St. Patrick’s Church to host grab-and-go dinner fundraiser

  • St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield offers grab-and-go dinners to raise money for church expenses. The next meal will feature corned beef on Saturday, March 12. Contributed Photo

  • St. Patrick’s Church at 80 Main St. in Northfield. Staff File Photo

For the Recorder
Published: 3/1/2022 4:05:52 PM

NORTHFIELD — St. Patrick’s Church will celebrate the feast day of its patron saint early this year with a grab-and-go corned beef dinner for up to 100 patrons.

“The pandemic has forced us to do grab and go, but people like that,” said parishioner Tonia King. “It’s convenient.”

The $14 dishes — containing corned beef, cabbage, vegetables, rolls and dessert — can be picked up at the church, located at 80 Main St., from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

“We pride ourselves on our healthy portions,” noted Barbara Noel, chair of the parish council.

“Everything is homemade,” King added. “You get a good meal.”

Food is donated by members of the 110-person parish and cooked in-house by the parish council. Noel said she’s excited for the in-person socialization that the preparation time allows for.

“Everybody pitches in. It’s not work, it’s fun,” she said. “It’s a tight community.”

St. Patrick’s Church hosts community dinners throughout the year, but the corned beef dinner in the spring and German pork roast dinner in the fall are its primary fundraisers.

Noel estimates the money made from the fundraising dinners makes up about 15% of the church’s operating costs. She said it’s “amazing” that the church survived the COVID-19 pandemic without hosting sit-down dinners.

“The church could not survive without our fundraising dinners. Period,” Noel said.

The St. Patrick’s Day dinner is traditionally a sit-down meal in the church’s basement. Up to 80 guests gathered for corned beef and raffles of donated items.

“It was warm, festive,” King said of the church’s indoor dinners.

“That’s how we got some really great people,” Noel said, adding that some attendees ultimately joined the parish after experiencing the dinner environment.

This year, the church will prepare 100 grab-and-go dinners and expects customers to come from the Pioneer Valley, New Hampshire and Vermont.

“We’ve sold out in the past when it was sit-down,” Noel said, “so we’re hoping to do the same with grab and go.”

Community members can reserve a corned beef dinner by calling Phyllis at St. Patrick’s Church at 413-648-5313 by March 8.


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