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Our Lady of the Mountains Parish held its first church picnic this past Saturday at the Veterans' Memorial Park in Sierra Vista. All of the school families who aren't members of the parish were also invited. A great time with great food was had by all.
After the picnic lunch was enjoyed, the dunk tank, again rented from the Army Fort, was put into action.
I had the perfect opportunity I had been waiting for. So with only one ball I took a very good aim and threw as hard as this farmer's daughter could and BAM!! It hit the target and to the pastor's surprise he went down. I think many people were shocked that I had such good aim and enjoyed the fact that the principal dunked the pastor, Fr.Ariel. Fr. Ariel, being the good sport he is, got back up for another dunking as he hardly sat long in the seat the first time.
I had several good swings and got the pinata down and then hit it again and again to open up the candy.
After the pinata it was 2:00pm and time for clean up and there were plenty of helpers.
That evening, Sisters Anna and Mary Ann and myself journeyed over to St. Andrew's Parish for the 5:00pm Mass. They had the Filipino celebration for the first Filipino saint - St. Lorenzo Ruiz. Fr. Greg Adolph, the pastor, invited our pastor, Fr. Ariel Lustan, who is from the Philippines, to be the celebrant and Fr. Greg assisted him. The Filipino choir sang and did several of the songs in their native tongue. It reminded me of Hawaii where there is also a large contingent of Filipinos and every 3rd Sunday of the month the songs at Mass were sung in their native language.
Monday, it is to school and we hear a presentation from a real cowboy to get the students started for the Cochise County Cowboy Poetry Contest- a very big event. In the afternoon, we will hear from Fr. Silas, a priest from Nepal who will talk about his life. He was Hindu and then became a Catholic and a priest.