Solidarity celebration

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Concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler were Fathers Oswaldo Roché, Mark Willenbring, Bill Vos, Stan Wieser, Tony Kroll, Omar Guanchez and John Odero. Deacon Vern Schmitz was the Deacon of the Mass. Photos by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor

About 445 people gathered Sept. 5 for the Diocesan Partnership Barn Dance celebrating the St. Cloud Diocese’s global solidarity partnerships with the dioceses of Homa Bay, Kenya and Maracay, Venezuela. The event, held at Holy Spirit Church, St. Cloud, featured Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler and was followed by a meal of authentic Venezuelan and Kenyan food, music, games and a bonfire with s’mores.

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Karen Becker and son Martin, members of the The Slew Foot Family Band ended their set with a patriotic medley.

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Jonathan Walz and his mom, Mireya Sporo prepare food in the kitchen at Holy Spirit before the celebration.

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5-year-old Andrea Dvoracek had fun with the bubbles, one of several activities provided for kids.

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Father Mark Willenbring tells the story of how the Maracay partnership began.