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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Feast Day Celebrations: St. Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua, 6/13/2017

Happy Feast Day, St. Anthony of Padua! And congratulations to all fellow-devotees of this most wondrous of Saints (learn more about him by clicking here).

St. Anthony of Padua,
our beloved Patron,
pray for us!
Tonight, our parish of St. Anthony of Padua Church celebrated the feast of our illustrious patron in the usual awesome manner - first with a meaningful Mass and a relic-veneration service... followed by a big potluck party, as only our Kailua residents can do it - with lots and lots of diverse ethnic food, and family-friendly fun and entertainment!

I can't express enough how much I enjoy this particular annual parish celebration because it's almost like going to a Baby Luau or a wedding. I run into friends I haven't seen in a while and we all get the chance to catch up and re-bond... and even make new friends.  So not only do we get blessed in the spiritual sense, but we also get blessed in the social sense through the fellowship and joy that's shared within our faith community; a feeling of belonging or, as we locals like to call it - "Ohana"... and tonight's Feast Day celebration was no different.  It was just a great night and a fitting way to honor our Saint, who we are so proud of. Again, congratulations, St. Anthony... hope you enjoyed our celebration for you!


Above-Left:  Our priest, Fr. Exse, prays a healing blessing over the congregation, as our parish's 1st Class [bone] Relic of St. Anthony is displayed on the altar.  Above-Right:  Immediately after, people lined up to kiss and venerate the relic of our Patron Saint (click on each photo to view larger images).

Above Video:  This is how my island parish celebrates a Feast Day... with
beautiful Hawaiian music and impromptu hula dancers.  Beautiful!

Below Video:  And because we have three priests, all from the Philippines,
they couldn't let the night pass without representing the Filipino culture,
as well, with their own traditional dance.

... until next year's celebration, St. Anthony of Padua, pray and watch over us!

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