Batavia Holy Trinity Church commemorated 100 years as a local parish by inviting the Clermont County community to a festival Aug. 12.
“When I was first assigned here last year, I was aware that the church was coming up on its 100 year anniversary,” said Father Bryan Reif. “I went to the parish pastoral council and solicited advice on ways to celebrate the anniversary.”
The festival was one of the ideas that was brought up as a result of the discussions and the idea took on a life of its own; everyone was receptive and very enthusiastic about the idea.
“One hundred years only comes around to a parish or any institution once,” said Reif. “I really wanted to mark the occasion with something special. We wanted something that would bring some life to the parish. We are the fortunate ones who get to honor the 100 years as a community of faith in the village of Batavia.”
Holy Trinity Church was founded in April 1906. The present location, at the corner of Sixth and Wood, was completed in October 1910. Reif, 34, was born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati and is the 17th pastor of Holy Trinity; he was assigned to the church in 2005.
“We are thrilled about the festival,” he said. “The church has not had a festival in 13 years. In the fall, we surveyed parishioners about the idea. Ninety-two percent of those who responded showed that they were interested in having a festival and would be willing to help out by volunteering their time and energy to the endeavor.”
One of those parishioners was volunteer and festival chairman John McManus.
“The festival was a success,” he said. “It was a way for us to not only commemorate the church’s birthday, but a way for the families of the community to come out, get to know one another, enjoy themselves, and just be a community.”
The community did come out to participate in the festival. According to McManus, they estimated close to 1,000 people attended the event.
“For the first festival in 13 years, it was wonderful,” he said. “It was a fantastic celebration and we would like to give our thanks and gratitude to the Clermont County community for showing their support.”
The festival included games, food and refreshments, a bid and buy booth, and a raffle. The Dreamweavers story-telling troupe entertained children with stories and live music was provided by Melody Michael and Northern Sky.
The celebration will continue Oct. 1 with a special mass by Archbishop Pilarczyk. The mass will take place at 11 a.m. at the Church and the community is welcome to attend.