Local church keeps pasta dinner tradition alive for St. Rocco’s Day

The menu included cavetelli, meatballs, cupcakes and brownies

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – St. James Episcopal Church in Boardman celebrated the Feast of St. Rocco after morning mass with some good food and fun.

The church continues the tradition of a pasta dinner in honor of the now closed St. Rocco’s Church in Youngstown.

St. Rocco was a patron saint of healing, whose feast day is celebrated on August 16.

“We’re having a wonderful dinner here to honor St. Rocco, who helped the poor greatly. He died very young but he also was honoring dogs. So I learned something new about that today in our service,” said parishioner Jacqueline Hanson.

The menu included cavetelli, meatballs, cupcakes and brownies.

“The St. Rocco Parish had a longstanding tradition of having regular cavetelli dinners. I think every social event included cavetelli, and part of our celebration of St. Rocco’s Day includes having a cavetelli dinner,” said Rev. Shawn Dickerson, the parish’s priest.

Preparing the feast was a labor of love.

“Put the sauce on at 6:30 a.m. and we have the water ready and we’re gonna start taking the cavetelli off at 11:30 a.m. and serving people from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” said cook Jim Tufaro.

For the 300 parishioners who were served, it was a great opportunity to connect with the community.

“They do so many wonderful things. We help a lot of people, we have community meals, learn a lot more about the bible and it’s a wonderful group of people,” Hanson said.

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