The New York Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church Rebuilding Initiative has collaborated with Portsmouth’s Parish Priest Father Herman Sharplis to coordinate and organize Portsmouth Reunion 2010.
Member of the New York Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church Rebuilding Initiative, Theresa Thomas said in a press release they are calling on the public locally and abroad, particularly Portsmouth citizens to join and celebrate the event.
A part of the list of activities for Portsmouth Reunion 2010 is a ground-breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church.
The New York Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church Rebuilding Initiative is a non-profit organization, founded by Montgomery Douglas, M.D in February 2009.
The New York Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church Rebuilding Initiative set off on a fund-raising drive to see the re-construction of the Portsmouth Catholic Church, since its destruction in 2004 following an earthquake. The estimated cost for that project is US$2.2 million. The group is hoping to raise US$500,000.00 over a two-year campaign, by raising awareness in the Dominican community and partnering with other groups in the New York area, notably the Knights of Columbus.
The initiative has been holding a number of fundraising events which will include a bus trip to Atlantic City on April 24th, 2010, a Cultural Gala in July, a boat cruise in July, Barbeques in June, July and August, a pre Halloween Dinner and Dance in October in order to help raise both money and awareness of the plight of the church.
“If it took four years to raise a fifth of the money needed to rebuild, the church would not be built for another 20 years. But 20 years from now the rebuilding cost would not only be 2.2 million, but probably more and double that amount,” Thomas stated in the press release.
The calendar of activities for the Portsmouth Reunion 2010 is as follows:
October 30th 2010 to November 7th 2010.
Saturday, October 30th 2010
Town clean up (AM) and Official Opening Day (PM)
Sunday, October 31st 2010
Parish Mass officiated by His Lordship, Gabriel Malzaire Bishop of Roseau at 9.00 a.m. Other invited Dignitaries
Proposed ground breaking ceremony
Beach BBQ Party with Music and Raffle 3.00pm until – Purple Turtle
Monday, November 1st 2010
Symposium, History of Portsmouth, Arts and Crafts
Tuesday, November 2nd 2010
Feast of all Souls, Mass and the Lightening of Graves beginning at 6.00pm
Followed by a Gospel Fest and Raffle
Wednesday, November 3rd 2010
Independence Day, Annual Bazaar and Raffle
Thursday, November 4th 2010
Community Day of Service and Cultural Gala
Lapau Cabwit taking crowd from Portsmouth to Glanvillia (After Community
Day of Service)
Friday, November 5th 2010
Jam Fest, Raffle and Door prizes, Swinging Stars and other Guest
Saturday, November 6th 2010
Award dinner at th Cabritts- Under the patronage of the Honourable Prime
Minster Roosevelt Skerrit.
Sunday, Novemebr 7th 2010
Parish Mass and Sports day, Raffle, Official Closing ceremony and Music Jam.
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