About 30 parish teens waited tables, and the other children, which must have totaled 50, had a separate dining room. Twenty-seven tables with six at a table equals 162, plus chef and cook staff, a baker, organizers, three of our priests, one visiting priest, Father Akers, and one seminarian, Jacob.
Father Curtis revealed a statue of St. Joseph, which will be restored by parish artists and placed when the church expansion is finished.
One of my new friends is originally from Herzegovina, capital Mostar. He served as a marine for his home country and the USA.
There are over 150 parishes and missions in the Sacramento Diocese, which covers 20 counties, a very big chunk of Northern California, and I am told that we are the fasting-growing and most successful parish when it comes to fundraising, charitable donations, and evangelization. I am not bragging, because it has nothing to do with me. I say it to illustrate the strength of traditional Catholicism and the difference it has made in my life.