Miracle on Elm holiday fundraiser benefits Saint Mary's Church in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- A Rockford church finds a new way to help raise money for its restoration project, with the first Miracle on Elm holiday festival this weekend.

Parishioners in the Saint Mary Oratory community spent their Saturday celebrating their beloved church, by donating special raffle baskets, cooking chili and sharing homemade goodies, all to spread the joy of the holiday season, while giving back to the place many call their spiritual home.

"We even have some work to do with the pews and there's a lot of restoration work in the rectory as well. And so, we wanted to slow but surely work at restoring this beautiful church in downtown Rockford," said Canon Luke Zignego.