Schedule of Events For Easter Triduum

St. Anthony's at Easter Season

Holy Thursday, April 13
7:30p.m. Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, April 14
3:00p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7:00p.m. Tenebrae

 Holy Saturday, April 15
11:30a.m. Blessing of the Easter Foods
11:45a.m. Blessing of the Easter Foods
12:00p.m. Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
8:00p.m. Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 16
8:00a.m. Mass
10:00a.m. Mass with choir
11:30a.m. Mass

Lenten Pamphlet Available at Church

lentAll of our Lenten events and activities are listed in a pamphlet available at the entrances to the church. You are welcome to take one and consider the ways you might enter more fully into the richly spiritual season of Lent.

The Joy of Cooking!

operation hopeOur parish has made a commitment to Operation Hope to provide a monthly dinner meal for fifty people which will be served at the shelter on the fourth Thursday of the month by their staff. We are looking for people to help with this meal. We have menu ideas and shopping lists or you are welcome to create your own dinner. You can cook the dinner together here at the Parish Hall kitchen, or you can prepare items at home and bring them together for delivery. The parish picks up the tab for whatever expenses are incurred. For more information about this worthwhile project, please contact Diane Kaczegowicz at chloeameli@aol.com.

St. Anthony Music Ministry

MusicRehearsals for the adult choir take place on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the choir loft of the church. Consider becoming a part of this important and vital ministry in our parish. If you would like some more information, speak with Frank Macari, our music director.

Adult Discussion Group

Adult Discussion GroupThe Sunday Morning Discussion group meets on Sundays at 8:45am in the Community Room on the second floor of the Parish Hall. This hour-long, open discussion uses the Sunday Mass readings as a launching point for some “conversation and coffee” on matters relevant to Christian living.

April 10, 2017

God intends to change the world

easter mondayDear Parishioners,

Let’s talk about Easter Monday…..

That’s right. For the moment, I want to bypass the chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, the hamor-lamb-for-dinner debate, the egg hunt and the basket filled with fake grass, and get right to the tough question of Easter Monday morning: so what?

If Monday morning brings you back to business as usual and “Easter 2017” is a blurry memory of a nice family meal at Grandma’s and how cute the kids looked in their new clothes, then I’d say that’s not such a bad deal. Not everybody gets to have those kind of memories. I hope they are the same kind of memories you also might have of, say, Fourth-of-July or Mother’s Day.

But if you heard the story the Church just retold in these last three days, Easter Monday might contain a bit more for you. Yes, Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, but sometimes I think people get the mistaken notion that that is the reason God’s Son was sent into the world. God’s Son was sent among us, first and foremost, to love. Turns out that love was so radical it was threatening. He was killed because of it. Also, turns out that love was powerful, so powerful even death couldn’t extinguish it. The Triduum celebration of Easter is meant to remind us of the depth with which each of us is loved by God and, also, that each of us is capable of loving in like manner through God’s grace.

These realizations can change pretty much everything. Calm and peace might seep in to replace fear and anxiety. Hope might be rekindled in the empowering identity we share as a people of God’s own. Patience and compassion offer clearer ways of seeing and relating to each other.

Chocolate bunnies and egg hunts are great ways to celebrate Easter, but understand that through the Paschal Events, God intends to change the world…..maybe through you…..on Easter Monday.

Father John

April 10, 2017

Iceland Trip Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017

northern lightsFr. Charles Allen, S.J. invites you to join him for a trip to Iceland, Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights, October 26 to November 2, 2017. For information, call the Fairfield University Alumni Office at 203-254-4280 or email alumni@fairfield.edu.

April 10, 2017

Pierogie “party”

Pierogie

Lend a hand making pierogies and stuffed cabbage for our parish picnic. April 21/22 is Pierogi weekend and April 28/29 is for Stuffed Cabbage. Join us and become part of a team that creates the Polish specialties that highlight the parish picnic. We work hard; we laugh hard; we enjoy a special time together! Lunch is also served. For times or more information, please email Rose Corr at Rose1122@aol.com.

April 10, 2017

Youth Group Meets on April 24th

Youth GroupSt. Anthony Youth Group will meet on Monday, April 24, at 7pm. Downstairs in the church meeting room. Pizza and Discussion. All high school kids are welcome. Topic: Picture This….

March 30, 2017

Lenten Soup Suppers

Lenten Soup SuppersOur Lenten Soup Suppers are held on Saturday evenings in the Parish Hall after the 6pm Mass. Donate at the door whatever you may have spent on dinner that evening and enjoy this simple meal of home-made soups, bread, and water. All proceeds will be given to the Thomas Merton Center. Each week, a different parish group makes and serves the soup. Last Saturday, soups from the women of the parish raised $2,442.00! Hosting next week, the final week, are the men of the parish. Please check the parish website for more information or to sign up to make a soup. Whether as chef, server, or diner, we hope to see you there!

March 30, 2017

The Joy of Cooking

operation hopeOur parish has made a commitment to Operation Hope to provide a monthly dinner meal for fifty people which will be served at the shelter on the fourth Thursday of the month by their staff. We are looking for people to help with this meal. We have menu ideas and shopping lists or you are welcome to create your own dinner. You can cook the dinner together here at the Parish Hall kitchen, or you can prepare items at home and bring them together for deliv- ery. The parish picks up the tab for whatever expenses are incurred. For more information about this worthwhile project, please contact Joann DeMaso at jnd6@optonline.net.

March 30, 2017

Youth group meets on Monday, April 2

pizzaSt. Anthony Youth Group will meet on Monday, April 2, at 7pm. Downstairs in the church meeting room. Pizza and Discussion. All high school kids are welcome. Topic: Soul Searching.

March 30, 2017

Day of Prayer on April 6th

Day of PrayerFriday, April 6, is the First Friday of the month and a Day of Prayer for our parish. The Blessed Sacrament will be in exposition after the 7:30am Mass until 12noon. A sign-up sheet is located at the side entrance to the church.