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Mass opens todays activities
Sharon Fontana browses the huge selection of used books during the opening of the two-day St. Anthony’s Harvest Festival on Saturday. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The annual St. Anthony’s Church Harvest Festival continues today on the church grounds on the corner of Fremont and Sutter streets.

The festival is arguably Manteca’s longest-running annual fund-raiser held by a single sponsor. Besides being a fund-raiser for the parish, the festival is also in thanksgiving for the year’s harvest and to celebrate the unity of God’s faithful.

Admission to the harvest festival is still free and is open to the public whether they are parishioners or not.

Festival guests can expect to see the usual entertainment and gastronomical fares. There are a range of food booths featuring favorite Mexican, Portuguese, and Italian cuisines, among others. Staying true to its family-oriented appeal, there are plenty of activities and attractions geared for the young set such as face painting and other games. Entertainment numbers will be presented both days of the festival and will feature a host of local talents.

A live and silent auction will provide additional attractions both days.

Two of the booths feature a used-books sale as well as an arts and crafts sale featuring the skills and talents of parishioners and local residents.

The spiritual highlight of the harvest festival, as usual, will be the outdoor Mass today at 10:45 a.m. concelebrated by all priests of the parish. As in the past, the multi-lingual liturgy will be held on the festival grounds with scriptures and prayers in the native languages of the parish’s members, as well as in English. Providing the multilingual liturgy music will be the members of the church’s choirs.