- By Michael Mathews
- On Oct.25.2018
On the third Thursday of each November, Saint Patrick Presbyterian Church sponsors a benefit for the Weld Food Bank called Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais Nouveau is a traditionally French celebration of the new wine. Beaujolais is a wine region located in the southeastern part of France just north of Lyon. Unlike wines made in other countries that are named after the grape, French wines are named for the region in which they are produced. Nouveau is the French word for "new" and refers to a rapid production method that results in a lighter, more fruity wine that can be drunk only two months after harvest. Because the Beaujolais Nouveau is the first taste of wine in a given year, a local celebration in Lyon evolved around its release, and over time the Beaujolais Nouveau celebration spread to over 190 countries.
Saint Patrick’s desire to celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau stems from a desire to connect with the traditions of the ancient Church. Situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, wine production was an important part of the Hebrew harvest. Each year the appearance of the new wine was eagerly anticipated, because until the perfection of bottling, people usually were able to drink wine only in the weeks immediately following the harvest. The Hebrew people celebrated the new wine in an annual thanksgiving festival called the Feast of Booths. Speaking of this celebration, God calls his people to “rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns.” For this reason the community of Saint Patrick desires the joy of our Beaujolais Nouveau celebration to overflow to the wider community and benefit those in the community who are in the most need. Over the past few years Saint Patrick has raised approximately $50,000 for the Weld Food Bank. We hope this celebration will continue to grow, and that the people of Saint Patrick will begin to see it as the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday - a holiday in which we grow more thankful and more generous as we remember God’s grace and abundant provision.