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Plans underway for Shamrock Festival at St. Patrick’s

The Shamrock Festival at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church has become a highly anticipated Pagosa Springs event, one that includes fun, food, purchasing opportunities and a chance for collective community support for local outreach.

The Shamrock Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, includes a huge yard sale, a used book sale, a quilt raffle and silent auction. The event concludes with a lasagna dinner prepared and served by St. Patrick’s Men’s Group under the huge tent that is to be erected behind the church building.

The Shamrock Festival is a huge, all-day event that takes months of planning and work by members of St. Patrick’s, but the result is worth the time and effort as the proceeds are designated solely for the support of community non-profit organizations.

Though St. Patrick’s is well known for its generous outreach in the community through its support of the Pagosa Outreach Connection (POC), its food-box ministry, parishioners’ monthly preparation and service of food at Loaves and Fishes, the women’s annual clothing giveaway and sizeable gifts to community non-profits, outreach is not a line item in the church’s annual budget. All the money given by the church for outreach comes from the congregation’s efforts at the Shamrock Festival, through the quilt ministry’s annual handmade quilt raffle and from individual donations.

“It is very important that the entire community comes out to support the Shamrock Festival,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “Through their support, we are able to give back, to bring relief to those in Archuleta County who need help, and to supply much needed funding to the local non-profit organizations whose purpose is to provide assistance in specific areas of need.”

Parishioners are busily collecting items at Airport Storage for the giant Saturday morning yard sale that takes place under the tent behind the church building. In addition, other items are being sought for bid at the silent auction that takes place later in the day.

Tickets for the beautiful queen-sized quilt and pillow shams are already on sale ($1 per ticket; 6 tickets for $5; 12 tickets for $10) in the church office and from parishioners.

Donations of used books are being collected at the church for the Book Nook sale. Dinner tickets are available in the church office.

Put Saturday, Aug. 11, on your calendar now and plan to attend this fun and important event at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

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