The monthly community dinner at Holy Family Parish Center in Essex Junction on the second Friday of the month has turned into a big success.

On May 10, a dedicated group of parishioners and others served a delicious meal of beef, homemade mac and cheese, coleslaw and ice cream sandwiches to more than 150 guests.

The meals are open to everyone, and donations are accepted to cover the costs of the food.  The meals — often referred to as “Essex Eats Out” — provide a time for people to gather for fellowship and to enjoy some good and healthy food. Edmundite Father Charles Ranges (pictured), pastor of the Essex Catholic Community, attends and opens the meal with prayer. He then spends time socializing with all who attend.