St. John Neumann Catholic Church held its annual SonFest event last weekend. Thousands of people attended the two-day festival. Games, food, crafts, rides, and performances entertained church members and non-church members alike. The silent auction had hundreds of items on which to bid, and the various cultures found in the community and in the church provided food and entertainment from their home countries. The ferris wheel was a major attraction for kids of all ages, and it was beautifully lit at night.
“The idea was community building and I think it has done that,” said church member Carol Allan.
“Father Pat came into this church three years ago, and we needed a shot in the arm. He’s a terrific young guy who’s really put a lot of enthusiasm back into the parish. And the other thing is we are a different demographic than we were; we are a diverse population,” said Al Tinson, long-time church member. “We want to invite the community in because we feel like we’re part of the community, but we also wanted within our community to get people to know each other.”