This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima Celebration, a traditional 10-day Portuguese "festa" (religious festival) celebrating Our Lady.
The OLF Celebration is hosted by the Our Lady of Fatima Society, devoted St. Joseph's Church parishioners who banded together in 1946 with dual missions: honoring Our Lady through prayer, and raising money to build and support Our Lady of Fatima School. The Society's members have raised more than $1 million for OLF and the Celebration is its largest annual fundraiser.
The Celebration is a special time for strengthening bonds between our school and parish supporters. It is therefore essential that OLF families show our appreciation by not only volunteering but also by participating in as many of the Celebration events as we are able.
Typically, the Celebration is held entirely at our church and school campus. But with our Parish Hall under construction, this year's festivities will be held at St. Joseph's Church and the Los Banos D.E.S. Portuguese Hall, 1155 "I" Street, Los Banos.
Please carefully read this entire page for important information regarding volunteer sign-ups, Bake Sale obligations, student attendance at the Novenas and much more.
Staffing the Celebration's weekend festivities is a collaborative effort between the OLF Society and our Parents Club. Earn credit toward your Parent Hours requirement by helping with event setup or clean-up, staffing the Bake Sale, Bazaar or Snack Bar, or assisting with food service.
K-8 families on Tuition Plan A must work at least 2 volunteer hours during the Celebration. Your family's hours may be worked by a parent, grandparent, step-parent or legal guardian. Alternatively, a relative who is 18 or older (e.g., an older sibling) can work your family's hours with prior approval from the Parents Club Board.
Please contact Jasmin Goncalves with questions, (209) 968-6124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Celebration shifts will be managed online using SignUp.com. There are 126 shifts available Friday, October 8th through Monday, October 11th. Claim yours now!
For the Celebration Bake Sale, K-8 families on Tuition Plan A must contribute either (1) one baked good per family or (2) a $20 donation. Preschool families are not required to participate but may choose to donate a baked good.
The Bake Sale will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 10th at the D.E.S. Hall. Baked goods and donations should be delivered to the Hall between 6:45 and 7:45 that morning.
Please carefully read the FAQs below for important information. If you have questions, contact our Bake Sale Chairpersons:
Please avoid bringing items that must be kept at a cool temperature. The Bake Sale will be outdoors, without refrigeration.
Items that usually sell well include:
Yes, but homemade items sell better. Buyers are less likely to go for items they can get from a grocery store bakery. If you don't personally enjoy baking, consider asking a relative or friend to prepare something.
The requirement is "one baked good." But if you're bringing an item like cookies or brownies, consider bringing at least a half-dozen or up to one dozen treats.
If you're opting to donate $20 instead of contributing a baked good, then you can bring a cash donation to the Bake Sale coordinators on Sunday, October 1st at the D.E.S. Hall. If you neither drop off a baked good or donation that day, your FACTS account will be charged $20.
Bake Sale staff will have a list of all school families. When dropping off baked goods or cash donations that morning, please wait and be sure staff have checked off your family. Those without record of a donation will be charged $20 through FACTS.
Please drop off your baked goods between 6:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 10th at the D.E.S. Hall, 1155 "I" Street, Los Banos. The Bake Sale opens to customers at 8 a.m. Early drop-off gives staff time to price and organize items.
Yes, please bring goods that are already wrapped in clear cellophane or in bags, boxes or other containers. Packaging that allows the customer to see the goods is preferred. For individual items like cookies, it's helpful to sell varying quantities. You can package them in 2-packs, 4-packs or 6-packs.
When it comes to appearance, a little pretty goes a long way. Consider buying an inexpensive Dollar Store tray or container, or including decorative bows and ribbons when wrapping.
The Bake Sale is one day only, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 10th, at the D.E.S. Hall.
No, we have no place to store baked goods in advance. That's why everyone must bring items between 6:45 and 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 10th to the D.E.S. Hall. If you can't make that window, consider coordinating with another parent to deliver on your behalf or contact one of our Chairpersons.
A Novena is nine Masses held on consecutive evenings during which a parish community gathers to pray the Rosary and celebrate a special intention. For the OLF Celebration, our Novenas celebrate the Eucharist and are dedicated to Our Lady.
All students should join us, dressed in Formal Uniform, for both the Novena
to which their class is assigned and the all-school Novena on Friday, October 8th.
All of the Novenas are at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church.
Even though school staff will be present, students should be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian during the Novenas.
Friday, October 1st
Preschool and 4th Grade
Monday, October 4th
1st Grade and 5th Grade
Tuesday, October 5th
Kindergarten and 8th Grade
Wednesday, October 6th
2nd Grade and 6th Grade
Thursday, October 7th
3rd Grade and 7th Grade
Friday, October 8th
All OLF Students
No classes assigned for October 2nd, 3rd or 9th.
All OLF families are encouraged to join us for a special Mass honoring Our Lady of Fatima at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 10th at St. Joseph's Church. Students who attend Mass dressed in Formal Uniform, and who participate in the subsequent procession from the church to the D.E.S. Hall, will receive Free Dress the following Tuesday.