Welcome to St. Anthony's
Welcome to St. Anthony's 

A Message from Father

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

Happy Easter

 

Happy Easter to Everybody!

 

God has risen in all of us and one of the fruits of the risen God is love. “My children our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active (1 John Chapter 3 verse 18)”.  The spirit of God rises in all of us on a daily basis and our actions are seen in the ways we manifest God’s love through our deeds. 

 

Love does not live on words nor can it be explained by words - especially that love which serves God, which comes from him, and which finds him and touches him in the lives of our neighbours, in my wife, my husband, my children, the elderly, in my mother and father.  We must reach the heart and to reach the heart as we must do - love is proved in deeds and does not live on words. 

 

Love of God, our neighbours, and very cherished ancestors should be a living bond between all of us and then the world we know that we are authentic children of love in action. Perhaps only a smile, a little visit to the graves of our loved ancestors who have gone before us. A little visit to the housebound or simply helping to wash their clothes, cleaning and arranging their rooms, writing a letter for a blind person, bringing a few newsletters and newspapers to the housebound, finding a pair of shoes, reading a story for children or someone, this is only a little bit, yes – a very tiny bit, but it will be our love of God in action, it is not how much we do but how much we love and express it in our actions.

 

Never think that a small good action done to your neighbour is not worth much.  It is not how much we do that is dear to God’s heart, but how much love we put into the doing. That is what is our loving God looks for – because he is love and he has made us in his image to love and to be loved. 

 

Now make sure you know your neighbour for that knowledge will lead you to great love and love to personal service. In summary, don’t worry when you discover you cannot do great things but always remember that you can do small things with great love.

 

With this is mind, can I say thank you to all our catechists, eucharistic ministers, safeguarding representative, music group, finance group, gardeners, parish council, children’s liturgy, readers and indeed all our parishioners for accepting to undertake lots of services in our parish with great love. 

 

I love you all. Happy Easter!

 

Fr Nicholas Nwanzi

 

Lenten Message: Carrying our Crosses

 

"If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me". (Luke 29:23) 

God through his son Jesus said to the people of his time "If you want to be my disciples, take up your cross and come follow me". Today in young people of the universe, God through his son Jesus leaves his passion in the suffering, in the hungry, the handicapped young people - in that toddler who eats a piece of bread crumb by crumb, because when that piece of bread is finished, there will be no more and hunger will visit the child again. That is the station of the cross. Am I there with that child? And those thousands who died not only for a piece of bread but for a little bit of love or recognition. That is a station of the cross.

 

The question remains, am I there? And the young people when they fall as Jesus fell again and again for us - are we there as Simon of Cyrene to pick them up, to pick up the cross? The people in the park, the alcoholics, the homeless, the lonely, they are looking at me and you to do something. Do not be those who look and do not see. Please look and see and take action. That is the station of the cross. 

 

We can begin the station of the cross step by step with joy. Jesus made himself the bread of life for us, hopefully this Lenten period will transform us into the bread of life for our dear brothers and sisters who are in dear need of our love, help, recognition, encouragement and genuine empathy. That is what is called station of the cross.

 

Enjoy your station of the cross and please do pray for me as your embark on any chosen charity of your choice, especially this period. 

 

Truly yours

 

Fr Nicholas Nwanzi

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

My heartfelt thanks goes out to each and everyone of you. I have been truly overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness that you have shown to me with all your Christmas greetings and gifts. 

 

I especially thank you for your prayers and friendship, and for letting me be a part of your lives. You inspire me in so many ways and are a blessing to me. Know that you are always in my prayers and close to my heart.

 

With faith, hope, and love we continue our journey into 2017 together.

 

Just to remind all of us that the boarding on flight 2017 has started.  I do hope that all members of our community have checked in only the best moments of 2016 as your luggage.  The bad and sad moments if carried must be thrown away in the garbage. The flight will be for 365 days long so unfasten your seatbelts, jingle and mingle.

 

The stop-overs will be at the station of: Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well-being, Peace and Abundant Blessings.  We shall be re-fuelling our flight at the womb of: Giving, Sharing, Caring, and Receiving from each other.  The Captain (God) offers us the following menu which will be served during the flight –

 

  • Organic Apple of Friendship
  • Fresh Vegetable Soup of Health
  • Grating of Prosperity
  • Fresh Bowl of Excellent Pumpkin Soup
  • Fresh Organic Seeded Grapes of Success
  • Carrot Cake of Happiness
  • Fresh Broccoli of Blessings and many others

 

All these will be accompanied by bursts of laughter.

Wishing you and your families an enjoyable first class trip on board flight 2017.

 

All my love and prayers

 

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. Parish Welcome Packs are available from the Church Narthex. 

 

Tea/Coffee Morning Donations - Sunday

 

If you would like to donate any cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee, fruit etc. They will be gratefully received. Alternatively, if you are able to increase your financial donation, that would be wonderful!

 

A big thank to everyone that helped and supported our tea and coffee mornings. For the month of March We have taken a grand total of £60.54. If you are new to our Parish, please pop into the Crypt after Mass on a Sunday - we would love to see you. Our tea and coffee mornings are run solely on donations of various homemade cakes, breads, biscuits etc. so do pop in and support us and give generously. All donations recieved go towards the upkeep of the Crypt. 

 

Sick and Housebound

 

If you know of any parishioners that are sick or housebound that would like to receive Holy Communion, please let Fr Nicholas know or contact the Parish Office. 

 

Eucharistic Minister Readers and Counters Rotas

 

These are now available on the website under Mass Intentions and Rotas.

 

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. 

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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