St. John’s Hospice

Ministry to the Homeless

Each month members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish provide food for St. John’s Hospice for Men in Center City, Philadelphia. The Hospice provides meals and other services to the poor of the city. Between 45-55 trays of food are donated monthly. Frozen trays are brought to the kitchen freezer in our Church Hall. This program gives parishioners the opportunity to perform one of the Corporal Works of Mercy—to feed the hungry. Parishioners interested in this program can pick up trays in the Narthex. The Hospice picks up the trays on the third Tuesday of each month. Please watch the bulletin for dates and information. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 215.343.0315 or

Saint John’s Hospice seeks to be a community grounded in faith and service where homeless persons find dignity, respect, nourishment, and opportunities for new beginnings.


About the Casserole Program


The Casseroles are the “Main Course” of a complete, hot meal that we serve to hundreds of God’s poor and homeless who come to us for their daily bread.  We also provide bread, water, and a dessert to each person.

Please do not feel restricted to these recipes – your favorite recipe is most welcome!

We are happy to provide trays and lids for your casseroles.  If you provide your own, we use standard “half trays”.  Each casserole serves 6-8 men.  For groups, we can arrange a monthly pick-up schedule at a centralized location.  Here are other useful hints:

  • Please deliver casseroles frozen.
  • Prepare your recipe so that it can be eaten with a plastic “spork” (a combination spoon and fork).  We do not provided knives.
  • Please mark the lid with the main ingredients and date you prepared your casserole.

We thank every casserole maker for the generosity and love that goes into each meal.  God bless you always!

For additional recipes, please visit St John’s website.