St. Anthony’s Thanksgiving outreach: ‘It’s all about caring’

On Nov. 24, students and parents from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach served hot meals to more than 850 homeless and underprivileged families from the local community.

Following nearly a month of fundraising and food collection efforts, more than 200 students and parent volunteers from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach gathered in St. Anthony’s parish hall on Nov. 24 to serve early Thanksgiving meals to more than 850 homeless and underprivileged families from the local community.

To help make the annual tradition a reality, students and their families, teachers and school administrators collected food contributions and monetary donations for most of November. The combined effort was so successful that the school was able to contribute more than 25 extra hams and turkeys to local homeless shelters and food banks, including New Life Beginnings and the Long Beach Rescue Mission.

Volunteer cooks and servers showed up early in the morning to help St. Anthony chef and parent Siegfried Heger cook and prepare the Thanksgiving meals, which included turkey, ham, carrots, greens, sweet potatoes, stuffing and bread, as well as cupcakes, pumpkin and apple pies, hot coffee and juice.

While the meal was being served in the parish hall, students and parent volunteers also prepared numerous family care packages to send to families affected by the typhoon in the Philippines, and also helped deliver multiple dinners to homeless and less fortunate men and women in Lincoln Park at City Hall.

“It’s all about caring and supporting our community,” said Allison Zanatta, a sophomore at St. Anthony’s. “St. Anthony High School is about much more than studying and sports; we are part of the greater Long Beach community and we support it every day. It’s fun, uplifting and important that we make a difference in our community and come together, especially during the holiday season.”

 

St. Anthony principal honored

During a mid-November gala event hosted by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Gina Maguire, president of St. Anthony High School, was named Amazing Woman of the Year in the category of education.

She was recognized for numerous achievements, including her role as a founder of Leadership Long Beach; starting an outpatient treatment center for women alcoholics; and her dedication to “reinvigorating and restoring” her (and her husband Tom’s) alma mater, St. Anthony’s.

Maguire took over then-struggling St. Anthony High School in 2001 and led the effort to keep it from closing and restore it to its former glory. As a result, over the last 12 years the 93-year-old school’s reputation has grown steadily, statewide and nationally.

 “It was no surprise to any of us connected with St. Anthony’s that Gina Maguire was selected for this award,” said Ken Miller, former chair of St. Anthony’s advisory council and school alumnus. “Through sheer determination, hard work, a commitment to never giving up and smart planning, Gina has not only saved our venerable alma mater from collapsing, but has led the way for a resurgence [of] student growth, the refurbishing of our academic facilities and [much more].

“In short, Gina has taken it upon herself to ensure that the legacy of this precious school not only survives but now has its best years ahead of us,” he concluded.


Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 13, 2016

  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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