‘Diocesan Family Festival’ set for Sept. 24

The sun shines brightly on the faithful attending the opening Mass of last year’s Festival of Families at Bethlehem SteelStacks. (File photo)

By TAMI QUIGLEY Staff writer

All members of the diocesan family are invited to share faith, fellowship and fun at the “Diocesan Family Festival” hosted by the Diocese of Allentown Sunday, Sept. 24 at Bethlehem SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

A fun-filled day for the whole family is on tap in the Christmas City for everyone in the five-county diocese.

The day begins with an outdoor, multicultural Mass celebrated at 11 a.m., and the festival will continue from noon to 4 p.m.

“This will be the third year we are hosting a diocesan festival at SteelStacks,” said Mary Fran Hartigan, secretary of the diocesan Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization.

“It all began with the Papal Viewing Mass when Pope Francis visited the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The event lit a spark and so we held it again last year. It’s a day where the entire diocese can come together as a diocesan family to celebrate Mass together and enjoy an afternoon of fun and great food.

“Last year brought new faces as well as returning faces, so we’re hoping this year for the same. We are adding new activities this year so I think it will be a great day for all.”

Be sure to bring lawn chairs. No outdoor seating will be provided.

There will be games, activities, music and food for family members of all ages.

Games and activities for all ages will include a petting zoo, face painting, duck pond, inflatable bounce house, obstacle course and team competitions. A roaming entertainer will be making balloons.

The Island Time Band will provide live music on the TD Stage, and DJ Wesley Works will provide youth entertainment.

Delicious, homemade ethnic foods will be provided by local parishes – kiffles, haluski (cabbage and noodles), tacos, empanadas, pierogies, apple dumplings and more.

No reservations are needed. Just show up and bring your family or friends.

For more information, call 610-289-8900, email cle@allentowndiocese.org or click here for more about this event.