Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista at Battery Park

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Celebrate the 57th year of the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist Festival)
1-6:30 p.m. Sunday
Battery Park in Manhattan
This year's "La Medalla" will go to Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, an author, theologian and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He is former president of La Universidad Pontifica de Puerto Rico. He is the author of "God at the Ritz: Attraction to Infinity."
The event kicks off with a Spanish Mass celebrated by Father Eric P. Cruz, pastor of the Christ the King Church, the Bronx.
The program also includes entertainment. Jose Alberto (El Canario) y su Orquesta, Wayne Gorbea's Salsa Picante and El Trio Los Platinos.
There will also be artisan kiosks and typical foods on sale.
This marks the 57th anniversary of the Comite de la Fiesta de San Juan Bautista, an nonprofit organization. This committee is the longest serving Hispanic ministry in the Archdiocese of New York.
The Committee also has other programs, including la Gran Fiesta Anual y la Fiesta de las Octavitas.
To help support the work of the Committee, you are welcome to make a $10 donation and mail to Comite Fiesta de San Juan Bautista, Hispanic Affairs, Archdiocese of New York, 1011 First Avenue, Suite 1753, NY, NY  10022. Your name would be included in the committee's future programs with your donation.

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of St. John the Baptist at the Cathedral in Old San Juan, P.R.)

Happy St. John the Baptist!
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