Parish Festivals 2024

Saturday, June 22

St. Martin • St. Martin Parish Festival starts with stands opening at 11 a.m. Event includes PeeWee Home Run Derby, beanbag tournament and vintage auto show. Live music from 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. featuring the St. Martin City Band, Two for the Road, The Bank Band and headliners Dairy Daughters. Burgers and beer garden, games for all ages and meat raffle all day. Children’s raffle at 3:30 p.m. Mass celebrated at 5 p.m. (Jubilarians honored.) Quilt auction at 6:30 p.m. Cash raffle drawing at 7:30 p.m. St. Joseph Society ATV raffle at 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 23

St. Augusta • St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Festival begins with indoor polka Mass at 10 a.m. Music by Leon Laudenbach and Steel Rail from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event includes food and beverage stands, bingo, bountiful baskets, cake walk, children’s games, inflatables, crafts and fancy work, jewelry stand, ring toss, train rides. Live quilt auction at 3 p.m. Raffle drawing at 5 p.m.

 Previously Saturday, June 29 — Raffle is rescheduled to Sunday, Sept. 8!

Melrose • Parish raffle drawing — with 18 cash prizes (grand prize of $20,000 and second prize of $5,000) held at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each. Only 1,000 chances will be sold. (Must be 18 or older to win. Need not be present to win.) Send name, address, phone number and number of tickets to purchase (including $100 for each) to: St. Mary’s Parish Raffle, 755 Kraft Drive S.E., Melrose, MN 56352. (Deadline for tickets by mail is Wednesday, Sept. 4.) Tickets also available at Magnifi Financial-Melrose, Freeport State Bank-Melrose, Kraemer Lumber Company and parish center.

Sunday, June 30

Brennyville • St. Elizabeth Parish Festival begins with Mass at 10 a.m. Event includes beer wagon and food stands, fancywork stand, prize bingo, pull tabs, basket raffle, cake walk and activities for kids up to 16 with one-time ticket charge for all day. Quilt auction at 2:30 p.m. Grand raffle at 4 p.m. Gun raffle — visit www.sesjpp.org. (Located at Co. Rd. 22 and 125th Ave. N.E., Foley.)

St. Anna • Immaculate Conception Church Bazaar begins with 10 a.m. Mass in air-conditioned church. Event (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) includes food court, beer gardens, music by 57 Chevy, silent auction, bingo, pull tabs, paddle wheel and games for kids. Quilt raffle, gun raffle and cash raffle drawings at 5 p.m. (Parish is 5 miles north of Avon.)

Sobieski • St. Stanislaus Parish Summer Bazaar begins with a Mass at 10 a.m. at the church. Home cooked chicken dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hamburger and hot dog stand. Homemade pie and ice cream. Polish coffee cakes sale. Event includes beer garden, live polka music by Twin Cities Soundz, quilt bingo, silent auction, bountiful baskets, cake walk, quilt raffle and games for all ages. All-cash raffle drawing (over $6,000 in prizes) at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3

St. Joseph • St. Joseph Parish Festival starts with bingo, games and food and refreshments served from 5 to 11 p.m. “Joetown Rocks” — free concert from 6 to 10:15 p.m. — features The Killer Vees and Chris Kroeze. Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. (Festival continues Thursday.)

Thursday, July 4

St. Joseph • St. Joseph Parish Festival continues from Wednesday starting with parade at 10 a.m. Event includes bingo, games for the whole family, food and beverages starting at 11 a.m. Live music from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quilt auction at 1:30 p.m. Raffle drawing at 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 7

Bowlus • Annual Bowlus Day celebration begins with an outdoor polka Mass at 10 a.m. with music by Joyce and Jerry at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, weather permitting. Following Mass, the Bowlus Fire & Rescue Department sponsors a day of events with a parade downtown at 11:15 a.m. and activities in the city park, ending with fireworks at 10 p.m. and a street dance from 7 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, July 13

Flensburg • Sacred Heart Parish hosts summer picnic starting with Mass at 4 p.m. in air-conditioned church. Smoked rib meal and hamburgers and hotdogs. Silent auction. Raffle drawing at 7 p.m. Two top prizes of $5,000. (Parish is located 8 miles west of Little Falls.)

Holdingford • Registration for Tractor Blessing and Tractor Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. at the Holdingford High School parking lot. Tractor blessing at 9:45 a.m. and run at 10 a.m. (Holdingford Daze events start at 10 a.m. City of Holdingford hosts two-day event starting Friday, July 12. For details see holdingforddaze.com.) In connection with Holdingford Daze, All Saints celebrates outdoor Mass at 4 p.m. at the Soldier’s Shrine, across the street from All Saints-St. Hedwig campus.

Menahga • Assumption of Our Lady Parish sponsors food booth from 3:30 to 9 p.m. in air-conditioned parish hall as part of the Menahga Midsummer Celebration. Event includes Christian Women quilt raffle.

Pearl Lake/Marty • Holy Cross Parish Party takes place under the pavilion behind the school. Starting at 5 p.m., event includes hamburger stand, beer garden and bean bag tournament. Live music with Leon Laudenbach and Steel Rail from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Grand raffle drawing at 8 p.m. Need not be present to win. Tickets: $30/only 650 sold. ($5,000 grand prize.)

 Sunday, July 14

Avon • St. Benedict Parish festival starts on church grounds with outdoor polka Mass at 10:30 a.m. with music by the Jerry and Joyce Band. (Bring chairs.) Event includes food and refreshment stands, beer garden, games for all ages, all-day bingo, pull tabs, straw stand, cake walk, meat raffle, quilt raffle, live music by local entertainers and Two for the Road from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sportsman’s raffle. Quilt auction at 2:30 p.m. Grand raffle at 6 p.m. Cash raffle grand prize is $5,000.

Duelm • St. Lawrence Parish Festival stands open at 11 a.m. Event includes live music by Stifle, concessions, beer garden, bingo, Grandma’s attic, silent auction and games for kids. Raffle drawing at 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 21

Foley • St. John Parish Bazaar begins with indoor Mass at 10 a.m. Food and refreshment stands, booths and games for all ages open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event includes adult and children’s bingo, silent auction, bake sale, cake walk, Lucky Straw and used book stand. Raffle tickets ($5) — drawing at 3:15 p.m. Grand prize $3,000.

Freeport • Sacred Heart Parish Festival and Parade begins with outdoor polka Mass at 9 a.m. with music by LaVerne & the Starlites. (Bring chairs.) Parade with the theme “Old Tube TV Shows” at 10:30 a.m. Concessions, beer garden, games for kids and inflatables open at 11:30 a.m. Event includes live entertainment by Julio Goldstein Band. Quilt raffle ($5/chances) and grand raffle ($20/chances) drawings at 4 p.m.

Millerville • Our Lady of Seven Dolors Parish hosts Social Gathering beginning with 10:30 a.m. indoor Mass. Hotdog lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments available. Cash raffle drawing at 1 p.m. $10,500 in cash prizes — grand prize is $5,000. (Other prizes: $2,000, two $1,000, three $500.) Tickets are $50. Only 420 tickets sold. Tickets available at church and from parishioners.

Sunday, July 28

Hillman • St. Rita Parish Bazaar starts with Mass at 10:30 a.m. Event includes chicken and ham dinner, food and refreshment stands, games for all ages and grand raffle.

Little Falls • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Bazaar starts with indoor Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. with polka and gospel music by LaVerne & The Starlites. Event includes entertainment by LaVerne & The Starlites, food and beer stands, arts and crafts, games for all ages, live auction, silent auction, bingo, “Gone Bizarre” raffle and all-cash grand raffle drawing.

Luxemburg • St. Wendelin Parish Festival starts with indoor Mass at 10 a.m. Chicken and ham dinner with dressing and pie served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in air-conditioned indoor dining area or outdoors. Event includes food and refreshments, beer garden, bingo, pull tabs, games for all ages, bake stand, cake spin, inflatables, old-time and country western music. Quilt auction at 3 p.m. Raffle drawing at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 3

Jacobs Prairie • St. James Parish hosts Corn Fest with pulled pork and hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, all-the-corn-you-care-to-eat, chips and fruit from 4 to 8 p.m. (Hot dogs free for children under 5.) Event includes silent auction and country store. Quilt auction at 5:30 p.m. To preview quilts to go christcatholic.com. Cash raffle at 8 p.m. (Parish is located on Co. Rd. 2 between Cold Spring and St. Joseph.)

Greenwald • 75th annual Greenwald Barley Days begins with outdoor polka Mass at 7:30 p.m. on St. Andrew Parish grounds. Hamburger stand, beer garden and live music with 32 Below starting at 8:30 p.m. (Event continues Sunday.)

Sunday, August 4

Greenwald • Greenwald Barley Days continues from Saturday starting with themed parade at 11 a.m. Food, beer garden and live music from noon to 4 p.m. on church grounds. Event includes beanbag tournament. Raffle at 4:30 p.m.

Pierz • St. Joseph Parish Bazaar starts with Mass at 10 a.m. with St. Joseph’s Folk Group choir. Events include food and refreshments, beer garden, live music with Country Fried Grubers, bingo, pull tabs, dice, country store, silent auction, gun raffle, inflatables and egg hunt for kids, quilt wheel and boutique. Grand raffle drawing starts at 4 p.m.

Rush Lake St. Lawrence Parish Festival starts with outdoor polka Mass at 10:30 a.m. with the Jerry and Joyce Band. Picnic-style lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Free will donation.) Event includes music and dancing, silent auction, bingo, children’s games, cake walk, refreshments, beer and pop, soft serve ice cream and cash raffle drawing at 2 p.m. Handicapped accessible church is located at 46404 Co. Hwy. 14, Perham.

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Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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