CALEXICO — If the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico could tell its story it would share how enthusiastically parishioners come together to take care of the congregation’s needs.
In the latest example of that dedication, the Calexico Knights of Columbus hosted a wine tasting event, “Knight of Wine,” on Nov. 15. It was a fundraiser to help repair structural damage to the church at 124 E. Fifth St., and support the youth group.
The event at the parish courtyard
included local craft beer, music and wine. Attendance was about 250.
The church was
constructed in 1907 and has suffered structural damage on its exterior due to
aging and earthquakes. As an example of the repairs needed, a stained glass was
removed from a window and replaced with plywood.
”You see cracks and
structural damages so the plywood was put there for safety, ” said Iran
Martinez, secretary of the Calexico Knights of Columbus. “The church decided to
fix the structural damage before putting the glass back.”
Fr. Jose Sosa said he was
happy to see this support from people from all over Imperial Valley.
“It’s great to see the parishioners
come together to take care of their church. That gives faith and hope to the
city of Calexico,” Sosa said.
Gabriel Herrera, grand knight
of the Calexico Knights of Columbus, said this is one of many projects the
Knights are doing for the community and their church.