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Parish picnic unites

The following story will appear in the September 8 Idaho Catholic Register.

Fathers Osorio and Segert celebrate “Mass in the Grass.” (Photo courtesy of John Ysursa)

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist hosted a parish picnic in Veteran’s Park on August 27. It began with “Mass in the Grass,” celebrated by Fr. Germán Osorio and Father Tim Segert, and ended with a ministry fair and potluck!

“As Fr. Osorio noted in his homily last Sunday, we didn’t have a contingency plan in case it rained -- except run! Fortunately, the only noise in the sky was the air show planes, and we had great weather,” said John Ysursa, parishioner at St. John the Evangelist parish. Ysursa added, “At the Cathedral, we have a vibrant Hispanic Ministry that complements our English language ministry, and we endeavor to have periodic ‘bridge events’ to bring together our communities.” The parish brought back an event from years ago, the parish picnic, to be another bi-lingual bridge event.

Father Osorio with the St. John the Evangelist Dancers at the August 27 parish picnic in Veteran s Park. (Photo courtesy of Father Osorio)

Ysursa said, “Catholic literally means universal, and while the Catholic Church is global, it all has to begin at the local level. These shared celebrations at St. John’s parish are ways, as Father Osorio said in his homily during the Mass, ‘to be united in a single purpose, as a community, as a family.’”

The picnic began with a bi-lingual Mass, followed by a potluck picnic. Music, dance, entertainment, and a ministry fair for parishioners were also part of the event. Father Osorio wanted all parishioners of St. John’s to know how thankful he is for their participation and involvement with this beautiful event, and he looks forward to the next one!

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