Today was the Big Day! The Bishop visited Parroquia San Cristóbal and we all lived through the experience. Actually, other than the organ going on the fritz yesterday, too late in the day to be repaired, things went very well. Two were baptized and twenty-three were confirmed. My sister, Melanie Castillo, served as organist this morning. Both choirs sang, and the church was packed; around 250 people. We had a festive Coffee Hour with fruit salad, Sarah Williams' famous Empanadas de Bacalao and her fabulous chocolate cake, and sandwiches and cookies. Plus coffee (Panamanian, of course, the best coffee in the world) or chicha. Here are some photos of the festivities.
On the Patio Before the Service
It's a long procession!
The Rt. Rev. Julio E. Murray, Bishop of the Diocese of Panamá, IARCA
Candidatos de Confirmación
More Candidates for Confirmation
Fortalece, oh Señor, a tu siervo N., con tu Espíritu Santo; dale poder para servirte; y susténtale todos los días de su vida. Amén.
Welcome the Newly Confirmed!
The Senior Choir singing "Bless This Church" (an altered version of "Bless This House" by our Director of Music and Liturgy, Mr. Percival Thomas)
El Coro de Jovenes with the Lovely Mona directing, Mr. Ricardo Staples on drums, Ms. Melanie Castillo on keyboard, and Padre on guitar, singing "Abre los Cielos" (Open the Heavens)