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Morning Sun
  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Easter luncheon planned by Our Lady of Lourdes

  • Some families may have guests in for a festive Easter meal. Members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is inviting the entire community to accept their hospitality from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the St. Mary’s Activity Center.

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  • Some families may have guests in for a festive Easter meal. Members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is inviting the entire community to accept their hospitality from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the St. Mary’s Activity Center.
    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.
    “We’ve been so in awe of St. John Lutheran Church and the  Pittsburg Presbyterian Church for hosting the community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, so we decided that we might get something for Easter,” said Nancy Hicks, member of a core team that has been planning the event.
    First, of course, the group had to take the idea to Fr. Michael Baldwin, parish pastor.
    “He thought it was a great idea, so after Christmas we just sat down and planned it out,” Hicks said. “Our parish is so large that it made the work manageable for everybody.”
    Menu will feature glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, seasoned green beans, gelatin salads, fresh dinner rolls, homemade desserts, coffee and tea.
    Kyle Fleming, another team member, pointed out that the parish has the huge  St. Mary’s Activity Center which is a perfect facility for a community event.
    “Easter is the highest  Catholic Christian focus, so it’s a great day to do this,”  he said.
    He and wife Lori are looking forward to volunteering at the event.
    “When you go to volunteer, you meet people from outside your church, and that’s fun,” Mrs. Fleming said. “Our secret weapon is that we have a couple of ladies who have worked at the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners who will help us out.”
    Some of the volunteers will be a little less experienced.
    “Our kids are very excited about this,” Krista Smith said. “They know they won’t be getting their Easter baskets until later on, but they’re all right with that.”
    “Some kids from the Newman Center at Pittsburg State University who are staying in town for the holiday will also come out and help,” Kristen O’Brien said.
    St. Mary’s Colgan High School students are making centerpieces under the supervision of their teacher, Dawn Carlson.
    “The junior high students are going to wash all the silverware and roll it in napkins,” Beverly Pommier said.
    “We’re serving the meal on real china plates,” Mrs. Fleming added. “We’ll have dishwashing crews.”
    All the team members stress that the luncheon is open to the entire community.
    “We sent out a cover letter to all the Pittsburg churches on Jan. 29,” Hicks said.
    Mrs. Fleming added that flyers had been distributed all over the community.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We’ve left them at Wesley House, the homeless shelter, and put them on  the PACT buses,” she said.
    Deliveries will not be available this first year, though some carry-outs are possible.
    There will be no charge for the meal. Those who wish may leave a donation, but this is absolutely not required. Any money collected will hopefully be put toward a 2014 Easter luncheon.
    “We do hope to make this an annual event,” Fleming said.
    The team hopes to feed 500, but if even more turn out, that’s fine.
    “That would be a good problem to have,” Mrs. Fleming said. “We’ll make it work, we’ll divide the fishes and loaves.”
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