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Catholic youth from Marion and JC serve up Thanksgiving meal

  • Jennifer McDermott, 16, right, ladles juice over a pan of turkey pieces Thanksgiving Day with an assist from her mother Bianca, left, at the 19th annual Thanksgiving dinner provided by the Catholic youth groups in Marion and Johnston City.

    Jennifer McDermott, 16, right, ladles juice over a pan of turkey pieces Thanksgiving Day with an assist from her mother Bianca, left, at the 19th annual Thanksgiving dinner provided by the Catholic youth groups in Marion and Johnston City.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Anna McCarty, 11, right, paused for a prayer blessing upon the food with others in her youth group and parent volunteers who gave up their own holiday to prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Marion Ministerial Alliance office on Calvert Street in Marion Thursday.

    Anna McCarty, 11, right, paused for a prayer blessing upon the food with others in her youth group and parent volunteers who gave up their own holiday to prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Marion Ministerial Alliance office on Calvert Street in Marion Thursday.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Marion resident Michael Pike was among the guests Thanksgiving Day at the Marion Ministerial Alliance office site of the 19th annual free holiday feast which was prepared and served by local Catholic youth and their parent volunteers. Pike called the meal "geat," adding, "I always try to come every year." 

    Marion resident Michael Pike was among the guests Thanksgiving Day at the Marion Ministerial Alliance office site of the 19th annual free holiday feast which was prepared and served by local Catholic youth and their parent volunteers. Pike called the meal "geat," adding, "I always try to come every year." 
    Ceasar Maragni photo

 
BY CEASAR MARAGNI
Contributing Photojournalist
Posted on 12/3/2019, 4:32 PM

MARION -- Youth from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion joined forces with the youth from St. Paul Catholic Church in Johnston City to prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to those in need Thursday at the Marion Ministerial Alliance office on Calvert Street.

The meal, free to all the guests, consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, and drinks.

The youth groups and parishioners of both Catholic churches donated all the food required for the dinner.

Angela Lees is Youth Minister Coordinator at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marion and coordinates the volunteers and logistics required for the event.

"This marks the church youth's 19th straight year to do this," she said. "This year we baked twenty turkeys and we probably have a total of around 60 volunteers who worked hard to make it happen. That includes the forty members of our youth group."

Lees said how she's always surprised each year at how enthusiastic they are given they're giving up their own family holiday time to serve others,

"They're all so dedicated," she said. "I'm very proud of them."

 
 
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