This past December 8th, the community of Buhach hosted the Presentation of Power of the Spirit – A Portuguese Journey of Building Faith and Churches in Califonia.
Jose do Couto Rodrigues of Portuguese Heritage Publications, presented the book in his usual eloquent and sincere manner. Judging by the number of people in attendance and volume of books sold, the Power of the Spirit kick-off book presentation was an enormous success!
The mass was celebrated by Father Timmings, the pastor of Immaculate Conception, and by Father Manuel Sousa, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption in Turlock.
Under the leadership and coordination of Norma Jean DeSousa, Lillian Apolinario and Jo-Ann Neves Freen, the event was well attended and enjoyed by all. The famous “malassadas” and other goodies prepared by the ladies of the local Portuguese community councils, contributed to the success and encouraging results of this social-cultural event.
Anyone who may be able and willing to host a similar Power of the Spirit book presentation event in your local community, we’ll be glad to send our volunteers to present the book and be on hand with books for sale.
Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to research, preserve and disseminate vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California, for educational purposes.
Conversely, you may purchase the book online at: http://portuguesebooks.org/books/power-of-the-spirit/ or by calling: (408) 272-1222. Power of the Spirit is also available for sale at Furtado Imports in San Jose.
Pictures by Anna Marie Daniels
The Santo Cristo dos Milagres festas are a tradition in every island of the Azores, particularly the annual May celebration in the island of San Miguel. Families from the entire archipelago flock to San Miguel to pay rendition to Santo Cristo and to deliver their “promessas”.
Azorean emmigrants from the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Brazil, South Africa, and other parts of the world come back to their island for the Holy festivity celebrations and to get re-acquainted with family and friends.
Do you know that you can participate in Santo Cristo dos Milagres celebrations right here in California?
On Sunday May 6th., Petaluma and Buhach celebrate Santo Cristo dos Milagres Festas, as well as South San Francisco, on Sunday May, 13th.
Please note these dates on your calendar if you wish to participate in one of these religious celebrations.