The annual springtime tradition at Holy Family Community in Inverness was re-imagined this year with great success. This year's Gala supported all of the learning initiatives that are part of the core mission of the thriving Catholic parish. According to Fr. Terry Keehan, Pastor, "One of the ways we maintain the vibrancy of our community is through our commitment to life-long and life-wide learning."
The community is proud of the quality educational programs Holy Family offers, as evidenced by the record crowd of almost 440 at Saturday night's event. The inter-generational crowd reflected the wide net cast by the educational programs at Holy Family. "This Gala supported out nationally recognized Academy, and our unique Family Faith, Teen Faith and Adult Faith programs," stated Rosemary Geisler, Parish Manager. One table in particular stood out as representing all of the learning initiatives that take place at Holy Family.
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Mr. and Mrs. Pat Molohan became active in the parish when it was first formed in the mid-1980's. One of the attractions to the then-new parish was the adult education programs. "The learning never really stops," stated Pat, now a grandfather of 9. Seated with them were daughter, Colleen, and her husband Sandy Sandquist whose daughters were active in the Family Faith and Teen Faith programs. Also at the table were another daughter, Courtney and her husband, Dennis Bond. Both Courtney and Dennis grew up attending Holy Family's teen programs while at Fremd High School. Now, they send their two sons to Holy Family Academy. "This one table represents three generations of Holy Family learners and clearly embodies our mission to pass our faith down from generation to generation," states Fr. Keehan.
Perhaps Dennis Bond said it best, "Holy Family is a true community of faith where we support each other as we learn and grow together."