HAMILTON, NJ -- One of the region's most anticipated family events - the annual Carnival at St. Gregory the Great Church -- will not be happening for the second year in a row.

In a post on the Church's Facebook page Friday, Father Mike broke the news to the community citing state guidelines for amusement events that also impact crowd size. 

"A few weeks ago, after some significant discussion, the Carnival committee and parish leadership met to try to chart a course for this coming summer," wrote Father Mike. "While we are, I believe, turning a corner when it comes to case numbers and guidelines for the state of NJ in this pandemic, the uncertainty of the next few weeks/months, and the fact that the traditional scheduled dates for our Family Carnival are only eight weeks away, the decision was made to cancel the carnival for June of 2021." 

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Father Mike reassured that community, however, that they are pursuing "back-up dates toward the end of the summer (August/September), where we could still hold a parish event" if the pandemic subsides to a safe level of case numbers and restrictions are eased for gatherings. As far as what that event could look like, options are under consideration including "nearly our full carnival setup."

The Parish will still be holding its June Super 50/50 with a drawing occurring during what were the carnival dates in order to support the Academy and Parish with a chance for prizewinners who participate. 

"As I’ve been saying a lot recently, we are still dealing with the pandemic, we are still praying for those who are ill and those who are struggling….we are still in the tunnel, but the light is getting brighter. As we approach that light, I think it is time to start planning for the things we want to and hope to accomplish when we finally emerge into it. I am excited about the possibilities that might be in front of us over the next few months, and I hope you are as well. God Bless You," added Father Mike.

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