WESTFIELD – Members of St. Joseph’s Church packed into the church’s social center on Sunday to celebrate the church and several birthdays in a picnic hosted by St. Joseph’s Men’s Club.
While attendees enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and a 50/50 raffle to benefit the church, they started the festivities off with a prayer led by Fr. Joseph Soltysiak before singing happy birthday three times to several of the church’s members, Cliff Lajewski, the president of the12-person club, said the picnic is one of the ways the club is able to give back and support the church.
“We have one fundraiser a year and our funds go right back into the church and we donate them in house to our different groups, we’re one of several organizations under the umbrella of the church,” he said.
In order to host the picnic he said the club’s members donated supplies and labor for the day. He said, “The guys in the club donated all the supplies today so everything we’ll make today is pure profit, which is wonderful.”
While the club hosts an event every year, Lajewski added that the club also helps out with some of the handy work around the church through their own work and donations. “We help out with some of the minor cleaning or renovations and repair work throughout the Church as necessary,” he said, “We kinda keep up with some of the upkeep around here and we donated some of our funds to help replace the stairway in the back with a fancy chair.”
Lajewski said that one of the other ways the club helps out with the church is by supporting the kids that go to summer camp through the church.
“The younger kids have a summer camp through church and we’ll give a stipend to every kid that’s part of the church,” he said.
He added that any member in good standing with the church are more than welcome to join the Men’s Club.
“It’s plain and simple, it’s really just donating our time to help out the church in any way we can,” Lajewski added.