For the past 10 years, the parishioners of St. William Church have hosted an "Autumn Appetizers" get-together to mark the changing of the clocks with the new mass service schedule. The gathering has evolved from people bringing cheese and crackers the first year, to a full-blown buffet meal that included baked beans, homemade manicotti, spinach pies, kielbasa, artichoke hearts, meatballs, calzones, and a full dessert bar with cheesecake, pumpkin bread, brownies, cookies and more. While the numbers have gone down over the past few years, the group that gathered truly enjoyed themselves.
"We have been members of this parish for 18 years, my husband and my son. There is such a true sense of community here. I love that we come together and share our favorite dishes," said Maria Aldridge.
Chairperson of the Social Activities Committee Joanne Spaziano was happy with the event overall.
"Even though it was a small turnout, everyone really enjoyed themselves. I would definitely call it a successful night," she said.
The church also provides food baskets and holiday supplies for almost 100 families during Thanksgiving and Christmas throughout Warwick, Providence and Cranston.
"We have a great community, I would love to see more families, more kids get involved," said Christine Reilly, parish member, who runs and organizes the BINGO fundraisers for the food baskets.
Since the "Autumn Appetizers" program started 10 years, Trinity Reilly, Christine's daughter, has not missed one.
"I like getting together with my friends; the church members are family to me," she said.
For more information about St. William Church, visit their website at www.stwilliamwarwick.org.