In early May 2019 the Diocese of San Jose held the 49th annual “Saint Pius the X Awards Banquet” at the Villa Ragusa in Campbell.
Supporting Catechetical Ministry in our own parishes we show our appreciation of our hard working catechists.
These men and women intentionally dedicate their lives to spreading the Gospel to children, youth, young adults, RCIA, music ministry, Sacrament preparation, and much more.
The program consisted of a delicious dinner followed by awards going to many of volunteer catechists within the DSJ Churches that joined in the event this year.
All awards were presented by our new Bishop Oscar Cantu. Bishop Patrick McGrath and many parish priests were in the audience.
Father Gabriel and Joan Schenck joined in the celebration and are very proud to say that the following parishioners were honored:
Grace Triunfante and Lisa Koen both received a five year award for all their work with “The Children’s Liturgy of the Word” program on Sundays at the 9:30 am Mass.
The 25 year award was presented to former professional teacher, Linda Brady, who finds it is a rewarding experience to bring children towards a closer relationship with God. An original Red Barner, making her Sacraments here, Linda enjoys giving back to SFC parish children.
Special recognition for 35 years award was presented to four of our Cabrini volunteer catechists. John and Jennifer Donnelly can be seen and heard weekly at the Saturday
5:00 PM Mass, Sunday 9:30 AM Mass, plus Praise and Worship on First Fridays, Masses for funerals, First Communions, Confirmations, weddings and much more. Together they lead their family in music ministry and with other musicians and singers year after year.
Donna Tkach has taught Baptism Preparation classes for 21 years, followed by teaching RCIA, and currently preparing older children for first communion. Donna also led adult Bible studies for 35 years and still does. She loves informing both children and adults of the wonders of the Catholic Faith.
Margie Schillage, another Red Barner, enjoys teaching her 5th grade students and feels that they have such an innate love for God. She has a wonderful gift of spreading the
Good News to her students and feels a strong connection that manifests after class feeling touched by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Truly, St. Frances Cabrini has been blessed with these hard working, faith-filled Catholics giving their best to our parish children, teens and adults.
For more on the SFC Religious Education Program see https://sfcabrini.org/ministries/religious-education/