UPDATED: Your guide to fall parish festivals in the diocese

Updated Sept. 20.

Saturday, September 25

Bluffton • St. John the Baptist Parish fall event begins with Mass at 4:30 p.m. followed by a pre-ordered takeout meal. (Call 218-385-2608 to pre-order.) Raffle drawing with over $9,000 in cash and prizes at 5:45 p.m. (Drawing will be livestreamed at www.marysacc.org.)

Sunday, September 26

Eden Valley • Assumption Fest starts with Mass at 10 a.m. at Assumption Parish. Events (from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) include live music, Wagyu burgers and beer garden, bingo, games for all ages and live auction.

Kensington • Our Lady of the Runestone Parish hosts Fall Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in parish hall. Broasted chicken, Polish sausage with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, fruit salad and homemade desserts served. Takeout available. Gluten-free meals available. Event includes silent auction and country store.

Sobieski • St. Stanislaus Parish Bazaar begins with a polka Mass at 10 a.m. at the church. Polish dinner (including Polish sausage, Gorka’s chicken and haluski with homemade pies and ice cream) served in the handicapped accessible Sobieski Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event includes live music by Dale Dahmen and The Polka Beats, cash bingo, games for all ages, silent auction, bountiful baskets, cake walk, quilt raffle and all cash raffle drawing at 3:30 p.m. (Over $8,000 in prizes.)

Saturday, October 2

Cambridge • Christ the King Parish’s Oktoberfest begins with indoor polka Mass with music by the Singing Slovenes at 4 p.m. Event includes indoor/outdoor festivities featuring a meal including brats, baked beans, homemade sauerkraut and fall desserts. Hot dogs available for children. Activities, which end at 8 p.m., include outdoor music by the Singing Slovenes, beer garden, bingo, bake sale, silent auction and cash raffle drawing — $1,000 top prize.

Sunday, October 3

St. Cloud • St. Augustine Parish Harvest Sunday begins with breakfast of sausage, eggs, hash browns and fresh doughnuts served from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the parish center. Event includes sale of baked goods, fresh garden produce and home-canned jams, jellies and sauces. (Mass celebrated at 9 a.m.)

Verndale • St. Frederick Parish Fall Breakfast, Bake/Produce Sale and Raffle begins with free will offering breakfast of pancakes, French toast, ham and scrambled eggs from 8 a.m. to noon at the handicapped accessible Verndale Lions Civic Center. Event includes garden produce and bake sales. Raffle drawing for cash, quilt and prizes starts at noon. Need not to be present to win.

West Union • St. Alexius Parish (one-half mile north of I-94 between Sauk Centre and Osakis) serves buffet-style Sausage Supper including smoked sausage, sauerkraut and spare ribs, headcheese, mashed potatoes and desserts from noon to 6 p.m. in the handicapped accessible dining room. Stands open and meal tickets on sale at 11 a.m. Drive-thru and takeout available. Event includes live music, bingo, refreshments, televised Vikings game, kettle korn, pull tabs, country store, wagon of pumpkins, gourds and squash for sale. To order linked sausage, fresh seasoned ground pork, headcheese or sauerkraut to take home, call: 612-888-2690, email: westunionsausage@gmail.com or go online: bit.ly/Sausage2021. (To guarantee preorders, place orders by Sept. 20.)

Sunday, October 10

Urbank • Knights of Columbus Chesterton Council 1995 serves Oktoberfest sausage dinner with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and dessert from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Sacred Heart Parish hall.

Wednesday, October 20

Pelican Rapids • St. Leonard of Port Mauritius Parish hosts fall roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and pie from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Event includes a silent auction.

Saturday, October 23

Chokio • St. Mary’s Parish Fall Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event includes food, baked goods, crafts and grab bags for kids. Raffle drawing (quilt, cash, gift certificates, prizes) at noon.

Sunday, October 24

Belgrade • St. Francis de Sales Parish serves sausage and pancake supper from 2:30  to 6:30  p.m. at parish center (across from church).

Eden Valley • Assumption Parish serves a Fall Dinner of roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy and homemade pies from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the handicapped-accessible church. Takeout available. Event includes a raffle.

Staples • Sacred Heart Parish Fall Dinner begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m. followed by fried chicken and roast beef meal (catered by the Clarissa Ballroom) from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Takeout available. Event includes cash bingo (with the KCs) starting at 10 a.m. and raffle drawing at 1 p.m.

St. Cloud • St. Anthony Parish hosts quilt bingo and raffle at 6 p.m. Shredded roast beef sandwiches for sale at 5 p.m. (30 games for $25 or $.85 per game; $2 blackout game for cash prize, $2 quilt raffle tickets for quilt valued at $1,000.)

Friday, October 29

Opole • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish hosts family fun night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the church. Event includes games for all ages, food, beer, bingo and bake sale.

Waite Park • St. Joseph Parish of Waite Park hosts a Fall Fest Dinner and Dance at the Eagle’s Club (730 41st Ave. N.) starting with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by a ham and chicken dinner at 6 p.m. and music by BLT from 7 to 11 p.m. Event includes free drawings throughout the night and a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets ($15 per person) available at St. Michael Church (1036 Co. Rd. 4, St. Cloud, or call 320-251-6923). Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 15. No tickets sold at the door.

Sunday, October 31

Breckenridge • St. Mary of the Presentation Parish Fall Festival begins with Mass at 10 a.m. at the church. Booths open in St. Mary’s School (across from church) at 10 a.m. Roasted turkey and pork dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cash raffle at 1:30 p.m.

To update your parish festival information or add a new event, contact Carol at 320-258-7626 or cmccalendar@gw.stcdio.org. See the online “Events Calendar” at www.thecentralminnesotacatholic.org for additional festival information.

Note: These events are subject to change due to coronavirus restrictions.

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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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