Pierogies sale will benefit St. Patrick Church upkeep

LEETONIA- The St. Patrick Church family is offering up some pierogi during the Lent season.

The church, located at 167 Main St., is selling homemade pierogi by the dozen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10:30-11 a.m. Sundays now through Easter. Cost is $6 per dozen. Flavors include potato and cheese, potato and cheese with jalapeno, kraut, cabbage and special orders including sweet potato and riccotta with spinach.

Walk-ins are encouraged, but large orders should be called in first. To place an order call 330-427-6577 or 330-277-0046.

The annual sale began about five years ago to help battle financial straits at the church, according MaryAnn Hosack, who helped start the sale with her sister Ginny Less and their friend Shirley Ferry. Money from the sale goes toward upkeep at the church.

“Anything we can do to help keep our church going,” Hosack said. “It’s fun and we’ve been able to help get a lot done here.”

She said this year’s money will go toward resurfacing the parking lot, but in previous years it has helped fund projects such as repainting the church and refurbishing its windows. The projects may be small, but every little bit helps when added to contributions from other organizations at the church, she said, especially when considering the church was in danger of being closed not so long ago.

Last year the sale generated $10,000, and it’s no surprise since the volunteer cooks take orders from as far away as Youngstown and West Virginia- and as large as 52 dozen from one person.

“It’s a lot of work, but we’re happy because we’re helping our church,” said volunteer Suzzette Holisky.

Hosack said the sale would not be possible without the help of a multitude of volunteers each session including regulars like her husband, David, Holisky, Angelo and Alberta Nicotera, Will and Linda Lutz and Nora Morelli.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net