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Knights celebrate St. Patrick’s

Posted: March 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Students from the O’Connor School of Irish dance performed a variety of Irish dances.

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It was a festive communal meal of corned beef and cabbage as nearly 200 attendees celebrated St. Patrick's Day with the Knights of Columbus Council 6016 35th annual dinner/dance fundraiser.

The $30 tickets benefited the philanthropic programs of the Knights of Columbus.

Jack O'Shea, whose roots lie in County Kerry, Ireland, said he has worked as chairman of the event for the past 11 years.

"We have singing, dancing and plenty of music," he said.

O'Shea said the money raised at the dinner will benefit OLPH, Heads Up on Horseback, SCV Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul Society and other areas where needed.

"The Knights of Columbus are founded on four principals, charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism - and the first is charity," he said. "We also try to help people."

The dinner featured 125 pounds of corned beef, as well as dozens of heads of cabbage and homemade Irish soda bread.

Hilmar Rosenast worked with a team in the kitchen, where they cooked corned beef in large pots, and then sliced it.

"It takes about five hours to cook the corned beef, then we put the potatoes, carrots and cabbage into the same pot," he said. "It gives the vegetables a little more flavor."

Rosenast has been helping in the kitchen for the past four years.

"It's a collaborative effort," he said. "We have meat cutters and others that come in the afternoon and cut up the cabbage and potatoes and carrots."

Rosenast said 72 loaves of Irish soda bread were baked by a daughter of one of the council members.

"It's delicious," he said.

Others on the kitchen team included Scott Franklin, Steve Surjaputra, Art Brown, Gundy Tollefson and Steve Bogner.

Traditional Irish music lilted through the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall played by Flock of Banshees, a name coined on the spot by the four-piece band that normally plays at the Celtic Arts Center in North Hollywood.

Also providing entertainment were students from the O'Connor School of Irish Dance which offers lessons at OLPH.

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 in New Haven, Conn. The organization now has more than 1.8 million members.

The Santa Clarita Valley Council was founded in 1967. The SCV Council is located at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Newhall. The Grand Knight for 2011-2012 is Robert Stojkovic. Contact the Knights by phone at 661-857-0350, or by email at The SCV Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the OLPH Conference Hall, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall.



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