In a delicious response to the Pastoral Plan, Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford held its first ever International Festival of Foods this fall. Father Andrew Marus, Holy Name’s pastor, led parishioners in grace before the meal.
This event was the initial response to the parish’s Pastoral Plan goal to recognize and celebrate the diversity of its cultural and ethnic background in both worship and parish functions. Over 140 parishioners attended the evening in the parish hall and shared foods from Slovakia, Poland, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Italy, Haiti, Hungary, Ireland and Vietnam. It was an evening of fellowship and new friendships, with plans for more to come.