Dear community of Catholic Nacogdoches,
Thank you for your cooperation as we traverse these crucial times together.
Following the advice of the Multicultural Festival Committee, I have decided to cancel the Multicultural Festival for this year. A high-risk large group gathering complete with food stands and bounce houses would not be the best decision for our community at this time.
I encourage everyone to be creative in finding new and safe ways to show to the entire county the liveliness and welcoming nature of Catholic Nacogdoches. Personal invitations to smaller group gatherings such as events and celebrations among friends are a great way to continue that first step of building good relationships that become the bridges to bring people to God and God to people. This time does not need to be a hindrance to our mission to preach the Gospel to all nations – it simply requires us to think outside of the box.
The Multicultural Raffle will continue, and the drawing will be held on November 29th, 2020. The generous donors of the raffle prizes have agreed to allow the prizes to be distributed at that time. I will be asking all parishioners of Sacred Heart to help us sell at least 20 tickets per household to help replace the income we will not receive from the festival. If you were a sponsor of the Multicultural Festival, you will be contacted by a member of the committee to arrange a reimbursement if you desire.
Thank you all for your patience and support!
In Christ and Mary,
Fr. George Elliott
Pastor, Catholic Nacogdoches