Three years ago Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church converted from a mission to a parish. To celebrate that anniversary, the church will host its 4th annual festival and carnival the weekend of Jan. 28-30.
Mission Saint Francis de Sales made its transition to Our Lady of Grace in 2007, and Fr. Marcos C. Velasquez became its first pastor. Under his leadership the church has continued to grow, focusing on parish and community outreach.
The festival is the church’s largest fundraising event to support its building fund. Maricopa residents are invited to participate in the festivities, and general admission is free.
Sun Valley Rides, LLC, will provide a midway, including several large rides, carnival games and kiddie rides.
The parish is pre-selling passes, good for unlimited rides on any one specific day, for $15 per person until noon on Jan. 28. The passes are available at the church office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. During the festival, day-ride passes will cost $25 per person at the door.
Parish organizers will host several booths and exhibits. Games, food booths, a talent show, bounce house, inflatable slide and obstacle course, basket raffles, a silent auction and kids’ games will all be part of the festivities.
Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. “Come Back Buddy” will perform a Buddy Holly Review.
In addition, there will be a raffle with a chance to win $2,500.
Those individuals or bands interested in the talent competition should contact Patti Coutre at 520-568-4605 for details.
If you go:
What: Our Lady of Grace 4th Annual Anniversary Festival and Carnival
Where: 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave. (across from Maricopa High School)
When: Friday-Sunday, Jan. 28-30
• Friday: Jan. 28, 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
• Saturday: Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
• Sunday: Jan. 30, noon–9 p.m.
Cost: Free admission; all-day ride passes $15 per person prior to the festival, $25 at the door