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Guadalupe flea market raises money for church building

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POSTED July 9, 2013 1:12 a.m.

LATHROP – It’s a flea market with a religious twist. That’s what Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Lathrop is hosting on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All proceeds from this fund-raiser go to the church building fund and to help Guadalupe’s religious education programs, said church office manager Maria Pintos.

Money is generated solely from spaces rented out to individuals who want to sell garage sale items. Each parking space costs $10; however, more than one can be reserved.

“They can bring whatever they want to sell that’s legal. Nothing illegal, like alcohol, beer or drugs,” Pintos said.

Early space reservation is recommended since these flea markets are always sold out, she added. They are rented out on a first-come, first-served basis, she said. “We’re very lucky we’re always sold out,” she said of the spaces.

The event is normally scheduled every other month; however, there are times when it’s superceded by something more important. For example, the one set for the weekend of Sept. 28-29 will not be held because that’s when the Our Lady of Guadalupe holds its annual harvest festival.

Pintos said the parish does not get any commission from those who sell their items at the flea market. Money is solely generated from the space rentals.

The church is located at 16200 Cambridge Drive, just a block north of West Louise Avenue. For more information about the flea market, call (209) 858-4466.

Our Lady of Guadalupe was officially established a parish in 2002 during ceremonies presided over by Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen E. Blaire. Prior to that, Guadalupe was a mission church of St. George’s Parish in Stockton. Shepherding the mission church for several years including the construction of the present multipurpose building where services are currently being held was Sister Gladys Guenther who is now president of her religious order, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family, a community of Roman Catholic Sisters founded in San Francisco in 1872 and whose motherhouse is located in Fremont. The current pastor is Father Francisco Naranjo. The church has three masses on Sunday and one on Saturday. The parish today is 1,200 families strong.

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