St. Anthony's R.C. Church
St. Anthony's R.C.Church

We are delighted to welcome Bishop Peter Doyle to St. Anthony's!

We have so many photos capturing Bishop Peter's visit that it will take us a little while to process and upload them all to the Gallery!  Please keep checking back regularly to view the latest updates.  In the meantime, here is a small selection for now.  Anyone interested in prints/copies of photographs, please contact John Gibbon at john@newfoliumphotography.com.  All profits will be happily donated to St. Anthony's fundraising.  

Please click on 'List' to view the full diary

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Supporting our Gambian friends at St. Anthony's on Sunday 15th January.

Celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany

Sunday 8th January 2017

David Picton, welcoming and introducing Burnham Concert Band to our much-loved and popular St. Anthony's Christmas Concert - Wednesday 21st December 2016.

Please visit our Photo Gallery to see more images of this wonderful evening.

Welcome to St Anthony's Catholic Church

 

"What matters is faith that makes its power felt through Love" (Galatians 5:6)

 

Our work at the parish of St Anthony’s is work based on faith and love. Faith is a blessing or a gift from God, without faith life would be difficult to live. And for our work in the parish to be fruitful, to be called work for God, and to be beautiful, it has to be based on faith and love – faith in God and the people. Remember the words of Christ “I was hungry, I was naked, I was sick, I was homeless, and you ministered to me”. All our work in the parish is built upon these words of Christ.

 

We need the eyes of deep faith and love to see God in the broken body and the dirty clothes under which God hides himself amongst our parishioners. We shall need the hands of love and faith to touch those bodies wounded by pain and suffering. How pure must our hands be if you have to touch Christ’s body as the priest touches him in the appearance of bread at the Altar, with what love, devotion and faith he lifts the sacred host!

 

We too must have the same feelings of love and faith when we volunteer to clean the Church, work in the garden, visit the sick, work in the sacristy, be a Eucharistic Minister, Reader, usher, serves hospitality, count monies, work as a catechist, undertake secretarial work and other areas you feel called to serve the community.

 

Our holy faith is nothing but a Gospel of love, revealing to us God’s love to men and women and claiming in return our love for God. If we lack faith and love in our community then there is something wrong somewhere, that is, 'selfishness' and so much gain only for SELF.

 

But for faith to be true, it has to be a given love. Love and faith go together, they compliment each other. Faith in action is love and love in action is service, therefore, the way of life is but the fruits of faith – faith has to be put in action of love if it has to live, and for love to be true and living it has to be God’s love in action which must be seen in the service of our parish and the people.

 

However, whilst carrying out this service for our parishioners and communities, we must never think anyone of us is indispensable. God has his ways and means. He may allow everything to go upside down in the hands of a very talented and capable person. God sees only your love. We may exhaust ourselves, and even kill ourselves with work, but unless our works are intervowen with love they are useless. God does not need our work. God will not ask us how many books we have read, how many miracles we have worked but he will certainly ask if we have done our best for the love of him. 

 

Can I end this message with an African proverb which says that, "A river that forgets its source is bound to dry up". Sometimes we forget our source which is our deep trust and love in God, and our good culture of love and services in our community. In order not to dry up we must reconnect ourselves with our origin which is rooted in God, our ancestors and our dear cherised good culture of hospitality, and marry it with our present in order to flow into a smooth future of happiness and love. 

 

In summary, everybody in our parish community is called to be faithful, we are called to love, we are called to serve.

 

Thank you and God Bless you all.

 

Fr Nicholas Nwanzi

Be Involved

 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa

 

The Parish warmly welcomes all volunteers! If you can assist with any of the following, please let Fr Nicholas know:

Sacristy work, cleaning, children’s liturgy, repair works, painting, gardening, lifts for parishioners to and from Mass.

If there is something else you can do, please do let him know.

 

Lenten Message from Father

 

Please take a look to see Fr's latest message about Lent and taking up our own cross.

 

Bishop's Visit

 

Thank you to everyone that made the Bishop's visit a wonderful success! He was delighted to see so many of you and spend some much needed quality time with you. There are some wonderful pictures of his weekend with us so please continue to visit the website and take a look at our gallery.  For more information on the Bishop, please visit the Diocese site at: Bishop Peter

 

CAFOD Fast Day - Thank You!

 

The School and Parish joined together to hold a very enjoyable Lenten Lunch on Friday 10 March. Soup and bread was made and served by Year 5 and 6 pupils respectively. It was extremely well supported by parents and staff from the school and attended by a few parishioners. Altogether it raised £242.52 for CAFOD. Well done to all those involved! 

 

Welcome

 

If you have recently joined the Parish, you are most welcome. We hope that you are settling in well. Please do make yourself known to Fr Nicholas or the Parish Office. You can also use the Contact Form on the Contact us Tab.

 

Lent

 

Our Lenten season started on Ash Wednesday 1 March. It is a period of reflection, fasting and penance. There are many ways in which we are called to do this through acts of mercy, patience, almsgiving and other charitable works in our community. Let us begin to think about how we can make a difference this Lent. What is God asking of us? Take a look at the CAFOD Lent Calendar for more inspiration.

 

Saturday Mass hits some notes!

 

If you attend the 6.30pm Mass on Saturday, you may be in for a welcome surprise! The Mass has taken a new direction with the introduction of music. This has been a welcome addition and we have recieved some great feedback. Thanks to David Picton and Eva Marzec for making this happen.

 

Please note that during the Lenten period we will not be singing various aspects of the Mass. This is because they are not in keeping with liturgy. Lent is a time for quiet relection and contemplation and therefore we are required to ahere to the Church's teaching on this. We will resume our high Mass starting at the Easter Vigil!  

 

 

Sunday's Interactive Mass

 

The 10.30am Mass now dawns the introduction of a projector and screen during its service. We have recieved a lot of positive feedback! If you have any suggestions please see Lanre Sanni or Eva Marzec after Mass.

 

Weekly Mass Readings

 

Can now be found here! Weekly Readings

 

First Holy Communion 2017

 

Important information for parents.  Please see the above link marked 'First Holy Communion'. The dates for First Confession and Communion are listed there.

 

Easter Basket Blessing

 

Together with our Polish community we warmly invite you to our Easter Basket Blessing on Holy Saturday. The Blessing will take place at 10.30am. More information about this lovely tradition will be available nearer the time.

 

Prayer to St Anthony

 

Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find {mention your petition} which has been lost. As least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

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