Joe Schram/ Special to the Town Crier
Commemorating St. Simon Catholic Parish’s 60th anniversary are, from left, Father V. Warwick James, Joan Mibach, Monsignor Stephen Perata, Judy Howard, Father Tony Mancuso, Marian Marren and Art and Jean Carmichael.
More than 200 longtime parishioners gathered at St. Simon Catholic Parish April 17 to celebrate the church’s 60th anniversary. Collectively, the guests represented approximately 1,500 years of membership.
The church paid special tribute to the late founding pastor Father James L. Spooncer, who transformed a railroad-side apricot orchard into a parish now serving 1,600 active households with an estimated 6,000 members.