50th Anniversary for Church's Pirohi

By Perry Russom

February 15, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Whether you call them pierogies or pirohis, they are one of the most popular dishes during the Lenten season.

Friday was the first Friday of Lent.

It marked the beginning of the annual pirohi sale at St. Michael's Church on Court Street in Binghamton.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of St. Michael's selling the Lenten dish.

All proceeds from the sales go back into the church.

"(It) is a lot of gratitude of many years of people who have come out of the goodness of their heart to spend a lot of time working for the welfare of the church," said Fr. Jim Dutko of St. Michael's.

"Fifty years ago, no one knew what pirohis were," said Mildred Scheider.

Schieder has been making the pirohis at St. Michael's on and off since the church originally started to sell the food.

Schieder said what started as a small market has turned into one of the largest fundraisers for the church.

Ted Koast, St. Michael's parishioner, said the pirohi sales have helped fund every major project the church has undertaken.

"There are people here who have made pirohi for decades," said Fr. Dutko."They sit here at the tables or in the kitchen doing these things and remembering lots of folks along the way who made their lives a little better."

With many of the original pirohi makers getting older, parishioners said they are looking for the younger generation to lead the way for the next 50 years.