IHM Fam! - We’re kind of a big deal....people know us.
That’s one way to say it. Scripture says it like this:“Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”
Cincy Magazine said AND awarded the IHM Festival the “Best of the East” in the “Best Festival” category in 2019! We love being together with everyone during the summer and we are so thankful for the volunteers that pour so much into this event each year.
Due to the current circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Summer Festival this year as our top priority is keeping you safe. You are on the forefront of our minds and the health and safety of each of you is most important to us.
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of planning that goes into putting on a festival for our community. A variety of moving parts, unexpected weather and challenging logistics that begin months before the event. These are all centered around an ultimate goal that is providing a giant metaphoric hug to our community.
With all of these moving parts, though, the foundation of such an event is you, our community that is anchored by faith. Our community is what makes Immaculate Heart of Mary important to so many. Our parishioners are examples that we don’t only say love thy neighbor, but we actually live those words through our actions.
We don’t know what the months that follow will hold and we don’t know what restrictions will be in place, lifted, or be implemented as the “new way of life”. We simply cannot encourage large gatherings while social distancing is the new normal.
While we understand this pandemic is a difficult situation, we are also so grateful that Immaculate Heart of Mary is based on such a positive community and being there for one another. We are welcoming all donations and appreciate your giving spirit during this time.
2020 Festival FAQ
Is IHM going to reschedule the festival in 2020?
Not at this time. You are on the forefront of our minds and the health and safety of each of you is most important to us. With social distancing as the new normal, we do not want to encourage large gatherings at this time.
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 cognisant of the community and the hardships that people are facing during this time of COVID-19. IHM received a Small Business Administration PPP loan. This loan covers the proceeds normally received from the festival.
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 2021, strong in community and strong in faith.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.