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Eleanor

The Lord is Near

The Lord is Near

December 13, 2018

Dear Parishioners, The prophet Zephaniah writes, Shout for joy, 0 daughter Zion…be glad and exult with all your heart. Rejoice in the Lord always, says St. Paul in this Sunday’s second reading to the Philippians. The readings this weekend speak to me in avery personal way. This past Sunday’s announcement of Bishop Caggiano’s decision to…

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Advent

December 7, 2018

Dear Parishioners, This past Saturday (December 1), the parish held an Advent Morning of Reflection for Women, entitled “The Fruit of the Holy Spirit.” Some 60 women gathered to pray and reflect on the scripture and a guided meditation presented by Annette Bonomo, a psychotherapist, art therapist and retreat leader. Annette used an art experience…

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Community

November 29, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Maria Harris, a consummate religious educator, wrote that community is taught by the way it is lived. The community of St. Anthony Parish is such a place, living out its dedication to the Gospel and the building of a Christ-centered community in a myriad of ways. Each way teaches not only the one…

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Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Our Christ the King!

November 24, 2018

Dear Parishioners, By the time you read this, the turkey (if there is any left) will have made its way into soup; the football games will be omnipresent; and the Christmas music will be permeating the airways. Before we follow the culture and rush head-long into Christmas shopping and decorating, the Church calls us to…

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The Thanksgiving Ceremony

The Thanksgiving Ceremony

November 17, 2018

Dear Parishioners, I am not certain how we got here, yet here we are, in mid-November, with the holidays bearing down on us full-tilt. The first we encounter is next week, Thanksgiving, arguably the most widely celebrated holiday in the United States, transcending as it does religious and ethnic lines. I came across a delightful…

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Master, to Whom shall we go?

November 12, 2018

Dear Parishioners, As the days darken and the cold weather encroaches, we realize once again that November’s vagary provide the perfect backdrop for the remembering of our beloved dead. This particular autumn has seen an unusual number of deaths in the greater St. Anthony Community. The catechists in our religious education program, the special ministers, the…

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Jesus Wept

Jesus wept

November 3, 2018

Dear Parishioners, In case you ever wondered about what comes in the mail to the parish office, wonder no longer. This past Monday brought that unsolicited, unwelcome yet persistent scourge of any mailbox…the hate letter. Yes, even churches are not exempt from receiving such trash. Friday brought news of a different kind…the return receipt from…

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What We Need

November 3, 2018

Dear Parishioners, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” Our gospel this Sunday recounts the story of the blind man, Bartimaeus, who is quite literally a beggar, positioning himself along the way that Jesus would follow as he travelled to Jerusalem and imploring Jesus to help him in his distress. In calling to Jesus as…

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Unsung Heros

Unsung Heros

October 20, 2018

Dear Parishioners, In the Gospel this Sunday we hear about two “social climbing” followers of Jesus who ask to sit at his right and his left in the kingdom of God. Jesus is not too happy about this request and admonishes them, saying not only that the favor asked is not within his purview, but…

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Attention Weekend Lectors-Lector Work- books for the new liturgical year 2019 can be found in the sacristy. Please be sure to pick one up.

Wisdom

October 13, 2018

Dear Parishioners, This past Saturday the Confirmation Class of 2018 gathered in the parish hall for a retreat. One of the items on the agenda was proposed to us by our own Sr. Eileen Boffa, whose street ministry our parish is happy to support. Sr. Eileen has organized a retreat for 15 homeless women and…

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child praying

Christian Community

October 6, 2018

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday our religious education program begins again for grades 1 through 8. Our Confirmation candidates will receive the sacrament next Thursday evening. In all, over 250 young people will be engaged in religious activities in the next week and beyond on our campus. In addition to the spiritual and educational formation our…

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The Best Golf Outing!

September 29, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Yesterday was the 14th Annual St. Anthony Golf Tournament, at Whitney Farms Country Club. The weather, while not perfect, was dry (though a tad chilly), eminently suitable for a round of golf. There were 90 players and 105 people for cocktails and dinner! I was not on the course, but I was in…

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