A favorite yearly tradition is right around the corner, so be sure to mark your calendar!
We are pleased to announce that our annual Fall Festival will take place on Friday, Sept. 15, and it will be held in the lower parking lot and expand into the field. This is a family-friendly event where parishioners can gather to play games, enjoy music, eat some great food, and share in fellowship with the community. The Fall Festival, hosted by the parish, embodies the goals of hospitality and building community.
This year’s festival will serve as a fundraiser for Discipleship Formation at our parish. Discipleship Formation comes in many forms that include CCD, Godteens, school scholarships, adult formation, staff retreats and ministry needs. These funds will be raised in a number of ways — selling large mums, as well as a small fee for the carnival games and a bake sale.
“It is an opportunity for community building and hospitality,” says Amy Fendrick, this year’s festival organizer. “Every year we get new parishioners that join at all different ages. For me, it is an opportunity to invite everyone in the parish, including new members, to gather together.”
In addition to raising funds for Discipleship Formation, this year’s event will include a beer garden for parishioners ages 21 and older. This is a great opportunity for parishioners who do not have young children at home to attend and share in the parish community as well.
“Some of the things that will be available include a dunk tank, bounce houses, food, popcorn, snow cones, revamped carnival games, photo booth, tattoos, pumpkin decorating, mum sale, a bake sale, and a beer garden,” Amy says. “My family has been attending for years and my kids love the dunk tank. Their favorite part is having the opportunity to dunk their teachers, priest, and parish staff.”
The Fall Festival is a big parish event, and it takes a lot of help to help make it happen. Amy, Megan Cooper, and the other organizers are incredibly thankful for the stewards of our parish who have already stepped up this year and in years past to assist with the event. This year, several parish ministries & Ministry Leaders have stepped up to help fill volunteer positions needed to run the festival activities. It is a whole parish effort, and we’re grateful for all those who are joining to help.
“We will also be doing the raffle differently this year. Event volunteers will be entered into a raffle to receive a gift at the end of the night. It’s our way of thanking those that so generously give their time and talents to help make this event a success.”
However, there is always room for more help. There are a wide variety of tasks in which parishioners with a wide range of talents can help give back to the community.
“The parish Fall Festival is for all parishioners,” Amy says. “We really want to welcome everybody. This year, we are working to create space for people of all ages, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to come together for food, friendship, and fun.”
If you are interested in assisting with the Fall Festival or have any questions, contact Amy Fendrick at 678-995-2629.