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Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Baltimore, Maryland

Jan 7

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1/7/2018 12:00 AM  RssIcon

As the Great American Baking Show was preparing to air, I received an unexpected message from a brother priest: Fr. Leo Patalinghug of Baltimore, Maryland. He reached out to root me on and to congratulate me on joining the ranks of televised cooking priests! He has a regular show on EWTN called ‘Grace Before Meals’ and was featured on one episode of ‘Throwdown with Bobby Flay’ in which he took on the Iron Chef and won in a head to head battle.

The afternoon prior to the show airing, Fr. Leo called with a proposal: ‘Let’s build on the momentum of this!’ and we started throwing ideas and times back and forth. Because of his schedule of travel and parish missions, he only had one weekend available: January 20. While he wanted me to fly out to Baltimore to do something there, I proposed an alternative: that is the day we observe the parish feast St. John Neumann, can that ‘something’ happen here instead? And he agreed!

(I knew the publicity for this show would be incredible, but I was not expecting all of this to happen!)

As I write this, there are still many details to iron out, but the basics are as follows: open to parishioners of both parishes: St. John Neumann and Corpus Christi; dinner will follow the 5:00 pm Mass at St. John Neumann. Fr. Leo will be doing a cooking demonstration and talk while preparing the meal. At some point, he and I will have some sort of ‘cook off’ or ‘bake off’ contest with some celebrity judges present.

We are going to keep costs as low as possible, as I know the dinner has been sponsored by the parish and parish organizations in the past. However, to help cover some of the food costs, we are going to ask for $15 per person for the dinner. Children’s prices are not determined yet, as I write this.

One of the reasons we are asking for a fee is that Fr. Leo is launching a ministry to help those re-entering society for a prison term by teaching skills in the kitchen. The Pastoral Area Food Pantry at Corpus Christi is also going to benefit, as I want to use this opportunity to raise awareness of the hungry and needy in our own communities as well.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with the parish families of St. John Neumann and Corpus Christi in a very unique way; and it is so exciting to celebrate this accomplishment with all of you, my parish family.

If you would like more information on Fr. Leo Patalinghug, visit his website www.gracebeforemeals.com.

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel


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