FARMINGTON— To highlight the beauty and grace of rural life and the stewardship of creation, St. Joseph Parish in Farmington and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Jay are planning a Catholic Rural Life Festival Sept. 13-17, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The festival will include many events and liturgies aimed at bringing family, friends and neighbors together in a celebration of the contributions rural life makes to the world.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, a farm-to-table dinner and dance will be held at 6 p.m. at the St. Joseph Parish hall on 133 Middle St., in Farmington. Fiddler Don Roy will perform at the dinner, which will feature the food of many local farms, including Berry Farm in Livermore, Ironing Board Farm in Starks, Walnut Ridge Farm in East Wilton, Rustic Roots Farm in Farmington, Sumner Valley Farm in Sumner, Fleur-de-lis Farm in Farmington, Neszinscot Farm in Turner, and the Wilton Blueberry Farm in Wilton. Tickets to the event are $20, $10 for children younger than 12.

On Friday, Sept. 15, Hidden Fifth, a band that plays contemporary Irish music, will perform at 7 p.m. at the Old North Church in Farmington. Tickets are $15 per person. Hidden Fifth features Deidre Becher, who has toured around the world with her family’s band, Celtic Spring. Deidre and Celtic Spring performed on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2007 and was one of the show’s finalists.

Special masses and prayer services will be held each day of the festival in Farmington and Jay, including a blessing of the fields on Sept. 16. Jim Ennis, the executive director of Catholic Rural Life, also will offer a presentation during the festival, according to the release.

Catholic Rural Life is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside and to applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America.

As events, dates, and times are confirmed, updates will be provided on a special Facebook page created for the festival at www.facebook.com/catholicrurallifemaine. For more information, interested parties also can contact St. Joseph Parish at 778-2778.

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