UPDATED: Your guide to summer, fall parish festivals in the diocese

Updated Aug. 1.

Saturday, August 7

Greenwald • 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 starting at 8:30 p.m. (Event continues Sunday.)

Sunday, August 8

Albany • Seven Dolors Parish Summer Festival starts with an indoor polka Mass at 10:30 a.m. with music by The Nite Owls. Chicken dinner with homemade pies served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in air-conditioned, handicapped-accessible parish center and Holy Family School basement. Also seating outdoors. Takeout available. Event includes food and refreshments, fet kuchen, dunk tank, Grandma’s stand, ring toss, bingo, games for kids, cake walk and hand-stitched quilts (sale begins at 10 a.m.). Live music by the Gene Ostendorf Band (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Better Man Duo (3 to 6 p.m.). New this year! Cash raffle for $20,000 at 3 p.m. Tickets ($100) are available at the parish office, Stearns Bank, Albany, and Central Minnesota Credit Union, Albany. Grand raffle drawing ($2,000 grand prize) at 6 p.m. (Need not be present to win.)

Bertha • St. Joseph Parish Festival begins with Mass at 8 a.m. Brunch (biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and ham) or lunch (grilled hot dogs and brats) available. Outdoor activities — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — include bingo, children’s games, root beer floats, cake walk, silent auction and country store. Cash raffle drawing at 1 p.m.

Dent • Sacred Heart Parish Bazaar starts with indoor Mass at 10 a.m. (Church is handicapped accessible.) Chicken and meatball dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event includes silent auction, bingo, games for all ages, cake walk and country store. All-cash raffle drawing at 3 p.m. (Top prize $1,000.)

Greenwald • Greenwald Barley Days continues from Saturday starting with 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.

RandallSt. James Parish August Fest begins with Mass at 10 a.m. Gorka’s chicken dinner with sweet corn served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event includes food and refreshments, beer stand, 50-cent jumbo ice cream cones, live music, country store, face painting, games and “table of toys” raffle for kids and silent and live auctions. Free drawing for religious-themed quilt. Special hunters’ raffle for Whitetail War Chest with Henry .44 magnum rifle. Grand raffle drawing at 4:30 p.m. — over $12,000 in cash and prizes. (Church is located 10 miles N of Little Falls on Hwy. 10.)

Wahkon • Sacred Heart Parish Bazaar starts with Mass at 10 a.m. in handicapped accessible, air-conditioned church. Roast beef and ham dinner served with ice cream for dessert from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in air-conditioned church hall. Takeout available. Event includes silent auction — winners announced at 2 p.m. Cash raffle drawing at 2 p.m. (Top prize is $1,000, three $100, four $50.)

Saturday, August 14

Jacobs Prairie • St. James Parish hosts Corn-on-the-Cob Feed with pulled pork or Joe burgers, potato salad, coleslaw, chips and fruit from 3:30 to 9 p.m. (Hot dogs free for children under 5.) Quilt and silent auctions at 5:30 p.m. To preview quilts to go www.christcatholic.com. Mass celebrated indoors at 7 p.m. Cash raffle follows Mass. (Parish is located on Co. Rd. 2 between Cold Spring and St. Joseph.)

Sunday, August 15

ElizabethSt. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Annual Pork Out starts with outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. (Bring chairs.) Dinner of slow-roasted pork on a spit served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event includes beer garden, musical entertainment all afternoon with Kenny Junction, ice cream, bingo, games, treat walk, penny raffle, garden produce, craft and bake sale, silent auction and raffle drawing ($500 top prize) at 3 p.m.

Perham • St. Henry Parish Summer Festival begins with 10 a.m. Mass inside church. Picnic dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the parish grounds. Event includes games for all ages, inflatables, country store, cake walk and raffle drawing at 1 p.m. (Online silent auction — https://givergy.us/sthenrys).

Reno Township/LowrySt. John Nepomuk Parish Bazaar begins with Mass in air-conditioned church at 10:30 a.m. BBQ picnic with burgers, hot dogs and brats, baked beans and chips served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Free will offering.) Event includes bingo, games for all ages, kolache sale, beer garden and other refreshments, silent auction and raffle drawing at 3 p.m. $10 ticket. Grand prize is $1,000. Need not be present to win. (Parish is located 5 miles NE of Lowry and 1/4-mile W of Lake Reno.)

Saturday, August 21

Cold Spring St. Boniface Parish Boni-Fest starts with outdoor polka Mass with music by the Jolly Ramblers at 5 p.m. Food and beverage stands, games for kids and inflatables open following Mass. Music by the Jolly Ramblers from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and the Fabulous Armadillos from 8 to 11 p.m. Fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. (Event continues Sunday.)

Sunday, August 22

Cold SpringSt. Boniface Parish Boni-Fest continues from Saturday starting with parade at 10 a.m. Food, beer and Bloody Mary stand opens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chicken and dressing dinner catered by the Great Blue Heron with homemade desserts served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parish center. Event includes games for kids and inflatables (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), music (noon to 2:15 p.m.). Quilt auction (2:30 p.m.) and raffle drawing and car raffle (4:15 p.m.).

IsantiSt. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish hosts 27th annual SetonFest starting with indoor Mass at 10:30 a.m. Event includes Brass Rail chicken dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m., farmers market, games for kids and all-cash raffle — 10 prizes. Tickets $5. (Grand prize $1,000.) Church is located at 207 Whiskey Rd. NW at the corner of Co. Rds. 5 and 23.

Sauk Rapids • Sacred Heart Parish Festival activities starts with indoor polka Mass celebrated at 9 a.m. with music by the Old Tyme Country Boys (formerly The Walzateers). Activities begin at 10 a.m. Stands, beer garden and food court (including fresh homemade doughnuts) open all day, bingo in air-conditioned hall, country store, games for all ages, paddle cake, basket bidding, book nook, quilt raffle and garage sale. Musical entertainment by the Old Tyme Country Boys until 2 p.m. Grand raffle drawing ($5,000 grand prize/over $10,000 in cash and prizes) at 5 p.m.

St. FrancisSt. Francis of Assisi Parish Festival begins with Mass with music by LaVerne & The Starlites at 10 a.m. in air-conditioned church. Chicken and ham dinner served indoors and outdoors starting at 11 a.m. Live music all day with LaVerne & The Starlites and the Slew Foot Family Band. Event includes food and beverage stands, silent auction, fried bread, bingo, country store, fancywork, cake walk and games for kids. Grand raffle — over 100 prizes with four top prizes of $500 each — at 7:30 p.m. (St. Francis is located 10 miles N of Albany or 25 miles SW of Little Falls on State Hwy. 238.)

Saturday, August 28

DonnellySt. Charles Parish of Herman sponsors hamburger stand (hamburgers, footlongs, chips, pickles, coffee and pop) for Donnelly Threshing Bee from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Event continues Sunday. Visit www.donnellythreshingbee.com for more details.)

Sunday, August 29

DonnellySt. Charles Parish of Herman sponsors hamburger stand (hamburgers, footlongs, chips, pickles, coffee and pop) for Donnelly Threshing Bee from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 5

HardingHoly Cross Parish Bazaar begins with indoor polka Mass (with Dale Dahmen and The Polka Beats) at 10 a.m. Chicken and ham dinner with pies and homemade coffee cakes served after Mass until 2 p.m. (Chicken catered by Tiny’s Tavern in Lastrup.) Hamburgers and beverages for adults and children sold all day. Event includes games for kids, bingo, silent auction, gun raffle at 2 p.m. and live music throughout event, including The Polka Beats and Old Tyme Country Boys (formerly The Walzateers). Raffle drawing at 7 p.m. Grand raffle (top prize $1,000/tickets $5 or 5 for $20). Fishing trip raffle for up to six people on Leech Lake at Trapper’s Landing/tickets $10. Call Debbie Woitalla at 320-277-3860 to purchase tickets before the event.

St. RosaSt. Rose of Lima Parish Fall Festival begins with outdoor polka Mass with music by LaVerne & the Starlites at 10 a.m. Event includes bingo, games for all ages, country store, cake walk, food and refreshments and beanbag tournament. Quilt auction is at 2 p.m. followed by music with Steve Mages until 4 p.m. and Crystal Breeze from 4 to 7 p.m. Grand raffle drawing at 7 p.m. (Over $9,000 in cash/gifts.)

Urbank Sacred Heart Parish Bazaar begins with Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by a braised beef and ham dinner with an assortment of pies from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in air-conditioned, handicapped accessible parish center. Event includes beer garden, bingo, blackjack, plinko, country store, silent auction, cow races, bake walk, face painting, games for all ages and raffle. Live music by Connie Lee Stich at 2 p.m. (Bring a chair for concert under the trees.) Free golf cart rides provided for transportation assistance.

Monday, September 6

St. StephenSt. Stephen Parish Festival begins with stands opening at 11 a.m. Homemade chicken and ham dinner with homemade pies served indoors and outside. Event includes bingo, children’s games and inflatables, quilts, farmers market, cake walk, pull tabs, beer garden and food stands, silent auction, country store, bake sale and goat raffle. Live music all afternoon — JJ’s Band from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and LaVerne & The Starlites from 2 to 7 p.m. Country auction at 1 p.m. Quilts auctioned at 2 p.m.

Saturday, September 11

St. Cloud • St. Mary’s Cathedral Block Party begins with Mass at 4 p.m. Music by Harper’s Chord and Michael Shynes. Event (in the parish parking lot) includes food court and beer garden, festival games for all ages, inflatables, bingo, silent auction, wine wall and used book sale. Free admission.

Sunday, September 12

Alexandria • St. Mary Parish hosts a cash raffle at 11:15 a.m. at the church. Grand prize is $20,000 to be used towards a new vehicle at Juettner Motors or $15,000 cash. Other prizes are: $3000, $1,000 and eight prizes of $100. Tickets are $20. Send name, address, phone number and number of tickets to purchase (including money for each) to: St. Mary Church, 420 Irving St., Alexandria, MN 56308. Make checks out to St. Mary Church with “Raffle” in the memo line. Deadline for tickets by mail is noon on Friday, Sept. 10. For information call 320-763-5781. Parishioners also have raffle tickets. Need not be present to win.

Butler • Holy Cross Parish Fall Bazaar starts with polka Mass at 10:30 with music by the Cathy Erickson Band. Lunch (grilled chicken, ham sandwiches baked beans, chips, salads, bars) served at 11:30 a.m. Free will offering. Event includes bingo, games, silent auction, bake walk and raffle drawing at 3 p.m. (From New York Mills take N. Hwy. 67 to Butler.) 

Herman • St. Charles Parish serves Fall Festival Turkey Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Herman Community Center. Event includes quilt raffle.

Kent • St. Thomas Parish Fall Bazaar begins with Mass at 10 a.m. followed by turkey and ham dinner served in the church basement from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event includes bingo, games for all ages, crafts, country store, cake walk and theme baskets. Grand raffle drawing at 1:30 p.m.

Long Prairie • St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish Fall Festival starts with Mass at 10 a.m. followed by grilled pork chop dinner with pie served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event includes music by The Slew Foot Family Band, bingo, bouncy houses, games for all ages, bean bag tournament, barrel train, face-painting, cake walk, Mexican food, beer garden, root beer stand, country store, and cash raffle drawing with $2,000 top prize. (Mass also celebrated in English at 8 and in Spanish at 11:45 a.m.)

Mora • St. Mary Parish Fall Festival begins with Mass with music by the In The Name Worship band at 10 a.m. followed by an outdoor meal of pulled pork or hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event includes music by In The Name Worship until 1 p.m., super-size games, T-shirts with parish logo, face painting and games for kids, pie and ice cream and quilt raffle. Palooza prize raffle (prizes for adults and children) and cash raffle drawing (total prizes of $1,500) at 1:30 p.m.

Onamia • Holy Cross Parish Fall Fun Fest begins at 10:30 a.m. with indoor Mass with folk music followed by homemade baked chicken dinner. Activities — from noon to 2:30 p.m. — include Crosier Cantina, bingo, activities for all ages, country store and bakery and cash raffle. Event includes online silent auction starting on Monday, Aug. 30. (See www.hconamia.stclouddiocese.net  for details.)

St. Cloud • Holy Spirit Parish Fall Festival starts with polka Mass with music by the Polka Beats at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast/brunch buffet served 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Event includes beer garden, cake spin, and kids’ games from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cash raffle drawing at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 18

Braham • Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Fall Festival, Auction and Downhill Derby is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Starting with 4.8K run/walk at 8 a.m., event features bake sale, farmers market, crafts, country store, pick-a-cork and concessions including food and beverage stands with full bar/Bloody Mary Bar. Children’s activities — games, two inflatables and barrel train start at 9 a.m. Live auction at 10 a.m. Downhill Derby: Kids Individual at 2 p.m., followed by Team, Adult and Open Class. “Rick Lyke Karaoke” at 2 p.m. Cornhole tournament 2 p.m. Pork chop meal served at 4 p.m. Live Band “The Backyard Band” and movie cinema for kids at 6 p.m. Raffle drawing at 7:10 p.m. ($1,000 grand prize.)

Kimball • St. Anne Parish Fall Festival starts with Mass at 5 p.m. followed by gourmet hamburger meal and ice cream bar. (Beer available.) Event includes a talent show, music, fire pits and social time. Quilt and cash raffles at 8 p.m.

Sartell • St. Francis Xavier Parish sponsors 11th annual Franny Flyer starting with 1K Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. followed by 5k/10k/1 Mile Run/Walk at 9 a.m. See www.stfrancissartell.org for details and registration information.

Sunday, September 19

Belle Prairie • Holy Family Parish Heritage Festival starts with an outdoor Mass at 10:30 a.m. Event includes music, children’s games, bingo,  hamburger and bratwurst stand, beer garden and a cash raffle drawing with 39 prizes at 3 p.m. (Two $2,000 and three $1,000 prizes.)

Brandon • St. Ann Parish Fall Bazaar begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m. followed by a brunch featuring egg bake, hash browns, country-style sausage, fresh fruit and muffins from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($10/5 and under free). Event includes bingo, silent auction, games for all ages and raffle (quilt, cash prizes). Church has elevator.

Buckman • St. Michael Parish Bazaar starts with polka Mass at 10 a.m. Event includes live music by The Old Tyme Country Boys (formerly The Walzateers), food and beverage stands, country store, silent auction, bingo, games for all ages, bake sale, farmers market and fancywork. Special raffles of quilts and new rifles and shotguns. Grand raffle at 4:30 p.m. ($10,000 in cash prizes — top prize is $1,000.)

Elk River • St. Andrew Parish Fall Festival begins with Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Stands open at 11:30 am. Music from 1 to 4 p.m. by the Shane Martin Band. Events feature local food trucks, beer by Aegir Brewery in the beer garden, bingo, silent auction, children’s games, calk walk, quilt raffle, and other special raffles and events. Grand raffle drawing starts at 4:45 p.m. (Grand prize is $10,000.)

Fergus Falls • Our Lady of Victory Parish Fall Festival begins with Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Turkey dinner with pie or cake served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in air-conditioned, handicapped accessible church hall. Event includes beer and wine garden, bingo, silent auction, country store, cake walk and children’s games. Raffle drawings at 2 p.m. Grand raffle features $10,000 cash grand prize, Resort Weekend Getaway and other cash prizes. (Grand raffle tickets are $25.) Separate quilt raffle and raffle for Weekend Getaway to Badlands in South Dakota with helicopter ride included. Need not be present to win.

Morris • Assumption Parish September-Fest starts with Mass at 10 a.m. followed by dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in handicapped-accessible basement and outside. Event includes classic car show; Vikings game on a big screen in beer garden; soft serve ice cream; baked goods sale; homemade Mexican tamales and breads; petting zoo, garden produce sale; arts and crafts; jewelry and purse stand; $1 basket raffle, board raffle and silent auction Grand raffle drawing —$1,000 top prize.

Princeton • Christ Our Light Parish, of Princeton and Zimmerman, hosts Fall Fest, starting with an outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. at Christ Our Light-North. Bring lawn chair. Pork chop dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Event includes concessions, live music, inflatables, bingo, games for all ages, wine toss for adults, crafts, farmer’s market, and cash raffles ($10,000 grand prize for Golden Harvest Raffle) at 2 p.m. Need not be present to win. For more information on Fall Fest, visit: www.christourlightmn.org.

Sartell • St.  Francis Xavier hosts Frantober Fest raffle and silent auction. See www.stfrancissartell.org for online auction information or call the parish office (320-252-1363) to inquire about raffle tickets.

Wadena • St. Ann Parish Family Festival — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — includes bingo, games and silent auction. Pork loin dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Catholic United Financial matching grant event.)

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 and country store.

Motley • St. Michael Parish hosts Harvest Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. (Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m.) Event includes bake sale.

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.)

Sunday, October 3

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.

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.

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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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