Young Adults, join us for Mass on Friday, June 24th at 6:00 pm at St.Aloysius in Sauk City. We will have a Traditional Latin Mass, (Low Mass), followed by an outdoor bonfire in the pavillion. Father Thomas Huckeman, a visiting Priest from the Pontifical Missions in Peru, will be the celebrant.
According to St.John's day customs, Father will bless the bonfire. Not familiar with the Latin Mass? No worries! We will have booklets for following along. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to pass for the bonfire. See you there!
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Here, from fisheaters.com is a little more information on this St.John's day tradition:
"The temporal focal point of the festivities for St. Johns Day is the building of fires outdoors in which to burn worn out sacramentals and to serve as a symbol of the one Christ Himself called "a burning and shining light" (John 5:35). These fires used to be huge, communal bonfires, and this still occurs in parts of Europe, but smaller, "family-sized" fires will do, too. The fire is built at dusk, with a blessing from the Roman Ritual, and allowed to burn past midnight. After the blessing, a decade of the Rosary is prayed while walking sunwise -- clockwise, not widdershins -- around the fire, the old Sacramentals are reverently burned, and then the party begins. In most places, brave souls leap over the flames of the bonfire -- an act which is given different meanings in different places, with most saying it is an act to bring blessings. If you're in a farming family, it is customary to carry torches lit from this fire through your fields to bless them. Whether you're a farmer or not, tend the fire as late as you can go (at least until after midnight) and have fun. If you have a fireplace, light a fire in it with flames from the bonfire to bless your home. Note that it is customary, too, to save some of the ashes from this fire to mix with water to bless the sick."