The parishioners at Cristo Rei parish are hard at work raising money for new washrooms for their church – but not in a conventional way. There won't be a dinner dance, a pancake breakfast or even a community car wash. Instead, they are having a concert for the new commodes. The parish is hosting its first-ever singing competition: "The Voice of Cristo Rei."
Five families will be sharing their vocal talents with the community to help the cause. Competing in the finals on Saturday, November 25 will be the "De-Mello Siblings," "MTV Kids," "R&B Family," "The HotRodz" and "One Harmony." In the lead-up to the finals, an elimination round was held in mid-October with 12 families competing for a spot in the finals – including a grandfather and granddaughter duo.
The five families set to perform in the "Voice of Cristo Rei" family singing competition Nov. 25 are pictured above, alongside pastor Fr. Carlos Macatangga. (Photo courtesy of July Photography)
With the goal of bringing families together, spreading joy to the parish community and helping parishioners to share their talents for a good cause, the family singing competition was the brainchild of Fr. Carlos Macatangga, pastor at Mississauga-based Cristo Rei parish.
For him, the best part of the planning process has been meeting with parishioners and admiring their willingness to support the fundraising initiative – especially the youth.
"I've enjoyed praying together with the parish council and asking our almighty God to bless, lead us and inspire us to work together and to be able to bind families and the parish community together."
The finals take place on Saturday, November 25 at Cristo Rei Parish Hall, located at 3495 Confederation Parkway in Mississauga. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, please visit http://www.cristo-rei.com/the-voice-of-cristo-rei/.