French-Canadian Festival to Take Place on Sept. 9-10 at Maternity BVM Parish


New this Year!

French-Canadian Fest

September 9th & 10th 2017

Beer & Wine Experience

Come join Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bourbonnais on Sept. 9 for a sensory examination and evaluation as you sniff, swirl and savor these unique wines and beers from both Flight 102 and Brickstone.  Come with friends, or come by yourself.  It’s sure to be a wonderful and unique experience. For more information and to purchase tickets to this event click here.


What better way to start off your Sunday, Sept. 10, than with Mass.  Join us at 11 a.m. in the church.

French Market

Similar to some European markets, this charming open-air market features shopping, dining, music and local tradition that is uniquely French-Canadian.  Here you will find a vast array of vintage, antiques, hand-made artisian wares, primitives, garden related items, delicious treats, jewelry, iron work, and many more treasures.  This French Market will be on the school grounds starting at 10 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m.

French-Canadian Cuisine

A variety of authentic French-Canadian foods will be available for dinner in the gym.  In addition, an array of vendors will be selling food at the outdoor French Market.  Food will be served starting after Mass (at noon) until 4 p.m.

French pastries handmade by the Sisters from the St. Roger Abbey Gourmet Patisserie

These French speaking Sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame will be selling a variety of organic hand-made French pastries.  The sisters sell their pastries for the central benefit of serving the homeless.  The sisters operate a soup kitchen, providing lunch to the homeless everyday!

Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Grounds of Maternity BVM Church

Don’t miss this opportunity to take this self-guided tour.  Maps will be available at the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society Booth.  Since the mid 1800s, Maternity BVM Church has its roots in a time when Bourbonnais Grove welcomed the arrival of French-Canadian pioneers  These pioneers immigrated in large numbers between the late 1820s and the 1850s, and were looking for a better way of life.  This Self Guide, walking tour will guide you through the sacred grounds of a parish, hand-built by a people who put their faith first, as it was taught to them by their forefathers. These first settlers were a determined collection of Priests & Brothers (The Viatorians), Sisters (The Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame), parishioners, and townspeople. You won’t want to miss taking this tour.

Additional Activities

Maternity BVM is still in the process of planning this event, but a few additional activities will include (but not be limited to):

Kids games and entertainment

Live French-Canadian Music

Beer Tent (with Bears vs. Falcons game)

Cake Walk


Juggler, stilt walker and mime

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