Pray. Polka. Picnic. On the Texas Church Picnic Trail

Pray. Polka. Picnic. On the Texas Church Picnic Trail

April kicks off the church picnic season on April 26 with St. Mary's Grotto Picnic in Frydek and Springfest at St. Michael's in Weimar. Like some other churches, St. Michael's has a second picnic during the year - Harvest Feast in August. The other churches with spring/fall picnics include Hostyn (May and October). Hostyn's October picnic will be its 164th.

Churches like Sacred Heart in Hallettsville and Sts. Cyril & Methodius in Shiner have their spring/fall picnics on the Sundays of holiday weekends - Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The May picnic for Sacred Heart will be it 138th. The Shiner church will celebrate its 99th picnic on Labor Day Weekend this year.

St. John the Baptist in Ammannsville always has its picnic on Father's Day. Two churches have their picnics on holidays no matter what day of the week they land on. St. John's is always on July 4, and the church will celebrate its 132nd year with the picnic being on a Saturday. Praha is always on Aug. 15, the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This will be the 165th year with the picnic being on a Saturday as well.

Other churches marking longtime anniversaries this year are St. Peter and Paul in Plum - its 123rd picnic in June; Sts. Cyril & Methodius in Dubina will celebrate its 164th picnic in July; St. Mary's in Ellinger will have its 70th picnic in August; Nativity of the Virgin Mary in High Hill will celebrate its 160th picnic on Labor Day Weekend; St. Stanislaus in Chappell Hill will mark its 83rd picnic also on Labor Day Weekend; and St. Joseph in Cyclone will celebrate its 75th picnic in September. The main attraction to the

The main attraction to the picnics is the dinner with some tiny churches able to serve up to a record-setting 8,000 meals (like Praha). The menu staples are fried chicken and sausage. One church, Sts. Peter and Paul in Frelsburg serves fried fish at its picnic in August.

The other attraction is the music with polka and country bands playing for dancers working up a sweat - even if it's the spring or fall - you can bet the weather will be warm! Or there could be the occasional much-welcomed rain shower.

There are always plenty of games and activities for the kids, as the grown-ups bid on auction items and play Bingo.

Texas Polka News is proud to bring you the schedule and encourages you to attend as many picnics as you can.

26 April

26 ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC Frydek (979) 885-3131

26 ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC Weimar (979) 725-6714

02 May

02 CHRIST LUTHERAN 03 Pattison (281) 934-8218

03 QUEEN OF THE HOLY ROSARY 03 Hostyn (979) 247-4441

03 ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA 03 Danbury (979)922-1240

03 ST. ROSE OF LIMA 03 Houston (713) 692-9123

03 ST. MATHIAS Magnolia (281)356-2000

10 CHRIST LUTHERAN Loebau (409) 884-0333

15 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST Fayetteville (979) 249-7449

17 ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN Deanville (979) 535-4125

24 ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC Dime Box (979) 884-3100

24 SACRED HEART CATHOLIC Hallettsville (361) 798-5888

23/24 STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS Shiner (361) 594-3836

24 ST. PAUL LUTHERAN/SERBIN Giddings (979) 366-9650

24 ST. JOSEPH/STONEHAM Navasota (936) 894-2223

June

07 SACRED HEART CATHOLIC 07 Flatonia (361) 865-3568

07 HOLY TRINITY CORN HILL Jarrell (512) 863-3020

13/14 ST. MARY CATHOLIC Windthorst (near Wichita Falls) (940) 423-6687

14 ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC 14 Hallettsville (361) 798-2128

14 ST. ROSE OF LIMA 20 Schulenburg (979) 743-3117

20 ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN Winchester (979) 242-3444

21 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST Ammannsville

28 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 28 Lyons (979) 596-1456

28 STS. PETER & PAUL Plum (979) 247-4441

28 FAYETTEVILLE BRETHREN 28 Fayetteville (979) 220-1289

28 STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS Granger (512) 859-2223

July 04

04 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST St. John (979) 798-5888

05 STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS Dubina (979) 725-8461

12 ST. JAMES CATHOLIC Gonzales (830) 672-2945 19

19 ASCENSION OF OUR LORD 19 Moravia (361) 798-5888

19 ST. MATTHEW Jourdanton (830) 769-3687

24/25 ST. MARY OF VISITATION Lockhart (512) 398-4649

26 NATIVITY OF VIRGIN MARY Penelope (254) 533-2325

August 02

02 STS. PETER & PAUL Frelsburg (979) 732-3430

02 ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA Palacios (361) 972-2446

02 ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC Yoakum (361) 293-3518

02 IMMANUEL LUTHERAN La Vernia (830) 253-8121

09 ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC Weimar (979) 725-6714

09 ST. MARY OF ASSUMPTION 15 West (254) 826-3705

15 ASSUMPTION OF VIRGIN MARY Praha (361) 596-4674

16 ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC Hillje (979) 648-2864

16 ST. MONICA CATHOLIC Cameron (254) 697-2107

23 STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS Cistern (361) 865-3568

23 ST. MARY CATHOLIC Ellinger (979) 378-2277

September

06 NATIVITY OF VIRGIN MARY 06 High Hill (979) 743-3117

06 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 06 Fayetteville (979) 378-2277

06 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE 06 Cuero (361) 277-9062

06 SACRED HEART CATHOLIC Hallettsville (361) 798-5888

06 STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS 06 Shiner (361) 594-3836

06 ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC 06 Plantersville (936) 894-2223

06 ST. STANISLAUS 06 Chappell Hill (979) 836-3030

06 STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS 06 Granger (512) 859-2223

06 HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN Warda (979) 242-3333

06 HOLY TRINITY 13 Falls City (830) 254-3539

13 STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS Marak (254) 697-4861

13 ST. MARY OF ASSUMPTION Taylor (512) 352-2175

13 VSETIN CZECH MORAVIAN 13 Hallettsville (361) 798-5722

13 HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC Yorktown (361) 564-2893

13 HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC Rosenberg (281) 342-3089

19/20 ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE 20 Ennis (972) 875-2834

20 ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC 20 Moulton (361) 596-4674

20 ST. WENCESLAUS Holman (979) 743-3117

26/27 ST. JEROME 27 Houston (713) 468-9555

27 ST. JOSEPH Cyclone (254) 985-2280

27 ST. JAMES CATHOLIC Seguin (830) 379-1796

27 IMMANUEL LUTHERAN Killeen (254) 634-2772

27 ST. MARY CATHOLIC Rosanky (String Prairie) (830) 839-4580

27 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Sealy (979) 885-3868

27 ST. PHILIP THE APOSTLE El Campo (979) 543-3770

October

03 ST. MARY CATHOLIC Smithville (Pin Oak) 03 (979) 542-0217

03 QUEEN OF ANGELS Dickinson (281) 337-2508

03 TRINITY LUTHERAN Corpus Christi (361) 884-4041

04 QUEEN OF HOLY ROSARY Hostyn (979) 247-4441

04 HOLY ROSARY 04 Frenstat (979) 535-7704

04 ST. LUKE’S CATHOLIC Loire (830) 393-6021

04 ST. ROCH CATHOLIC Mentz (979) 732-3460

04 SACRED HEART CATHOLIC 04 Crosby (281) 328-4871

04 ST. ANN CATHLOLIC La Vernia (830) 743-3117

04 HOLY CROSS Bay City (979) 245-6379

04 ST. MATTHEW Houston (713) 466-4030

04 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 04 Hungerford (979) 532-4747

04 ASCENSION CATHOLIC Bastrop (512) 321-3552

11 HOLY CROSS East Bernard (979) 335-7551

11 CHURCH OF THE VISITATION Lott (Westphalia) (254) 584-4983

11 OUR LADY OF VICTORY 11 Victoria (361) 575-4741

11 ST. ANTHONY CATHOLIC Columbus (979) 779-3131

11 ST. STANISLAUS 11 Anderson (936) 873-2291

11 PEACE LUTHERAN Hurst (817) 284-1677

17 HOLY COMFORTER Kingwood (281) 358-6500

17 ST. LUKE CATHOLIC 17 Temple (254) 773-1561

17 ST. THOMAS MORE Austin (512) 258-1161

18 HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN 18 Yoakum (361) 293-3033

18 GUARDIAN ANGEL Wallis (979) 478-6532

18 ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC 18 Wall (325) 651-7551

18 ST. PAUL CATHOLIC Smithville (512) 237-3299

18 ST. MARY CATHOLIC 25 Bremond (254) 746-7789

25 SACRED HEART CATHOLIC 25 La Grange (979) 968-3430

25 ST. MICHAEL ARCHANGEL Needville (979) 793-3787

25 ST. PAUL LUTHERAN Columbus (979) 732-2423

25 STS. PETER & PAUL Bellville (979) 865-0676

25 OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN Houston (713) 290-9087

25 HOUSE OF PRAYER Houston (281) 488-4439

November

08 OUR LADY OF LOURDES Victoria (361) 575-3813

08 ST. JOSEPH Boling (979) 532-3593

Church Picnics will run through October. You can also check polkabeat. com for the year-round schedule. To add a picnic to the list or make corrections, call 281-836-5362 or send an email to theresa@polkabeat.com.

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