St. Vitus Summer Picnic – July 16th, 2017

St. Vitus Parish, established as the first American Slovenian Roman Catholic parish in the state of Ohio and diocese of Cleveland (Aug. 1893), will have its annual summer parish picnic on July 16, 2017 at Slovenska Pristava, a recreational facility located in Harpersfield, Ohio. There is no admission or parking charge this day. See below for directions.

Schedule & Information

The picnic will begin with Mass at Noon. Father Joseph Boznar, pastor, will be the principal celebrant. A well-prepared dinner will follow the Mass consisting of chicken or roast beef and side dishes such as Slovenian style potatoes, lettuce, pastry, etc. Cost is $15 adult and $10 for a child 12 years or younger. For your listening and dancing pleasure the alpine and modern sounds of the “Bobby Kravos Orchestra” will occur in the afternoon.

There will also be a dance group to perform in the afternoon as part of the day’s entertainment. Side food consisting of Slovenian sausage (klobase), cevapcici (mixture of rolled lamb, veal and pork), french fries, hamburgers, and other side foods will be provided AFTER THE DINNER during the remaining afternoon plus an assortment of cool refreshments. There is no admission or parking charge this day.

Other activities include open swimming (nominal fee for non-members of Pristava), Chinese raffles and bolinca playing (bocce courts). Net proceeds of this year’s event will be used for capital improvement work on and around the parish such as tuck point mortar work on the church bell towers and front church steps as part of the recently mandated city of Cleveland facade inspection ordinance passed in April 2016.

Father Joseph Boznar is the current and sixth pastor (1979-current) of St. Vitus. St. Vitus has approximately 700 registered households with 1,100 parishioners. The parish continues to provide for the spiritual, educational, social, and cultural needs of its parishioners, local neighborhood, and wider community in northeast Ohio for 124 continuous years. For dinner tickets or additional information contact the parish house at (216) 361-1444. There will not be a 10:30AM Mass in St. Vitus Church on 7/16/17, only due to the Noon Mass on Slovenska Pristava.


  1. Take I-90 East to the Geneva Exit/Route 534.
  2. Take Route 534 South to South River Road.
  3. Approx. 2 miles turn right on South River Road.
  4. Take South River Road approx. 1 mile to Brandt Road.
  5. Turn right, Slovenska Pristava is about ½ mile down the road.