Parish finds new ways to feed multitudes

Its two fish fries may be cancelled this Lent, but Blessed Trinity Parish is serving up a double helping of good works.

Leaders have organized a drive-up food giveaway to help families and individuals who are hurting because of the pandemic, and they’re asking parishioners to support local eateries that are struggling.

“At first our parishioners were surprised by my decision to cancel the fish fries, but they understand it’s for the safety of our volunteers and patrons,” said Father Steve Kresak, pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish in Baldwin, Bon Air, Brentwood, Carrick, Hayes and Overbrook.

Deacon Dan Nizan, who is helping to organize the food distribution, said they are partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to hand out 500 boxes of food on Friday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Saint Albert the Great church in Baldwin.

“We’re also encouraging our parishioners who normally come to our fish fries at Saint Albert and Holy Angels to patronize nearby restaurants affected by the pandemic,” Deacon Nizan said. “It’s a win-win situation because it will benefit so many people.”

“A lot of young families are calling us for help,” Father Kresak said. “They’ve lost their jobs and need assistance with rent, utilities and food.”

Blessed Trinity Parish also will hold a cash raffle, and half of the proceeds will be donated to the food bank as a sign of appreciation and to help others in need.

“We are all in this together,” Deacon Nizan said.

To register for the distribution, call the parish office at 412-884-7744 or visit

Saint Albert the Great church in Baldwin.