Heights Church hosts the second event; festival attracts a huge crowd | Community

St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights held its second Spring Festival on Saturday, and the event saw a massive turnout.

Church member Donna Perry helped organize both Spring Fest as well as the live auction and raffle.

“We had a festival in 2018 and we wanted to do another one in 20, but with COVID that had to be delayed,” Perry said, “but we’re here in 22, and we’re doing it so we can buy more supplies and earn more money so people can go on religious trips.

With the festival taking place outdoors, there was also an indoor raffle, in which people placed tickets in a paper bag next to an item they wanted.

While the Herald was present at the event, more than 100 people attended and watched a performance by Lily’s Hosanna dance group, which the group’s director, Kim Lily, describes as “Korean traditional and worship dance”.

Lily and her troupe were dressed in colorful, traditional Korean dresses and danced with hand-held fans.

The church priest, Father Richard O’Rourke, even commented on how amazed he was at the turnout for the event.

“I’m surprised at the big turnout and it’s just well prepared. We have it all here! said O’Rourke.

Anna Kefauver, accompanied by her mother, Heike Mathis, and her 2-year-old daughter, Ellie Aparicio.

“I like when the community has events that are open to the public, and I liked watching the dancers and being able to taste different foods and enjoy the music,” Kefauver said.

St. Paul Chong Hasang has sermons in English and Korean.

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