St. Patrick’s tradition continues at St. Mary’s |

St. Patrick’s tradition continues at St. Mary’s

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Part with a bit o’ your green for a good cause.

Aspen’s oldest tradition, the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is back for its 117th year. The parish expects to serve up some 800 to 900 dinners today from 4 to 9 p.m. Diners are simply asked to make a donation to the church’s charity assistance fund, which helps valley residents in need.

The dinner actually predates the church ” early proceeds helped build St. Mary’s. The menu remains unchanged since the event’s inception ” roast beef and pork, mashers, coleslaw, green beans, bread and homemade pies and cakes with ice cream.

“It’s not corned beef and cabbage, praise the Lord. I’m not a big fan of that,” said Father Michael O’Brien, whose own Irish leanings are obvious. “I call it a holy day of obligation to have a good time.”

Parishioners peeled 400 to 500 pounds of spuds yesterday morning and prepared the slaw with 150 pounds of cabbage and the secret recipe, according to Father O’Brien. “They won’t even tell me what’s in it,” he said.

Local restaurants help prepare the 450 pounds of pork and 260 pounds of beef.

This year, the church has added an outdoor tent, where there will be an Irish band and a bar. Items for a silent auction will be on display.

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