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Saint Matthew
Catholic Church

3005 6th Street
Ceres, CA 95307
Ph: (209) 541-1660
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The Assyrian - Chaldean Food Festival



4th Annual Assyrian - Chaldean Food Festival

Saint Matthew Catholic Church held its 4th annual Assyrian - Chaldean Food Festival on 24th & 25th of September of 2011. Our Parish Pastor Father Michael Barota set off the event with an opening prayer and blessings for all participants and guests attending this festival.

As crowds gathered to enjoy our authentic food, traditional pastries, and folkloric music, everyone got the taste of our heartwarming hospitality where by many opportunities for our friends and families to bond were the main attraction. Other festival activities included Backgammon Tournament, raffle drawings, and games for the kids. The entertainments included performances by musicians Haroot Eskenian and Faiz Mirza as well as the singer Edward Esha. The highlight of this event was the group dance performed by few of our parish children who gave an outstanding performance of our traditional dances which they worked diligently to perfect; also, they performed a short drama that captured the hearts of the audience and deservingly earned them applause and appreciation. These performances were so lively that they inspired many of the attendees to join them and they all danced and had a great time. On Sunday September 25th, Fr. Barota celebrated the Holy Mass in the morning and following that, the festival activities resumed for the second day.

Our distinguished guests for this event included Archdeacon Sabri A. Kejbo of St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon, Fr. Anderaws Gorgis Toma, the pastor of St. Mary Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in Campbell, Deacon Albert Benjamin of St. Thomas Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in Turlock, and Mr. Tom Simon and his family from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Sacramento. Archdeacon Sabri and Fr. Anderaws gave our congregation and guests encouraging greetings and offered their blessings; Archdeacon Sabri also delivered to us greetings and blessings from our Bishop, H.E. Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo Eparch of the Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle for Chaldeans and Assyrians.

St. Matthew Catholic Church would like to thank the members of the parishes of our St. Peter Diocese and the members of other local parishes for their support and blessings, all of our guests, vendors, and all who participated in the planning of this event including all volunteers and Daughters of Mary of our parish, for their dedication and hard work that made this event a huge success.

God bless you all.

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