Movie night transports parishioners

DANBURY—The second free movie night hosted by the St. Joseph Parish Ambassadors will transport attendees to a time in Portugal where they can be a witness to a miracle.

The movie, Fatima, will be shown following the 4 pm Mass on Saturday, May 7, in the parish hall.

Fatima tells the story of a 10-year-old shepherd and her two young cousins in Fátima, Portugal, who report seeing visions of the Virgin Mary. Their revelations inspire believers but anger officials of both the Church and the secular government, who try to force them to recant their story. As word of their prophecy spreads, tens of thousands of religious pilgrims flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. Their lives are changed forever.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and blanket for viewing the movie.

The first movie night made a splash with a beach theme to ward away the colder temperatures and featured the movie, “Heaven is for Real,” based on a true-story about a small-town businessman, pastor and volunteer firefighter and his wife, who are struggling to make ends meet during a tough year. After their young son, undergoes emergency surgery, he tells his parents he went to heaven and back, sharing details of things that he couldn’t possibly know.

The movie attracted parishioners of all ages.

“I like how it was about Heaven and how a boy went to Heaven without actually dying,” said 9-year-old Jake Zanotti, who attended with his sister Kaylee and their parents, Karen and Ed.

“We thought it would be something different to get out for a family night,” said Karen Zanotti, noting the fantastic job the group did with transforming the space.

Ordinary support poles in the parish hall located under the church were wrapped in brown paper to become the trunks of palm trees with coconuts and leaves made of brown and green construction paper hanging overhead. A cardboard sandcastle was erected in the corner and inflatable floats and beach balls were nearby for that perfect photo shoot in front of two-foot-tall cardboard ocean waves.

“They did such a great job with the decorations,” Karen Zanotti said.

Of course, no movie night is complete without an endless supply of popcorn.

“It was nice to go and do something together as a family and spend time together as a community,” said Edyta Kalbfus, who was visiting with her children from St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield.

By Kathy-Ann Gobin