POPtoberfest 2020

Dust off those lederhosen and get ready to fill some steins at our annual community-wide celebration, POPtoberfest! This primarily outdoor event has been adapted to include all of the fun while maintaining safety. Enjoy delicious food, drink (beer and cider), inflatables, corn hole tournament, cake walk, haunted house, and more! 

  • Purchase tickets in the school office on Friday (10a-1p only) or in afternoon carpool line in the upper parking lot on Friday (pick up your child(ren) and proceed to the upper parking lot). Tickets also available at the event and are the only currency used with vendors.
  • Each ticket is $1. Tickets are sold in sheets. Each sheet is $10. If you buy 4 sheets ($40), you get a 5th sheet free.
  • Adult volunteers from the parish school giving 2 or more hours on site will receive either a free all you can drink wristband or double hours! Sign up.
  • Our 1st annual Pretzel Run begins with a staggered start between 8:30a-8:50a on Saturday morning of POPtoberfest. Register online by Wednesday or at the event as early as 7.30a.
  • Adult Plate (10 tickets): Bratwurst or 2 Hot Dogs, Spätzle, Sauerkraut, Cucumber Salad, and Potato salad
  • Child Plate (5 tickets): Hot Dog, Chips, Cookie
  • Beer and Cider (4 tickets individual or 20 tickets for “all you can drink”)
  • Miles & Molly Ice-cream (2 tickets)
  • Donut (1 ticket)
  • Pretzel (1 ticket)
  • Cotton Candy (1 ticket)
  • Haunted House (unlimited visits with purchase of glow necklace for 1 ticket)
  • Toddler Area (free)
  • Corn Hole Tournament (free, but sign up now for 1 of the 16 team of 2 spots)
  • Cake Walk (6.30-8.30p) 1 ticket each play
  • Scholastic Book Fair (6-7.30p)
  • Social distancing in lines
  • Tables outside spaced six feet apart
  • Masks expected when in line or travelling, and off when seated and eating or drinking
  • Volunteers will be masked and use gloves for replenishing food
  • Tables and events (cornhole, inflatables) cleaned and disinfected after each use
  • Temps taken at check in and when entering the book fair
  • Staggered entry and social distancing in place for the haunted house
  • Sanitizing stations for attendees throughout the festival with sanitizing requirements prior to entering food line, vendor truck line, inflatables (entry & exit)
  • Disposable masks available, including children’s sizes
  • Single use beverage containers

The following businesses and individuals have made this event possible! 
Beer Truck: Zuendt Engineering
Corn Hole: Greer Pediatric Dental Care
Pretzel Run: Okuley Family
Miles and Molly: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson
Project Host: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baldassarra
Haunted House: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baldassarra
Toddler Area: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Baldassarra and the Texeira Family
Inflatables: Mr. and Mrs. David Sijon
Cotton Candy: Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Zuendt
Tent Donor:  The Miller Law Firm, P.A.
Food donors: Mykola and Tracy Rozsa, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. William Doniel, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Rivera, and Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Ingram
Special Thanks to: Lowes Foods & Gotta Run

23 October: Memorial of Saint John of Capistrano

23 October: Memorial of Saint John of Capistrano, born in 1386 at Capistrano in the Italian Province of the Abruzzi. His father was a German knight and died when John was young. His mother gave him an excellent education. St. John became a lawyer and then the governor of Perugia at the age of 26. When war broke out between Perugia and Malatesta, John tried to achieve peace but became a prisoner of war. During imprisonment, he encountered St. Francis of Assisi in a dream. He then resolved to embrace poverty, chastity, and obedience by joining the Franciscans. His teacher and mentor was St. Bernardine of Siena, known for bold preaching. St. John began preaching as a deacon in 1420, and then as a priest in 1425. The world at the time was in great need: one third of the population had died from the Black Plague and the Church was split in schism. Saint John made great efforts for the Church. He resolved controversy within the Franciscan order. Pope Nicholas V and his successor Callixtus III entrusted important matters to John, including the effort to reunite Eastern and Western Christendom at the Council of Florence. St. John preached to tens of thousands during his missionary travels throughout Italy and Central Europe, and established communities of Franciscan renewal. He healed the sick by making the Sign of the Cross over them. He also wrote extensively against heresies. At the age of 70, he was commissioned by Pope Callixtus III to lead a crusade against the Muslim Turks. He marched at the head of 70,000 Christian soldiers. They won the great battle of Belgrade in 1456 and delivered Europe from the Muslims. He died a few months later from illness. St. John was canonized in 1724 and was praised by St. John Paul II for his “glorious evangelical witness,” as a priest who “gave himself with great generosity for the salvation of souls.” St. John of Capistrano is known as “the soldier saint” and is the patron of military chaplains, jurists and judges.


Ideas for celebrating this feast day at home:

  • Father Junipera Serra founded the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in 1776, named for St. John, for mission work to the Indians. The Mission is famous for the tradition of the swallows returning every year. Click here to read more about the Mission. Here is a step-by-step craft to make paper swallows! The history of the swallows at the mission can be found here.
  • Here is a fun craft idea for making little Franciscan friars in memory of St. John of Capistrano.
  • Today’s feast day dinner should include Italian foods and a dessert such as cupcakes topped with cocktails swords to remember ‘the soldier saint’. If your children own knight or friar costumes, today’s the day to dress up!
  • Watch a free video on Formed tracing the origin of the Franciscan order: “The Birth of the Franciscans.”

4 October: Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Francis was born in 1182 into a wealthy Catholic family of seven children in Assisi, Italy. He was named John by his mother at birth, after St. John the Baptist. His father renamed him Francis because he made his livelihood in France. Francis lived a life of comfort, leisure, and partying until he left to fight as a solider in two wars. He was taken prisoner for a year. Afterwards, he felt called to spend more time in prayer and service to the poor. While praying, Francis heard God tell him to “repair my house, which is falling into ruins.” Francis went to work repairing ruined churches. His father was angry with him for spending family money. Francis then left home, renounced his wealth, and took a vow of poverty. Francis never become a priest but his love of poverty and his joyful preaching converted people everywhere he went. He had a group of followers; their one basic rule was “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps.” They traveled to Rome to get papal approval for their religious order. At first reluctant about this group of poor men, Pope Innocent III experienced a supernatural dream and then approved the founding of the Franciscan order. The Order grew quickly. A woman named Clare of Assisi wanted to take similar vows, so Francis helped her start the Order of the Poor Ladies (Order of Saint Clare). He also started another order (later called the Third Order of Saint Francis) for lay men and women. St. Francis received the stigmata during a 40-day fast preceding Michaelmas. Francis was also known for his love of nature and animals. There are many stories about Saint Francis preaching to animals and taming wild ones. One story tells of a vicious wolf in the town of Gubbio that was killing people and sheep. Francis confronted the wolf, made the sign of the cross and commanded the wolf not to hurt anyone else. The wolf became tame and the town was saved. In 1220, he set up the first known Nativity scene to celebrate Christmas. Francis became ill and spent the last few years of his life mostly blind. He died in 1226 while singing Psalm 141. He was declared a saint only two years after his death.

Ideas for celebrating this feast day at home:

  • Bring your animals to church on Sunday, 4 October at 2pm for the Blessing of the Animals! Fr. Tomlinson will bless all your creatures in the grassy area by the handicap parking.
  • Click here for Franciscan prayers you can say with your family on this feast day.
  • In honor of his love of poverty, make it a task this week to declutter closets and donate extra items to the poor! Include your children in this endeavor to give out of your excess to those in need. Or, send the St. Vincent de Paul Society a donation.
  • Francis fasted most of his religious life, so it’s not completely natural to prepare a great feast in his honor. However, on his deathbed, he asked for a sweet treat concocted of almonds and sugar. Here is a recipe that might be similar to what he requested. Because he was from Assisi, an Italian-themed dinner would also be fitting.
  • Get out into nature today and enjoy an animal-themed snack (animal crackers, ants on a log).
  • This website has other meal ideas in honor of St. Francis.