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Parish Fiesta: raffle tickets for sale…5 bucks a piece…

The most awaited day of the year in St. James is around the corner. By that, I mean, Parish Fiesta, a fun-filled day providing food and entertainment, promising friendship and love, lots of it, in almost all ages but especially to those who’d want to be part of this wonderful occasion. It’s like Disneyland at your doorsteps, Coolidge version. Can you get anything better than that? Absolutely, yes. In fact, it’s really nothing compared to the one in Anaheim. We hope to generate…uhm…funds…perhaps, more than the desired number, to pay off the debt before the end of the fiscal year…that’s a target. Then, start working on the # 2 spot in the priority list, the renovation of the parish rectory, that nice solid red brick bungalow right next to the church and needs updating.  

Rectory
Rectory
As the new Priest in town (well, not anymore, it’s over 6 months and should’ve relinquished that title), I’m excited as ever and hoping that everything turns out well: slides and fun games for kids, myself included, food, live music, beer garden, raffle and coronation, among others. I’d like to thank, in advance, the Fiesta Committee for putting a lot of time and effort, a plum and everyone involved especially the many individuals working behind the scenes together with the various donors and sponsors who have generously supported and contributed through the years their (Time, Talent and Treasure, working in progress) for this important event in our parish.
As it draws nearer and as preparations intensify, not to mention the weekly meetings held at the K of C quarters, ads posted in a number of business establishments in town and perhaps, out and raffle tickets sold at incredibly low price five for $20, a tiny fraction of the cost of shopping trips, I’m confident it’s going to be a blast. In the past, it was done in October but starting last year, was moved to February presumably, for a better weather condition and more significantly, the winter visitors are here, which is exactly the reason why they’ve escaped a frigid temperature, join and party with fellow Catholics. Lol.
By the way, it’s the biggest fundraiser of the year that’s why I put numbers. But as always, I pray that the volunteers’ efforts will be sustained by the grace and power of God for his Greater Glory, for the benefit of the church and the salvation of the souls. Amen.

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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