By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
FAIRFIELD — Members of St. Mary Parish faced off in some friendly competition last month as they got to know each other better.
St. Mary Parish hosted a game show-themed social on Sept. 23 after 10 a.m. Mass. Anyone in the parish was invited to form a team of friends or family members. Each team came up with a unique name.
Diane Tone, the parish’s youth ministry coordinator, said she planned the event in an effort to incorporate more family events within youth ministry. “We wanted our first one to be something fun to build community.”
The event started off with a prayer by St. Teresa of Kolkata. Participants then sang the song “As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord.” Next, each team built a tower using uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. The tallest tower with a marshmallow on top won a prize. Participants enjoyed a pizza lunch afterwards.
The featured event was a Newlywed Game-style competition, “How Well Do You Know Your Family.” During the game, Tone led one half of the group to an “isolation room.” There, they played the card game Apples to Apples while their team members in the main room answered seven questions on a sheet of paper, such as, “What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you or your family?” Later, in front of the whole group, the other team members answered the same questions verbally, hoping the answers would match the written responses and thus earn points. The winners were “The Amigos,” a group of friends.
Parishioner Ken Malloy served as host. “He was very entertaining,” Tone said. As “the host with the most … hats,” he changed his hat whenever he felt the urge. He wore a chef’s hat to serve pizza and also donned a top hat, green bowler hat, “Cheesehead” hat and a pirate hat during the course of the evening.
Tone said participants had fun at the event and appreciated having the opportunity to know their parish family better.