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(E) My dream came true in Astoria, New York
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/2/2005 | Community | Unrated
(E) My dream came true in Astoria, New York


My dream came true In the heart of a Astoria

In the heart of a Astoria, New York, lies a vibrant
and strong Croatian Community. The Croatian Apostolate
is lead by their coordinator, Fr. Robert Zubovic in
the parish of Most Precious Blood. Various activities
and events take place throughout the whole year to
bring people together to celebrate their culture and
heritage. On Sunday December 19, 2004, the stars of
our annual Croatian Children's and Youth Festival came
together to do a Christmas Concert. The church was
filled with people eager to here the wonderful and
much loved Christmas songs of their childhood. Over 40
children and teenagers gathered around the altar and
sang 12 beautiful Christmas songs in Croatian and in
English. They were led by Andrej Basa and Viviana
Knapic. The program was divided between the children
and the exceptional choir or Klapa in which songs are
sang "a cappella". Klapa "Astoria" was led by
maestro Srdan Berdovic.
The concert lasted over an hour hosted by one of the
students of Croatian School, Loredana Crncic, and
guest speakers who greeted the public. Including the
pastor of the parish, Msgr. Raymond Stafford, the
consulate general Petar Ljubic and Fr. Robert
Zubovic. "My dream came true" were the first words
that Fr. Zubovic proudly and happily stated to the
audience and choirs. For many years he had hoped and
wished for these talented children to record and
perform Christmas songs. He was very proud of the
successful concert and thanked all those who worked so
hard to making his dream come true.

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