Once again Pope John XXIII parish was blessed with a wonderful, beautiful day for our Annual Community Picnic Sunday August 9. Around 450 people enjoyed great food, activities for children, including bouncy houses, a Bubble show, face painting, music and 15 classic cars to review. Numerous people from the neighborhood who came in response to the parish invitation also commented on the welcoming spirit of the parish. Through the leadership of the Evangelization Committee the day has become more than just a parish picnic. It has become an opportunity to reach out to others in the area and invite and welcome them to our community. The beautiful day was provided by the Lord but everything else was made possible by the generous work and effort of almost 50 volunteers.
Our special thanks to Len Gass, chairperson, Mary LaMacchia, who arranged for all the publicity and volunteers: Joan Wells, Sharon Hambrecht, Damir Klapan, John & Mary Kay Schramm, Ted Emmanuel, Selina Lazarus, Jim & Cheri Putnam, Ed Mott, Eileen Holodak, Mikayla Perry, Margi Lawrence, Gregg & Wanda Salem, Kevin McLaughlin, Sam Spadaro, Mary Patrick, Genevieve Pieniazek, Mychal Emmanuel, Frank & Pat Dober, Abby Hope, Elizabeth Gass, Rosie Petrella, Ralph & Joan Jahnige, Tim & Michelle Callahan, John McMakin & grandson Dawson, John Schaffer, Marcus Niessen, Don & Pat Mac Laughlin, Jeanne Rhodehamel, Jean Kwasigroch, Joe Fontanella, Mary & Joe LaMacchia, Frank Sylvester, Rick Beiswenger, Len Gass, Dawn Marie Rau, Frank Stancato, and David & Rosemary Morgan.