Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We are preparing for our parish’s main social event of the year—St. Theresa’s Italian American Family Feast. For the past twenty years, the Feast has been a special feature for our parish and community. We look forward to the 21st annual Feast.
Times change, circumstances change and our Feast changes too. Since this is our 90th year celebration, our Feast this year will take on a different look, more like the “Family Party” which began the Feast years ago.
We are planning to hold the Feast this year from Wednesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 25. The Feast, usually held in July, will be held in June right after school closes, to encourage families to attend. This year the Feast will have a definite “family focus.” In this our 90th year, we want to emphasize that it is our families that make “St. Theresa Strong.”
The Feast this year will be “family-friendly.” It will feature “kiddie events” in the gym, as well as the traditional rides and booths. We will start the Feast earlier, at 5PM and will end each night at approximately 9PM with longer hours on Saturday and Sunday. We will also emphasize that this is an Italian-American Feast with Italian food and pastries. As usual, we will have our Grand Raffle, our Mass each evening, the Procession of the statue of St. Theresa on Sunday, and the concert in church.
I am writing to you at this time to request your help with our Grand Raffle. Following many suggestions, this year the Raffle will feature money prizes—First Prize, $25,000; Second Prize, $5000; Third Prize, $1000. We will need your special help with the Raffle this year. Because we are making many changes in the Feast, we will depend on the Raffle to be the mainstay of our Feast operation. We are hoping for a considerable profit from the Raffle to assist our church. The number of Raffle tickets sold in the past few years has declined. We hope to change that trend both by making the prizes more appealing and by asking your usual generous help. I am enclosing a Raffle ticket one which I hope you will be able to take. You may wish to join someone else in buying the ticket. (Last year the top prize was won by five school families who chipped in to buy the ticket together.) The price of the ticket will be $100, but we feel the prizes are worth it. If you need additional tickets, please call the rectory.
Also please note that if your Raffle tickets are in before June 10 you will qualify for the “early bird drawing,” the winner of which will receive $300 and three additional tickets. Also, as a way of expressing our gratitude to all who buy or sell raffle tickets, we will award $100 in cash to the seller of the First Prize ticket. The early bird drawing will be on Sunday, June 11 after the 10:30AM Mass.
You may return your ticket stub and payment either by coming to the rectory, bringing it to one of the volunteers at Sunday Mass or mailing it to the rectory.
Please help us to make the Raffle and the Feast successful this year. I am confident you will help to keep “St. Theresa Strong.”
Sincerely in Our Lord,
Father Thomas B. Derivan
THE 21st ANNUAL
ST. THERESA ITALIAN AMERICAN FAMILY FEAST
Our 21st Annual Summer Festival is a few weeks away. It will be held this year from Wednesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 25. Tell your family and friends to save the date and make plans for a fun-filled celebration. The Feast will have a definite “family focus” as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of our parish. Our motto is: “ST. THERESA STRONG.”
Hours Of The Feast
The Feast this year will have earlier hours since we want to make this truly a “family event.” Our Feast hours will be:
Wednesday, June 21—5PM to 9PM
Thursday, June 22—5PM to 9PM
Friday, June 23—5PM to 9PM
Saturday, June 24—2PM to 9PM
Sunday, June 25—2PM to 9PM
Each night we will have opening prayer for the Feast at 5PM. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will have Mass and prayers honoring St. Theresa at 7PM. On Saturday our Mass will be at the regular Saturday evening time, 5PM (for the Sunday obligation). On Sunday, June 24, Mass will be at 4PM (instead of the regular 5PM), followed by our procession through the streets with the statue of St. Theresa. There will be a Choir concert in the Church immediately following the procession.
As part of our Feast we will once again hold our Grand Raffle. This year our prizes are as follows:
Raffle tickets have been mailed to all on our mailing list. If you are not on the Parish mailing list, you may pick up a ticket after Mass in the church vestibule or at the rectory during the week. Yes they are $100.00 each, but we feel the prizes are worth it and this raffle is very important to the finances of our parish. Take the raffle tickets to work or a family gathering and get 4 or 5 people to share in the cost of a ticket. In recent years we have sold about 600 tickets and we hope to do better this year, with your generous help. Fellow parishioners will be in front of the Church after all of our weekend Masses selling tickets, accepting your stubs and answering any questions you may have. Please do your best to network at least one raffle ticket. We all know that if we try we can get it done.
Advance Ride Tickets
We will soon be selling advance ride tickets for our feast at a tremendous discount. You are able to save 50% over the cost of buying the tickets at the feast. $20.00 buys 40 advance ride tickets. These Advance Ride Tickets will be available in the bookstore after the weekend Masses, in the rectory weekdays from 9:00AM to 4:30PM, and on our parish website using a debit or credit card.
We invite you to become a Feast volunteer. Our Feast depends on you! Whatever amount of time you can give will be greatly appreciated. Fellow parishioners will be outside of Church before & after all of the weekend Masses. Stop by to see how you can help. We particularly encourage new volunteers to join us this year, specifically in helping out at the children’s events in the gym, flea market, security, religious article sale, and refreshments.
There is a program associated with our feast where businesses can get involved and help as well. It’s called our Corporate Sponsor Program. A tax deductible donation will get a business or store advertising and recognition during our Feast.
For additional information call the rectory weekdays at 718-892-1900.
Knitters & Crocheters
Once again we are reaching out to those that can knit or crochet. We are asking for baby blankets, sweaters, hats, or booties for babies. These items will be displayed during our feast and then donated to the Sisters of Life. These items can be dropped off at the rectory during the week or the raffle table in front of the church before or after the weekend masses.
Invite a Friend
Over the last 20 years many of our parishioners have had good friends who have moved out of the area. While these people lived in Pelham Bay they had a strong devotion to St. Theresa. Why not give these people a call and invite them to spend a night at the feast with you? What a beautiful way to celebrate our 90th anniversary!
We ask all of our parishioners to join us and say thank you to those individuals that own homes or live within the immediate area of our feast. We realize that at times during the week of our feast those local residents are inconvenienced. We thank them for their understanding & patience. We have tried to incorporate their suggestions into our Feast plans for this year. We ask these homeowners to contact the rectory if they feel that there is any condition that needs to be addressed.
For more information on our feast please visit our website. If you would like to find out information about being a vendor, please contact the rectory at 718-892-1900.