Catholic clerics celebrate triple birthday

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The Pattaya area’s two top Roman Catholic officials and the head of the Pattaya Orphanage celebrated a triple birthday at a Chinese-style party for children and friends.

Bishop of Chantaburi Silvio Siripong Charatsri celebrated his 53rd birthday at the orphanage with Bishop Emeritus Lawrence Thienchai Samanjit, who turned 81, and Rev. Michael Weera Phangrak who turned 72.

The three clergymen men admire the beautiful birthday cake (from left) Bishop Silvio, Bishop Lawrence and Father Michael. The three clergymen men admire the beautiful birthday cake (from left) Bishop Silvio, Bishop Lawrence and Father Michael.

With many of the guests in Chinese costume, the Dec. 8 party saw orphans, children from the Redemptorist School for the Deaf, and others pay their respects. Rev. Joseph Yuttichai Panchasap was also recognized for his 50th year in the priesthood.

Under the leadership of teacher Kesorn Prakobrak, children performed dances, including the ubiquitous South Korean “Gangman Style” routine. Radchada Chomjinda, director of the Human Help Network Thailand, picked out the costumes contributed by anonymous donors. She also did a song.

Children with birthdays in December also got into the party, receiving gifts and a birthday cake.

In their speeches, the three clerics thanked everyone, including Phangrak’s family who donated the Chinese meal.

Bishop Silvio (left) honors Rev. Joseph Yuttichai Panchasap (right) for his 50th year in the priesthood. Bishop Silvio (left) honors Rev. Joseph Yuttichai Panchasap (right) for his 50th year in the priesthood.

Children with birthdays in December are given gifts and a birthday cake. Children with birthdays in December are given gifts and a birthday cake.

The smile says it all!The smile says it all!

Bishop Silvio (center, with mic) thanks everyone for attending this occasion.Bishop Silvio (center, with mic) thanks everyone for attending this occasion.

As part of the fun entertainment, children perform dances in costumes contributed by anonymous donors. As part of the fun entertainment, children perform dances in costumes contributed by anonymous donors.