We were founded in 1864. So this year, we are celebrating our 150th Jubilee Year!
Our theme is:
Celebrating Open Doors, Open Hearts - 1864-2014
Nuestra parroquia fue fundada en 1864, y este año estamos celebrando nuestro 150 Aniversario!
Celebrando a Puertas Abiertas y Corazones Abiertos - 1864-2014
Feast of St. Willebrord
The final event celebrating our 150th Anniversary.
Friday, November 7, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 pm – reception
6:30 – 7:30 pm – dinner
7:30 – 11:30 pm – dance (music by Chad Przybylski)
Adults Only. $10 per person for dinner.
Make check payable to St. Willebrord Parish
Dance Only – Free admission after 8:00pm
Questions – call Judy 655-1567
RSVP and payment due no later than October 31st
Fiesta de St. Willebrord
Ultima Celebración de Ntro. 150 Aniversario
Viernes 7 De Noviembre, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 pm – recepción
6:30 – 7:30 pm – cena
7:30 – 11:30 pm – baile (Música por Chad Przybylski)
Adultos solamente. $10 por persona para la cena.
Haga su cheque pagable a St. Willebrord Parish
BAILE SOLAMENTE – Admisión gratis a partir de las 8:00pm.
Preguntas – llame a Cruz 435-2016
Pago requerido con su reservación.
Fecha límite para reservaciones: 31 de Octubre
St Willibrord was born in Northumbria in 658. Willibrord grew up under the influence of St Wilfrid, bishop of York, who preferred the Roman practice to Celtic church characteristics. At age twenty, Willibrord was irresistibly drawn toward Ireland, where he was ordained priest. Willibrord was filled with the spirit of "peregrinatio," the mystic desire of renouncing an earthly home in order to preach the gospel to heathen peoples. In 690, he went to the European mainland with 11 companions to bring the Christian faith to the people of Frisians who had so far resisted evangelization.
Willibrord was lavishly endowed with estates by the Frankish nobility so that he could build many churches and monasteries. Thus Willibrord was able to found a monastery in Echternach—where he liked to retire to prepare his missionary expeditions to restless Frisia and as far as Denmark and Thuringia.
Before he died at 81, he had organized his succession and allotted his rich possessions. On his 70th birthday, he made a note in the margin of his calendar about the most important dates of his missionary activity and concluded with the dictum, "in Dei nomine feliciter," which expresses his unflinching faith in God. He died November 7, 739 and, according to his wish, he was buried in Echternach.
The renown and veneration of the saint grew considerably in European monasteries and churches on this side of the Alps. Willibrord wells and springs, which skirted his missionary routes and proved great baptizing locations, were visited by the people to solicit the healing of various nervous diseases—especially of children. A great number of parish churches in Belgium, the Netherlands, and along the Lower Rhine have been dedicated to St Willibrord to this day. Faithfulness to their patron saint is proved by pilgrimages to Echternach and participation in the Dancing Procession. This religious event survives to this day thanks to its uniqueness. It takes place every year on Whit Tuesday and attracts thousands of participants and spectators who honor the memory of a saint of really European dimension who is often called the apostle of the BENELUX countries.
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