Francis Fest a First for Virginia Parish

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TRIANGLE, Va. –- Polish, German, Korean and Latino fare were served up along with traditional Italian sausage grinders at the first Francis Fest held earlier this month at Saint Francis of Assisi Church here.

“It was a tremendous success with hundreds of parishioners coming out and having a joy-filled time,” said festival chairwoman Maureen Deutermann. The goal was not to be a fund-raiser, she said, but the church did make a modest profit. “We really just wanted to celebrate with our parish community.”

In conjunction with its feast of St. Francis festivities, the Oct. 5 fest began with bilingual Mass at noon, followed by the festival at 1 p.m. “It included a Market Place tag sale, ethnic food, including kielbasa, bratwurst, Italian sausage torched to perfection by our Knights of Columbus, as well as Korean and Latino fare,” according to Deutermann. The Mass was concelebrated by Charles Miller, pastor, OFM, Robert Menard, and John Heffernan, OFM.

Live entertainment throughout the day and great children’s activities kept the young and old alike busy for hours.

“Fr. Charley did his assigned job very well,” laughed Deutermann, “making sure that the weather was perfect.”

The fest was made possible by a fantastic committee which has been working for about six months on the event, according to Deutermann, plus a host of great volunteers, including church youth, on the day of the event.

“It was a perfect example of ‘making a joyful noise unto the Lord.’ We will repeat this event with gusto next year.”

Shown in the photo are Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, former pastor of the Triangle parish, with Charley Miller, and a parishioner.