Dads ate for free at St. Martha Father’s Day Breakfast

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St. Martha's RC Church in Point Pleasant. FILE PHOTO / THE OCEAN STAR

POINT PLEASANT — The Knights of Columbus St. Martha Council held a Father’s Day breakfast this Sunday at St. Martha Roman Catholic Church.

The St. Martha Council holds a breakfast each month, and tries to schedule them to coincide with holidays, according to Ed Wolff, deputy grand knight.

At the Father’s Day breakfast, dads got to eat for free. The home-cooked buffet —cooked by the Knights of Columbus volunteers — consisted of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage and bacon.

“We set up the room the night before, and then we start cooking at 6 a.m., and we usually [cook] through the 10:30 Mass because after the 12 p.m. Mass people tend to want to come for lunch,” said Mr. Wolff.

Tickets to the buffet cost $5, $3 for children and a max price of $15 for families.

The St. Martha Council has been holding monthly breakfasts for both St. Martha and St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Point Pleasant Beach for over 35 years.

“We have it Father’s Day, we do it Mother’s Day. We do it every month, but we had it specifically for Mother’s day and Father’s day,” said Mr. Wolff. “On Mother’s Day, mothers eat free. On Father’s Day, fathers eat free. And on Veterans Day, veterans eat free.”

According to Mr. Wolff, the breakfasts usually have a higher turnout on holidays due to the fact that more people attend Mass on holidays, however, “Everybody usually comes because for $5, it’s a pretty good spread. We usually have a very good turnout.”

The money raised from the breakfasts goes toward the St. Martha Council’s food program.

“We feed people in need or who are homebound for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. We actually buy the food, prepare the meals and deliver it to their homes,” said Mr. Wolff.

Mr. Wolff said the council also holds other events to help support the program as well, such as a gift auction and a dinner dance “but this is a big portion of what we use for our food program.”

The breakfasts are open to the whole community, according to Mr. Wolff, not just congregation members.

“People are welcome,” said Mr. Wolff. “This is a community, and we invite all members of the community.”

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