Father's Day and Quilt Dedication held at Holy Innocents
Parishioners and Friends of Holy Innocents Parish joined together on Father’s Day for a special Mass and dedication.
Father Dante Tarantini was the main celebrant of a mass offered for all fathers, both living and deceased. The celebration was also marked by the dedication and blessing of baby quilts, once used by the foster/adopted children of Bishop Francisco Betancourt and Father Dante.
The quilts were originally made over 25 years ago for children living with HIV/AIDS. Father Dante and Bishop Frank, who now have two healthy sons, lost four children to HIV/AIDS.
During the mid 1980s and into the ’90s, a number of organizations across the country made beautiful handmade quilts for these special children, Some of the organizations include The Quilting Grannies from West Chester, ABC Quilts of New York, Longwood High School students, Kensington Congregational Church, Chester Junior/Senior High School PTA, Chester New York and WE Quilt Inc, Middletown. The individual quilts were lovingly sewn together by the Catskill Mountain Quilt Guild of Arkville, under the direction of Jackie Purdy, a parishioner of Holy Innocents.
Bishop Frank and Father Dante offered a blessing over the quilts, which are on display at Holy Innocents. Holy Innocents is dedicated to children. The quilts may be seen during the church’s Sunday service at 10 a.m. or at 11:30 a.m. after the service.