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

WHAT A FANTASTIC FETE- FUN WAS HAD BY ALL!

On a scorching Saturday 17th June, our Parish celebrated its Feast Day in true St. Anthony's style!

Thanks to all who contributed in so many ways, came and helped make this day such a splendid, red- hot, fundraising success!!!

Please visit the gallery for photographs from our Fete,

more photos will be added soon!!

First Holy Communion

Trinity Sunday, 11th June 2017

Many more photos to come, so please check back regularly.  A link will be available here soon to access and download all images freely -  donations to St. Anthony's Church Fundraising would be most gratefully accepted!

john@newfoliumphotography.com

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Celebrating Fr. Nicholas' Birthday

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

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.

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.

 

Congratulations

 

We congratulate all those children making their First Holy Communion this weekend and in the weeks ahead. We welcome you to the family of St. Anthony's. May God continue to bless and guide you always as you embark on this wonderful journey.

 

Our sincere thanks to all the parents, catechists and helpers that have worked tirelessly hard to make this celebration a success. 

 

Photographs of the Holy Communion will be posted on the website. For individual copies, please see our photographer John Gibbon.

Fete 

 

Our Annual Fete takes place on Saturday 17 June. It promises to be bigger and better than ever before. To get involved or help in anyway, please see David Picton or Anne Dyer. Donation boxes are located in the Narthex. Please give generously! We are looking for Bric-a-Brac, Bottles,Teddys, Raffle Prizes etc.

Our Flower Garden

 

We are pleased to announce that Eva and John from Newleaf will be taking pre-orders for hanging baskets, bedding plants, vegetable plants and much more in advance of this year's Fete on Saturday 17 June. There is a wide range of items to choose from - all of which are competitively priced.

All the profits from the sale of these plants will be going towards the Fete's Fundraising Projects. We have a target to sell 100 hanging baskets priced at £20 which will yield us £1000 profit for the Fete. For more information about prices, please see Our Flower Garden tab or contact Eva Marzec direct.

Confirmation Parents' Meeting

 

We have the first Confirmation Candidates Parents’ Meeting on Tuesday 13th June 2017 in the Crypt.

 

All parents of Confirmation Candidates should attend. However, Candidates themselves should not attend this meeting. 

 

The Confirmation Candidates will be preparing the Church, preparing (and possibly reading) the Prayers of the Faithful, preparing and participating in the music, serving and reading for the Sunday Morning Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday 18th June. 

After Mass Tidy Up

 

We are looking for a small team of volunteers to help tidy up after Mass. This includes putting away the hymn books, Mass cards, kneelers and making sure the Church is neat and tidy for its next service.  If you would like to assist in anyway or join a rota, please see Fr Nicholas. 

Sacristan Required

 

Fr Nicholas is requires the assistance of a permanent Sacristan to help at weekday Masses and on the weekend. If you feel called to this special ministry, please do see Fr for an informal chat. Any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated. Full training will be provided.

Prayers for the Sick

 

Please continue to pray for the sick of our Parish and those that have asked for your prayers. If you know of anyone that would like a mention in our bidding prayers, please let Father, the Deacons or the Parish Office know.

Weekly Mass Readings

 

Can now be found here! Weekly Readings

 

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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