News from San Antonio Church – April 23, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin April 23, 2023

by Terrie Evans

This coming Friday, April 28th, the men from San Antonio Church will welcome all men to our Hall for an evening of good food and friendship by celebrating the annual “Mussie Fest”.  This event dates back many years to unite men from the old neighborhood families and new members to our church as a way form the bonds to keep our church going.  In past years, men would travel from all over the tri-state to connect with their St. Bonaventure classmates who were the first generation of Italian American who grew up in the “Little Italy” South Fairmount.  One of those men Richard “Mussie” Minella grew up with many of these men from the area took on the role of reaching out to all those connected to Lick Run with all the streets and alleyways surrounding the church.  Those boys, now men grew up with each other – their stories and tales uniting them forever.  Many of those men are no longer with us. 

Now the next generation is planning an evening of fun and camaraderie.  The Men of San Antonio Church invite all men, their sons, grandsons, nephews and friends to this last Friday evening on April 28th to unite for the purpose of keeping our church going.  The San Antonio Church Hall will open at 5:00 PM; the cost is $20.00 per person at the door – all you can eat.   Please call Dave Sabatelli at 513-405-6444 to reserve one of the 125 spots for a homemade Italian dinner.  The dinner will include the following:  Antipasto, Pepperoni Chicken, Italian sausage with peppers and onions also pasta with homemade meatballs and Italian bread.  Remember the food will be fabulous and you will be making memories to share at next years “Mussie Fest.”  Mangia! – Mama would say.

            The next big event scheduled for San Antonio Church will be our participation in the Cincitalia Fest on the weekend of June 2-4th (Friday through Sunday).  We will bring back our popular Bruschetta Booth that became a favorite of all the festival goers in years past.  St. Catherine of Sienna is hosting the event that attracts patrons from all over the greater Cincinnati area that takes place at Harvest Home Park at 3691 North Bend Road in Cheviot, Ohio.  On this 11th year of the festival, 12,000-15,000 guests are expected to attend.  The family event was started to celebrate all aspects of Italian and Italian American food and culture to help keep and honor the accomplishments and traditions of our ancestors.

The local vendors and their food service booths that signed up for the fest are:  Cincitalia Grill/Fried Food Both offering:  Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches, Italian Beef Sandwiches, and their popular hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and Mets.  The Cincitalia pasta Booth serves:  Lasagna, Penne Pasta and a Tortellini Salad.  The Cincitalia Wine and Dessert Booth for the delicious Tiramisu and Limoncello Cake to complete the meal.  The La Rosa’s Pizza Truck prepares Pizza and Rondo’s offers their delicious pizza and one of a kind Rondo’s everyone loves.  Our San Antonio Church Booth serving the grilled Ciabatta bread topped with the delicious Bruschetta Tomato mixture.  The La Societa de Fuscaldese Femminile who are known as the “Cookie Queens” will sell Cannoli’s and Cookies from their Bakery Booth.  The Unites Italian Society will offer their homemade Arrosticini, Spiedini, Italian Salad and Antipasto Cups.    Besides sampling many delicious items, there will be cooking demonstrations with local chefs that is always a crowd pleaser.  The committee from St. Catherine’s of Sienna will add more vendors to their fest and we will let everyone know when more information is released. 

The parishioners of San Antonio Church are pleased that Harry Panaro has taken the task to run the booth this year that not only benefits our church but proceeds from each booth aids St. Catherines School.  Harry will need many volunteers to set up the booth on Friday and handle the many shifts to make this weekend a success.  Please consider being a part of this major fundraiser that also promotes our church.  Our booth workers have made many connections and new friends by working and attending the Cincitalia Fest that starts on Friday, June 2nd from 6PM-Midnight, Adult Only Carnevale Night with live music.  Saturday, June 3rd Fest starts at 3PM and runs until Midnight with live music and dancing.   Sunday’s events start at 1:00 PM   with a religious procession, cooking demonstrations and Italian Dancing.   During the Month of May there will be sign-up sheet in the Hall at San Antonio during the month so all the slots will be covered for the Fest. We need everyone’s help so, please get involved in this fundraiser.    For any questions, please give Harry Panaro a call at Cell 513-260-3371 or Home 513-922-0779.

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