Pierogi making workshop teaches youth importance of volunteering

CONNELLSVILLE – Members of the Youth Group from the Yough Catholic Community Parishes of Connellsville (Immaculate Conception, Saint Aloysius, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Rita) gathered on the last night of their religious group instruction to participate in a pierogi-making workshop led by members of the Saint John the Evangelist Fundraising Committee.

The adults provided instructions for making pierogi, with a hands-on activity designed to teach the youth the importance of volunteering their time and talent to become involved in fundraising activities for the Catholic parishes in the community.

The youth had the opportunity to weigh the dough, form dough balls, scoop potatoes, roll dough, and assemble a half-dozen pierogi, which they took home that evening.

The event was organized after the group leaders, Seminarian John Torres and Kathy Grenaldo, invited active adult volunteers from the parishes to attend a Youth Group meeting to speak about the various ways parish members could become involved and active members by giving their time and talent.

The discussed ways included ministries such as cantors, lectors, choir members, Eucharistic Ministers, altar servers, and keeping church grounds beautiful. By becoming active members in the parish, they would have opportunities to create friendships, develop a deeper sense of community, and contribute to helping others, continuing to carry on Christ’s work on earth.


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