The life of Jake Ritz to be celebrated at community Thanksgiving dinner

November 7, 2012 by  

A traditional Thanksgiving feast will be held at St. Ann’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day, which this year falls on November 22.

The event is free of charge, and sponsored by family and friends of the late Jake N. Ritz. Dedicated to “Jake’s giving spirit and bright life,” the dinner will include all of the trimmings. This year’s dinner will be the 4th annual Thanksgiving gathering at Holy Trinity.

While anyone interested in participating is invited, the dinner is particularly targeted to those who would otherwise spend the holiday alone. The church is asking for donations of frozen turkeys and homemade desserts to help support the meal for all comers.

Whether by choice or circumstance, many people find themselves without a local family gathering to attend. There are also families for whom either the funds or inclination to prepare a large meal may be lacking. While more restaurants in recent years have begun to offer Thanksgiving Day servings for the latter patrons, communal church and community dinners have also presented an alternative, often using flyer printing, newspaper event listings and organization newsletters to get the word out.

The cost of the typical 2012 holiday dinner is expected to remain stable relative to 2011, largely due to retailers’ strategy to absorb drought-related increases in the cost of turkeys. Nonetheless, the promise of distributing the work entailed in such a meal across a much larger group of participants has an undeniable lure for many.

Inquiries and RSVPs for Holy Trinity’s dinner may be made to Cathy Roth-Johnson at 314 443 9703.