Speaking of surviving, the St. Barbara Food Pantry keeps chugging along. Just a year ago, there was a worry that the food pantry, which has been serving Brookfield and nearby communities for more than three decades, would close.

Sister Margaret Halligan, its heart and soul, announced her retirement last year. And her most devoted volunteers during that 30-plus year run were also nuns who are at or well past retirement age.

But the laity has picked up the slack and the food pantry will soon move into its second holiday season without Sister Margaret at the helm. While a couple of the nuns who have long volunteered at the pantry are still prowling the aisles for canned goods and bagging groceries, it’s a majority lay effort now.

And they can always use donations.  Give them a thought, OK?