Over 270 people gathered together at the Ferdinand Hall on Sunday, October 11th to honor and show appreciation for our beloved parish priest, Father Richard Haldane.
This potluck event was a huge success, and everyone there appreciated the beautiful fall weather out-of-doors as well as the friendly and familiar faces gathered indoors.
People of all ages arrived around noon and settled in for a delicious variety of food, desserts, and beverages. As a special surprise for Father, there was also a variety of entertainment from many different venues spanning many different ages.
Norm Sonnen stepped out of the kitchen and into the role of emcee and introduced each individual act. To begin with, Gina Seubert sang one of Father’s favorite songs, “On Eagle’s Wings” while accompanied by Kathleen Stubbers on the piano. Next, three of Prairie Elementary’s fourth graders, Molly Schwartz, Anthony Karel, and Jacob Stubbers, were led by Laurie Karel as they played “Old McDonald Had A Farm” and “Amazing Grace” on their recorders. Maria Behler, a fourth grade student at All Saints in Lewiston with family ties to the prairie, performed an inspiring and beautifully choreographed dance to the music of Josh Groban. After Maria finished her dance, three of the youth leaders from Vacation Bible School, Brooke Schumacher, Michael Rehder, and Savannah Prigge, led a parade of very enthusiastic children in three of the most popular songs from this summer’s VBS camp. Afterwards, Bonnie Gehring played the keyboard while Jeanne Arnzen, Kathy Rehder, and Sally Rehder sang their own version of “Where, Oh Where Has My Buddy Gone?” in honor of Father’s dog. Finally, local sisters from Xi Beta Rho made a special appearance and did their version of “Hail Holy Queen” and “My God” as seen on the movie, “Sister Act.”
It was a great way to show off some of the talent in our parish while also gathering to celebrate Father, friends, and good food. We have been blessed with Father’s presence here on the prairie, and we all were grateful for the chance to show our appreciation for all he does.