One Hundred Cakes

It was a full morning of cake baking in my parish kitchen this morning. The Pastor and I mixed and baked 100 Sarah Lee box cakes in preparation for the big Oktoberfest the church is hosting this weekend. The irony is that the parish is mostly Latino now, yet the congregation (which is variously Mexican, Cuban, Argentine and Colombian) has jumped on the Oktoberfest bandwagon with true German gusto.

This is our celebration! We are Germans! the pastor proclaimed in a heavy Puerto Rican accent this past Sunday, and a cheer went up as various parishioners stood up to volunteer their time for the cause. OK…Pablo llevará los bratwurst…Ernesto invitará la banda de polka…

This, my friends, is one of the glories of America: our whole crazy, mixed up way of doing things. We may not always arrive at the ideal solution, but you can’t say our hearts aren’t in the project. It’s an all-hands-on-deck culture, and it’s reinvigorated every time somebody new gets off the boat. Like Onofre, for example. He’s bringing the Bavarian hats.

9 thoughts on “One Hundred Cakes”

    1. Just pre-packages cakes in boxes. A pity we couldn’t make cakes from scratch, but when you have to do 100 in a day there’s not much choice…

      – J

    1. It’s a good time, and for a good cause! Plus I like working in those big ol’ church kitchens. Takes me back to my Catholic school days!

      – joe

  1. Our parish was started for the families who worked on the railroad. They were mostly German and Irish and the first priest was Dutch. Now, our parish is a mixture of the same German and Irish, but with lots of Mexican and African families and just recently, a sprinkling of Burmese. We just celebrated with a parish picnic of southern barbecue. Is this a great country or what?

  2. Hahahaha!!! That’s too funny! But, please, it’s ColOmbian, not Columbian………………..!!!!! 😉

  3. One result out here was the Korean barbecued beef taco truck that started the whole food truck craze. Then there’s the Chinese restaurant downtown which serves South American bread with every meal. Why? Because most of their customers are Latino workers and they expect bread with their meal. And the Korean Christians (I’m guessing) who run my neighborhood “99 cents” type store often keep evangelical radio in Spanish on – so their customers will get the message.

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