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PHOTOS: Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

The traditional annual parish banquet has been held in the Croatian Parish Sts. Cyril & Methodius & St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in New York yesterday. 

The banquet followed the Holy Mass in the parish led by Fr. Nikola Pašalić with a large number of parishioners gathering in the beautiful hall of the Croatian Center, where they met Sister Mirela Kurevija, who was there for the first time, and Dr Fra Ilko Skoko, professor of communication at the University of Mostar.

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Among the distinguished guests were representatives of the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in New York and representatives of the Permanent Mission to the UN of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Fr. Nikola Pašalić blessed the food prepared by the excellent chefs of the catering company LaFortuna, owned by the Croatian family Ojdana and Jere Kursar.

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Along with good Croatian food, Croatian wines were also drunk, which were donated by the Association of Croatian American Professionals – ACAP for this occasion and which can be ordered online at Croatian Premium Wine.

Popular Croatian entertainer Viktor Šarić provided a great atmosphere and music for dancing as the new season of events kicked off at the Croatian Center in New York, for which thanks must go out to all volunteers for their dedicated efforts and work, who make every event, every banquet and every party a success.

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Next up will be the meeting and founding of the Croatian Catholic Youth Association of New York – CCY NY – on October 30, 2022, followed by the Banquet – Village of Bosnian Croats on December 3, 2022, the Christmas performance of the Croatian School Kardinal Stepinac NY on December 11, Christmas and New Year, Croatian Festa – Premiere of the documentary film “Ane Mljećka”, promotion of Croatian cultural heritage, Croatian wines and food from the Dubrovnik region on 28. January 2023, Stepinčevo on February 11, Easter, Mother’s Day event of the Croatian School Kardinal Stepinac and parish picnic for St. Anthony, confirmation and first communion.

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

Members of the board of the Croatian Radio Club in New York were also present, as well as the president Petra Peša, who will try to inform everyone about all these events on Saturday during the program on the radio Voice of Free Croatia, which emerged from the Croatian Parish in New York in 1969.

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

“Living far from your home, from your homeland, our Croatian Parish in New York, our Croatian Church in New York, our Croatian Center in New York and our Croatian Land in New York are our Croatian Home.

Croatians in New York celebrate traditional annual parish banquet

(Photo: Ane Strazicic Rodriguez)

It is a place that connects us, a place where we socialize, where we celebrate and grieve together, where we help each other and work for the benefit of our community and our Motherland, Croatia. It is the place where we say God and Croats and God save Croatia, but also God bless America – God bless America, our new homeland, where all this is possible for us,” says Ane Strazicic Rodriguez. 

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