This past May, a parishioner dropped off a small box of apricots at the St. John Vianney parish rectory in Goodyear, Ariz.
The pastor, Holy Cross Father Thomas Eckert, remembered his mother’s crust recipe from his days growing up on an Indiana farm. He baked a few apricot pies and brought them with him to the 5pm Mass the following Saturday.
“It’s funny, because I wasn’t even sure, when I was carrying the pies over to the church, what I was going to do with them,” Father Eckert told the Register. He saw a small opportunity to raise awareness and maybe a few dollars from selling the pies for the parish school.
“I didn’t intend [what happened] — I mean, there was no plan for it to be...READ MORE