Religious Ed Students Give $460 to Mexican Mission, May 2015
The 140 students of St. Patrick’s Religious Education were given mite boxes at the beginning of Lent, to be filled with sacrificial offerings for the foreign missions.
Thank you to the 118 students who returned the mite boxes with $460 and to director Rosa Gomez, who coordinated the project. The Society of the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese of Brooklyn, which provides the mite boxes, allows participating parishes to earmark the funds to a mission of its choice, provided that the money is used for service of children. Mrs. Gomez and I have decided to give the $460 to Apoyo a la Formacion a los Ninos Miztecos, a unique educa- tional program administered by Father Giovanni Manco, a PIME missionary from Italy, at Señora del Carmen Parish in La Concordia in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, about 180 miles inland from the city of Acapulco.
Apoyo is an afterschool and weekend program which serves more than 200 children between the ages of 6 and 15. The indigenous children need tutoring and extra classes in Spanish because they speak only Mizteco, an Indian dialect, at home. The public schools they attend in the area conduct all classes in Spanish, and the Mizteco children have difficulty learning in classes conducted in a second language, Spanish, with which they have limited ability. The teachers of Apoyo are volunteers, but Father Giovanni told me he needs the funds to help pay for school supplies and other costs. Envelopes are available in the vestibules for parishioners who would like to contribute to Apoyo.
St. Patrick’s/St. Valentine’s Dance
The St. Patrick’s and St. Valentine’s Dinner Dance at Riccardo’s by the Bridge on Sat., Feb. 7, netted $5780 for our parish. Congratulations to Sister Owen, CSJ who won the 50/50 prize of $465. Many thanks to the members of the Fundraising and Social Events Committee for their hard work in creating such a successful event. All 138 attendees loved it!
Santo Niño de Cebu Celebration
The Filipino Apostolate’s annual Mass and celebration of the Santo Niño de Cebu on Sun., Feb. 1 netted $6865 for the parish ($1785 from the raffle; $5080 in donations from sponsors and money received in the collection.) Many thanks to the apostolate for its generous and faithful support of St. Patrick’s.
Our Lady of Nube Food Sales
The Committee of Our Lady of Nube raised $1002 in its two food sales in the Parish Hall—$432 on Jan. 11 and $570 on Feb. 8. Thank you to Manuel Saavedra and the committee for their loyal and generous support of our parish.
Thanks to Janet Adler, lifelong loyal parishioner of St. Patrick’s, the Dec. 14th Christmas Luncheon at Riccardo’s by the Bridge raised $1040 for St. Patrick’s. Thank you, Janet.
Festival Cultural/ Cultural Festival
“El dia domingo Junio 30, despues de la misa de 10:30 am El Festival Cultural abrio sus puertas a las 11:30 dando asi oportunidad a que toda la gente de la iglesia y el resto de la comunidad deguste de las deliciosas comidas de diferentes paises dentro del evento, El Festival Cultural tuvo talleres para niños y adultos aprendiendo a pintar con cafe. Se tuvo una exposicion de arte en cafe, lapiz y demas pinturas con famosos artistas. El ambiente muy de fiesta. Tambien tuvimos caritas pintadas para niños, piñatas para los pequeños y adultos. Juegos para los padres e hijos y el resto del publico. Se presentaron muchos cantantes y musicos, grupos folkloricos de diferentes paises, hubo mucho baile, los postres riquisimos tales como pastel de tres leches con fresa. Fue un domingo lleno de alegria e union familial. Con el apoyo de la iglesia pudimos realizar este evento. Este fue el primer año, y año tras año se repetira este Festival Cultural. Con todo lo recaudado en el evento se usara en dar mejores servicios y apoyo junto a la organizacion Brandworkers en defender los derechos de los trabajadores, en tener un trabajo digno y justo. Las familias de los trabajadores estan felices de toda la gente que ha apoyado y asistido a este evento, trayendo a su familia y haber pasado un hermoso dia.
On Sunday June 30th, after the 10:30am Mass the cultural festival opened its doors to give the opportunity to the whole parish and the community to try the delicious food from different countries that were showcased in the event. The festival had workshops for kids and adults alike, learning to paint using coffee. There were showcases of the art pieces created with the coffee, pencil, and the work of professional artists. We also had face painting (for kids), and piñatas for both the big kids (adults) and smaller kids. We had games for parents to play with their children and experience the value of family. We presented many singers, and folkloric groups. With the help of the church we were able to make this event possible. This was our first time doing the cultural festival and we will continue to make this event yearly as the community of St Patricks Church comes and join us. All funds that were collected are to be used to provide better service in the organization Brandworkers. An organization that defend workers rights so they have a just work environment. The family of the workers are so happy and appreciate those who came to this event, bringing their families and having a good time with them. ”
Contact Information: Organizadores del Festival Cultural
Azucena Fukusaki y Richard Merino
Para mas informacion de futuros eventos culturales enviar un email a: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cultural Festival Organizers: Azucena Fukusaki & Richard Merino For more information about future Cultural Events please send an email to email@example.com
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