Church serves up taste of tradition at annual fundraiser

Posted at 8:15 PM, Sep 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-28 22:15:44-04

MAGNA, Utah – For more than 80 years, a church in Magna has been serving up a taste of their shared heritage at an annual fundraiser.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church held their annual spaghetti dinner Sunday, and the meal goes back to the traditions of the early congregation, who were mostly Italian immigrants.

Maureen Howe is a parishioner at the church, and she said they have been using similar recipes to those used by those who attended the church when it was built in 1928.

“We start with the meat balls, and we cook the meat balls–it takes us a couple of days to cook the meat balls. And then we start with the sauce early in the morning, like yesterday morning at 5 a.m.,” she said.

Father Javier Virgen is the pastor of the church, and he said he appreciates that effort as well as the support of the community.

“And we’re very, very grateful for them because every year we see the long line waiting to share this wonderful meal and to support us especially,” Virgen said.

The church uses the dinner as a fundraiser, and the money will be used to run the church and to fund a facility that will allow them to provide classrooms for the children who attend the church.