The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Cardinal Mindszenty, Assembly 727, together with councils 929 Dunkirk, 7921 Fredonia, 15113 Gowanda, 5356 Silver Creek and 3100 Westfield are again hosting their 15th annual Priests' Appreciation Dinner. Included again are nuns and deacons. This year's event will be held at St. Anthony's Parish Center, Cushing Street, Fredonia on Sunday, April 21, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus hosts this event every year to honor all of the priests and religious personnel for their dedicated services to their parishes as well as to their communities. The decrease in the vocation has been noted by many, and the additional burden this places on the existing personnel has also been noted. The fact that they continue to take on these challenges is worthy of praise. Today, many priests are taking care of two or three parishes. Years ago, there were two or three priests for every parish.
It is the intention of the Knights of Columbus, together with the public, to acknowledge and thank these people for their tireless efforts as they take on more and greater responsibilities, duties and activities to fulfill the needs of their parishioners.
The Knights of Columbus members are encouraging the laity to take time to say "thank you" to their dedicated priests in a special way for all they do for them. This celebration is intended to do just that. The combined area councils are proud and happy to be able to salute the local priests with the utmost admiration, respect, and appreciation for their guidance, leadership, and love with which they serve.
This event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased from any member of the Knights of Columbus. For further information and reservations, contact Charles St. George, purser of Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727 at 672-4432. Tickets are $15 per person, and include open bar and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and a sitdown family-style dinner with dessert at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations with payment must be in by Wednesday, April 17. There will be only 200 tickets sold for this event. No reservations will be accepted after April 17.
Interested persons may mail their checks, made payable to "Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727" to Charles St. George, 25 Leon Place, Fredonia N.Y. 14063-1313. Upon receipt of payment, tickets will be mailed.