By Sean Miner
This year marks a full 100 years for the Church of St. George in Long Lake. As part of its centennial celebration, the church will be hosting a pig roast on April 23.
“It’s been in the works for a while,” said Meghan Flannery, the parish historian, of the event. “We’re just looking for a good way to bring the community together to recognize this important anniversary.”
Tickets have been on sale for a few weeks, and Flannery said that the response has been steady.
“We’ve had a good initial turnout for tickets,” said Flannery. “We’re hoping for a decent turnout.”
The evening will begin with a celebratory mass.
“At 3:45, the choir will sing some special music, and then there will be the mass,” said Flannery. “After that will be the pig roast.”
The roast kicks off a few centennial events planned for the year. Though specific plans haven’t taken shape as of yet, the church’s annual Corn Days festival will be under focus once the pig roast is finished.
“I don’t know about any plans, centennial-wise,” said Flannery. “But we’ll try to make it special.”
The church does have plans, however, for a historical artifact of particular relevance to the church.
“We’re getting the cornerstone from our original church building on a temporary loan from the West Hennepin History Center,” said Flannery. “We’re hoping to put it in a special spot in our church, and have a special display about it and the founding of the church. It should be ready by the time of the pig roast.”
Further down the road, the church plans to have a special centennial mass in the fall. Flannery said that the church planned on inviting the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda, the newly-appointed leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Flannery noted that, though the pig roast will be preceded by mass, the event isn’t just for members of the church parish.
“We’re hoping to welcome to whole community to celebrate this historical milestone,” said Flannery.
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