We'd like to take a moment to celebrate one of our youngest parishioners, Rowan Tressler, who was recently presented a pretty awesome award.
Rowan is now a second grade student at St. Joan of Arc School. His first grade teacher entered an essay he wrote into a "Cultural Traditions" essay contest from the Dauphin County Commissioners office. Rowan's essay was chosen from hundreds of submissions and he received his award yesterday.
The winning essay was written around his family's tradition of the Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes, which has Catholic origin. How the tradition got started and why it’s celebrated isn’t exactly known. It is believed to have started when Catholics fasted to anticipate the birth of the baby Jesus on Christmas Day. They would refuse to eat until they received Holy Communion during Midnight Mass. That’s when “Cena della Vigilia,” or the Christmas Eve dinner, would begin. Catholics from various parts of Italy believe that meat should not be eaten on the Eve, which is why Italians indulged in what has now become known as the seafood bonanza, or more accurately, the “Feast of the Seven Fishes.” It is believed by many that eating seven different types is representative of the seven sacraments.
The Tressler family is active in our parish community and school. We are grateful for all the gifts of time and talent they bring to our parish!
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