The St. John Bosco celebration is becoming an annual tradition and the 2017 party was very successful. The feast of St. John falls on Tuesday, January 31, but we celebrated a couple of days early to accommodate parishioners and especially our youth.
As with recent years, Fathers David and Crager joined forces to provide a great party; and to showcase the work the Salesian Missions do in Florida and other areas. The celebration started with 10:00 Sunday Mass at St. Francis and then members of both parishes moved to the Parish Hall. At the hall, our youth group and Knights of Columbus served pizza, drinks and then .... ICE CREAM! Our older youth assisted with getting ice cream into the bowls—and then everyone created their own artistic delight by adding syrups, sprinkles, peanuts and whipped cream. Several colorful, small faces were testament to how good that stuff was!!!
The feast of St. John Bosco will be celebrated on Sunday, January 29 (Parish Youth Day). The celebration begins with 10:00 Mass at St. Francis, followed by pizza and ice cream at the parish hall. All youth from both parishes are expected to attend, along with their parents. All parishioners from both parishes are invited.
Founder of the Salesian Society, John Bosco was born to poor parents near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy, in August of 1815. His father died when he was two, and much of his education came from his mother and a parish priest. At age nine he dreamed of a life dedicated to the education of young people. On becoming a priest in 1841, he chose as his life's work: "Da mihi animas cetera tolle" ("Give me souls, take all the rest" Gen. 14: 21). He began his apostolate among poor young people with the founding of the Oratory, which he placed under the patronage of St. Francis of Sales. He led young people to Christ through his educational style, pastoral practices and a strong determination in the face of many hardships.
When he passed away on January 31, 1888, Pope John Paul II proclaimed him Father and Teacher of Youth. He was canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934.
The 2017 Council 760 Free Throw Contest was held on Sunday, January 22. In spite of cold, wet, windy weather we had a good turnout of youth. Eight local, first-place contestants are eligible to compete in the K of C District Contest on February 5th:
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