Do you want some good food, friends, and fellowship?
Then this is the group for you!

Dinner for Eight groups St. Mary’s parishioners together for a planned meal and fellowship in their homes in order to get to know one another better. Once groups are formed, the first host will be selected from the group roster. He/she will contact members to arrange the details for the first gathering. Dinner groups are encouraged to be creative; consider picking a dinner “theme night” (i.e. Italian, dessert or soup night), and everyone can bring a dish that goes along with that theme.

The Dinner for Eight Groups are expected to begin meeting on a mutually agreed upon date in October 2018.

Jay Liwanag
Fr. Chris Cole

Questions & Answers

==What is Dinner for Eight?== 
Dinner for Eight is a great way to meet folks from church that you may not already know. It’s also a good way to get to know your church family better. Groups plan their own meals and get together once a month for four consecutive months. You share meals at participants’ homes or wherever the group decides. The emphasis is on fun and fellowship, so you don’t have to be a gourmet cook to participate.

==How does a Dinner for Eight Group work?==  
St. Mary’s opens registration in late summer for people in a variety of households (single, married, with/without children) to sign up to join a dinner group. (Registration is now closed.) Once groups are formed, a Group Coordinator is selected for each group. The Group Coordinator will contact members to arrange the details for the first gathering. Dinner groups are encouraged to be creative in the meals they enjoy together.

==Who Does the Scheduling?==

We ask that the Group Coordinator contact group members set up the location, date, and food sign-ups for the gathering. All contact information will be provided to the GC a couple days after the final Sign-Up Sunday for the following Dinner Week. The Group Coordinator may wish to use a Doodle Poll, which can make finding the best day and time easier.

If the Group Coordinator has questions, they can most definitely contact Jay or Fr. Chris, but we ask that the Group Coordinator serves as the point of contact for their individual groups, as needed.

==Who Does the Cooking?==

The dinner host (each the eight households will serve once as a dinner host) is responsible for providing the main dish. Some may wish to prepare a themed dinner from their favorite recipe collection.  For individuals whose cooking skills aren’t up to the challenge, a fresh store or restaurant prepared rotisserie chicken or a quality frozen lasagna (baked, of course!) is acceptable.  It isn’t about the cooking or really even the food, it’s about spending time together and having fun!