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Fairfax parish celebrates Labor Day with 600 chicken dinners

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Since the 1880s, St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax has been celebrating Labor Day with a parish picnic. When the pandemic hit last year, planners knew they had to do something to keep the tradition alive.

 

“Father (James S.) Barkett reached out to the Knights of Columbus and said, ‘Look, we just can’t let this thing fall apart and not do anything,’ ” said Mike Mannion, one of the chicken barbecue organizers. “So really, with about three or four weeks of planning last year, the Knights of Columbus took over this thing that is normally run by the parish with hundreds of volunteers and (made) it a drive-thru.”

 

This year, pandemic precautions once again prevented the parish from hosting the picnic, but the drive-thru continued in the parking lot of the historic St. Mary church Sept. 6. Knights barbecued 600 chickens and many ears of corn, volunteers packed the meals and Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls carried the boxes to the cars of hungry parishioners.

 

Father Barkett, pastor, endorsed the meal. “It’s better than anywhere else you would get chicken around here.”

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021

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