Step right up for the second annual Saint Francis of Assisi Carnival on Saturday, October 6th, from 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. on the church grounds, 35 Norfield Road, Weston. Admission is free for all ages and $20 unlimited ride bracelets will be sold on site. The community at large is invited to take part in this fun-filled afternoon.
The event takes place in early October to coincide with Saint Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day, October 4th. A Noah’s Ark-style procession of animals is a common sight at Catholic churches during autumn. It is the Blessing of the Animals — a custom conducted in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. This ritual pays tribute to the saint’s steadfast devotion to animals, true companions for many. All are welcome to bring pets to the church parking lot on October 6th at 11:30 a.m. for the ceremony (you need not be a parishioner). Father Michael Dunn will bless the animals with holy water, while reciting a special prayer near the statue of Saint Francis. Owners will also receive blessed medals for their pets.
Following the animal blessing, the festivities commence. The crowd will be entertained by a D.J. and treated to traditional carnival fare — hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage and peppers, grilled chicken sandwiches, pizza, cotton candy and much more. Kids will enjoy ring and bean bag toss games, hair feather extensions, caricatures, face painting, temporary tattoos and pumpkin decorating. Tweens and beyond can buy tickets to win signed sports memorabilia, spin a wheel for prizes, bungee jump or try the 60-foot obstacle course. Other attractions include a rock climbing wall, inflatable rides, and a mechanical bull. Adults can bid on varied gift baskets and mystery boxes containing gift cards valued at $10 and above. In addition, a 5500 watt generator (complete with mobility cart) will be auctioned off at the end of the event. Tickets will be sold after all masses leading up to October 6th, and also throughout the duration of the Carnival. Winners need not be present.
Saint Francis Pastor, Father Dunn, is pleased to once again host the Carnival. “Our annual Carnival is a great community event, a wonderful family outing, and really fun for everyone. In addition, the early October timing allows us to honor our parish’s patron saint with a fitting celebration.”
“The Saint Francis Carnival is back and bigger and better than ever. We welcome Westonites and beyond to spend the day with us and join in the excitement.”
Additional details can be found at www.sfaparish.com or by calling the rectory at 203.227.1341. There will be no 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass on October 6th. The Carnival’s rain date is Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
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