St Clement Parish Celebrates Renovated Hall and Kitchen

Chopping, chunking, sautéing and stirring, Fr. Ken Deasy cooked up Mexican pork pozole for 300 parishioners at St. Clement Parish in Santa Monica.

St. Clement Confirmation Kids

And the occasion?  The grand opening of the new church hall and kitchen.  New paint and flooring, shiny silver appliances, partially paid for by a special donor of Father Ken’s Vineyard.  Padre Ken himself served as de facto “general contractor”, organizing tilers, painters, purchase of the appliances.

Bad Boys Take Break from Stirring Pozole

“I told the parishioners that this is Gringo Pozole.  There wasn’t going to be time for all the chopping and grating so I cheated a little bit and bought already chopped onions and grated cheese.  I recruited five of the high school sophomore Confirmation students to help me out.  Next time, I’m not going to cut up 48 pounds of pork and sauté it.  I’m going to roast it and then pull it apart,” said Father Ken.

St. Clement Hall Kitchen 3

Father Ken laughed as he described clearing the shelf at Costco of all the cans of hominy.

St. Clement Hall Renovated

The new hall and kitchen are certain to be a gathering place for the parish.

St. Clement Kitchen 1

March, 2016