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It's Bazaar Time! 

 This message is being sent to remind you
to turn in your Raffle Books to  increase your
chance of winning the early bird raffle drawing
occurring on Sep 30, 2018.  We have a 40" TV 
and GoPro Hero 5 Session up for grabs! You will
need to turn in your raffle books no later than
the start of 11:00A mass in order to be considered.

Also to note, October is designated as
Volunteer Month!  There will be volunteer
lists in the Gallery each Saturday and
Sunday! The church depends on
each of you to make our festival
Please sign up!  

Thank you and have a blessed week!
St. Mary's Festival Committee


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October 26th, 27th & 28th


A contest is underway for a design for our 2018 Festival T Shirt design. We are encouraging each parishioner (children and adults) to design an image that could be used on our Church T-Shirts for the 2018 Gumbo Festival. The contest ends next weekend, September 16, 2018. The winner will be selected by the Festival planning committee and acknowledged on all shirts printed. Additionally, the winner will receive a $100 American Express gift card.

Raffle Books:   

 The first early bird drawing is next Sunday, September 16th after the 11:00 Mass. Each family should have turned in their first book by that date. The earlybird prizes are on display in the Gallery. Winners of Earlybird prizes tickets are put back in the barrel for the final drawing. Earlybird is just an incentive to get your tickets turned in early. Thanks to all families for doing your part in making our largest fundraiser a success.

Major Expenses: 

There are many major expenses associated with our Annual Bazaar & Gumbo Festival. The success and profits are possible largely because of the generosity of St. Mary's families' willingness to underwrite and sponsor most of the larger expenses. Last year, our families' sponsorship totaled more than $50,000. A list of major expenses for this year's Festival is included in this weekend's bulletin along with names of Parishioners who have already committed. We ask each of you to prayerfully consider sponsoring one or more of the many items. Thanks to all who have already sponsored more than half of our expenses to this point.

Souvenir Book: 

There are only a few weekends left for advertising in our Souvenir Book. Our goal this year is to get that profit center back over $20,000. We are once again asking each family of St. Mary's to sell at least one Ad. Our goal is to sell at least 100 full page Ads.   So far, we have sold approximately 50 full page ads, we are half way there.   Our Ad sheets are in the bulletin this weekend and every weekend through September 30, 2018.  


Our Bazaar Kick off Dance this year will feature in Concert, “Mr. Excitement Patrick Henry” along with DJ Jammin J in the Mix. Space will be limited so get your tables early. Tables are $250 and individual tickets are $30 pre-sale. Tickets have been printed and can be picked up at the table beginning this weekend. If you are celebrating an Anniversary or birthday, we invite you to buy a table and celebrate it with us.

Gumbo Cookoff:

We are looking for the best Gumbo Cooks west of Louisiana. Our Festival will feature 20 to 25 of the best Gumbos chef’s in and around Houston. If you would like to enter or enter a family member please sign up at the Bazaar table.

Weekly Meeting: 

St. Mary's Bazaar Committee will meet on Thursday, September 13th, to continue   planning   for   our   2018   Bazaar   and   Gumbo Festival. We need Good Stewards willing to give of their time and talents in helping make this year's Festival a success. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., in the Cottage.


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