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May 17, 2011 > Holy Spirit Church celebrates 125 years

Holy Spirit Church celebrates 125 years

Submitted By Michael Cordeniz

On Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, Holy Spirit Parish will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a traditional Holy Spirit Festival. The Festival was first celebrated in 1887, in thanksgiving of the parish's first year and in honor of its namesake.

The weekend celebration begins Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with international food booths, live entertainment, casino and sports games, games of chance and a raffle continuing throughout the weekend.

On Sunday, May 22, a procession at 11:30 a.m. featuring courts of honor, parish ministries, civic groups, vintage vehicles, and local musicians marches down Fremont Boulevard to the entrance of the church. A solemn High Mass at 12:30 p.m. will be celebrated culminating with Pastor, Father Mathew Vellankal, crowning Miss Catherine Bradshaw as Holy Spirit Festival Queen. Festivities end with a raffle at 5 p.m.

Catherine is the daughter of Chuck and Suzanne Bradshaw, and granddaughter of long-time parishioners Linda and Bob Fuchslin. Catherine is honored to be this year's festival queen as Holy Spirit Parish celebrates 125 years of service to the community of the Centerville District of Fremont. Catherine's first side maid is Nicolette Herbert Gacusan, second side maid is Rachel Adamson, and honor maid is Kelsey Reynolds.

A traditional Novena will be held nightly Friday, June 3 through Saturday, June 11. On June 12, Pentecost Sunday, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will preside at the 5 p.m. Mass in honor of Holy Spirit Parish.

You are invited to visit Holy Spirit's website at for further information.

Holy Spirit Festival
Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 797-1660

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