St. Joseph Church scales back 81st annual July 4th event

From staff reports

In order to protect the health and safety of guests and volunteers due to COVID-19, and in compliance with state-mandated regulations, the 81st annual St. Joseph 4th of July Celebration will be scaled back to include only online and mail-based activities for 2020.

“Even though Clarion County is in the ‘green phase,’ we’re still limited to a maximum of 250 people per event” said committee member Rob Gatesman. “We have nearly 300 volunteers alone on that day, and that puts us over the limit already,” he said.

Despite the circumstances, organizers will not let 80 years of tradition pass without a celebration, even if it is reduced. The committee is planning three large drawings as well as an online quilt auction and sale.

The drawings include the grand prize drawing worth over $10,000 in cash and prizes; the Rosary Society’s traditional drawing featuring a handmade quilt and prizes donated by local businesses; and a Mega 50-50 drawing. All drawings will be livestreamed at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

The online quilt auction and sale is planned to open in mid-June and will continue until noon on July 4. Sixteen handmade quilts will be featured.

The Liberty 5K will be held either virtually or live at a later date, pending health and safety precautions.

Proceeds from these activities benefit St. Joseph Catholic School, one of the oldest Catholic schools in the Erie Diocese.

Raffle ticket are available to members of the community and can be purchased online or requested by calling the parish office at (814) 226-7288 or emailing

More information on the drawings and access to the auction and sale are available at