The 2013 Easter community dinner hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes Parish was such a joy to the hosts and the guests that it’s being held again this year.
The free meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday on the lower level of St. Mary’s Activity Center.
“Once again, we want to provide a community Easter dinner for residents of Pittsburg and Frontenac, for anybody who would like to come for food and fellowship,” said Nancy Hicks, part of the core group who planned the first dinner and are retracing their steps again.
She added that the menu, a hit in 2013, will again feature ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, gelatin salads and homemade desserts.
However, there will be one notable difference.
“We decided to have a delivery service this year,” Hicks said. “We want to provide for people who otherwise might not have a nice Easter dinner.”
Those wishing to have one or more meals delivered should call 620-231-2135 no later than Thursday.
“We fed around 300 people last year,” Hicks said. “We had a tremendous response last year from people who ate, and we hope they tell all their friends this year.”
Having meals delivered should also add to the number of those who will be feed this year.
“We anticipate that Knights of Columbus Tower will have 40 to 50 dinners,” Hicks said.
Mike Smith also contact SEK-CAP, which will spread the word to many in the area who are homebound.
Meal delivery calls have been coming in briskly, according to Kyle Fleming, whose mother has been answering the telephone.
“She said that people have been calling her for deliveries,” he said.
“We’re going to increase the amount of food we’ll be preparing,” Hicks said.
“Our staff at St. Mary’s Colgan schools are pitching in to make gelatin salads,” said Kristen O’Brien.
Krista Smith added that many women of the parish have called to say that they will be bringing desserts for the meal.
She added that her own family is very much looking forward to the Easter dinner.
“Our girls did not miss having their Easter baskets the first thing in the morning last year, and they were excited to  hear that we’re doing this again,” Smith said.
St. Mary’s Colgan High School art students, under the direction of teacher Dawn Carlson, are creating the centerpieces.
“They cracked eggs, colored them and planted grass seed,” Hicks said. “The centerpieces will be very pretty.”
Numerous volunteers will be helping serve the meal, and drivers will be needed to help make deliveries. Those wishing to assist may just show up a little early Sunday.
“Last year some people who wanted to volunteer just sat down and talked with people,” Fleming said. “That was almost more of a benefit than having them help serve the meal.”
Because the church parking lot will probably be filled, the parking lot at St. Mary’s Fieldhouse has been designated for use by those attending the luncheon.
The parish planners are hoping that the turnout will be overflowing.
“The feast of Easter is the greatest feast of our church year,” noted O’Brien. “We want to extend an invitation to everyone in the community to come celebrate with us.”