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It's Fiesta Time on the City's South Side
School Sisters of St. Francis Present Annual Fiesta and Bilingual Mass
The School Sisters of St. Francis's Fiesta, Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa ("Our house is your house"), has been a neighborhood favorite among Latinos and others for the past five years. A bilingual Mass and fiesta, offered with financial support from We Energies Foundation, are annual celebrations on the sisters' campus at Layton Boulevard West, a district with the largest Latino population in the city.
From throughout the Milwaukee region, friends and strangers flock together for family-focused fun: prayer, food, entertainment, art, games, raffles, and more. On Saturday, November 10, the sisters invite everyone to a bilingual Mass at 4 p.m. and Fiesta from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Center (1501 S. Layton Blvd. or South 27th St. & Greenfield Ave.).
Catholic worshipers will have the rare treat of meeting Auxiliary Bishop James Schuerman, celebrant for the Mass, during which veterans and military personnel on active duty will receive a special blessing on Veterans Day weekend. The Spanish choirs of St. Adalbert and St. Rafael parishes, led by music director Jesus Villanueva, will lead the congregation in song.
Immediately following the Eucharist, the party will begin! This year's entertainment will be provided by Son Monarcas, a Chicago ensemble that combines Afro-Mestizo genres of folk music with the contemporary influences of Mexican son, cumbia, jazz, and Indie soul music. Enjoy the band's unique and pleasing musical texture created by guitar, violin, requinto jarocho, accordion, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, bass, congas and percussion. There is even zapateado (foot tapping).
When not on the dance floor, families can purchase savory meals and sweet desserts sold by Jorge and Cindy Lopez, owners of Lopez Bakery and Restaurant on 1100 W. Historic Mitchell St. Their Mexican and South American fare has been a hit among fiesta and public market goers for years. Visitors may sample a la carte offerings like chimichanga, enchilada, tamales, and tacos, along with a full variety of pastries.
The gracious ambience of the fiesta is electrified with the joy and excitement of an intergenerational crowd. Loteria (Mexican-style bingo), free family portraits, face painting for children, and a "Day of the Dead" art exhibit in Alfons Art Gallery allow for an evening of laid-back socializing. Further, those who love a game of chance won't be able to resist participating in the raffles. This year's prizes will appeal to a broader group than ever before, with a brand new Amish rocking chair, crystal stemware, a travel guitar, restaurant gift certificates, and more. The goal has always been to have something for everyone, and with no cover charge for the party, the School Sisters' fiesta makes for an affordable family outing!
Questions? Call Rosaura Solano in Spanish or English at 414-385-5253 or firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Joseph Center is located at: 1501 S. Layton Blvd. (S. 27th St. and Greenfield Ave.), Milwaukee. Free parking at St. Joseph Center lot at 29th St. and Orchard St.
About the School Sisters of St. Francis
The School Sisters of St. Francis are an international community of Catholic sisters who unite with others to build a just and peaceful world. Founded in 1874, they now have sisters, associates, staff, donors and volunteers actively working to address the needs of those who are poor and marginalized by society. Their mission is thriving throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and India. In the U.S., School Sisters live and minister in 15 states, addressing needs in education, holistic wellness and healing, pastoral ministry, spiritual growth, social justice, and the arts. For more information about the School Sisters of St. Francis, please visit www.sssf.org.