2008 Festa

My Children and I are honored to be chairing the Portuguese S.E.S. Festa 2008. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful event with the community, and invite all of you to participate and enjoy the special events leading up to our Festa. Please save the dates listed below for our upcoming fundraisers.

If you have any questions please contact the event chairpersons listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you and God bless,

Beatrice De Silva and Family


2008 Festa President's Message

I feel so honored to serve again as the S.E.S. Festa President for 2008 and to continue this wonderful tradition from our Portuguese heritage. My family and I are very much looking forward to working with all of you who are so devoted, and work so hard, to make all of our Festas so successful year after year.

The Festa has always been so special to my husband and me, and although Joe is no longer with us, I know he will be with us in spirit.

May the Holy Spirit fill your lives with peace and your hearts with happiness.


Beatrice De Silva & Family

Festa President 2008


2008 Festa Message from Queen Ariel

It was before dawn on June 3rd, 1990, my parents, Lou and Linda Brito were feeling relieved and happy. My Mother had just given birth to her first child, a healthy little girl with all ten fingers and ten toes. They named me Ariel and let me know that I was given an extra blessing that day because it was not only a beautiful Sunday morning, but it was also Festa morning. They believed the Holy Spirit would always hold a special place in my heart, and now seventeen years later, it appears to be especially true. I am extremely honored to be your Festa Queen for 2008, and I take the responsibility seriously. I pray that I can fulfill my role, gracefully and graciously.

My parents and I are forever grateful to my Mother's godmother Bea, for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. I will rely on my faith and the guidance of the Holy Spirit throughout this special year, and I am committed to making Bea and the entire De Silva family proud. As a representative of our Portuguese community, I only hope that I can learn in the spirit of Saint Isabel how rewarding serving others can be. I am in awe of those individuals who dedicate themselves year after year for their community and upholding their heritage. I look forward to being a part of this tradition that has lasted 98 wonderful years.


Ariel Brito

Festa Queen 2008