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Thanksgiving food, fellowship at Blessed Sacrament

David Samson / Forum News Service

Food and fellowship will once again prevail Thanksgiving Day at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for anyone wishing to participate in a little conversation while enjoying a delicious, home cooked meal that has been an annual tradition at the church for almost 35 years.

As in the past, a score of volunteers will be contributing their time and effort to serving up the holiday meal that will feature turkey and all the trimmings — stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, corn, cranberries, as well as several desserts, including plenty of pumpkin pie and specialty cakes.

Among the core volunteer group are Steve Perrault with over 25 years to his credit and Parish Life Coordinator Karen Beets, with eight years involvement. Other “regulars” include: Alice Marx Kuehn, who handles the promotion along with playing a significant role in the kitchen on Wednesday and Thursday as the meal is prepared and served; David and Jane Lessard, in charge of the takeout meals; and Robyn Johnston, who oversees the delivery and rides.

There will be enough food to serve several hundred dinners, roasting at least 80 turkeys, that will be used for dine in, takeout and delivery, and also enough food to be taken to Churches United for the Homeless at the conclusion of the Blessed Sacrament meal.

Typically Blessed Sacrament also hosts their weekly “Soup and More” program on Thursday evenings, but such will not be the case this year. Those individuals wishing to take food home for an evening meal will be encouraged to take extra from the noon meal, as organizers say there is sure to be plenty.

Beets said organizers are looking forward to another successful Thanksgiving Day observance that will be highly attributable to the generous outpouring of food items so graciously donated from the turkeys, to the vegetables, to the wide variety of desserts. “The outpouring of our parishioners has been just great,” she said. “There has been really remarkable parish participation. And from the calls I’ve been receiving so far we will probably have an overabundance of workers too. It’s all going to be wonderful this year. I am just so happy to be associated with Blessed Sacrament. We just want people to come and enjoy.”

Serving time will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church dining hall at 210 5th Ave. W.

The event is open to the public free of charge, but free will donations are accepted from anyone wishing to contribute.

For those without transportation or unable to travel to the church for the meal, takeout meals and/or rides can be arranged by calling the church office at 701-282-3321.

Here, Beets points out that there is no cut off time to call ahead for having meal delivered or for a ride. She said phone calls will be taken right up to the end of the meal serving time. “We want people to know that they can still call on Thanksgiving and get a meal or a ride.”