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St. Patrick’s Day observed ... a little early SEAS and St. Joseph host traditional Irish dinners

by Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer

The Irish, and those wanting to be Irish, can begin to make their plans for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. One is right here in Hastings at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and the other is in Miesville.

This year’s celebration will be held Sunday, March 15, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. The observance begins at 11 a.m. after the 10 a.m. Mass. The full Irish meal is being catered by the Trophy House in New Trier.

There will be some Irish music and entertainment as part of the celebration.

Organizer Bob Caneff says he loves it all, and credits the beginning of the event with the former Guardian Angels Church near the downtown area.

“Father (William) Mertz got it going and had some musicians from the high schools,” he said. “It would go from the church to the west, past the former Riviera Theater (on Sibley Street), down to Second Street to the Gardner Hotel.”

Once the parade participants arrived at the Gardner Hotel, they could eat the traditional corned beef and cabbage meal. The meals were served there until the restaurant closed. Later, it was moved to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) clubrooms across the street. When that building was sold, the celebration was moved to Seton church.

Of course, Caneff could not have it end.

“I don’t know how to stop,” he said.

Caneff talked to the church about hosting it, then reached out to an area restaurant to cater the meal. The Trophy House is handling the cooking for the event. Caneff’s wife Joanne asks for door prizes. Mo McNeary Sieben is part of the day, too.

“She always gets into it,” said Caneff. “She’ll get some to dance a bit, and we hand out music.”

Some Knights of Columbus members will help with the serving as well.

The food is hot, the music is sweet and familiar and the visiting is good for the afternoon.

“You don’t have to go to St. Paul to celebrate St. Patrick,” said Caneff.

If interested in attending the dinner, contact the church office at 437-4254. Tickets will be sold after the weekend Masses beginning March 1.

More celebrating

Still hungry for more Irish food? St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville is holding its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner, also that Sunday, March 15, following Mass in the parish hall. It will continue to 3 p.m. The day also includes a silent auction and raffle drawing.