Good Shepherd Catholic Church Annual International Festival This Weekend

Virtual events to support Shepherd's Gate Grant Program

Photo courtesy Good Shepherd Catholic Church

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Mount Vernon has held its International Festival for 45 years. The festival will take place this weekend – September 5 and 6 – but will have a different look because of the coronavirus. In fact, many of the events will be held virtually.

Regardless of setting, the festival is still seen by organizers as a celebration of summer’s end. This year, the festival will support the Shepherd’s Gate Grant Program.

According to a press release, grants are “awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve people in need, promote justice, stand for human dignity, and promote peace.”

Funds from last year’s festival, totaling $25,000, were recently given to seven different organizations that put ino practice those ideals.

A featured event is the first-ever online raffle. There are two grand prizes worth $5,000 each. To buy tickets, click HERE.  There is also the Virtual 5k Race & Fun Run. To sign up, click HERE.

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