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April 4, 2017

Saint of the Day

Saint Bede the Venerable’s Story

May 24

Bede is one of the few saints honored as such even during his lifetime. His writings were filled with such faith and learning that even while he was still alive, a Church council ordered them to be read publicly in the churches.

At an early age, Bede was entrusted to the care of the abbot of the Monastery of St. Paul, Jarrow. The happy combination of genius and the instruction of scholarly, saintly monks, produced a saint and an extraordinary scholar, perhaps the most outstanding one of his day. He was deeply versed in all the sciences of his times: natural philosophy, the philosophical principles of Aristotle, astronomy, arithmetic, grammar, ecclesiastical history, the lives of the saints and especially, holy Scripture.

From the time of his ordination to the priesthood at 30–he had been ordained a deacon at 19–till his death, Bede was ever occupied with learning, writing, and teaching. Besides the many books that he copied, he composed 45 of his own, including 30 commentaries on books of the Bible.

His Ecclesiastical History of the English People is commonly regarded as of decisive importance in the art and science of writing history. A unique era was coming to an end at the time of Bede’s death: It had fulfilled its purpose of preparing Western Christianity to assimilate the non-Roman barbarian North. Bede recognized the opening to a new day in the life of the Church even as it was happening.

Although eagerly sought by kings and other notables, even Pope Sergius, Bede managed to remain in his own monastery until his death. Only once did he leave for a few months in order to teach in the school of the archbishop of York. Bede died in 735 praying his favorite prayer: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As in the beginning, so now, and forever.”

 


Reflection

Though his History is the greatest legacy Bede has left us, his work in all the sciences, especially in Scripture, should not be overlooked. During his last Lent, Bede worked on a translation of the Gospel of Saint John into English, completing it the day he died. But of this work “to break the word to the poor and unlearned” nothing remains today.


Saint Bede the Venerable is the Patron Saint of:

Scholars

April 1, 2017

Donations Needed for Mission Trip

T shirts and underwear for boys and girls in the first through fourth grade, are desperately needed. Baskets will be placed in the back of all three of our parishes. Thank you for your support!

February 3, 2017

Stewardship May 13th-14th, 2017

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Budgets $ 4,769.00 from 208 envelopes

Includes mail in of $1,295.00

Donations for the Poor: $ 247.00

Mission Trip Updates

Many of our Parishioners have asked what they can do to support our July Mission Trip to Guatemala? After three years of mission work the most important help you can give us is a monetary Gift. Please have checks made out to St. Anthony’s Church, with Mission Tripwritten in the memo section. I want to explain why. While so many people responded to the clothing and sneaker drive, the largest problem was transporting them to our destinations in the 24 suit cases it required. It was only in Guatemala that we realized that our American dollar can go even further in a Walmart in Guatemala City. So this year we are asking you to consider a few options:

1. Please support the concert on May 26th at Saint Anthony, please see other announcement.

2. Join us at our Pasta Dinner, Saturday June 24th. at St. Anthony’s Parish Center. A table of 8 can be reserved under your name. Tickets will be on sale in the upcoming week. See Gian Perotta for more information. Also, Fr. Mark will be making his famous Tortellini All’Amatricina.

3. Yes you can donate clothing, underwear, socks, or any other clothing for ages 5, 6, 7 or 8 year old boy or girl. School supplies are welcome. These items will be shipped in the middle of June and will arrive for our visit in July.. All donations need to be at the parish by the weekend of June 15th.

4. Monetary donations will go to support our trip, as well as provide scholarships to students at the school. We learned that many children are kept home from school because families cannot afford the school registration fee, and that is very sad.

Thank you for your kind and continued support.

January 29, 2017

Mission Trip Benefit Concert

After careful consideration, Father Ed and Father Mark are pleased to announce the 2017 Guatemala Mission Team. Joining us this July will be Grace Hammel, Joy Kowalski, Ann Marie Vacca, Carla Horton, Brian Guevara, Andres Perez, John Perez, Gian Perotta, Mike Murphy, Sue Vargas, Angelo and Sandra Minervino. We will visit the Children of Escuela de Parvulos El Rosario, the village and school that we supported in the past. Please come and meet the Team at our first BENEFIT CONCERT which will be held Friday, May 26th at 7 pm at Saint Anthony Church. Toby Andrews and company will be celebrating in music and song all the accomplishments that have come to fruition over the last three years of mission work. We will begin the evening with a wine and cheese reception in the courtyard from 6:30pm – 7 pm. Concert tickets will be available at the rectory beginning Tuesday, May 2nd; Free will offering will be accepted. Doors opens at 6:30 pm. There are only 200 tickets available.

Catholic Charity Appeal Update

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Goal: $ 29,056.00

$ 32,263.00 from 179 donors (Goal Exceed)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PARISHIONERS OF THE CHURCH OF THE PRESENTATION for exceeding their goal for the Catholic Charity Appeal!!

St. Anthony Church

Goal: $ 78,748.00

$ 67,231.00 from 338 donors (85% of goal)

St. Edward Church

Goal: $ 19,950.00

$ 18,714.50 from 100 donors (93% of goal)

January 26, 2017

39th Annual St. Anthony Feast – Vendors Wanted

Preparations are under way for the annual event which will be held from Thursday June 8th – Sunday June 11th on the church grounds. Some great entertainment has been booked; rides and games will be provided by Rockwell Entertainment. We are currently looking for licensed vendors who would like to be part of our feast. If you are interested, please call Tony at 864-0927 for more details.

FORMED-Catholic Faith on Demand

The website FORMED has been referred to as the “Catholic Netflix”. FORMED is a wonderful website which has inspiring movies, videos, e-books from many compelling authors. You will also find videos on the Sunday readings as well as marriage and children’s materials. The website helps each person/family grow in their faith. Each parishioner is being given the opportunity to enjoy a free online one year subscription to FORMED using our parish specific code. It is a free gift to you and your family from the parish. TO REGISTER  Log onto formed.org with a web browser  Click on Register (lower right of page)  Enter our parish specific access code: X4M6NV  Enter your personal email address and create a password (you will need this to login later)  Confirm your email by responding to the test email they send you  Log in and enjoy the many materials now available to you