HFGS: Voted BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL in 2017 Best of Glendale

HFGS: Voted BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL in 2017 Best of Glendale

Fr. Jim Bevacqua (Pastor) and Dr. Fidela Suelto (GS Principal) accept with great honor and joy the accomplishment award from The Glendale News Press and the LA Times. 

The list of Glendale’s Best of 2017 will be published on December 3rd, 2018! 

The school administration and members of the GS faculty are very grateful to ALL of you – our families, students, members of the Clergy, Staff, PTO and CSB Boards, HFCC, BVM Sisters, Department of Catholic Schools, and all the other communities surrounding the Glendale area for making Holy Family Grade School the best private school this year. This news is phenomenal!

Congratulations, Holy Family Grade School! Voted BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL the second time!

 “The votes are in and the readers of the Glendale News-Press have voted Holy Family Grade School as the Best of Glendale in 2017.”  By Daniel Cervantes, LA Times

 “The entire school faculty, office staff, assistants, students, Clergy, and parents are to be credited for us receiving this honorable distinguished award. Let’s make a 3rd time in 2018.” By Dr. Steve Benedict, PTO Board Parliamentarian and Mr. Tony Makhoul, PTO Board President


“Giddy up! Roundup of the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Country Fair!”

“Giddy up!  Roundup of the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Country Fair!”by Katharine Monahan Huntley

Where to begin . . . truth be told, at the end of last year’s fabulous fiesta, the Holy Family Country Fair committee immediately hunkered down to imagine and engineer what could make the October 28th and 29th festivities a stratospheric success!  Supported by Holy Family Catholic Church pastor, Father James Bevaqua, leadership for the PFC consisted of Holy Family Grade School principal, Dr. Fidela Suelto, Parent/Teacher Organization president, Mr. Tony Makhoul, Country Fair core advisor, Mr. Chris Alejo, parliamentarian, Dr. Steve Benedict, and Deacon Ron Baker of Holy Family Catholic Church.  Deacon Ron commented words to the effect that a key aspect to keeping it fresh, was to open up the event to all families in Glendale—focusing on activities and attractions to appeal to all who live in our gorgeous Glendale community!

On Saturday, the opening ceremonies commenced with prayers, the flag salute, and a welcome from Chief Robert Castro of the Glendale Police Department and Battalion Chief Cody Smith of the Glendale Fire Department, as well as honorary guests from the city of Glendale.  Blessed with sunshine and cool breezes, the heavenly tang of Filipino barbeque and burgers wafted through the air; fair cuisine and refreshments also included Mediterranean delicacies, muy caliente Mexican food, and “Hot dog!”— good ‘ol American fare.  The Wine and Beer Garden was the spot for raconteurs, such as our emcee Dr. Steve Benedict—former catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers—to pause and refresh.

5th grade student Evelyn Samija was proud to sell her “made from scratch” chocolate cupcake wares at the “Bake Booth,” and Raffi’s Catering (Pasadena) provided a delectable dinner, as well as a beautiful belly dancer to keep diners entertained during the evening shindig.

Easy like a Sunday morning . . . Sausage and Pancake breakfasts were served with smiles to the throngs of community members, church goers, and the occasional celebrity!  Alumni cheered school faculty and staff with news of college and career prospects!

To trill and to thrill, DJ sounds filled the air, and song & dance musical numbers from TK through 8th wowed the crowd; even “America’s Got Talent” made the grade—think magic tricks!  “A+” goings-on also included bouncers, B.I.N.G.O., a Ferris wheel, pony rides, Grandma’s Attic, face painting, maze obstacle course, “horse races,” pumpkin carving, petting zoo, whew, not to mention costume contests for kids, adults, & pets, and a haunted house, “Boo!”

Extra!  Extra!  On Monday, while sweeping up the detritus and debris, the good news was delivered . . . for the second year in a row the readers of the Glendale News-Press have voted Holy Family Grade School as the Best of Glendale in 2017!“Kudos to All” from Father Jim, who really does believe that everything is, indeed, “Awesome,” all of the time!

Holy Family Parish Country Fair 2017 Sponsors


Sunrise Food Service, Inc.


Haley Industrial Coatings & Lining, Inc.

Ramon, Donna, and Ortega Family

Patti’s Pretty Petals

Tony, Christine & Makhoul Family

Chris, Josie, & Alejo Family

Steve Benedict & Family


The Americana at Brand

Dr. Ramil Cortez Bautista & Bautista Family

Sylvan Learning

Fragrant Jewels

Stella Rosa Wine, Ms. Tammy Lorenzana, & Lorenzana Family

Image Body Spa & Marix del Rosario

Brewyard Beer Company

Pacific Plate Brewing Company

Dr. Rey and Daisy Pangilinan

(In Memory of Rolando L. Vergara. We love and miss you Dad & Lolo. Vergara & Pangilinan Family)

Launa Penza Photography

Forest Lawn Mortuary & Monette Maglaya

Drs. Vincent & Joy Sayoc

Kent and Carmen Palmer

An Anonymous Parishioner

Sarkis Pastry

Cooking Mama, Inc. & Barrio Fiesta

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Rueben G. and Kim Villalobos – REMAX

Dottera Essential Oils, Liza Zamora, & Espie Pasigan


Mrs. Venice Avendano


Gold’s Gym

Cheek2Cheek Skin Care & Sugar Waxing

Rafiq Alam Molla & Cynthia N. Tapia

Christine and Tony Makhoul

Mr. Ralph V. Shovlin and Shovlin Family

Deacon Neon Recuenco

Steve and Joan Dundas

Mikhael S. Khoury and Family

Abegail Interior

Lifetouch Studio & Photography & Maribel Aguirre

Janet Villarmia

Dennis Uniforms

Jewel City

Ronald T. Borucki

Joseph D. Ashby

James & Karen Pagliuso

Hazel Lim

TK through 8th Grade School Families

Special Thanks to:

Fr. Jim Bevacqua

Deacon Ron Baker

Fr. Kevin Nolan

Fr. Xavier Dsouza

Fr. Samuel Ward

Deacon Neon Recuenco

Members of the Clergy

Parish Country Fair 2017 Core Committee

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Karen Girardi

Mary Cota

Alicia & Craig Jerpseth

Bonnie Tortorelli

Johanna Diaz

Mary Weiss

Maximo Penaojas

Fabiola Martinez

Anna Martinez

Dhally Nolasco

Nattawong Klungmontri

Raymond Ongyiu

Orlando Lontoc

William and Milagro Chavez

Glendale Mayor Gharpetian & Council Member Vrej Agajanian

Glendale Police Chief Robert Castro

Glendale Fire Department Batallion Chief Cody Smith 

Mr. George Brown

City of Glendale

Ms. Judy Herwig

Mrs. Mary Velasquez

Mrs. Karen Cruz

Dr. Ferdinand Pati & The Elk’s Lodge

Life Teen Ministry, Zack Zuvich, and James Jonson

Jim de John, Knights of Columbus, & Music Ministry

Sandra Rodas & the Department of Religious Education

Dr. Joe Reiken, HS Faculty, & Staff 

Dr. Fidela Suelto, GS Faculty, & Staff

Mr. Tomas Makiling & TK – 8th Homeroom Teachers

Mrs. Marirose Martinez, Ms. Maria Talavera, Mrs. Leonora Bautista, & Mrs. Maria Polo

Mrs. Cecile Nouh & Mrs. Sheila Arasawa

Dr. Christian Marcoe & Music Ministry

Mr. Geoff Graham & Our HFGS Cubs/Scouts

HFGS Alumni

Mr. Dave Walden

Student Council SY 2017-2018 & Mrs. Ashley Liberda

Kiwanis Builders’ Club SY 2017-2018 & Mrs. Marietta Rogers

2017-2018 (PTO) Parent-Teacher Organization Board, (CSB) Consultative School Board, Parents, Faculty, Staff, and Students

HFCC Parish Office Staff

HFCC Ministry Leaders and Members

Holy Family High School College Preparatory

Life Teen, ONEight, and EDGE Ministries

Holy Family Catholic Church Parishioners

Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Laura Ribas

Daniel Cervantes

Ed and Tess San Jose

Arbi Sarian & Printefex

Glendale News Press & The Los Angeles Times

Asian Journal


Academic Decathlon / Cheer Champions – Holy Family Grade School Teams’ Two Success Stories in 2017!

Academic Decathlon / Cheer Champions – Holy Family Grade School Teams’ Great Success Stories in 2017!

Thank you for all your wonderful support, generous time, and positive energies. Congratulations on our team’s effort!

Super Quiz: HFGS-Glendale  – 4th PLACE

Social Studies: Lucas Pangilinan, 7th Grade – 2nd PLACE

Literature: Nicole Paja, 6th Grade – 3rd PLACE

Current Events: Catherine Alejo, 8th Grade – 7th PLACE

Fine Arts: Jeremy Reyes, 8th Grade – 8th PLACE

Fr. Jim, Parents, Coach Ofelia Ruta, Assistant Coaches Chris Alejo, Pierre Consebido, and Mrs. Kimberlee Thomas, and Faculty – Please know that you are very much appreciated for everything that you have done to impart knowledge, share God’s blessings, and exhibit that marvelous support to benefit our children. You have been amazing! Until next year and may God bless our AJHD Team always!

Mrs. Ruta – You are fabulous as always. The everyday training and love you gave each day to both our Decathletes and Alternates will be forever treasured. Many, many thanks!

 HFGS Cheerleading Champions

Congratulations to our Holy Family Grade School Bulldog Cheerleading Teams for a fantastic performance in the SHARP International Cheer Championships held in Hawaii!

Our Cheer Teams placed first in their respective divisions. The teams were presented with a championship trophy and a banner. Thanks to Mrs. Teri Nelson, Assistant Coaches Shainna Tolentino, Taryn Nelson, Malea Arriola, and our Cheer Parents. Go Bulldogs!


A Special Interview with Fr. Jim: Everything Is Awesome at HFGS!

A Special Interview with Fr. Jim: Everything Is Awesome at HFGS!

by Katharine Monahan Huntley, 4th Grade Teacher & Vice-Principal

“Everything is awesome! Everything is awesome, all of the time.”—The Lego Movie

Father James Bevacqua, pastor of the Holy Family Catholic Church community, is a man in black and a man with a plan. “I’m a visionary,” he states plainly and without vanity. “I want people to know who we are.” His favorite adjective just so happens to be “awesome.”

Acknowledging that Holy Family Grade School, established in 1925 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a part of an increasing competitive landscape for Catholic education and “not in the most conspicuous location,” Fr. Jim fully intends for HFGS to outwit, outlast, and “outpray” its way to remaining a destination parish school.

And he is doing it from the inside out.

In 2008, Father Jim accepted his ambitious pastoral mission from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Additional Masses, confessions, and managing a parish church, convent, high school, and grade school meant extra responsibilities and innovative thinking. The complexities of keeping the day-to-day business operations financially solvent, while saving for capital projects was, and remains, a daunting task.

Collaborating with HFGS principal, Dr. Fidela Suelto, internal changes have included establishing a faculty with California Teaching Credentials and Master’s Degrees, one-to-one iPad programs for all middle school students, emphasizing Catholic identity with parents, bringing nutrition, fitness, hygiene, and comfort to the fore with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, renovated restrooms, healthy “Happy Lunch” caterers, physical education uniforms, and an extensive sports program.

Granting that first impressions are often lasting, the school is in the process of a facelift. Vintage “pendant” street lamps illuminate the way to this historic school, whose rooms have been repainted and some of the floors replaced. The front office and lobby area are just recently modernized and welcoming to all who enter its double doors.

Father Jim is emphatic about not settling for mediocrity, instead he wishes to polish what Karen Compton, a staunch Catholic and design architect consultant for HFGS refers to as “a diamond in the rough.” Plans for the future, God willing, include exterior paint, wrought iron fencing, an updated faculty room, and a parish center for the entire Holy Family Community.

“Parents deserve a return on their investment,” asserts Father Jim, “and I intend to continue to enhance Holy Family Grade School as it continues to excel.”