Father Al Celebrates with St Timothy, St Luke and Guests sharing Food, Song, Dance and Performances

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Today at 3 PM, Father Al celebrated his Farewell Mass at San Mateo’s St. Timothy Catholic Church at capacity with attendees overflowing the aisles and vestibule.  Witness the final prayer

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and festive atmosphere as Father Al exits to applause and hi-fives.
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For the event, the school’s renovated Basketball Court, converted to Auditorium, served as a massive banquet hall and performance space.  It was replete with a life-size photo cut-out of Father Al smiling, arms-outstretched on stage welcoming everyone – the Community of St Timothy, St Luke, Guests and Father Al.  At the foot of the stage, a lavish banquet was laid-out as a buffet – including Roasted Pig, Shrimp, Meatballs, Pasta, and many delicacies prepared by volunteers over the several days.

The hall was so filled that an overflow room and extra tables were unexpectedly needed to seat everyone.  Despite the crowd, there was plenty of food for all and second helpings for many.

The reception was the extraordinary.  Choirs and dancers not only from both Churches performed, but also the Dancing and Singing Priests traveled from the Philippines to perform.  Their stage show was creative and full of popular music with many moments including audience participation.

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It was however Fr Al who surprised the joyous crowd by dancing like a pro with members of the community then taking the stage to perform with the Priests as a song and dance team!

The moments were  mesmerizing as the audience flocked to the foot of the stage and pointed cell-phones at the performers to capture the moments like teenagers trailing rock-stars in a stadium.

2024-06-30 Fr Al Farewell Mass and Reception / Google Photos

Check back as the above still photo-album will be growing.

Daniel Potasz, M.S.

Our Science Reporter covers biology, technology and their impact on health. He holds a Masters in Science from UCLA.

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