Our 2nd Annual NeighborFest was a huge success! 200+ people came together for a joyous day of fellowship in the Valley Park Community. Thanks be to God!
Three pastors in the area participated in the ceremony, along with Major-President Sharon Weston Broome came and presented certificates of appreciation to 10 “Living Legends" - Valley Park residents who are 90 years or older and have lived and raised their families in the area.
A Capella soloists from the community came and sang the National Anthem and How Great Thou Art. The KCs did a delicious job on grilling hundreds and hundreds of hamburgers and hot dogs! St. Aloysius Parishioners made over 300 cookies! 27 bikes were donated and given away! The Girl Scouts made and gave away 20 cakes! Face painting and bubbles and Brec on The Geaux for the children, The BR Sheriff’s office and DJ for dancing, Ice cream, snow cones, lemonade, etc. etc. etc. !
Our SVDP conference gave away books, spiritual bracelets, and prayer cards! A very special thanks to fellow Vincentians who were there to spread the joy: Jonelle Thompson, Michelle Carrier, Aeli Poydras, Paul Coreil, Johnny Dunaway, Charlie Abboud, Gene Gomez, Dela Jakub Wood and special friend, Aaron. A special thanks to Connie Planche for coordinating the cookie drive.
The Valley Park Community presented St. Aloysius with a plaque of appreciation which referenced Mathew 22-36-40. Love thy neighbor as thyself vs. 39. Miss Green’s daughter, Melissa Green Fowler, presented the plaque. Mr. and Mrs. Green, owners of Owen’s Grocery and Deli, along with their daughters, grandchildren, and longstanding employee of Owen's grocery, Miss Valencia, were all present. They are such a beautiful and inspiring family who work together every day to serve the community.
St. Aloysius Catholic Church and our St. Aloysius SVdP Conference are absolute amazing grace! Let us continue to serve together to build God’s kingdom here on Earth!