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Reflections

Walk the Way of Jesus

April 19, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem this Sunday, we have a choice as to how to proceed for the rest of this coming Holy Week. Will we be bystanders, going through the motions and rejoicing next Sunday that we can again eat chocolate, or have a drink, or return to whatever behavior…

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The Goodness of the Lord

April 15, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As we begin our experience of Holy Week 2019, memories of Holy Weeks in the past surface. In looking back, perhaps we think about the intentions that we had for a “good and fruitful” Lent that would create an attitude in our hearts for a truly meaningful Holy Week, especially the celebrations of…

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Breakfast

Come and be fed

April 10, 2019

Dear Parishioners, It seems hard to believe but here we are on the eve of Holy Week, the week that contains our holiest of holy days, the week that teaches us once again about the Paschal Mystery -the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus,- and reminds us of the paschal mystery that each of us…

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City of God

March 31, 2019

Dear Parishioners, This past Sunday, there was a choir of angels in our church at the 10 am Mass for the first anniversary of Fr. John’s death.  At least that’s what it sounded like, and that is what so many of the attendees voiced. The church was full and the atmosphere was as one might…

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Father John Baran

Father John

March 23, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As I am sure most of you know, this Sunday marks the first anniversary of Fr. John’s death. As with so many losses, the space/time continuum seems to have ripped, warping the memory of the exact timing of such a tremendous loss to the parish and to each of us individually. The past…

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Social Justice Outreach

March 12, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Did you know?…As part of our parish’s Social Justice outreach, there will be a blurb in the bulletin each week highlighting a topic of interest and/or an organization that responds to needs within or beyond our local community. This is the first: Did you know…that St. Anthony’s has been a member of the…

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Lenten Traditions

March 1, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Fr. Charles Allen, S.J., of the Fairfield Jesuit Community, will return for a two-night series (Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19 at 7 pm) when he will share his wisdom about the Lenten Season. A listing of all that is being offered this Lent appears in the Lenten insert in this bulletin.…

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“How can I repay the kindness of the Lord?”

February 26, 2019

Dear Parishioners, “How can I repay the kindness of the Lord?” Dan Schutte’s song, which began the celebration at the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, has been resonating in my head this morning. Between that opening, and the final hymn “City of God,” came an array of prayer, blessing and more song, with powerful words…

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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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St. Anthony of Padua Church

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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