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Monthly Dinners

Adventures in good eating

The Background

Parishioners at the former Star of the Sea Parish in Squantum had a long tradition of "Chowder and Stations" during the Fridays of Lent. When the parish closed in 2004, Star of the Sea parishioners along with Sacred Heart parishioners wished the tradition to continue, so they jointly worked on preserving and augmenting "Chowder and Stations." The program continues strong to this very day. After a few Lenten seasons, it was noticed that folks liked to chat after dinner, and that many constantly were late for the Stations of the Cross. An idea sprung forth to hold a dinner just for the sake of doing it, allowing time for attendees to chat. The first planned event was a spaghetti dinner, which served parishioners in the dining and community rooms of the convent. The rest as they say, is history.

The Committee

To administer an ongoing program of dinners, several adult members of the music ministry met and formed the Monthly Dinner Committee. The group, along with a few dedicated volunteers, plans, shops, cooks, and does the cleanup for all of its scheduled functions. In 2009, the committee raised over $6,000 for the hosting of a special Choristers Guild regional children’s choir festival which gathered 140 children from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. Recent committee efforts netted funds which were placed in the parish's Capital Improvement Fund for needed projects (i.e. new exterior church doors, etc.) Committee plans for 2012 are to contribute proceeds for near future music ministry projects.

The Program

OK, not exactly every month, but our monthly dinner committee has planned and executed many social gatherings for our parish over the few years, with dinners including: cookouts, luaus, beach picnics, spaghetti dinners, holiday dinners at unusual seasonal times, an international dinner and a potluck supper. Attendance usually ranges from 60 to over 100 people, both young and old, and both parishioners and friends. The dinners are a bargain at $7.50 per person or $20 per family with children 12 years and younger, and includes everything from soup/appetizer to dessert and coffee.

A special "Dine Around" experience now is in its fourth year. This is a special night where adult participants sign up to dine at a parishioner's home. All arrive at a central location at the parish for appetizers and dining assignments. The mystery of the evening is not knowing where participants will eat, or what they will be served. They are matched with houses based on food allergies/dislikes, physical limitations, etc. The past three years have yielded only positive comments. Many have said they arrived at the houses as diners, but left as friends!

 

2012 Events
 

February
17
Italian Night: soup, spaghetti, meatballs, salad, ice cream & King Cake
May
18
Thanksgiving in May Redo: turkey breast, stuffing, & all the fixins'
June
22
50's TV Dinner: Remember those aluminum trays?
July
20
Patriotic Dinner: Classic American food
August
17
Picnic Dinner: Celebrate summer with us!
September
21
Oktoberfest: All of the traditional German favorites
October
27
The Fourth Annual Dine Around*: the mystery of fine dining!

 

Most dinners are $7.50 per person, or $20 per family (children 12 years and younger). 

*Dine around is $15 per person


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