Jack Lombardi.
The menu included muffins, biscuits, pancakes, sausage, bacon, potatoes, scrapple, eggs, coffee, iced tea, and orange juice. The food was prepared and served by the St. Agnes members who cooked enough to serve a small Army.
"I'm so happy for the pilgrimage going through here. They were all nice and cozy. We are going to give them a nice, hearty breakfast and get them on their way," said St. Agnes member Betty Callaway.
Kevin Brown was one of those on the pilgrimage. He attends St. John Church in Westminster. "We want to proclaim the word of God and celebrate the coming of the Pope," said Brown. He also said the group was collecting shoes for third world countries along the way. "The walk was a chore to get it together. But we've met incredible people along the way," said Brown. "They've been treating us great here. We had a feast of fantastic food and they were very generous for putting us up."
After being served the meal, the group presented Marilyn Paré with a rosary and hat, in appreciation of her efforts and those of the volunteers.
While most of the volunteers served those who were headed to see the Pope, Bill and Marilyn Paré had another plan. The couple took a bus trip to Philadelphia on Sunday.