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 Sacred Heart Parish's Capital Improvement Fund for needed projects (i.e. new exterior church doors, etc.) This year's funds will help to purchase supplies and equipment for our kitchens.

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. Due to increase food and supply costs, we found it necessary to raise our prices. However, the dinners still are a bargain at $10 per person or $25 per family with children 12 years and younger, and includes everything from soup/appetizer to dessert and coffee.

We also hold an authentic Jewish Seder dinner every other year. Our next Seder will be in 2017.

 

2017 Dates:


Saturday, February 25
Mardi Gras Pasta Dinner

Fridays of Lent
Chowder and Stations

Saturday, April 22
Community Jewish Seder Dinner

Saturday, May 27
Thanksgiving in May

Saturday, June 10
Flag Day Dinner

Saturday, August 19
Kool Summer Dinner

Saturday, September 23
Sunset Breakfast Dinner

Saturday, October 21
Collaborative Cookbook Dinner

Dinner themes are tentative and are subject to change.
Dinners are $10 per person,
or $25 per family
(children 12 years and younger).


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