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Church festival honors Sister Jacqueline Walsh

The Our Lady of Mercy Family Festival which

The Our Lady of Mercy Family Festival which kicked off Wednesday night and runs until Sunday is dedicated in memory of Sister Jacqueline Walsh, 59, who was fatally struck in a hit-and-run as she walked along Rose Hill Road on July 9. The Bronx native was a beloved figure at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Syosset, where she served as pastoral associate for nine years. Before that, she worked for six years as a teacher and campus minister at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, a Catholic girls high school in Syosset. (Aug. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

The parish community of Our Lady of Mercy Church dedicated its 5th annual summer fair in remembrance of Sister Jacqueline Walsh's life and work. The summer fair kicked off on Wednesday and will continue until Sunday night. Four hundred parish volunteers will be running the five-day festival, which is expected to draw about 13,000 guests throughout the week.

Members of gospel group Beyond Belief perform at
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Members of gospel group Beyond Belief perform at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Aidan Quinn, 5, and his sister Cara Quinn,
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Aidan Quinn, 5, and his sister Cara Quinn, 4, of Plainview, enjoy a carnival ride at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Patrick Floody, 7, of East Meadow, plays a
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Patrick Floody, 7, of East Meadow, plays a carnival game at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Festivalgoers enjoy carnival games and rides at the
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Festivalgoers enjoy carnival games and rides at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Hundreds attended the first night of the annual
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Hundreds attended the first night of the annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Festivalgoers enjoy carnival games and rides at the
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Festivalgoers enjoy carnival games and rides at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Festivalgoers ride the bumper cars at the 5th
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Festivalgoers ride the bumper cars at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Nicolas Schillings, 9, from California, (front) rides the
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Nicolas Schillings, 9, from California, (front) rides the merry-go-round with friend John Colvin, 4, of Bethpage, at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Anna Mathew, 4, of Syosset, rode the mini
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Anna Mathew, 4, of Syosset, rode the mini boat ride at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Festivalgoers enjoy casino games at the 5th annual
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Festivalgoers enjoy casino games at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Sister Pat O'Connell, 72, prepares food at the
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Sister Pat O'Connell, 72, prepares food at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

The Our Lady of Mercy Family Festival which
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

The Our Lady of Mercy Family Festival which kicked off Wednesday night and runs until Sunday is dedicated in memory of Sister Jacqueline Walsh, 59, who was fatally struck in a hit-and-run as she walked along Rose Hill Road on July 9. The Bronx native was a beloved figure at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Syosset, where she served as pastoral associate for nine years. Before that, she worked for six years as a teacher and campus minister at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, a Catholic girls high school in Syosset. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Christopher Leone, 11, (left) and his brother Thomas,
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Christopher Leone, 11, (left) and his brother Thomas, 9, of Plainview ride the ferris wheel at the 5th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mercy Summer Fair in Hicksville. (Aug. 1, 2012)

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