A street will be closed, food has been ordered, games and activities are planned, and tables will be set for Homecoming at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport.
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the 10:30 a.m. Mass will be outdoors on Fillmore Street, according to Davenport's Susan Petersen, event coordinator and a member of the church. The Mass will be led by the Rev. Robert Harness, pastor of Holy Family.
In the spirit of Homecoming, former priests and sisters associated with Holy Family have been invited for the festival, Petersen said. Organizers hope the event is a time for fellowship, fun and people enjoying time together.
A catered lunch is planned, and a freewill offering will be collected. The menu, Petersen said, will include hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, water, pop and drinks for children.
"It was very important to us that costs would be kept down for the young families in the area," she said. "We didn't want anyone to feel that they couldn't come to this event."
The Rev. Mike Phillips will speak on the Year of Mercy, established in 2016 by Pope Francis.
Phillips, now retired and living in Burlington, also is "coming home" to Holy Family. An active priest for 47 years, he spent some of his happiest and busiest years at the Davenport church, he said.
Phillips served as pastor 1994-2000, and before that, he taught at Assumption High School. He enjoyed meeting with his former students who were active at Holy Family as adults. "I enjoyed Holy Family very, very much."
The church is one of the largest in the Diocese of Davenport, Phillips said, and it was a big responsibility to pastor. The people of the parish are generous and kind, he said, and always trying to help others.
Event activities are to include face-painting and make-it, take-it jewelry. Bouncy houses will be supervised by adults, Petersen said.
There will be music provided, and tents, tables and folding chairs will be set up in the parking lot.
Golf carts will be available for those who need help getting to the festival, and there will be tours of All Saints Catholic School, next to the church.
The church also will be open for tours. Harness will close Homecoming with a rosary, set for 2 p.m.
The school facilities are available in case of bad weather, but Petersen and the other organizers hope that won't be necessary.
"We're praying for a beautiful day," she said.
For his part, Phillips anticipates meeting with the people of Holy Family. "I look forward to seeing a number of old friends."