Family Day promotes faith, family, friendship & fun as one community
By Deborah Manog
The St. Joseph Parish School Community in Waipahu celebrated its 3rd Annual Family Day on Friday, Dec. 2nd. The day began with a morning Mass, followed by separate Advent recollections for students and parents, lunch and fun activities for the whole family.
Lilibeth, a parent, said the adult recollection, led by Father William Kunisch II, was very touching. Lilibeth has been involved with the school since her oldest child began attending St. Joseph in 2001.
Parishioners were also invited to attend the festivities, which included a snow day, karaoke and water-balloon throwing.
“Family Day brings the parents, teachers and kids together. It’s really fun and we (parents) enjoy it too,” said Howie, a parent at St. Joseph Parish School.
Besides the fun and games, students also donated shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste to be put into gift bags, that they decorated, that will be given to community helpers as well as members of the Honolulu Fire Department and Honolulu Police Department. Students also decorated and wrote in greeting cards to be given to service members.
Principal Beverly Sandobal was very happy and appreciative to see such a great response from the parents.
“They (parents) all wanted to be involved, so many helping hands and everyone willing to give their part,” said Sandobal.
“It’s a good way to end the week of school and start of the winter season. I’ve been here for three years and my son is just happy, real happy,” said Parent Jessie. “Funny thing, every time the weather says it’s about to rain but it doesn’t. It’s a blessing to have this event on a sunny day.”
Find more information about the school here: St. Joseph Parish School, Waipahu