There's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for Our Lady of Sorrow's Parish Social Ministries — all due to the hard work of Tricia Kenny, Jennifer Knoll and a dedicated cadre of volunteers.
Kenny, Knoll and crew organized the annual St. Patrick's Day party at the OLS gymnasium on Saturday night, March 10, to offer the community a good, green time. Excess funds raised — about $600 — were given to Parish Social Ministries.
Msgr. Robert Emery was on hand to welcome all, say "grace" over a meal of corned beef and cabbage provided by , and identify winners of various raffles as well as the Irish Soda Bread Baking Contest.
OLS's Parish Social Ministries provide support to families in the parish that are in financial or social need. Most notably, the ministries host a Thanksgiving dinner and also deliver Thanksgiving meals to families.
But this night was all about the wearin' o' the green — and kick-starting the community's St. Patrick's Day revelries a week early — as a giant green shamrock (crafted by Owen Kenny) hung from the center of the gymnasium ceiling. Tables were covered in green tablecloths, green beads and green charms (courtesy of ). Children waited on line for shamrock tattoos and rainbow facepaint by Stephanie Jones.
Bagpipers played and step dancers had the children in the crowd enthralled.
Besides the much-anticipated 50/50, other raffle items were donated courtesy of , and Maplewood Stationers.