The annual Fall Festival is our big kick-off to the ministry and school year at Holy Name of Jesus. Join us as we celebrate our community with entertainment, delicious food, activities for all ages and good friends.
Fall Festival is a daylong event, starting with the annual Turtle Trot 5K Saturday morning and then the much-anticipated festival Saturday evening. New this year is a Wiffle Ball tournament in between! Mark your calendar and join us for all of these events.
There are a few changes this year – read below for details! Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for the latest updates. Use hashtag #HNOJFallFest.
Fall Festival is run by volunteers, funded by sponsors and donations
Many dedicated individuals, families, ministries and businesses working together make HNOJ Fall Festival a memorable and fun event each year. Here is how you can get involved:
- Spread the word: Join the conversation by using #HNOJFallFest on Facebook and Instagram to share your memories and what you are looking forward to. Share our Facebook event. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join us!
- Volunteers are needed to set up Friday or Saturday, sell tickets, be part of the stage crew, operate the dragon train, run kid’s games, sell beverages and clean-up.
- Country Market donations: The Country Market, organized by the Knights of Columbus Auxilliary accepts donations of garden produce, garden products (jams, jellies, etc.) and baked goods to stock the market. They are also looking for themed baskets from each ministry. All donations can be brought to the Country Market booth on the morning of Fall Festival. Please contact Beth Dust at 636-697-6124 with any questions.
Craft beer and wine donations: Again, this year at Fall Festival, Sept.18, we are doing a craft beer pull (six packs). We are hoping that on your summer adventures (near or far), you will pick up a six pack to donate. The idea is that we would get beer from a variety of local and global brewers. New this year, we are also asking for wine donations for a Wine Walk! Please consider picking up a bottle of wine at your favorite winery to donate. Please drop them off at the parish or school office. HNOJ School parents you can drop them off at Back to School Night! Optional: Label the donation with your family name and where you acquired the beverage. One family even put a little note to the winner about their adventure – GREAT idea!
All the Details
Held at Rush Creek Golf Club, Wednesday, Sept. 8, at noon. Proceeds of this event will purchase flexible classroom seating for HNOJ School students. Individual registration is $225, and foursome is $900; includes golf and cart for 18 holes, range balls, box lunch and barbeque dinner. Sponsorships are available.
Join us for HNOJ’s fourth fun run through the adjacent neighborhood. The Turtle Trot 5K will start at HNOJ’s driveway, continue through the adjacent neighborhood and end back at the starting point. Participants will not need to cross any busy streets!
Family-friendly, sign-up the kids and the neighbors! Bring your strollers, but no pets, skateboards, bikes, etc. If you are a student of HNOJ School your teachers will be on hand to cheer you on and help out.
The registration fee is $20 per child, $30 per adult. Those who registered by Sept. 3 will receive a bucket hat in the requested size; those who register after Sept. 3 are not guaranteed hat their size. Registration is open up until 8:45 a.m. the day of the event. All proceeds of the Turtle Trot will help make Catholic education at HNOJ affordable for all.
Wear green, turtle attire or your race day hat to be entered in a drawing for a prize.
Please join us for the first annual Harries Field Wiffle Ball Tournament! The tournament will be played at the HNOJ baseball fields. We look forward to celebrating the values that Matthew lived by; joy, faith and love. Schedule: Check in: 9:45 a.m. First pitch: 10 a.m. Wiffle ball games, kids activities, Spike Ball, hot dog lunch and much more: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be two tournaments, one competitive and one family-friendly. Rules of gameplay to be determined depending on the number of teams registered. This event is free. t-shirt purchase is optional.
Kick off the Festival with us with Mass on the Grass! Only once a year do we offer an opportunity to enjoy Mass in the great outdoors. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Note that for those with limited abilities, a golf cart will be available to transport people to Mass on the Grass with chairs provided.
After Mass take part in any of the following activities at your leisure:
- Kids’ Games and Crafts
- Cookie Decorating
- Dragon Ride
- Music and Dancing
- Great Food
- Country Market with Silent Auction!
- Wine and Beer Pulls
- Caricature Artist
This year Emerson Avenue will have us dancing in the parking lot with high-energy classic rock. Learn more about Emerson Avenue at emersonaveband.com/
Avoid the long lines at the ticket booth. Fall Festival tickets will be available for purchase after all the Masses and at the parish office after Sept. 7, during regular business hours. Tickets are used for food, beverages and kid’s games at Fall Festival. Tickets are $1 each. If you prefer to purchase your tickets at Fall Festival, we suggest you bring cash to shorten the wait time in the ticket line.
Entrance to Fall Festival is free!
Sample Ticket Chart
Kid’s Games/Activities 1-4 tickets or Unlimited Kid’s Games Wristband $10
Pop/Water 1 ticket
Beer/Wine 5 tickets
Snacks 1-5 tickets
Dinner Items 2-5 tickets
Watch for sweepstakes tickets in the mail and return for a chance to win $2500, $1500 or $500 cash or other prizes. Free will donation optional, all proceeds support your Holy Name of Jesus parish. Be sure to mail your sweepstakes tickets back soon to reach us before Fall Festival. Or drop them off at HNOJ during Mass.
Plenty of great food including our favorites…. homemade tamales from Ascension School & Parish, burgers, brats and hog dogs courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, and pizza served up hot by the Boy Scouts.