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


ST ANTHONY’S SCHOOL ASSEMBLEY We welcome back the staff, teachers and students of St Anthony’s with a school Mass on Monday 23rd at 9.15am. 


RECEPTION PLACES are still available for September at St Anthony’s. St Anthony’s is an outstanding school with a Catholic ethos and welcome children from all faiths. School visits are always welcome and application forms are available from the school office. 


CONGRATULATIONS TO ST ANTHONY’S SCHOOL for receiving an ‘Outstanding’ following their recent section 48 RE inspection! The full report can be viewed on the school website: http://www.stanthonys.slough.sch.uk/ 


WE WELCOME Nadia Lipiak and Paula Rae Tacderas Rivera who were baptised this weekend. Many blessings upon them and their families. 


CAFOD Thank you for your support to their Lent Fast Day appeal. Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. They have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition - and with it they hope to be able to reach 245,000 people. But they need the full amount of match funding to make it happen. You can help them reach the funds needed by donating to cafod.org.uk/lent or call 0303 303 3030. Thank you. 


WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES – DUBLIN 2018 In August 2018, Pope Francis will be visiting Dublin, Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. NYMO are inviting young adults aged 16-30yrs to be a part of this amazing opportunity. If you are interested and for more information, please email fiona@nymo.org or call 01582 720627. 


MAY HE REST IN PEACE – David Green, aged 80 years, late husband of our very own Pat Green, whose funeral will be held on Monday 30th April at 11.15am.   


THE DAUGHTERS OF ST PAUL will be visiting our Parish on the weekend of 9th & 10th June and will be brining with them books, bibles, prayer cards, rosaries, Mass cards, and many gift items which will be available for purchase after Mass. For parents and families of children celebrating their First Holy Communion, this will be an excellent opportunity to purchase gifts for the children so please make use of this opportunity as they are here for one week only!  


GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY - The day also marks of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations within the Church.  We pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, asking the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers to the Harvest.  We pray in particular for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood and the various Religious communities throughout our own Diocese and will be taking a second collection at all Masses this weekend for the Priest Training Fund. Thank you. 


FR NICHOLAS’ BIRTHDAY will be celebrated after Mass on Sunday 6th May in the Crypt. Everyone is invited and any dishes, cakes, or other goodies that you wish to bring on the day are very welcome! 


OFFERTORY ENVELOPES are now available for collection from the Narthex. Apologies for the delay is getting these out! If you would like to start using envelopes, please contact Lisa in the Parish Office. 





DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM takes place on Saturday 10th June with mid-day Mass led by Bishop Peter. For more information, see posters on the noticeboards.



HOLY FAMILY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES - 25th - 30th June 2018. Heathrow to Toulouse by air and then by Luxury Coach to Lourdes. Price £550/- inclusive of breakfast, Lunch and dinner. Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Bates. Contact Matthew Fernandes on 01753 675786 or 07958666067, or Kitty Flood on 01753 533230 or 07496784160.



RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION AND THE PRECIOUS BLOOD Here at St Anthony’s we receive Communion under two types: Holy Eucharist and the Precious Blood and we encourage children and adults to consume both. In doing so, we are reminded to be reverent as we receive this Holy Sacrament. When the Priest/Deacon/Eucharistic Minister says: The Body of Christ or The Blood of Christ the correct response is to say “Amen”. Please do not say “Thank you”, “stay silent” or “just smile”.  In addition, please note that we do not practice “Intinction” - that is the dipping of the host into the wine. This is not permitted under the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We do, however, recognise that not everyone may want to receive Communion. If this applies to you, please feel free to come up for a blessing by crossing your arms over your chest so that this can be administered appropriately. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.



LIGHTING CANDLES IN THE CHAPELS - We warmly invite parishioners and visitors to a light a candle for their intentions and loved ones in Our Lady Chapel and Our Sacred Heart Chapel. In doing so, please note that all children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a parent/adult when lighting a candle.




THE CATHEDRAL DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN received a boost recently with the news that work could begin as soon as July this year! Father Mark Floody, Dean of the Cathedral, announced the news at Mass last weekend. Having raised a magnificent £2.4 million, our diocese is confident to authorise the beginning of this building project. To see Fr Mark's presentation, please go to the Cathedral website northamptoncathedral.org/live/ and click on the recordings tab navigating to the homily of the Sunday Mass on 4th February recording; or to donate and/or find out more, please call Angela Madge on 01604 712065 or email cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com



ST ANTHONY’S NEEDS YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help serve our Parish in various roles from helping with tea and coffees on a Sunday morning, welcoming and greeting people before Mass, helping in the sacristy, counters, Eucharistic ministers and much much more! If you feel you are able to help, please speak to Fr Nicholas or contact the Parish office.



PARISH STATISTICS – Last year in our parish we celebrated 59 baptisms, 42 First Holy Communions, 30 Confirmations and married 9 couples.



CATHOLIC SINGLES is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498.



MARRIAGE CARE READING CENTRE wants to spread the good news of the services they offer to couples and also to stay abreast of any needs in parishes. Marriage Care is a Catholic charity which can help couples to improve their relationship when things aren’t going so well.  Our skilled relationship counsellors can make all the difference.  They are trained to listen and to support couples towards positive outcomes. For further information visitwww.marriagecare.org.uk or for an appointment phone 0800 389 3801.


MOTHERS’ PRAYERS - We are delighted to announce that Mothers’ Prayers’ is taking place at St Anthony’s School every Wednesday at 3pm in the Padua Building. Prayers will be led by the St Peter’s Academy Trust – Chaplin: Jo Frost. Fathers, grandparents and carers are all welcome to attend. Please do sign in at the School Office first.




Further to Bishop Peter’s request on Education Sunday, we are currently looking for new committee members (previously known as governors) to join St Anthony’s friendly Academy Committee.


Our committee members come from a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest of wanting the best possible education for the children in our school. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who:-

•             Is interested in children’s education and the performance of the school
•             Is community spirited and would like to represent the community
•             Has spare time and the energy for the role
•             Has an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions and debate issues that affect the school
•             Can consider matters objectively and make informed judgements

These volunteer positions are open to parents/guardians or other people from our Parish community. In looking to fill these vacancies we are particularly interested in applications from people with finance/budgetary experience and also people who can occasionally visit the school during the day. 


Committee members are essential for the effectiveness and success of the school and it is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling role. If you would like to discuss any aspects of the role before submitting an application please speak to Fr Nicholas, Natalia Soper or Eva Antao-Bento.




NEW PARISHIONERS – Have you just moved into the area? Are you new to our Parish? If so, a very warm welcome to St Anthony’s! Please pick up a new parishioner pack from the Narthex where you will find some information about our Church or go to Our Parish Office page to view this online. Please also visit our Church website: www.stanthonysrc.org where you can find out more about our Church and parish life. 



ST ANTHONY’S MUSIC GROUP meet every Wednesday at 6pm in the Crypt (which is located at the back of the Church next to the Presbytery). If you play an instrument or enjoy singing, do come along. We are a friendly group that gets together to plan our music for the forthcoming Sunday. If you are new to the Parish, we look forward to welcoming you.


PARISH INFORMATION POINT This is located at the far-right side as you enter the Church (otherwise known as the Narthex). Copies of the Diocesan Vine Newspaper, Church Rotas and Financial Information can be found here. This area is being developed and updated. If you have any suggestions or would like any specific information, please see Fr Nicholas.


TEA/COFFEE MORNINGS Our Tea/Coffee mornings on a Sunday is a lovely way to meet fellow parishioners in an informal setting. Everyone is welcome. If you are new to the Parish, please do come and join us. If you would like to help, please make yourself known to the team.


ENVELOPES For those who have signed up to start using envelopes for the weekly offertory, they are now ready for collecting at the back of the Church. Thank you.


If you wish to start using numbered envelopes for your weekly offertory, please give your name and address on the form at the back of the Church and we will provide you with a box of envelopes the following week. The best way to give, especially if you are away a lot, is by standing order. To set this up, please pick up a standing order form from the back of the Church and send in the completed form to the Parish office and we will do the rest! If you are a taxpayer, the advantage of using either envelopes or standing order is that we can claim back 25p for every £1 you give from the government. All you need to do is complete a Gift Aid Declaration Form (which is attached to the Standing Order Form, or will be inside your envelope box) and return it to the Parish Office. Thank you.







LOST PROPERTY Do you have any lost property which you think may have been left in the Church? If so, please contact our Parish Secretary on 01753 267918 during office hours who may be able to help.


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.



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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