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Seniors break bread at St. Anthony’s luncheon

From left, Cecilia O'Rourke and Betty Glenn were among the Commons at Union Ranch residents in attendance at the special lunch event.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED April 9, 2010 2:34 a.m.
Cecilia O’Rourke saw plenty of familiar faces at Wednesday’s Easter luncheon at the St. Anthony’s parish gymnasium.

Over the years, the long-time Manteca resident had been to plenty of these special functions made possible by Sister Ann Venita Britto and her Ministry of Caring.

“It’s always a good time,” said O’Rourke, who is now a resident of the Commons at Union Ranch, an independent and assisted living community in Manteca.

For the first time, those living in the Commons had a chance to enjoy a hot lunch, live music, a chance at raffle prizes, and the company of good friends under one roof.

The Commons were joined by the other senior homes, nursing facilities, and assisted living places in the area. Included were Merrill Gardens, Palm Haven, Prestige, Park Haven, Almond Blossom, El Rancho and Almond Terrace /Almond Court.

Betty Glenn, who came to the Commons via Fremont, was a first-timer to the lunch event.

She found the surroundings much to her liking.

“I’m enjoying it,” Glenn said.

Among the special guests was Sr. Veronica Hagen. She’s the Provincial Superior of the Daughters of the Cross – Sister Ann’s order – and was back in the area for the third time in the past two years.

“Today, she was glad to have been paying a visit to our seniors,” Sister Ann said.

Sr. Hagen was here specifically for the profession for one of the nuns scheduled to take place at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Tracy.

Meanwhile, the luncheon was available to any and all seniors regardless of their religious affiliation.

Sister Ann recognized those celebrating April birthdays.

Included was Penny Ftacek, who will turn 82 on April 15.
“I share the same birthday with my husband,” she said.

Al Ftacek will turn 86 on that day. According to his wife, he served 21 years as a sacristan at St. Anthony’s.
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