St. Peter’s Church plans Shrove Tuesday events

WESTFIELD – St. Peter’s Church in Westfield will recognize the Annual Shrove Tuesday Observance with its annual Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. This year, the “Pancake Race” has been added at 5:30 p.m. in Moore Park.

Shrove Tuesday is an ancient tradition that marks the start of the Lenten season of denial. It’s an excuse to eat lots of fats without constraints. The traditional “Fat Tuesday” meal at St. Peter’s will include sausage, pancakes, and applesauce.

The idea of the pancake race dates back to 1445, when it is believed that a townswoman was running late for the Shriving (confession) Service. Hearing the church bells and in fear of being late, she left home still holding her frying pan and wearing an apron. A race had begun! The idea is to run a course tossing pancakes at designated spots and finishing. Winners will ring the church bell and receive a prize. Communities around the world compete with the traditional apron, cap, and frying pan.

Community members are invited to attend either function, and are encouraged to bring frying pans and wear race attire for the event. Everyone is welcome. Meals will be charged at $3 for children and $6 for adults. For more information, call 326-2064 or visit