St. John the Evangelist, at 121 N. 80th St., is hosting its first “Blessing of the Back Packs,” along with a parish festival and pizza party from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday.
Students are invited to bring their backpacks, book bag or tote to be blessed by Fr. Crispin at the 10:30 a.m. mass. Participants are encouraged to fill their backpacks with non-perishable food to be left on the altar. Food will be donated to Broadview-Thomson K-8′s food program.