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Holy Trinity Cherry welcomes IV Filipino community to first Filipino Mass, potluck

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 1:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 1:07 p.m. CDT
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Father Patrick Fixsen and the Holy Trinity Cherry stewardship team sponsored and held the first authentic Filipino Mass for the Illinois Valley area and a potluck.

CHERRY — Father Patrick Fixsen and the Holy Trinity Cherry stewardship team continued its efforts to “evangelize by example,” “reaching to strangers” by sponsoring and holding the first authentic Filipino Mass for the Illinois Valley area this past spring.

More than 100 people of Filipino descent and other guests and church members attended the Mass in May. Father Anthony Bernas of Rock Island, originally from Capiz Arch Diocese in the Philippines, delivered the Mass. A choir from Rock Island, lead by Dr. James Sales, played and sang traditional Filipino hymns.

A traditional Filipino potluck, complete with “Lechon” (smoked pig), was held at the church hall following. A second Mass and potluck is planned for 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Holy Trinity Cherry/Cherry church hall. Those of Filipino descent from around the Illinois Valley are all invited to attend, plus anyone else from the area who would enjoy seeing the Mass, music and festivities.

The Mass will be given by Father Joel Lopez of Wonder Lake and Sales’ choir will again be there. The Mass will also be broadcast live around the world on the Internet via the Holy Trinity website, www.CherryHolyTrinity.org.

For more information, contact Thess Griengo Hewitt at 413-358-3519 or thess39@yahoo.com or Malou Perra at 916-478-1248 or maloumandal@yahoo.com.

Cherry is located seven miles north of LaSalle/Peru on the Plank Road exit off of Route 80, five miles north of Route 80 at the Ladd/Route 89 exit, and 15 miles southwest of Mendota on Route 89.

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