St. Anthony Church is proud to announce that our pastor, Very Rev. Richard Dion, V.F., has been appointed by Bishop Libasci to be Dean of the Amoskeag Deanery, effective January 28, 2015. The V.F. after his name stands for Vicar Forane,
from the Latin vicarius foras, meaning a representative who is outside, since, originally, these priests were considered representatives of the bishop outside of the cathedral city. The Amoskeag Deanery consists of the Catholic churches in Auburn, Bedford, Goffstown, Litchfield and Manchester.
On Thursday, March 12th, at 7pm Fr. Richard will be installed as Dean of the Amoskeag Deanery at a Mass celebrated at St. Anthony Church by Bishop Peter Libasci. All are invited to atend this very special event.
St. Anthony Parish will be hosting their 18th Annual Pie Night to be held on Saturday, January 31st at the Community Center.
"Even the darkest moments of the liturgy are filled with joy. And Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lent fast, is a day of happiness, a Christian feast. It cannot be otherwise, as it forms part of the great Easter cycle." (Thomas Merton)
Ashes symbolize the transience of our earthly status. The body must fall temporarily into dust. This fact should serve as a challenge to spiritual accomplishments. Through grace we were "buried" in Christ that we may rise with him and "live unto God." "They are not a sign of death," Fr. Merton says, "but a promise of life."
Masses on Ash Wednesday, February 18th, along with the Imposition of Ashes, will be offered at
8AM, 11:30AM and 7PM.
Our Religious Education program for Grades K - 6 offers classes from September - April, on Sunday mornings from 8 - 9:15AM. Registration forms can be found here.
Grades 7-10 classes are from 6:30-8:00PM on Tuesday evenings. Registration forms for these classes can be found here.
All classes are held at St. Anthony School. If you haven't registered your child yet, it's not too late. If you have any questions, call the rectory office at 625-6409 Monday through Thursday.
JOIN US ON OUR PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY!
Our pastor, Fr. Richard Dion, will be your tour guide on this pilgrimage to venerate the Shroud of Turin, taking place from May 18th to May 29th, 2015. Stops will be made in Padua, Assisi, Pisa, Florence, Orvieto and Rome. Cost per person is: $3,995 (Double Occupancy)/ $859 Single Occupancy. The cost includes daily Mass with Fr. Richard presiding, Shroud of Turin tickets and lecture, 4 star hotels and daily breakfast and dinner, among other features. Please call the rectory (625-6409) for more information.
The Giving Hands Ministry is a group that gets together on the first Monday of every month to knit and crochet a variety of items for those in need. Time flies by as everyone enjoys cake, cookies, a pot of tea or hot chocolate, along with great conversation. Members are currently working on making warm winter hats, scarves and mittens for homeless veterans in the Manchester area, as well as blankets for preemies. Experienced crocheters and knitters are glad to teach anyone who'd like to learn the crafts. The next get-together will take place on Monday, February 2nd at 7PM in Tetu Hall. If you can't make the meetings but would like to help out, contact Linda Healy at the rectory (625-6409). She can provide you with patterns and even yarn if you should need it.
Boy Scout Troop 118 is inviting all interested boys, ages 11-17 years of age, to stop by any of their meetings held every Monday evening from 6-8PM. You may also contact Scoutmaster Mike Szelog at 540-0550
St. Anthony Church is very proud that one
of our very own parishioners,
David Gagnon, son of Marcel and Constance Gagnon, has entered the minor
seminary at Our Lady of Providence, while he continues his education at Providence College in Rhode Island. Please keep him, and all who are discerning
a call to the priesthood, in your prayers. To send cards or words of encouragement to David, please use the following address:
Seminarian: David Gagnon
Our Lady of Providence Seminary
485 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence RI 02908