Every fall the Church of St. Joseph has held a parish picnic for the Rosemount Catholic church’s alumni and parishioners.
As an annual event for more than 30 years, it has provided a traditional family atmosphere for fun and fellowship. This year the picnic will be receiving a major overhaul and has changed its name to the Harvest Festival.
The weekend festivities kick off Saturday, Sept. 17, with 5 p.m. Mass featuring Celtic music, and a chicken dinner from 6-8 p.m., a split the pot raffle, and bingo at 7 p.m. The dinner includes broasted chicken provided by Broaster Catering, mashed potatoes, dressing, carrots from the Matthew 25 Garden, coleslaw, dinner rolls, and homemade apple crisp featuring the Brand family apples. There will also be takeout dinner orders available throughout the evening.
The fun continues Sunday, Sept. 18, with Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. After Mass, the parish grounds will come alive and patrons can enjoy games, music, raffles, food vendors, and the beer garden until 5 p.m. There will also be a closing Mass at 6 p.m.
Bingo will run from 1-3 p.m. during the afternoon.
Food will be provided by community favorites, including the Knights of Columbus, Rita’s Italian Ice, and others to be announced. Pies made from scratch by St. Joe’s parishioners will be served in the Pie Shoppe. Concession favorites such as candy, cotton candy, and popcorn will also be offered.
The band Radio Active will entertain the crowd at 2 p.m. with classic rock and country songs.
There will be a children’s carnival, a dance party, inflatables, boat races hosted by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and more.
The Church of St. Joseph invites and welcomes community members to attend.
“It gives people a chance to make new connections in a parish, and say more than ‘peace be with you’ to one another. It gives people a chance to share a meal or a beer, a game of bingo, and truly get to know one another,” the Rev. Paul Kammen said.
Admission and parking are free with fees charged for food, bingo, raffles, games, and children’s activities.
The church is located at 13900 Biscayne Ave.
For more information about the festival, call 651-423-1658 or visit www.stjosephcommunity.org/harvestfestival.