The St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi church in Payneville held their annual Turkey Feast on Sunday, November 7. The line for take out orders formed quickly at 11:30 a.m. in anticipation of the dinners being served at noon.
The moist and tender turkey was prepared for the church by Webb’s in Payneville and the parishioners made all the fixings which included mashed potatoes, stuffing, green peas, coleslaw, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a dessert.
Those who dined in were also served a cup of iced tea. Each table had a server who made sure that the pitchers of tea were kept full, and they took away our plates when we were finished eating. It was a good time for everyone to leisurely eat their dinners and socialize with others in the community.
Several of the volunteers who served the dinners were young people. The youth group coordinator for St. Mary and St. Theresa churches, Susan Sears, told me that thirteen young people responded when the call went out for volunteers. For some of the youth the volunteer hours counted towards their confirmation service project, but most of them came out because they were eager to help. At the takeout line there was a young person at the door ready to help people carry food to their cars. It was refreshing to see young people cheerfully serving others.
Susan Sears related to me how the Youth Group has grown. After being on hiatus due to COVID restrictions, in September they began having monthly meetings again. Currently anyone in grades 7 through 12 may attend the faith-based meetings, that are held in the Youth Building at St. Mary’s. The next meeting is on Sunday, November 14 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and the guest speaker will be Mike O’Bryan, whose topic is “Choices and Consequences Matter.” Future plans for the Youth Group include preparing Christmas food boxes, retreats, mission trips, and volunteering at the St. James homeless center in Louisville.
Because of limited space due to COVID restrictions the only fundraising activity going on during the Turkey Feast this year was the cake wheel, but all the attendees enjoyed the delicious food and the opportunity to visit with family and friends.