Fiesta time again

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This weekend is Our Lady of Belen Fiestas — an annual event that has been in our community and in our hearts for 219 years.
This year’s fiestas will once again bring parishioners, families and friends together to rejoice in the faith and in the spirit of community. The fiestas are a time to remember and to celebrate, a time to come together and carry on a tradition more than two centuries old.
The fiestas theme this year is “Arriba Los Corazones” or “Life Up Your Hearts.” It’s a perfect theme for an event where the community — young and old alike — join together to have fun and continue a long-standing tradition.
The padrinos chosen for this year’s fiestas are Roland Sanchez II and his wife, Valerie, and Delbert Sanchez and his wife, Anna. They are excited for this weekend’s festivities, and say it’s an honor to have been selected for the positions.
“It’s a day to celebrate our blessings and give tribute to religious life,” Roland Sanchez said.
“Too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life,” Delbert Sanchez added. “This is a chance to step back and get something done for the community and church.”
This year, the fiesta committee changed the way the fiesta queen was chosen. Parishioners nominated four girls who they thought best represent the church. In years past, the queen candidates held fundraisers and sold tickets, and the girl who raised the most would be given the crown.
We congratulate Tabitha Davis, a 14-year-old St. Pius student, who was selected from a pool of four. She says in her essay, “Being fiesta queen can also help me represent the church and our ideals to others, especially my peers.”
We also would like to congratulate the other girls, Samantha Benavidez, Monique Macias and Arielle Aragon for being nominated this year.
So if you haven’t yet attended this year’s fiestas, take a stroll to the church grounds this weekend, pick up a green chile cheeseburger and enjoy yourself at our longest and proudest tradition!