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Friends of FAAWIS Simbang Gabi 2013

by Maria Gonzales Tilistyak

The Friends of FAAWIS Simbang Gabi was held on Friday, December 20, 2013 at St. Alphonsus Church in Greendale, WI with Fr. Augustin Jojo Orosa as the presiding priest. It was the 6th night of the nine-day series of masses held in anticipation of the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. Approximately 190 people attended. Food and fellowship followed the mass celebration.
     Thank you to the talented choir under the direction of Mr. Leo Vitangcol and Mrs. Josefina Gardinier for the beautiful music and songs and to the children who brought poinsettias and candles up to the altar. Thank you also, to Melinda Rivera for preparing most of the food for the fellowship and to Angeli Camara, Jaime Soriano, and Apolonio Ortiguera of the Filipino Catholic Ministry. A very special thanks to the following who helped sponsor this event by donating food and/or money: Drs. Ruben & Jessica Romero, Ed Bustos & Dr. Alice Bustos, Dr. Jaime & Ofelia Yamat, Clarita Gonzales, Jake & Zen Edralin, David & Cristy Schuenke, Dr. Leslie Gimenez-Fernandez and Eric Fernandez, Digna Gabriel, Dr. & Mrs. Serafin Montalbo, Linda Ramos, Fely Yumang, Maria Salomon-Yumang, Jona Rillorta, Ellen Gresen and Joyce Coury.
     Your participation and generosity keeps this long cherished Filipino Catholic tradition of Simbang Gabi alive in our community. Additionally, Friends of FAAWIS donated several bags of food to the St. Alphonsus Food Pantry.
     It has been a great honor to coordinate the Friends of FAAWIS Simbang Gabi these past three years. Maraming salamat po!
     If you would like to help or donate to the Friends of FAAWIS Simbang Gabi 2014, please contact Amy Schemenauer at 414-208-1198 or putingpinay@gmail.com, or, Joyce Coury at 414-526-7201 or joyce.coury8@gmail.com.

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