Why is this event on Oct. 27?
The Diocese of St. Peterburg has a patron saint that watches over us in a special way. St. Jude is our patron and his feast day is Oct. 28. In order to honor this saint and the role he has in guiding the lost to find hope in Jesus, our Family Faith Fest is on the weekend of his feast day!
Why is this event at Al Lopez Park?
Al Lopez Park is located on 132 acres of a natural preserve with plenty of trees, Florida wildlife, open green spaces, playgrounds, walking trails and two scenic ponds. It is centrally located between the major metropolitan areas of the Diocese with easy access to major highways.
Is there a cost?
This event is free to everyone! We wanted to have an event that everyone could attend regardless of their financial situation. There will be items for sale at the event, such as food and clothing items. But that is completely optional.
What kind of food will there?
There will be vendors selling delicious food. However, you are welcome to bring your own picnic supplies and food. The choice is yours!
Will there be handicapped parking?
Yes, if you have handicapped parking sticker, you will be able to park in a lot closest to the park with easy access.
What is the parking situation?
Parking will be available at Al Lopez Park and nearby lots will also be available. Shuttle transportation is being planned for your convenience.
Do you have to be Catholic to attend?
All people are welcome! This is an opportunity to gather together as one community and share our love for God and for each other. Everyone is welcome!
How should I dress?
The FEST is an outdoor event. Dress for the weather. Remember, if you arrive in the afternoon, it frequently becomes cooler in the evening. Feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
How can we help?
First of all, by attending and by bringing as many people with you as possible! You can also help through your prayers, financial support, and by volunteering. Also, please spread the word to others about this faith and family-friendly event in our community.
Will there be bus parking?
Bus parking is available. Signs will direct you to the location when you arrive.
Can I bring bicycles, electric scooters, and skateboards to the festival?
The Fest does not allow skateboards or scooters on the Festival site. No personal motorized transport is allowed unless it is a wheelchair.