APRIL 22, 2018
4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
+MASSES FOR THE WEEK+
Saturday, April 21- St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
4:00 p.m. Brownie Mach (ann.) by Frances Mach and family
Sunday, April 22 – 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
9:00 a.m. Living & deceased members of the Holy Name Society
Monday, April 23 – St. George, Martyr; St. Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr
7:30 a.m. All Souls - OLV
Tuesday, April 24 – St. Fidelis of Sigmaringer, Priest and Martyr
7:30 a.m. Family and friends of the Kelleher family - OLV
Wednesday, April 25 – St. Mark, Evangelist
7:30 a.m. Deceased friends & relatives of St. Anthony’s parishioners – All Souls
Thursday, April 26
Friday, April 27
7:30 a.m. Mary C. Batenhorst - OLV
Saturday, April 28 – St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr; St. Louis Grignion
de Montfort, Priest
4:00 p.m. Costanzo & Condita Nicometo by the Nicometo family
Sunday, April 29 – 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
9:00 a.m. Deceased members of the Paolini – Hoyson family by the family
11:30 a.m. Irma Perez by the Sagrado Corazón Society
We warmly welcome all who come to St. Anthony for Mass – tourists, visitors, parishioners and friends.
Collections for the weekend of April 21-22: Regular.
Collections for the weekend of April 28-29: Regular and for the Catholic Home Missions – The basket will be passed twice.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated. It enables the preservation, ministry and maintenance of our historic church. It assists us in reaching out to the people of our neighborhood.
DEACON MIKE’S NOTES - Welcome to all our visitors today for our Annual Father and Son Communion Breakfast.
Congratulations to Anthony and Audrey Lancon on having their baby Gabriella Baptized here at St. Anthony Parish last Sunday.
Rather than excuses and distractions Pope Francis is leading us back to the heart of faith, namely, to an encounter with God and a real attempt to live according to a path of righteousness. The pope is calling believers back to the first call of the Lord Jesus given to every man and woman.
This invitation is the foundation of all other areas of the Church’s life (at least, it should be). This summons is the reason why believers seek to worship God, pray, study the Bible, live in holy fellowship with others, and selflessly serve the poor and those in need.
What is the Church:
When people hear the word Catholic Church, they often think of an organization or a building. The Catholic Catechism breaks it down into four parts, or four perspectives. These are:
1. It is a set of beliefs.
2. It is a system of community celebrations.
3. It is a way of life.
4. It is an experience of divine intimacy.
That being said, which of these four do we talk about at any of our organizations here in the parish? How are we evangelizing the people of God in our groups? Are we open and welcoming when we see new people or are we open to new ideas? By our actions, what we say and what we do, are we helping people or hindering the faith?
Saint Trivia: Of the statues of Saints that we have in our church building, which one was one of the “Fourteen Holy Helpers”?
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING - There will be a training for any youth who would like to be an Altar Server here at St. Anthony’s. The training will be on Saturday, April 28th beginning at 10:00 am. To be an Altar Server, one has to have made their First Communion and be in at least 4th grade. Please encourage your child to join this important church ministry.
PARISH EVENTS IN APRIL
22 – Father & Son Bilingual Mass at 9am followed by the breakfast
29 – Youth Mass at 11:30am
Collection for the weekend of April 14-15: $1488.00.
COLLECTION FOR THE CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS next weekend Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the United States are considered home mission territory because they are unable to fund the essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support of this appeal helps ease the struggle of these dioceses. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions. The basket will be passed twice.
ST. ANTHONY’S CHICKEN DINNER - Sunday, June 3rd at the Lake Erie Italian Club. Envelopes for all registered families of the parish have been prepared with tickets for the dinner and sweepstakes. Please try your best to buy or sell them. The profit of this event go toward paying daily parish expenses. You can find your envelope in back of church on the table. If paying by check, please make one for the dinner and one for the sweepstakes.
Donations of ready-made Theme Baskets are now being accepted for our basket raffle. Gift cards, purchased item and/or monetary donations are also accepted. Please contact Emma Davila at 716.826.8275 for any questions.
ST. ANTHONY YOUTH GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
The children will have a Youth Mass on Sunday, April 29th at 11:30am Mass. All youth and families are invited. The children will march with their newest banner, discuss Convention highlights and take part in the Spanish Mass.
Thinking ahead, our Feast of St Anthony Mass and Chicken Dinner will be held on Sunday, June 3rd. If your child is interested in dance, please sign up for the Liturgical Dance (Hand Praise) Group. A liturgical dance will be performed at our Feast of St. Anthony Mass. There will be several practices in May. If interested, please see Juanita or Christina Bauer by April 20th. Also, we are looking for youth volunteers for the Chicken dinner. Please consider helping out this year!
Please mark your calendars with our April events:
April 29, 2018 Youth Mass at 11:30 am Mass
Youth and their families invited – Youth will discuss Convention
Please see the Youth Group Spring 2018 Event Calendar in back of church this weekend. Take one home!
If your son or daughter is interested in joining our Youth Group, please see our Youth Group Advisers (Juanita Bauer, Sue Kessler, Edward Dean or Nydia Gutowski) for details or attend an event!
RETREAT FOR THOSE OVER 55 YEARS OLD - The African American Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity (Diocese of Buffalo) presents – Embracing Life Changes: GOD + SELF + OTHERS. The retreat will take place here at St. Anthony Church on Saturday, May 19th from 9:30am – 3:30pm. The cost is $5.00. For registration forms please see Edward Dean or Milagros Ramos.
ATTENTION - REGISTERED PARISHIONERS - Please let us know at the parish office of changes of phone numbers and addresses. Give us a call or drop off a note in the collection basket. It is very important for us to have updated information.
SUNDAY TV MASS – For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am.
+PRAY FOR THE SICK – Remember Clara Szafranski, James Singletery, Gladys Hunter, Jennifer Martin, Carmen Maria Velasquez, Joann Snead and Virginia Makeyenko.
+PRAY FOR THOSE IN NURSING HOMES – We ask God for comfort and healing for our sick brothers and sisters in nursing homes, including Maria Erazo, and Daniel Lopez
FAITH MOMENT REFLECTION - Right now, at this very moment, God is pouring out his love for you. In today's reading, John reminds us to stop and think about that -- to "see what love the Father has bestowed on us." We get so caught up in our daily routines, we overlook the reality of God's love in the here and now, a love that invites us to become God's children. So stop for a moment and "see" God's love. In your family and friends. In the beauty of our natural world. In the peace of your church or place of worship. God gives this great love freely to us and only asks that we love him in return; that we love one another as he loves each and every one of us. When we "see" God's love, we see the perfection of love in action. Today's Faith Moment was provided by Christ the King Seminary. You can listen to Faith Moments on WBEN radio 930 AM, WLOF 101.7 FM, or at www.faithmomentsonline.org.
EVENTS OUTSIDE THE PARISH
*Meat Raffle – Fr. Baker Council #2243 – Knights of Columbus [2838 South Park Ave., Lackawanna] Saturday, May 12, 2018. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. $5.00 Admission. Adults Only.
AVAILABLE at no cost– electric hospital bed – Please call the rectory for more information.
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County Inc. “Where Families Come First” is for you! All services are free. All conversations are strictly private. For more information, call 716.558.7233 or visit www.fjcsafe.org.