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St. Andrew Catholic Church barbeque, auction this Sunday


Father Gilberto Vallejo of St. Andrew Catholic Church invites all to attend the annual church picnic and auction this Sunday, May 5. Some of the items that will be available to bid on are two original paintings by local artists. Arthur McCall’s painting of San Jose Mission donated by Terry and Janie Garcia in memory of Father Thomas O’Brien and a painting by Edwina Heffernan of buffaloes. The barbeque dinner will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are $7 and include brisket, sausage and all of the trimmings.

Father Gilberto Vallejo of St. Andrew Catholic Church invites all to attend the annual church picnic and auction this Sunday, May 5. Some of the items that will be available to bid on are two original paintings by local artists. Arthur McCall’s painting of San Jose Mission donated by Terry and Janie Garcia in memory of Father Thomas O’Brien and a painting by Edwina Heffernan of buffaloes. The barbeque dinner will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are $7 and include brisket, sausage and all of the trimmings.

It is already May and that must mean that St. Andrew’s Catholic Church barbeque picnic and auction is happening this Sunday, May 5.

The annual fundraiser is always held the first Sunday in May each year and the funds raised go towards the Parish Hall Building Fund.

Serving starts promptly at 11 a.m. with the aid of Diane Leyva and lots of volunteers, tickets are only $7 per plate.

Father Gilberto Vallejo and parishioners invite everyone to attend. Chairing the event are Deacon Bennie Garcia and Juana Benitez. The popular live auction will begin at 1 p.m. Juana Benitez, Sandy Zuniga and Dr. Jimmy Zuniga have collected hundreds of auction items, which seem to keep getting better each year. Featured items this year are original paintings by Arthur McCall and Edwina Heffernan, antique wardrobe, wooden swing, child’s playhouse and a silver platter wreath to name a few.

The parish has many hard workers lined up to make this a smooth running event. You have to have good food and there will be lots of it. The pit crew will be barbecuing 1,000 pounds of sausage and 2,200 pounds of brisket. Sabas Garza, Larry Chapa, Rigoberto Lopez and Paul Antu and many more will make sure it is all cooked just right. The pinto beans are always perfectly seasoned by Larry Morado. The meal will also include delicious trimmings – potato salad, cole slaw and dessert.

Mike Watts will be managing the kitchen while Julie Novak, Margie Smith and Genny Rakowitz have all the sides taken care of including the tea handled by Maggie and Minnie Rodriguez and Henry and Josie Sanchez.

The Teen ACTS group, led by their Youth Minister Elizabeth Lyons, will be serving, helping with children’s games and cleaning.

If you want to play Bingo, Ernest Castillo and helpers will get the games rolling.

Gloria Jenks has been collecting cash and the drawing will be held following the huge auction.

Outside there will be lots of children’s games organized by Liz Lyons, Jairo and Shelly Ortiz and the youth group. Augustin Montemayor is coordinator for the ever popular piñata bash. Outdoor music will be provided by Johnny Garza’s Texas Tunes for everyone’s enjoyment. Hurley Funeral Home is once again graciously providing their large tent for this event.

The Country Store and Plant Store, organized by Sally Jaksik and Cindi Carr will be held at the air conditioned St. Anthony building.

Myron and Dana Repka have joined Mike and Anita Lambaria to be the official ticket takers for the picnic.


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