06 Jan 2021
Our Richmond COVID Christmas
By Fr. John Puntino, SDB
In ordinary times, the Richmond community would host the communities in Northern California—Berkeley, San Francisco, Stockton, and Watsonville—for Christmas dinner and a social that included a very lively White Elephant Gift Exchange.
Not so, this year. A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in CA and a stay-at-home order in the San Francisco Bay area meant each community had to celebrate by itself. As a result, the novices, Brs. Damien and Khoa, along with Fr. Joe Nguyen, prepared a nine-course meal for the community. The community then held the traditional White Elephant Gift Exchange, which was enriched this year by a Christmas sing-along. Novice Francis Nguyen ably added keyboard accompaniment to the singing.