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

Accompanied Prayer Group

The Accompanied Prayer Group meets in the Crypt on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Each meeting starts with an informal get-together over tea and coffee at 11.00, before prayers from 11.30 to 12.30.

(There are no meetings in August).

Contact: Rochdale Alexis

Altar Servers

We have a wonderful team of Altar Servers of both boys and girls from Age 7 upwards. They serve at the Vigil Mass on Saturday and on Sunday. If you are interested in your son or daughter learning more about this role, please see our Lead Server.
Contact: Lanre Sanni

 

Children's Liturgy Group

During term-time at the 10.30 Mass on Sundays the Children's Liiturgy Group run an alternative Liturgy of the Word for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 that is easy to understand. Pre-school children are welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by an adult. At the start of Mass, Fr invites the children to come forward and accept the Book of the Word.  The children then process out to the Crypt. They may act out a Gospel story, make a card, sing or talk about the Word of God. The children return to the Church in time for the Offertory Procession when they rejoin their families.

Contact: Jim Hayes

Clergy

Fr Nick Nwanzi came to the parish in September 2014.

Our deacons are Reverend Paul Lipscomb and Reverend Frank Shephard. A list of previous clergy is listed below.

Contact: Rev Father Nick Nwanzi

 

 

Parish Priests

1940-1954 

 Fr Bryan Houghton

1954-1969 

 Fr James Reidy

1969-1972 

 Fr Frank Glanfield

1972-1974 

 Fr Michael Hazell

1974-1978 

 Fr Norman Smith

1978 

 Fr John Fennell

1978-1981 

 Fr Peter Nightingale

1981-1999 

 Canon Michael Hazell

1999-2012 

 Fr Richard Moroney

2012-2013 

 Fr Joseph Pham

2013-2014 

 Fr Michael Harrison

2014- 

 Fr Nicholas Nwanzi

Assistant Priests

1943-1944 

 Fr Joseph Bracken

1944-1947 

 Fr Patrick Oates

1947-1949 

 Fr Oswald Baker

1954-1958 

 Fr Brendan Peters

1958-1964 

 Fr Dominic Gillooly

1964-1966 

 Fr Michael Donnelly

1966-1969 

 Fr Joseph Garvey

1969-1972 

 Fr Francis Murphy

1971-1975 

 Fr Peter Brown

1972-1977 

 Fr Michael Sellers

1975-1978 

 Fr John Keane

1978-1979 

 Fr Gerald Thornton

1978-1983 

 Fr Richard Moroney

1983-1989 

 Fr Joseph Walsh

1989-1990 

 Fr Stephen McGuinness

1990-1991 

 Fr Mark O'Donnell

1996-1999 

 Fr Richard Moroney

Permanent Deacons

1976- 

 Rev Douglas Denny

1991- 

 Rev Frank Shephard

1999- 

 Rev Paul Lipscomb

2004-2009 

 Rev Marek Gadjus

 

Confirmation Programme

If you are in Year 8 and above, and interested in joining the Confirmation Programme for 2018, please contact the Parish Office.  Both parents and children are expected to attend.
Contact: Rev Father Nick Nwanzi and Sue Hayes

Collection Counters

Every week a pair of volunteers count the offertory collections, and take the money to the bank. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Fr Nick.

There is a rota for performing this duty at each Mass to share the responsibility between the volunteers. A copy of this can be found under Mass Intentions and Rotas.

Contact: Rev Father Nick Nwanzi

 

First Holy Communion Programme

The 2018 Communion Programme has now started.

Contact: Mike Cooke

Flowers

Our Church flowers are taken of by Patsy Molloy on a weekly basis. If you are available to assist her in any way, please do contact her via the Parish Office.

Contact: Patsy Molloy

Hospital Chaplaincy

If you need to contact a priest in an emergency for yourself or for a relative:

 

Please ask a nurse on duty to ring the switchboard and contact the Catholic Priest on duty, or

ring the hospital switchboard on 01753 633000 and ask them to contact the Catholic Priest on duty.

The priest who is on call will respond immediately. If he can not be contacted the hospital will telephone other priests. 
 
Priests who are called to hospital go very willingly, but please try to anticipate events. To avoid getting a priest out of bed at night, make contact earlier in the day if you can. However if a priest is needed unexpectedly during the night, don't wait until the morning to ring. It may be too late then.

 

If you would like the Sacrament of Reconciliation or the Sacrament of the Sick before major surgery, try to arrange with your priest to celebrate them before you enter hospital. 
 
The Sacrament of the Sick is no longer known as 'The Last Rites'. The annointing emphasises God's power to heal. It is offered regularly to those who have a lengthy illness. It is normal to celebrate it before major surgery.

When you leave hospital

Please ask your priest to arrange for you to receive Holy Communion at home while you are convalescing.

Contact: Rev Father Nick Nwanzi

 

Liturgy Group

The Parish Liturgy Group meets to plan and coordinate the celebration of Mass and Feast Days. The Group also supports the Priest in all Liturgical aspects of the Parish. 

Contact: Sue Hayes

Ministers of the Eucharist

Our Eucharistic Ministers are appointed every year to offer the Holy Eucharist in the Parish. A copy of the rota can be found at the Information Point in the Narthex of the Church and on the website under Mass Intentions and Rotas.

Contact: Eva Antao-Bento

Ministers of the Word

Our Ministers of the word are appointed every Easter to give the readings at Mass in church. A copy of the rota can be found at the Information Point in the Narthex of the Church and on the website under Mass Intentions and Rotas.

Contact: Anne Dyer

Mothers Prayers

The Mothers Prayer Group is taking a break. The Group normally meets during Term Time in the Chapel behind the Sanctuary. More information to follow. 

Contact: Rev Fr Nick Nwanzi

Our Gardens

Our sincere thanks goes to Eva and John of Newleaf for maintaining our gardens so beautifully all year round. We all know how much work goes into keeping gardens looking so immaculate.  We are always looking to increase our volunteer base and are seeking your assistance with the gardening at St. Anthony's. If you are able to spare some time during the week or on weekends, please make yourself known to Eva or John who will be happy to have you on board.  If you would like to sponsor a flowerbed, donate flowers etc. These will be gratefully accepted. You don't have to be an expert to look after God's Garden, you just need a little love and care!

Contact: Eva Marzec 

Parish Council

The Parish Council meets about four times a year as a forum for the different parish teams to share their plans and coordinate their efforts.

Contact: Peter Cathcart

Parish Fete 

This year's Fête will be held on Saturday 16th June, 2018.

 

We are delighted to proudly announce that last year we  raised a whopping, much-needed £6,378.88! Well done and thank you!

 
This year we plan to make even more. Please see our newsletter and noticeboard for more information.

 

 

Contact: David Picton

Parish Office

The office is open from 9.00am-1.00pm, Mon,Tue,Thu, & Fri (except public holidays). However, during the Summer break the Parish Office will be closed on Fridays.

Contact: Lisa Chau - Parish Secretary

Pastoral Area Council

The Slough Pastoral Area is one of 13 across the diocese. Each Pastoral Area is led by a Dean, and facilitates interactions between local parishes, schools, and other organisations. 
 
The Slough Pastoral Area consists of:

 

Holy Family (Langley),

Holy Redeemer (Wexham),

Our Lady of Peace (Burnham) with St Andrew's shared church (Cippenham) and St Gilbert's (Eton Wick),

St Anthony,

St Augustine (Datchet) and of Our Lady of Sorrows(Eton),

Our Lady Immaculate and St Ethelbert (Slough),

Polish Church of Divine Mercy,

Schools of Our Lady of Peace,Holy Family, St Anthony's, St Ethelbert's primary schools,

Preparatory school at St Bernard's,

St Joseph's and St Bernard's secondary schools,

Bridgettine Sisters (Fulmer),

Daughters of St Paul (Middle Green), & the Chaplaincy of Wexham Park Hospital.

 

Most of the interaction within the Pastoral Area takes place at meetings of the Pastoral Area Council, which is made up of the parish priests and deacons, with two lay members from each parish. Our representatives are Fr Nick, Deacon Frank, Deacon Paul, Eva Antao-Bento, Peter Cathcart and David Picton.

Contact: Rev Father Nick Nwanzi

Prayer Group

The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Thursday at 1.30pm in the Crypt. Prayer and Worship is centred on the Holy Spirit and the Charisms of the Church. The session involves private and collective prayer, Bible readings, meditative time and singing. All are welcome!
Contact: Cathy Reynolds

 

R.C.I.A

RCIA (Rite for Catholic Initiation of Adults) is a course for people who may be considering joining the Catholic faith, or even for Catholics who would like to learn more and develop a deeper understanding of their faith.
Our parish RCIA course expects on run from November until Easter. If you are interested, or know anyone who may be interested, please either speak with Fr Nicholas, or call the Parish Office and leave your details and we will be in contact.

Contact: Jim and Sue Hayes

Safeguarding

Your Parish Safeguarding Representatives

 

Parish Safeguarding Representatives are responsible for: making sure the Parish is aware of the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; promoting good and safe practice, including what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour; with their Parish Priest and the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Officer. They decide how to administer the National Safeguarding Policies and Procedures within the Parish.

 

The representatives for St Anthony's are:

Eva Antao-Bento
Sue Hayes

 

Our Safeguarding Representatives are available in the Parish Office every Wednesday from 6pm - 7.30pm. Completed DBS Forms can be returned during these times.

 

What is Safeguarding?

 

 

Safeguarding is protecting vulnerable adults or children from abuse or neglect. It means making sure people are supported to get good access to health care and stay well. It is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and adults and protecting them from harm.


Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:
•    Protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development.
•    Making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care.


Safeguarding adults includes:
•    Protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
•    People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening.
•    Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.


Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.


Safeguarding children and child protection applies to all children up to the age of 18.


All organisations that come into contact with children and adults should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs. Here at St Anthony’s all our Safeguarding Policies are linked with the Northampton Diocese. 

Contact: Eva Antao-Bento

 

School

The school office can be contacted on 01753-645828, or by writing to:
St Anthonys RC Primary School
Farnham Road
Slough
SL2 3AA.

Contact: Mrs Debbie Rainer (Interim Headteacher)

St Anthony's Music Group

St Anthony's Music Group meets every Wednesday at 6.15pm in the Crypt. It comprises of guitarists, singers and a violinist. The Group meets to practice and plan the music for the forthcoming Mass on a Sunday. We have a number of children and adults and are always looking for more members. The organ is played by John Thorton every second week. Feel free to join us. We promise to make you welcome!

Contact: Eva Marzec

Website Team

The website is managed and updated regularly. If there is any information you wish to post, please see:

 

Eva Antao-Bento: All general information

Lisa Chau: Newsletter

John Gibbon: Photography

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  May. Our takings were £77.36. 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 so do 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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