We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Summer Festival...
As you may know, months of planning goes into our parish festival each year, typically starting in December of the year prior. Due to where we were with COVID-19 in December 2020 and even just a few months ago, we decided we can’t prudently have a Festival this year and keep all the COVID safety standards in place. Being in contact with our neighboring parishes, we have found this decision to be in line with them as well.
Now, with mandates being lifted in June, we run into a timing issue. As mentioned, our Festival Committee puts in countless hours of work each year to get the fun up and running - from bid and buy, food, entertainment and so much more. At this point, there is just not enough time to execute the parish festival as we know it.
The goal of our festival is to bring the community of the parish alive and being in person with each other is a big part of that. With that said, because the mandates are lifting in June, we would like to make the most of this summer and we're excited to invite you to save the date on August 14 for our Annual Parish Picnic! Our picnic will be a kick-off to the new school year with a backpack and student blessing and include an added fundraising element to bring some of the spirit of the festival to our summer. Stay tuned for more detailed information in the coming weeks.
We can’t wait to see you at the festival in 2022 and need your help! The bid and buy portion of the festival fills a large amount of our fundraising goal for the year and we’re in need of a person or group of people to run the bid and buy for 2022. If you, or someone you know, is interested in sharing your time and talents with us, contact Kris Geraci firstname.lastname@example.org and Chris Stautberg email@example.com
2021 Festival FAQ
Is IHM going to reschedule the festival in 2021?
Due to the amount of time it takes to plan and execute a festival, we will not be rescheduling at this time for 2021. With the mandates being lifted, however, we plan to bring the community back together at our Parish Picnic in August. We will bring some excitement with a bid and buy and fun for family and friends. More detailed information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Will IHM have a virtual festival in lieu of the regularly scheduled festival?
Not at this time. While we understand the excitement that can go into participating in a virtual festival we need to stay cognizant of the community and the hardships that people are facing during this time of COVID-19. We will incorporate some of the festival fun into our parish picnic!
Is IHM still accepting donations?
Of course! While we understand this is a difficult situation, we are also so grateful that Immaculate Heart of Mary is based on community and being there for one another. We are welcoming all donations and appreciate your giving spirit during this time.
We thank you in advance for your support and understanding in making this difficult decision. We will be back in 2022, strong in community and strong in faith.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.