There are five “12-step” meetings that are held on the parish grounds that focus on drug/alcohol addiction. Five of the six meetings are women-only and the other is open to both men and women. All of the meetings are based on the 12-step and 12-traditons developed by Bill W.
A Speaker meeting is a meeting at which someone tells the story of what it was like during their addiction, what happened and what it is like now. The Big Book refers to the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a book of directions written by the first 100 alcoholics who found recovery through the program. It includes the 12-steps to recovery and the 12-traditions for the health of an alcoholic’s anonymous group. A Big Book meeting centers around the reading and discussion of an essay on one of the 12-steps or 12-traditions. Similarly, at a Step meeting, one of the 12 steps is discussed at length. Beginner meetings are geared toward beginners. Beginners, however, are welcomed at all meetings and are considered the most important persons in the room. For more info, try www.aa.org/bigbookonline.
All meetings are held downstairs in the church hall.
Saint Anthony’s High School Youth Ministry is committed to the reality that young people are an important and integral part of the parish community. The newly confirmed are encouraged to participate in the community as Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, choir members and catechists in the Religious Education Program. These opportunities to remain involved in the liturgical and educational life of the parish can further their spiritual development and foster a deeper understanding of their faith, as they begin their journey into an independent young adult life. This serving of their parish and being part of a vibrant community of faith may inspire them to look beyond the parish to the greater local and global communities to which they belong and spark a desire to make a difference in the world. Through prayer, liturgy, and engagement with their spiritual community, young people can learn that grace is abundantly available- and with the inspiration, the Holy Spirit provides- be better able to make choices that are mindful and soulful. Involvement in service projects, activities and youth group gatherings can generate a deeper understanding of who they are as persons and what they are called to be as Catholic Christians. It is our hope that by providing a comprehensive ministry to youth, the parish can help young people find their place in the world as stewards of creation and builders of the Kingdom of God for all humanity.