REGINA — Regina’s Marian Centre hosted a public barbecue July 16 as it continues to celebrate 50 years of service. The actual date of the anniversary is Oct. 15 but the people at the centre decided to do something special for those it serves during the summer.
Marian Centre provides a hot lunch Monday-Saturday every week, but this particular week a barbecue was held outside. Members of the Regina Council of the Knights of Columbus spearheaded the barbecue, aided by SaskEnergy, which provided $500 to help purchase food, provided the barbecue and the staff to cook the burgers and hot dogs. Volunteers, along with the knights, served the food.
The local band Vision provided upbeat music while the crowd got their food and sat in chairs in front of the band.
Normally, Marian Centre provides hot lunches for an average of 70 — 90 men daily, but this day families were invited and than 100 attended.
Marian Centre is part of the Madonna House apostolate, headquartered in Combermere, Ont. They came to Regina at the invitation of the late Archbishop Michael C. O’Neill, who recognized a need for service to Regina’s indigent population.