“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