70th Anniversary Celebration

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be having our annual parish picnic, BBQ cook-off, or pet blessing in Fall 2020 to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, our parish patron. We hope to be able to have this annual, community event again in the Fall of 2021. Thank you for your understanding! Let’s continue to pray for the end to the pandemic and for peace in our world. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019 // 2 – 9pm

This event will be a special 70th Anniversary Celebration of our parish! We will commemorate the Feast of St. Francis (October 4) with our annual pet blessing at 2:30pm and a special outdoor Mass with our pastor, Fr. Sojan, at 4pm. Kids games and family fun, including bounce houses and a mechanical bull, will begin at 2pm. After Mass, taste a variety of BBQ cooked by parishioners during the BBQ Cook-off and enjoy live music. This is the biggest parish event of the year, so make plans now to come partake in the family fun with the rest of our community!

Register Now to be a BBQ Contestant!

We are looking for contestants to join us for our annual BBQ Cook-off. More details on how to register and all of the rules can be found a the link below. We look forward to a friendly competition — may the best BBQ win!!

All parishioners are invited to come enjoy:

  • DAYTIME FUN // 2-4pm
    • Pet Blessing (2:30pm) – bring out your furry friend (or other pet) to be blessed in honor of our patron, St. Francis.
    • Animal Adoption – more details coming!
    • Yard Games & Activities for Kids – during the afternoon, enjoy Face Painting, a Petting Zoo and a visit from a Grapevine Fire Truck! We will also have Bounce Houses, Mechanical Bull Riding, and Yard Games throughout the entire event.
    • Silent Auction – come bid on special seating and parking for Christmas and Easter Masses or dinner with Fr. Sojan! 
  • OUTDOOR MASS // 4pm 
    • Join us at 4pm for a special outdoor Mass with our pastor, Fr. Sojan. We will commemorate the Feast of St. Francis (October 4). This Mass will take the place of our normal 5pm Saturday Anticipatory Mass and counts towards your Sunday obligation (There will not be confession this day). PLEASE BRING LAWN CHAIRS!
  • EVENING PICNIC // 5-9pm
    • BBQ Cook-off Tasting and Voting – enjoy samplings from our parishioner contestants and vote on your favorite!
    • Lots of Food – including burgers, hotdogs, potluck sides and desserts (see the list below of what to bring)
    • Beverages –  including iced tea, lemonade, beer and wine
    • Fun for the Family – the Mechanical Bull, Bounce Houses and Yard Games will stay throughout the evening!
    • Silent Auction – come bid on special seating and parking for Christmas and Easter Masses or dinner with Fr. Sojan! 
    • Live Music and Country Dancing with Bradley Banning, with his Top 20 Texas Radio Music Single “Don’t Mess with Texas”!

Parishioners, please bring a potluck item to share:

A-E – Fruit • F-M – Dessert • N-R – Salad/Bread • S-Z – Vegetable
(Please make sure trays are disposable trays, they will not be returned after the event)

Want more information? Contact us!

Joseph Barringhaus
Director of Marketing & Events
682-509-0763 // [email protected]

Consider being an Event Sponsor! 

We are looking for sponsors for the 70th Anniversary Celebration of our Church community happening at our annual Parish Picnic & BBQ Cook-off. If interested, see the flier below or contact Joseph Barringhaus at [email protected] for more info. 

Buy Tickets to Attend

Pre-purchased tickets cost $5/person with a $30/family max (please only immediate family members still living in the same household). This price includes admission to the entire event — come and go as needed! Tickets will be available at the event (if space permits) at a cost of $8/person. 

Please print your online ticket purchase confirmation email out or have it accessible on a mobile device when you arrive at the Picnic & BBQ Cook-off for easy check-in. You must present it at the Will Call Table to receive your wristband and tickets for voting before entering the picnic area on October 5.

Make plans to come early to pick-up your wristbands/voting tickets and avoid the wait after the outdoor Mass!