St. Theresa’s feast: fun for the whole family

Children let out a roar as they glide on a mini-Dragon Coaster at last year’s event. - Photo by Walter Pofeldt

From July 23-27, St. Theresa’s Parish, will host its 12th Annual Summer Feast, themed “Christ Our Hope,” in commemoration of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent visit to New York City.

“The feast brings everyone together and gives a sense of working together as a community to meet everyone’s needs,” Rev. Robert Grippo, St. Theresa’s parish pastor, said.

Open to the public, a variety of rides, games, food and evening entertainment is sure to provide fun for all in attendance.

“We really wanted to hit the grand spectrum of everyone around,” feast committee member Julius DiFiore said about the event that will occur along St. Theresa Avenue, between Edison and Hobart avenues.

Along with the general festivities, each day will also include a special activity intended to highlight a sector of St. Theresa’s parish life.

During the evening hours on Thursday, July 24, St. Theresa’s sixth grade students will perform a ballroom dancing routine, followed by energetic youth bands and lively disc jockeys.

The following day, the feast will open between Mayflower and Mulford avenues from 1-3 p.m. for the Association of the Help of Retarded Children’s members of the day habilitation program “AHRC Afternoon” to participate in the festivities.

“There are too many things that divide us, so this is something that can bring us together,” DiFiore said about being able to unite young and old from all walks of life at the feast.

The evening of Saturday, July 26, Rev. Pat Angelucci, a 1960 St. Theresa graduate, will offer Mass in memory of Sr. Theresa Francis OP, who served as principal at the school from 1965-1993 and passed away earlier this year.

Along with the feast’s daily festivities, the parish will hold it’s annual Grand Raffle on Sunday, July 27. The winner will choose between a 2008 Mercedes Benz C300 or $30,000 cash. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at the St. Theresa Rectory, 2855 St. Theresa Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as in front of the church on Sunday.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward financing the parish’s operating costs, as well as their various ministries, including the Teen Center, 60+ Club and Midnight Run.

Ride tickets will be available in advance at the rectory or at the Little Flower Gift Shop on Sundays after Mass. They are $18 for 10 rides in advance and $30 at the feast.

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