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Viva La Fiesta at St Bernadette’s, Castle Hill

Viva La Fiesta at St Bernadette’s, Castle Hill
St Bernadette’s Castle Hill parishioners were treated to a variety of international cuisines at Viva La Fiesta.

Catholic Outlook, June 2010

The community of St Bernadette’s Parish, Castle Hill came together on Pentecost Sunday to celebrate the Year for Priests in a unique and enjoyable social event, which truly reflected the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Pope Benedict XVI declared the Year for Priests from 19 June 2009 to 19 June 2010.

The Parish Pastoral Council, with the assistance of some very talented and generous parishioners, organised a community gathering on the parish grounds to enjoy a Food Fiesta and Family Fun afternoon.

The occasion, headlined ‘Viva La Fiesta’, was an opportunity for parishioners to sample a variety of fine international cuisines, including Indian, Filipino, Dutch, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, South African, Irish and Mauritian gastronomic masterpieces as well as the good old Aussie BBQ and homemade sweets and pastries.

The festivities included cultural entertainment provided by school orchestras and bands from St Bernadette’s Primary, Oak Hill College, and Mount St Benedict’s College.

The program featured talented young performers from local dance schools: Julie Melrose Dance School, Tammy Worth and her Worthwhile Kids, and The Kathryn Higgins Irish Dance School.

The St Bernadette’s LifeTeen ‘musos’ featured throughout the Fiesta, playing a selection of traditional pop and folk songs.

The Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council, Monica O’Callahan, said the council felt that a Fiesta with its international flavour was an appropriate way for parishioners to show their appreciation for the great work done by parish priest Fr John Boyle and assistant priest Fr Eugene Szondi.

“The Fiesta was an opportunity to bring together the parish family in a spirit of friendship and festivity, particularly at Pentecost,” she said.

The Parish Youth Minister, Luke Hackett, said children of all ages enjoyed a rich variety of food flavours that they wouldn’t normally experience at home.

“They were able to participate in some old-fashioned family picnic games such as Tug ‘o’ War, Boot Throwing, Egg & Spoon and Sack Races.”

Luke said the younger parishioners, who were the future of the parish, really got into the Face Painting and games like Twister and News Paper Dress Up.

Fr John, although admitting he could not speak in many tongues as the apostles had done on the first Pentecost, thanked the organisers and attendees on behalf of himself and Fr Eugene for the celebrations for the Year for Priests.

He said he was encouraged and humbled by the enthusiasm and gratitude that parishioners had shown for their pastoral work.

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