Famous “Grace Before Meals” Presentation in Haymarket

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Provided by House of Mercy

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Fr. Leo Patalinghug will be presenting his famous “Grace Before Meals” event as a fundraiser in support of House of Mercy (HOM) programs, in particular the Food Pantry and Education. Father Leo will speak about the importance of serving family meals, especially in low-income homes. It has been proven that the simple act of eating together as a family has an effect on the development of children. (1), (2) The event will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a. m. at the Piedmont Country Club, 14675 Piedmont Vista Dr, Haymarket, VA 20169. The cost to attend is $40 and includes light snacks and drinks.

Fr. Leo is the founder, host, and Director of Grace Before Meals, an international apostolate to help strengthen families and relationships through God’s gift of the family meal. Grace Before Meals is Fr. Leo’s movement to bring families back to the dinner table- away from work, school, TV, electronic media and games, and the many other things we get caught up in- to share a delicious, nutritious meal together, communicate and love one another and be nourished- body, mind, and soul.

This extraordinary chef has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, EWTN, and even the Food Network, where Fr. Leo defeated a world famous chef in a cooking competition called, “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.” His message combines faithful Catholic theology presented in a way that everyone can understand and appreciate.

Tickets must be pre-purchased at SignUpGenius or at House of Mercy signupgenius.com/go/20f044cada629abfb6-grace

(1)- University of Minnesota, Extension Service Colleen Gengler, Extension Educator, Family Relations “Teens and Family Meals”, 2011

(2)- “The Protective Role of Family Meals for Youth Obesity: 10-year Longitudinal Associations,” by Jerica M. Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE, Melanie Wall, PhD, Tsun-Fang Hsueh, MS, Jayne A. Fulkerson, PhD, Nicole Larson, PhD, MPH, RD, and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, RD, MPH, appears in The Journal of Pediatrics (jpeds.com), DOI 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.08.030, published by Elsevier.


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