Register or Volunteer for St. Anthony’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament

Golf TournamentThe St. Anthony’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 25th.

Click here to register for the tournament.

We need a lot of volunteers to have this event run smoothly. Please use the sign-up forms below to volunteer for a specific responsibility  The signup form below does not include some positions that have already been filled. If  you have any questions, please contact Stacey Wymbs at swymbs@optonline.net

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
13th Annual Golf Tournament September 25, 2017 17

Religious Education Registration 2017-2018

Religious EducationParents who would like to enroll their child(ren) for the coming year of Religious Education classes may do so on Tuesday evening, September 5, at 7:30 pm in the church. One parent from each family is expected to attend this meeting. We do not charge for religious education but each family is required to be a registered member of the parish and to commit ten hours of service time to some parish endeavor. If you have questions, please call Eleanor Sauers, DRE, at the parish office.

Lost and not found

glovesThere are several items St. Anthony has found and left in the basket at the front entrance of the church (lots of gloves and mittens!). Please check it if you think you might have lost something while at church.

August 20, 2017

Community-Wide Prayer Service Against Racism: August 23

no-hate-2019922_640Together with the Jewish Federation and the local synagogues. Congregation Beth El is organizing a community wide prayer service against racism and hate. It will take place at Congregation Beth El (1200 Fairfield Woods Rd, Fairfield), next Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm. As religious leaders of different faiths, it is extremely important for us to participate and encourage our communities to join us in condemning violence and hatred.

All are warmly invited, and encouraged, to attend this important gathering of the community.

August 19, 2017

So, what is of concern to you?

question markDear Parishioners,

There was more going on in Charlottesville than resentment over moving a statue, and there’s more going on in the country than what happened in Charlottesville. In an interview after the carnage caused by domestic terrorism, the mayor pointed out that, until the last few years, these racist groups lived unorganized existences in the dark. It is only recently they have been emboldened to “come out in the daytime.”

I can think of no better way to describe the nature and activities of these hate-mongering groups as “in the dark.” Evil. Corrupt. Destructive. Malicious. It doesn’t take long—certainly not anywhere near two days—to think of many adjectives to describe them or to understand the importance of publicly denouncing their existence and behavior. I am proud of the thousands of people who immediately and literally put their lives on the line to voice a counter-protest against an ideology and an agenda which is wholly un-American, not to mention un-Christian. These hate groups must not be allowed to think that the barbarism they brought to Charlottesville has given them any kind of a foothold in national acceptance.

Considering the current climate, it seems even more crucial to foster Gospel values where they have been dulled by hate or apathy or ignorance. Over the years, there have been several individuals in the parish who have asked about establishing a “social justice/social needs” group in our community which would provide a forum for awareness, education, discussion, and action, with regard to various issues raised by the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. The signs of the times suggest we take this step as well.

So, what is of concern to you? What stirs your passion? Hunger? Poverty? Criminal Justice? Environmental Concerns? Racism? Immigration? Fair Employment? Bring that passion and interest to an informal meeting on Monday, September 18, and let’s see where the Spirit of God takes us from there. So many of our parishioners are al- ready involved with different social action concerns that, I’m sure, it is bound to be an interesting and enlightening evening of discussion. What might come out of it—if anything—remains to be seen and is up to God, but at the very least, I think it will be a relief to hear and express with others those values which we hold in common as followers of Christ. When those Christian values are linked with a compassion of heart and a willingness to work, there is no darkness that will prevail…

Father John

August 19, 2017

Fairfield Social Services

$10 Gift CardFairfield Social Services needs your help to provide supplies and clothing gift cards to more than 100 children. Last year, Fairfield Social Services provided new backpacks, shoes, and other essentials to 102 children from 54 low income families from the community’s generous donations. Please drop-off gift cards in any amount from stores like Staples, Target, Kohl’s, Marshall’s, Old Navy, to the Bigelow Senior Center’s Social Services office, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, or to the Senior Center’s front reception desk. Monetary do- nations are gratefully appreciated on behalf of the families in need, please send to: Fairfield Social Services, Attn: Ms. Theresa Giegengack, Director of Hu- man Services, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, CT, 06824. For additional information, please call Fairfield Social Services at 203-256-3166.

August 19, 2017

13th Annual Golf Tournament

13th annual golf tournament - signupOur annual golf tournament will be held on Monday, September 25, at the Whitney Farms Country Club in Monroe. The cost is $175. per golfer and includes the use of the putting green and driving range (beginning at 9 am), golf and cart, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Registration brochures are available at the entrances to the church or you may register online.

Not a golfer? You can still support this fundraiser in several ways. We are looking for donations of raffle items as well as volunteers to help on the day of the event. Also, many sponsorships are available. You are also invited to join the golfers for cocktails and dinner at Whitney Farms on the day of the outing ($35.) If you would like to help or have any questions, please call Keith Reynolds at 203-650-3919.

August 19, 2017

Operation Hope Tag Sale

operation hopeOperation Hope Tag Sale will be held this Saturday (9a-4p) and Sunday (12n-4p) at the First Congregational Church on Beach Road. Admission is $1 and all proceeds support our community’s mission to end hunger and homelessness for those most in need in our area. Please plan to visit, shop, and support a great cause!

 

August 6, 2017

Finding a Five Dollar Bill

Dear Parishioners,

fivedollarbillI received a long, plain, white envelope in the mail this week. It was sent from Hartford and hand addressed to “Pastor,” no return address. It looked mildly creepy so I figured it was either Hate Mail or Crazy Mail. Hate Mail might include comments on a variety of topics from a homily at Mass to the shade of beige chosen for the new fence to a parishioner driving over someone’s prize petunia bed after the 8am Mass. Crazy Mail would address something broader and deeper, usually underlining the warnings of a 12th Century oracle that God would soon smash the world flat because we haven’t said our quota of Hail Marys this month. I took a deep breath and opened the letter. Here’s what was written:

Hi Father, 

I went to your parish picnic in early July. I was a visitor. I had a wonderful time. All the parishioners made me feel welcome. The weather was great and the band was terrific. I was checking out the old cars in front of the church. I found a $5 bill. I meant to give it to the ladies at the driveway table. I forgot. Please put this in one of your charity baskets. Thanks. No signature. Just the folded five dollar bill. But there was more in that envelope. A lot more. There was honesty. Integrity. An acknowledgement that a person’s character is founded and built on the “little things.” No one would have known (or probably cared) if the person had simply kept the money after forgetting to give it back. Or the man or woman could have dropped it into a charity basket at their own place of worship. To take the time to write a note and mail the five dollars back speaks volumes to me about the clarity which comes from living an honorable life, a life guided by the wisdom of knowing just what to do when trying to do the right thing. In short: a person of God’s Kingdom. At a time when an Ivy-educated, hired-then-fired Communications Director for the United States can’t seem to form a sentence without using profanity, when apologies must be made for a presidential address to Boy Scouts, when truth-telling has lost center court to “alternative facts,” when parents are hard-pressed to point to national role models for children, it is refreshing to know that I can add a new category for mysterious white envelopes sent anonymously in the mail: Modern Parables! Whether Capernaum or Fairfield, a mustard seed or a bit of cash, a net full of fish or yard full of Corvettes, the Lord dwells and walks among us, still teaching in parables: The Kingdom of Heaven is like the one who finds a five dollar bill at a parish picnic……

Father John

August 6, 2017

Fairfield Social Services

$10 Gift CardFairfield Social Services needs your help to provide supplies and clothing gift cards to more than 100 children. Last year, Fairfield Social Services provided new backpacks, shoes, and other essentials to 102 children from 54 low in-come families from the community’s generous donations. Please drop off gift cards in any amount from stores like Staples, Target, Kohl’s, Marshall’s, Old Navy, to the Bigelow Senior Center’s Social Services office, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:30pm, or to the Senior Center’s front reception desk. Monetary donations are gratefully appreciated on behalf of the families in need, please send to: Fairfield Social Services, Attn: Ms. Theresa Giegengack, Director of Human Services, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, CT, 06824. For additional information, please call Fairfield Social Services at 203-256-3166.

August 6, 2017

Annual Catholic Appeal: Thank you!

annual catholic appealWe have surpassed our parish goal of $140,000.00! To date, we have contributed $152,825.00 to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal! Thank you to all who have generously responded to this appeal which sustains and supports the good works of our Diocese. It is greatly appreciated!