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PARISH HAPPENINGS
1st Quarter 2010

The Hancock Community Food Bank distributed Easter Baskets of food to over 100 area families on Tuesday, March 30.  Unlike the Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions, where some help comes from Delaware County, the Easter distribution is totally funded by the generosity of the residents of our community. The food bank appreciates your thoughtfulness. Thanks also goes to the many volunteers that work so hard to all year long to fill and worthwhile community need.

A Pot Luck Luncheon to honor St. Patrick's Day was held at the Father Rausch Hall on Sunday, March 14th. The luncheon was attended by about 45 parishioners and served as an old fashion (Cabin Fever) social hour for those that were there. Everyone brought something  to pass along to others and the main course of ham and corn beef was supplied by the Holy Name Society of Saint Paul's. Carol Lohndorf did the cooking of the meats and Karen White and her crew of volunteers made the afternoon of socializing a fun time for all. The Little Victory Players put the final touches to the afternoon with an old fashion Irish skit titled "In the Shadow of the Glen".  The performers were our own Father Chris, along with Bill Seneschal, Evie Tripp, and Ernie Schenk.

On Saturday, Feb. 20th Maureen and Neil Hunt celebrated their wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows and receiving a special blessing from Father Chris at the 4 PM Mass. They were married in Brooklyn, New York 40 years ago at the Holy Cross Church. When asked by Father Chris how did they make the marriage last so long. Without hesitation Neil spoke out! (Compromise). 

A Community Early Bird Dinner was held at St. Paul's Father Rausch Hall on Sunday afternoon January 17th. The dinner was totally free to anyone in the community that wanted to attend, enjoy a variety of different foods and spend some time with friends enjoying a winter afternoon. Sue Miller took the imitative to organize the affair. Mark White and Patrick O'Boyle cooked up the delicious popcorn and were nicknamed the (Popcorn Kings). Kathy and Mark Spyrut from Long Island made chicken fricassee, Socorro Marin did up the hams, sweet potatoes were also served as well as spaghetti and meatballs. There was such a variety that everyone found something that suited their taste buds. Omar from the Baptist Church supplied much of the help and the local Boy Scouts pitched in to serve and do anything that was needed of them. I saw Gary Miller keeping the kitchen sink clear of all the dirty dishes.

Jerry DaBrescia from The Hancock Partners Group presented a slide show presentation with pictures of the Hancock area in the days gone by. They ranged from the early 1900's to the present. This made for some great reminiscing of the old days of what Hancock used to look like, and also showing how much things have changed as well as what remains the same.

By looking at the pictures below and the number of local people that attended, one would say it was a great time  for all.