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Sister Act part of St. Anthonys luncheon
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From left, Francesca Arnaudo, Abby Behler, Kaitlyn Simmons, Ashley Tarango, and Danielle Simmons perform a number from the movie, Sister Act, at Wednesday’s Feast of St. Anthony luncheon held in the parish gymnasium. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
They had performed their version of “My God (My Guy)” from the Sister Act movies.

On Wednesday, Danielle Simmons, Ashley Tarango, Kaitlyn Simmons, Abby Behler and Francesca Arnaudo were again dressed as nuns – habits and the full ensemble – entertaining the over 300 in attendance at the Feast of St. Anthony luncheon held in the parish gymnasium.

“We started practicing in November,” said Tarango, who recently celebrated her eighth-grade promotion at St. Anthony School.

She and her classmates did their Sister Act act – “My God (My Guy)” and “Hail Holy Queen” – at the school talent show held on May 17.

“We had a lot of fun,” said Arnaudo.

The performance was a swan song of sort for the former St. Anthony School students. In a few months, Arnaudo will attend Ripon High; Behler and Tarango will move on to Manteca High; and Danielle Simmons and Kaitlyn Simmons are St. Mary’s High-bound.

The luncheon was hosted by Sister Ann and her Ministry of Caring.

Those attending came from senior homes, nursing facilities and assisted living places such as Merrill Gardens, Palm Haven, Prestige, Park Haven, Almond Blossom, El Rancho, and Almond Terrace / Almond Court, to name a few.
Music was performed by the band, J.R.P. and Company.

Students from the nearby school helped in serving the meals with further support coming from the Knights of Columbus.

In addition, Sister Ann received a gift from the Manteca Community Assistance Programs as a token of appreciation for her efforts with seniors.