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Reflections

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano

Blessed

February 15, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Our responsorial psalm this weekend reads “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” Indeed, we are feeling truly blessed here at St. Anthony’s. We, who hoped in the Lord that our parish would continue to reflect the welcoming, inclusive, Christ-centered community that Fr. John created (with all of you!) have been affirmed…

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Parish Leadership

February 3, 2019

Dear Parishioners, You may have noticed some new faces at the altar these days, particularly if you come to Mass during the week. Our partnership with the Fairfield Jesuit Community has begun in earnest, and we have been, and will continue to be, graced with the presence of Frs. Charles Allen, Gerald Blaszczak, Denis Donoghue,…

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spiritual gifts

Spiritual Gifts

January 24, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Ever wonder why in this weekend’s Gospel, when Mary tells Jesus that the wedding celebration has run out of wine, she ignores Jesus’ response: “Woman, how does your concern affect me?” and proceeds to in- struct the servers to do whatever Jesus asks? There are some scripture scholars who write that Mary, having…

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Take Comfort

January 14, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Interspersed with our daily Masses at 7:30 am are prayer services, during which those gathered recite together “The Canticle of Zechariah,” the lovely hymn to God that proclaims in part: “In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in…

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Wondrous Light

January 4, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Here we are at the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the manifestation or showing of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah proclaims, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” I wonder how many of us, in these Christmas Days, have had the…

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Peace

December 29, 2018

Dear Parishioners, As we stand on the edge of a new year, the reading from St. Paul to the Colossians this Sunday tells us to put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another…as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all…

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Christmas Memories

December 21, 2018

Dear Parishioners, One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember if it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or…

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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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