2015-10-21 / Religious News

Thanksgiving Tradition Continues at Loretto

By Tim Greco


Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Cold Spring will hold Thanksgiving dinner again this year for the community. 
Dennis Mazzuca Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Cold Spring will hold Thanksgiving dinner again this year for the community. Dennis Mazzuca This is the fourteenth year that Philipstown Town Clerk Tina Merando has been organizing the Thanksgiving Day outreach to the community at Our Lady of Loretto church – and volunteers are once again needed, as Merando expects a record number of people will be served a delicious hot dinner this year. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will soon be upon us.

Merando said that she has the meal down to a science now. “Everyone helps, it almost runs its self,” she said, though most would agree she is a key reason for the dinner’s success. Last year, she said, 130 people feasted on turkey and all the trimmings.

Merando starts her Thanksgiving Day off at 6 am and leaves around 4:00 pm. She said that last year, “We had 86 home deliveries and about 30 people show up, and they all brought dinner home with them. It was a pleasure working with all the volunteers – they were great and everyone was happy. I just can’t thank them enough and we are so blessed to have people already people committed to give a portion of their day to help others.”

The event started at Chestnut Ridge community room and they asked Father McSweeney to say the blessing over the food. He then invited them to host the event at his church, and they have been there ever since. Merando stressed that the day was a success because of the many people who gave of their time to help others. “I can’t thank them enough,” she said.

In total, seven turkeys pay the ultimate price for the day and everything from soup to dessert is provided. The Knights of Columbus start making home deliveries at 11 am Thanksgiving day, which includes deliveries to Putnam Valley. Turkeys will be cooked this year at the Riverview restaurant.

In years past, 25 or more people freely give of their time. Dr. Peter and Andrea Bach, County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra, Vinny Tamagna, Barbara Rudolph and a host of other caring individuals, will help serve up the meals to those at the church, and all throughout the day, people of the community usually drop off trays of food. “I don’t even know who half these people are,” Merando said, thankfully.

Scuccimarra, who was one of the original volunteers years ago and has served every year since then, said, “All I do I show up with 15 pounds of mashed potatoes and Tina does the rest.”

The community outreach involves many restaurants too, Riverview Restaurant cooks the turkey and hams and Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill supplies the vegetables. Nelsonville Fish and Fur Club has also made a sizeable donation to help defray the cost

If you are interested in helping, stop in Town Hall to talk with Tina or call 265-3329.

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