By Cynthia Germain
Brussels hosted their annual Kermis this past Sunday. Kermis is a festival celebrating the harvest with its roots in Belgium and is organized by a local parish. The President of the Parish Council of St. Francis and St. Mary Catholic Church John Spude, speaks to the meaning of the event.
Originally held in homes and local businesses in the mid 50’s, it had lost popularity over time. The St. Francis and St. Mary Catholic Church brought it back six years ago as a fundraiser for the parish. Sue Johnson, the church’s pastoral minister, has been very pleased with the effort.
The fundraiser supports the needs of the parish as well as other activities such as the Older Adults Breakfast held on the second Wednesday of each month. Funds also provide a helping hand to local residents who are homebound or otherwise in need.