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

Lanre and son, Feranmi, our wonderfully dedicated team of projectionists, making our 10.30am Sunday Family Mass truly interactive and accessible to all.  

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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.

 

Crypt - Mini Makeover!

 

A sincere thank you to everyone that came along to help paint! The Crypt is looking wonderful already. We still have a little more to do and will be having another session soon. We will announce the date in the next few weeks. 

 

Condolences

 

We extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Donovan family on the unexpected passing of Monsignor Paul Donovan. He was a former pupil of St Anthony's and his family had close ties with the Parish over the decades. He will always be remembered with love and fondness. May his soul Rest in Peace. His memorial service will take place on Tuesday 21 February at 11.00am at St. Augustine's Church in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Sunday's Interactive Mass

 

The 10.30am Mass now dawns the introduction of a projector and screen during its service. So far we have had a great response to this. We hope that it will be a great resource and method of communication. Sincere thanks to everyone involved

 

Weekly Mass Readings

 

Can now be found here! Weekly Readings

 

Lent

 

Our Lenten season starts 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.

 

Lenten Retreat

 

We welcome the return of the Daughters of St Paul on Saturday 11 March who will be leading us in our Lenten Retreat. The Retreat will start with Mass at 9.15am and will close at 4pm. All our welcome! More details are listed on our Retreat Page. Please take a look at their website Pauline Books

 

Bishop's Visit

 

We are delighted to announce that Bishop Peter will be visiting St Anthony’s on the weekend of 11 and 12 March. We hope that many of you will be able to attend Mass and have the opportunity to speak with him and share your thoughts. His visit coincides with our Lenten Retreat on 11 March which is being led by the Daughters of St Paul. For more information on the Bishop, please visit the Diocese site at: Bishop Peter

 

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.

 

CAFOD Fast Day

 

During the weekend of 4 and 5 March, there will be a Lenten talk about the work of CAFOD and the Fast day on Friday 10 March. You are invited to make a donation using the envelopes that will be given out before Mass. If you are a tax payer, please do fill in your details accordingly so that CAFOD can claim the gift aid. The Parish is looking for more volunteers to assist with this charity. If you think this might be you, please see one of our representatives that weekend. Please see Lent Fast Day for more information.

 

Easter Craft Sessions

 

A series of crafting sessions will take place on Sunday’s during Lent and will be led by Donna Marks. More information to follow.

 

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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