'Courier' plans Sept. 14 anniversary celebration - Catholic Courier

‘Courier’ plans Sept. 14 anniversary celebration

This October, Catholic Courier will mark the 125th anniversary of its first issue, and the newspaper’s board and staff invite you to help them celebrate.

They’ll be marking the milestone with a Sept. 14 Mass with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano and Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark, followed by a fair featuring food, musical entertainment, dance performances, kids’ activities and vendors. Both events are free and open to the public and will take place at St. John of Rochester Parish, which is located at 8 Wickford Way in Perinton.

The Courier’s staff members originally had planned to celebrate the newspaper’s anniversary with a lecture and a low-key reception, but later decided in favor of a more dynamic and universally appealing event.

“One doesn’t have a 125th anniversary very often, and it will be another 25 years before we have another big one,” explained Karen M. Franz, editor and general manager of the Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Católico newspapers.

“This event seemed like a better way to engage the community and raise awareness, not only of our current product offerings, but also of the fact that we have existed 125 years — and have some fun at the same time,” Franz said.

The Mass will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature musical accompaniment by the parish’s adult and handbell choirs. Beginning immediately after Mass, the fair will take place — rain or shine — on the parish grounds and in the parish center. It will include something for everyone, with performances by Celtic-folk musicians The Dady Brothers and a number of other local acts.

Dancers from Rochester-based Borinquen Dance Theatre Inc. will perform Latin and Caribbean dances on one of the fair’s two stages, as will dancers from the Boland School of Irish Dance and other area dance troupes.

When they’re not playing in the fair’s bounce houses, children will be able to have their faces painted, make crafts and participate in children’s activities. Their parents, meanwhile, will be able to browse the wares of the fair’s vendors. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of local food trucks.

Organizers also are planning an anniversary cake-off, inspired in part by the popularity of such recent television shows as "Cake Boss" and "Ace of Cakes." Licensed bakeries are invited to design and bake specialty cakes to celebrate the Courier’s 125th anniversary and enter them in the contest.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities also remain for businesses or and community organizations; learn more at www.CatholicCourier.com/about/courier-marks-125th-year.

For information about entering the cake competition, contact the Courier at 585-529-9530 or 1-800-600-3628.

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