St. David’s was the scene of Pre-Lenten Season indulgence because of the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Around 100 attendees came to be served a bottomless assortment of pancakes, sausage and a choice of beverage. Individuals from St. David’s volunteered to make and serve food, as well as cleanup after the event.
The word “shrove” comes from the practice of being “shriven,” meaning “confessing your sins.” The Shriving Bell was rung on Shrove Tuesday to call people into church to confess their sins.
To prepare for Lent, all temptations — typically luxury food products like eggs, milk, cheese and meat — were removed from the home in a period of three Sundays before Ash Wednesday. This was known as Shrovetide and provided an opportunity for indulgence right before the stricter Lenten Season.
The easiest way to dispose of luxury food was to make pancakes or a fritter. That’s how “Shrove Tuesday” was born.
Special thanks goes out to Tim and Stephanie Cote, Jeff, Nicole and Loren Spitzley, Bob Mitchell, Steve and Maria Leiby, Bill Paff, Erik LeRoy, Michelle Ridley, John Winters and Ron Leix for volunteering during the event.