A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits at the Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Picnic Sept. 9 at Assumption B.V.M. Parish in West Grove. Although some scheduled events had to be cancelled due to the weather, the indoor picnic still offered mini-golf, corn hole, lemonade pong and story time. A disc jockey added entertainment for the kids, while adults were able to enjoy fellowship and good food.

Information was available for various ministries within the parish, and the school principal was on hand to answer questions and take orders for school spirit wear. The youth group not only had an information table, but also provided much-needed muscle for picnic set up and tear down.

While it was a picnic to thank the parish’s donors and volunteers, their help was needed to plan and execute the day. More than 25 volunteers ranging in age from 13 to 85 helped out. One parishioner was an example of the Assumption spirit: she had attended Saturday night Mass but didn’t believe she should attend the picnic since she doesn’t volunteer at the parish. But she came anyway — early — worked in the kitchen all day and kept the other volunteers entertained with stories of Grace Kelly and growing up in the area.

Assumption B.V.M. Parish serves the West Grove, Avondale, Landenberg and Lincoln University areas of Chester County. Father Scott Brockson has served as pastor since 2015.

In addition to the picnic photos below, find more on put photos on Instagram at #ABVMPicnic2018. Follow the parish on Facebook at facebook.com/ABVMWG/ and Twitter @ABVM_WestGrove. Parish information can be found at Assumptionbvmwestgrove.org.