As members arrived, they were welcomed by the ministry leaders representing their group at individual booths. Ministries included: Encuentro Matrimonial, Food Pantry, Moviemiento Familiar Cristiano, Catholics of African Descent, Youth and Religious Education, and “Kapamilya” Filipino Ministry to name a few. Each offered different types of food, games and prizes for all ages.
The Sacred Heart Filipino Choir and friends performed a Broadway musical directed by Raul Cancio, titled “Excerpt-A-Show” Broadway in Concert. The performance, with participation from students at the parish school, Filipino Ministry, Filipino Choir and friends, entertained and awed the audience in a style for all ages to enjoy.
Following the performance, the Hispanic ministry also had the opportunity to represent their culture with music and dance. As a live band played, Sacred Heart parishioners showed their dance moves to the Spanish-flavored songs. In addition, the Hispanic Ministry also entertained with Aztec and Folkloric performances. Representing the Catholics of African Decent Ministry and culture, Father Ben and Father Joachim Lechukwn sang boisterously some spirit-moved African songs in appreciation and gratitude for God’s work in the life of the people of Sacred Heart parish community.
Another important aspect of the event was the raffle, which benefited the church building fund titled “Kingdom Campaign.” Festival attendees were invited to buy a $10 ticket and have their name entered in the acclaimed “Car or $15,000” Raffle. Toward the end of the event, Father Ben, with excitement, picked out the Grand prize winner along with four other winners.
The festival allowed for a community-filled event held for a good cause— our beloved church. It was a great way to bring parishioners together. Under the leadership of the Festival Committee and with help from the ministry leaders, parish staff and priests, the festival brought the community to a closer bond and a successful Feast Day celebration. It is sure to take place again next year.