We’re drawing near to our annual parish picnic on July 15. If you’ve been around you know that it really is just a “king sized” family picnic with plenty to do for all ages. The day kicks off with an 11:00 Divine Liturgy at the St. John Paul II Chapel. (Chairs will be set-up.) The food portion of the day will include the usual picnic fare (burgers, hot dogs and Italian sausage) along with broasted chicken, kielbasa/kraut and pulled pork. For the first time we’ll also have a bacon roast. For fun and games we’ll feature a corn hole tourney (mixed couples), volleyball, egg toss, closest-to-the-pin, teen scavenger hunt, face painting, balloon creations and other games for the kids. In the area of entertainment we’re welcoming back Jungle Terry. Billy Fischer is now performing in Vegas, but Rossi and Romano will more than fill his shoes! You can also look forward to polka music toward the end of the afternoon. Something unique this year will be the blessing of the St. Peregrine mosaic icon and grotto right at the close of the liturgy. Karen (Zemba) Griffith died of cancer at the age of 58. Her family wanted to do something in her memory and for other family members who have died battling cancer and other illnesses. An artist from Oregon designed and crafted the icon which arrived this past Friday. A stone grotto will be constructed by the family for its housing. It will be a permanent fixture in the pavilion area and the entire community will be encouraged to stop by for prayers and comfort.