According to a press release from the Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Lennon and (soon to be Cardinal) Archbishop Cupich have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.

The Bishop of the city that loses the World Series has vowed to provide local favorite foods, either Deep Dish Pizza and pastries from Chicago or kielbasa, pierogis and sauerkraut from Cleveland, to feed at least 100 persons at a Catholic Charity in the winning team’s city.

The leaders of the home Catholic dioceses for the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians have bet food from local vendors on the outcome of the 2016 World Series of Major League Baseball.

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has promised enough Chicago deep dish pizzas and baked goods to feed more than 100 guests of the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center in Cleveland, if the Cubs lose the World Series. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, known as the home of the best deep dish in Chicago, again has joined with the archbishop to deliver their pizza for charity. Misericordia will supply an assortment of baked goods for dessert from their Hearts & Flour Bakery.

“Both cities have waited an eternity for this moment,” said Archbishop Cupich. “So while it will be a historic win for either side, we feel it’s only right to celebrate by giving back.” He added, “We are confident in our team and yet, I have to admit that I feel a bit guilty since in our tradition it is a sin to bet on a sure thing!”

Bishop Richard G. Lennon has answered the challenge by also offering to feed more than 100 guests of the evening supper program for the homeless, sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, if the Cleveland Indians are defeated. Italian Creations, of Lakewood, Ohio, has partnered with Bishop Lennon in his promise to deliver a Cleveland-style feast including pierogi, kielbasa, sauerkraut and green beans.

“Archbishop Cupich isn’t the only one praying for a win,” said Bishop Lennon. “If by some devilish mistake the Indians were to lose, we will hold up our end of the bargain and send some of Cleveland’s finest dishes to a Catholic Charities ministry in Chicago so they can join in the celebration.”

Most Rev. Richard G. Lennon, bishop of Cleveland, leads the diocese, serving nearly 700,000 Catholics in eight counties of Northeast Ohio, including the cities of Cleveland, Akron and Lorain.

The Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center provides guests with access to such fundamental services as hot meals, shower facilities, mail distribution, helping to obtain a birth certificate and state identification card, eyeglass assistance, rental and utility assistance and the opportunity to engage in recreational activities. In addition, the center offers referrals to employment and training programs, health and mental health screenings, Veteran Administration benefits and aid with obtaining housing subsidies. For more information, please visit www.ccdocle.org/cosgrove.

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich is the head of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest archdiocese in the United States with more than 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties.

The evening supper program for the homeless, sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, feeds approximately 135 individuals at each meal. Catholic Charities Chicago also offers 150 programs, at 153 locations, assisting more than 1 million persons each year. For more information see: www.catholiccharities.net.

Misericordia, meaning Heart of Mercy, under the leadership of Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM, currently serves more than 600 children and adults with mild to profound intellectual and developmental disabilities, from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. The Misericordia Hearts & Flour Bakery is one of the most popular work programs at Misericordia, providing fulfilling jobs for more than 45 adults with developmental disabilities. Their delicious baked goods are delivered fresh all across the United States. For more information on Misericordia’s work and the Bakery, visit www.misericordia.org.

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