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An Afternoon of Music and Dance for Seniors - August 12, 2012 - Video and Pictures

SWEET SOUNDS - And while our parish teens were absorbed in prayer and reflection, the more mature members of our community were “cutting the rug” to the sweet sounds of the Brighton Park Connection, a seven-piece band including two Jesuit priests – brothers Robert and Philip Grib. Thank you to Barbara Kubiniec-Mares for all her work in coordinating this memorable event – to Irma and Athena Rivera for serving as gracious hostesses – and to Dominic Clemente, Jr. for sharing his talent as the purveyor of refreshments. We plan to have the band back in the future. Stay tuned!

Article from the Elmwood Park -
Elm Leaves dated August 13, 2012


Article Page - http://elmwoodpark.suntimes.com/14466701-417/senior-dance-a-winner.html

Senior Dance ‘A Winner’ by David Pollard

ELMWOOD PARK - Sunday afternoon in St. Celestine Catholic Church’s gymnasium seemed more like Saturday night - with music and dancing.

As the church’s senior group Young at Heart started dwindling in numbers, Barbara Mares, the church’s pastoral associate, was given the task to come up with activities to reinvigorate the church’s older population.

She planned an afternoon of dancing. “Considering this is the first time, I think we did well,” she said.

Along with eating refreshments and socializing, the group of about 90 people listened to music performed by Brighton Park Connection. The seven-member band, which has several musicians who are priests, played a variety of music, some from 1940s and a few polka tunes that got people off their feet and on the dance floor.

“They enjoyed singing along with some of the oldies songs that they were playing,” she said.

Church parishioners like Colette Bodenbender of Chicago who attended the event, told Mares it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Mares said since they received such a positive response about this event they will have more like it in the future. “We will do it again,” she said. “I can see doing it in the spring and in the fall again. It was a winner.”