Saying thanks, for priest, means cooking a feast

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Father Bernie Weir prepares a Thanksgiving meal for St. James Parish-Washington staff on Nov. 16.

WASHINGTON — Father Bernie Weir, pastor of St. James Parish in Washington, made breakfast and lunch for staff members on Nov. 16 as a way of saying “thank you.”

In the morning, Fr. Weir served pancakes. At lunch time, he treated staff to a turkey dinner with potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, chopped vegetables and brownies.

Fr. Weir has been known to share his culinary creations at various parish events. Still, he poked fun at his amateur chef status, joking that people should eat at their own risk. “One frequently asked question is who covers the medical bills after eating my food,” he wrote in the invitation. “I will have a waiver at the door releasing me of all responsibility.”

As it turned out, “Everyone is alive and no one called in sick,” he said. “I think everyone had a good time. It was just a day to say thank you to our team for everything they do.”

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