COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – During a time when several local churches are canceling their summer festivals, St. Jude’s in Columbiana is just starting one.
St. Jude’s and Our Lady of Lourdes are holding their first parish festival this weekend, despite other churches canceling festivals due to a lack of help and funding. So what sets this church apart from the rest?
“We have tremendous, committed volunteers that when I ask for help, they come forward. There’s dozens out here tonight from our two churches and it will be like that for the next three nights,” Father Christopher Cicero said.
The St. Jude’s Parish Festival will take place on church grounds at 180 7th Street. It will run Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m.
The money raised will go toward improvements for both parishes.
“Also for some future building projects that we’re working on, renovations to both of our churches and some projects that, in the next couple of years, will be rolling out,” Cicero said.
Coordinator Maryann Rosile-Flesse says this dream of revitalization has been 15 years in the making.
“This was our goal, to have a community function here that would help to bring people, maybe back into our church that have left and have not had a purpose, and hopefully this will give them a purpose. To come back so we can be united and join together to put on something nice for our community to enjoy.”
Cicero says his parish cares about making the community a better place and most of all, about transforming lives.
“The doors of our parishes are open to the public for these three nights, as they always are on Sunday. We are trying to share our faith as well, so that’s all a part of it.”
There will be live entertainment each night, featuring Rt. 45 Band on Friday, Hern Brothers on Saturday and Dom Tocco and the Brotherhood on Sunday.
The event will also have bingo in the church hall and a cash drawing on Sunday for a $5,000 prize.