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New Events Added to Major Catholic Rural Life Festival Set for Farmington and Jay on September 14-17

Festival to Feature National Speakers, Farm to Table Supper, Special Masses, Concert and More

FARMINGTON---To highlight the beauty and grace of rural life and the stewardship of creation, St. Joseph Parish in Farmington and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Jay are planning a Catholic Rural Life Festival to be held September 14-17.

The festival will include many events and liturgies aimed at bringing family, friends, and neighbors together in a celebration of the contributions rural life makes to our world. Special Masses and prayer services will be held each day of the festival, including a blessing of the fields. The complete schedule can be found here.

There are plenty of daily highlights during the festival. On Thursday, September 14, St. Joseph Parish hall (133 Middle Street in Farmington) will host a jam making demonstration and a workshop entitled “The Lost Culinary Arts: Ferments, Tonics, and Tinctures” at 9 a.m. In the afternoon, demonstrations of pie and cheese making are on the schedule, as is a woodfired rye bread demonstration at the Upside Bakery on 319 Intervale Road in Temple. An outdoor movie, “Growing Local,” will be screened at St. Joseph at 7:45 p.m., followed by night prayer.

On Friday, September 15, a soup and bread lunch will be held at St. Rose of Lima Parish hall on 1 Church Street in Jay. The gathering will be preceded by Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form at noon and followed by a presentation of the Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. That evening, the action moves to North Church on 118 High Street in Farmington for a pie social and jam session at 6 p.m. and a concert by Hidden Fifth at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Hidden Fifth features Deidre Becher, who has toured around the world with her family’s band, Celtic Spring. Deidre and Celtic Spring performed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2007 and was one of the show’s finalists.

On Saturday, September 16, the day will begin at St. Pio Chapel on 85 Morrill Farm Road in Sumner with a presentation entitled “Vocation of the Agricultural Leader” (11:30 a.m.) followed by a blessing of the fields (noon) and a votive Mass of Blessed Virgin Mary (1 p.m.). St. Joseph Parish hall will be a flurry of activity throughout the evening as it welcomes visitors for an art exhibit with Janice Norton (5 p.m.), an Irish step dancing workshop with Deidre Becher (5:30 p.m.), and the much-anticipated farm to table dinner and dance at 6 p.m. Fiddler Don Roy will perform at the dinner, which will feature the food of many local farms, a pizza and sundae buffet for children, and a keynote address by Jim Ennis, the executive director of Catholic Rural Life. Catholic Rural Life is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside and to applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America. Tickets to the event are $20 ($10 for children under 12).

On Sunday, September 17, a Knights of Columbus breakfast is scheduled for St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay at 8:30 a.m. Catholic Rural Life leaders will gather for a roundtable discussion with the public at 11:45 a.m. at the St. Joseph gathering area in Farmington. At 7 p.m., all are welcome to attend “Faith and Sustainability: Caring for Our Common Home” at the UMF Landing. Ennis will lead the presentation along with Dr. Christopher Thompson, professor of moral theology and director of the center for theological formation at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For the latest festival news and updates, visit the special Facebook page created for the festival.

For more information, interested parties can also contact St. Joseph Parish at (207) 778-2778.