News from San Antonio Church – October 2, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin October 22, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this 1st Sunday of October, all Catholics are called to reflect on those who are the most vulnerable in society.  We are all responsible for those individuals   and to defend, protect and pray for them during the month of October.  As a church community we are asked to consider local pregnant and parenting women in need so we may better support them and to keep informed on local efforts.  We must keep our hearts open to anyone who is facing life changing circumstances as we “walk in their shoes” and join them on their journey while praying that Christ’s love will accompany them.  Tell them that God will always be with them.   

Pope St. John Paul II once stated to a group of American Bishops, “The pro-life movement is one of the most positive aspects of American public, and the support given it by the Bishops is a tribute to your pastoral leadership.” On this Respect Life Sunday, let us be grateful for the pastoral leadership of the American Bishops, and we answer their call to promote respect for the lives of unborn children, and to serve women in problem pregnancies with love and compassion worthy of the name “Christian.” For more information on the Church’s Pro-Life efforts and the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, please visit https://www.usccb.org/prolife

There are Pro-Life events scheduled within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center at 5440 Moeller Avenue, Norwood Ohio.  On the first Saturday of the month, a Pro-Life Mass & Rosary takes place from 9:00 – 11:00 AM followed by coffee and a speaker.  The next Mass and Rosary will be Saturday, November 5th, followed by December 3rd, and then January 7, 2023.  If interested, please contact Jerry Schmidt at (513) 509-9841 or jschmidtgj@fuse.net.  All these Pro-Life Masses & Rosaries are leading up to the March for Life 2023. 

Please remember the March for Life is scheduled for January 19 & 20, 2023 to celebrate, value and protect every life. The March is held every January and will continue every year until a culture of life is restored in the United States of America.  There are about 900,000 abortions performed annually as many legislative battles loom with the goal to not only change laws at the state and federal level, but to change the culture to hopefully make abortion unthinkable.  Many young people will be in attendance including teens and college students who travel with Catholic Schools, Churches, and Youth Groups.  In 2022, attendance was said to be in the tens of thousands with over half of the marchers under age 30 who started their day delivering roses and then lobbying members of Congress.  The March for Life begins with a rally at the National Mall, followed by the March down Constitution Avenue where it ends on the steps of the Supreme Court. 

Many Presidents and political figures have supported this day by addressing the throngs of participants.  In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and then President George W. Bush (2003-2009) both spoke remotely supporting this” national tragedy” and “noble cause”.   In 2006, U.S. Representative Steve Chabot spoke to the marchers and his stance against abortion.  In 2017, Mike Pence became the first Vice President and the highest-ranking federal official to address the marchers.  In 2018 and 2019, President Donald Trump addressed the 45th and 46th March via satellite from the White House with Vice President Pence speaking at the event in person.  And in 2020, President Trump became the first U.S. President to attend and speak at the March for Life.  The March for Life official website (http://www.marchforlife.org) Many in our church community have grandchildren and great grandchildren attending Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who will travel to the 50th March for Life in January 2023.  Please check with their schools to offer any support or assistance as needed.

News from San Antonio Church – September 25, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin September 25, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we honor all our current Priests and remember those past men religious   who have diligently served our church community throughout the history of San Antonio Church.  Priesthood Sunday is a day to   reflect on the role of the Priest who is central to the life of the Church.  At present we cannot thank enough our dedicated priests who serve and celebrate mass with us every Sunday.  We at San Antonio Church appreciate Rev. Bill Ferris, Rev. Frank Jasper, Rev. Pat McCloskey, Rev. Mike Savino, and Rev. Ralph Westerhoff.  They are not only here for Sunday Mass, but have been available for countless Baptism’s, Weddings, Funerals, and special events.  

On Priesthood Sunday, we acknowledge Fr. Bill Ferris from the Franciscan Order who was born in South Bend, Indiana and entered St. Francis Seminary at age 14.  Fr. Bill went on to become the 1st Principal of Roger Bacon High School from 2001-2013 until and then became Pastor of the Church of the Transfiguration in Southfield, Michigan.  Rev. Bill Ferris serves other church community while also doing mission work. 

Our Church community acknowledges Fr. Frank Jasper, also from the Franciscan Order who is now based at St. Clement Parish working with Deacon John Gerke Pastoral Associate and Colleen Gerke Director of Faith Formation assisting the Latino Community.  He has been a Provincial Vicar and has written about the demands of religious life.  In 2014, Fr. Frank Jasper escorted a tour visiting the Shrines of Ireland and continues to work with those less fortunate.  On July 27, 2022, Fr. Jasper travelled to Santa Barbara, California for the profession of vows for Novices, Dominigo Martinez, William Compton and Matthew Tran.  

On this Sunday, we acknowledge Fr. Pat McCloskey also a Franciscan who was in attendance for our 100th Anniversary Mass assisting Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.  Fr. Pat McCloskey obtained his master’s degree in Theology and has been Editor of the St.  Anthony Messenger writing a column for Saint of the Day.  In 2010 Fr. Pat wrote “Ask A Franciscan” a very resourceful 113-page book that covers many interesting topics.  

Today, we thank Fr. Mike Savino born in Dayton, Ohio to a large family who went on to establish a popular Italian Market.  Fr. Mike was the Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in North Bend, Ohio when they celebrated their 150th Anniversary in 2010 and Co-Celebrated the Mass with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. On November 20, 2022, Fr. Mike will preside over a Memorial Mass at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Jim Meade for Dr. James Moore, a renowned Composer of Liturgical Music in the United States.  Dr. James Moore, known for his liturgical pieces “Taste and See” and “Come to the Feast” was the Music Director at St. Agnes Church. 

We also mention and acknowledge, Rev. Frank Westerhoff “Fr. Chet” a graduate from Elder High School class of 1954 and was the Basketball Team Chaplain under the late Coach Frey delivering many inspirational homilies that alumni still recall.  He was a recipient of the Christian Leadership Award in 2006 and delivered the opening prayer at the dedication of the Elder High School Vietnam Veterans Highway, in 2014, Fr. Westerhoff has been available for many special events at Elder and was present to celebrate the Mass on April 29, 2022, at Elderfest to honor and recognize the Seniors Class.  Everyone who attends Mass appreciates all your support of our little church that means so much to all of us.       

We send our sincere condolences to the Bocklet, Fathman, Hasenohr, and Yankoviak Families on the loss of Kevin Bocklet, Beloved Son, Brother, Husband, Father, and Uncle.   Kevin leaves his wife of 22 years, Mary (Fathman) Bocklet, daughter Michelle Gajus, brother Scott (Judy) Bocklet and Dan (Sue) Bocklet.   He was the son of Nancy (Hasenohr) Yankoviak, the late Bill Bocklet.  Kevin passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022, and was buried from Corpus Christi Catholic Church.   Please know, everyone at San Antonio Church is keeping your extended family in our prayers.

News from San Antonio Church – September 18, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin September 18, 2022

by Terrie Evans

This is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  It is also the Sunday in the Catholic Church referred to as Catechetical Sunday by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  On this Sunday, the church reflects on the role that each person plays in being a witness to the Gospel.  Pope Francis is urging all young adults, Ministry leaders and Bishops “To Move Boldy into the Future” with evangelization.  Those who have chosen to be Catechists will be commissioned for their ministry on September 18, 2022, with the theme “This is my Body given for you”. 

To prepare for their commission, online services were offered to all interested individuals to help serve diocesan leaders.  Many age groups are needed for parish catechetical leaders to promote the Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life.  This Sunday all those who are interested in promoting the Catholic Church will take on teaching the true meaning of the Eucharist and provide faith formations to diverse groups and settings.  Taken from the Greek word Eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving, we celebrate the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ who rose from the dead.  We discover the meaning of Church and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist that helps all of us experience the richness of our faith.  We pray for all those who have chosen to be commissioned as Catechists in the Catholic Church.

On this Sunday at San Antonio Church, we welcome members of the Comarata, Miller, Sammons, Hornsby, Rizzo, and Weigand Families as they gather for a Memorial Mass in memory of their Patriarch, Anthony James Comarata (1940-2012) on the 10th Anniversary of his passing.  The Comarata Family has a rich history they trace back to the year 1732 in the region of Termini Imerese, Palermo, Sicily.   Anthony “Tony” James Comarata was born on February 11, 1940, to Lucille (Rizzo) (1896-1978) and James Anthony Comarata (1892-1956).  His mother, Lucille (Rizzo) Comarata’s parents were Ignazio (1850-1922) and Carmela Rizzo (1860-1945).  His father, James Anthony Comarata’s (1892-1956) parents and Anthony James Comarata’s Grandparents were Vincenzo Augustino (1850-1911) and Martina Lo Schiavo Comarata (1852-1929).  Anthony “Tony” James Comarata’s siblings were of Vince Joseph Comarata (1923-1991), Martha (Comarata) Borman (1920-1995), Henry Comarata (1927-2019), Mary (Comarata) Wetenkamp (1930-2018), and the last surviving sibling, Rose (Comarata) Hornsby.  Anthony James Comarata (194-2012) wed Gloria “Miller” in 1961 and welcomed Anthony “Tony”, Lisa (Comarata) Sammons, Steve, and Amy (Comarata) Weigand.

Please remember, our Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Sunday, October the 9th.  We always need volunteers to help in all areas for the big day so let the Sunday Hall Crew know of your interest and they will pass on your information.  Also, we will need desserts and 2-liter Coke products:  Diet Coke, Sprite, Regular Coke and Coke Zero for that day.  We will have signup sheets for volunteers, drinks and desserts in the Hall throughout the Month of September so, please consider doing whatever you can to make this dinner surpass the previous 85 as we closeout our 100th Anniversary 1922-2022.  The hours for the dinner on October 9th are for Drive Through from 11:30 AM-7:00 PM with ONLINE ORDERING at https://www.facewbook.com/SanAntonioItalianChapelCincinnati/ or contact Dave Sabatelli at 513-405-6444.  There will be RESERVATIONS ONLY for DINE IN at the Hall between 12:00-2:00 PM and 4:00PM-7:00PM by contacting Vic Minella at 513-520-5594.

News from San Antonio Church – September 11, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin September 11, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this 24th Sunday of Ordinary time, please take the time to observe Patriot Day to remember those who died in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  This was a sad time in the history of our country, and we will never forget where we were on that dark day.   A month after the attacks, Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) introduced a Bill to make September 11 a National Day of Mourning on October 25, 2001, along with the support of 22 co-sponsors and   President George W. Bush.  In 2002, the 1st Patriot Day was observed with a moment of silence at 8:46 A.M and memorial events held to honor the 2,977 victims who perished from the terrorists who carried out these attacks on our soil.  Today, the United States Flag will be flown at half- mast throughout the world on all U. S. Government Buildings.  Americans are asked to display flags outside their homes as we all mourn the anniversary of this tragic day, 21 years ago.   It is also referred to as a National Day of Service and Remembrance as a day to volunteer for special projects across the country in participating communities, large or small.  There are many ways to share the gifts God has bestowed on you.  Visit someone in a Nursing Home or spend time with a sick friend, your time is worth more than you think to someone who would enjoy your company. 

There are also many unique ways to show appreciation to those heroes’ who serve in your community.  All of us could not live without the emergency services these agencies provide.  We forget those who serve us 24/7 in our own neighborhoods to keep us safe and out of danger.  The Firefighters, Police, National Guard, Border Patrol, and all branches of the Military all need our support and kindness.  America became the greatest country on earth because we all looked out for each other so, choose a charity to donate funds for a cause you are interested in. 

A service project to consider as we get close to the Holidays is Wreaths Across America.  In a few months we will celebrate the holidays to anticipate the season of Christmas and visit the graves of our loved ones at the cemetery.  There are many cemeteries with graves of soldiers who are forgotten during this time of year.  Some cemeteries will set aside a Saturday during December to place wreaths on a Veteran’s grave.   Wreaths were used in mythology by Apollo who wove a wreath from the branches of an olive tree to wear around his neck to honor the memory of a loved one.  The Greeks would hang harvest wreaths for good luck and by the 16th century the wreath would symbolize eternal life through Jesus Christ while being used for funeral arrangements.  National Wreaths Across America Day is observed by volunteering to lay a wreath on a Veteran’s Grave, sponsoring a Veteran’s wreath at a cemetery or by donating to a local sponsorship organization.  It is designed to remember America’s fallen soldiers by covering a veterans grave marker with a Christmas wreath on a Saturday in mid -December.  These Veterans were our Sons, Daughters, Father’s Mother’s, Sisters, and Brothers, so we must never forget and honor those who served as we teach our children and grandchildren the value of freedom.  

Spring Grove Cemetery is one of the participating cemeteries in our area for the Wreaths Across America Day.  There will also be wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at more the 2,500 locations in all 50 United States, at sea and abroad.    Spring Grove Cemetery will have a ceremony to remember the fallen; on Saturday December 17th, 2022, at 12:00 PM to lay 1,500 wreaths on the Veteran’s Graves while saying their names and reciting a prayer.  The Theme for this day is “Find a way to Serve” as we remember the courage and sacrifices of our military Veterans.   In 2021, more than 2.4 million Veteran’s wreaths were placed by volunteers at 3,136 locations around the country.  The late Mother Teresa said, “The greatest good is what we do for one another.” The link for Spring Grove cemetery is https://www.springgrove.org/locations/spring-grove-cemetery-arboretum/.

News from San Antonio Church – September 4, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin September 4, 2022

by Terrie Evans

Labor Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the social and economic contributions of the prosperity of our country. This holiday was started from workers conditions during the 19th century at a time when trade unions and labor movements were growing.  As more complaints of low pay and no laws to protect the men and women who toiled in factories, a proposal was made for a day to be set aside to celebrate labor.  To call attention to this day, a parade was organized by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor in New York City. At that parade, 10, 000 striking workers banded together for better working conditions and the start of labor unions.  A parade was also held on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D. C. to bring attention to the plight of workers.    

Oregon became the first state in the U. S. to make it an official public holiday until President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a legal holiday in June 1894.  Because it was a Federal Law, it was only a Holiday for Federal workers.  Before it became an official holiday in 1894, thirty states were already on board with putting this day aside to honor all those laborers.  All U. S. states, the District of Columbia, and all territories of the United States went on to make Labor Day a holiday that is midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving on the calendar.  Canada also celebrates their “Labour” Day on the 1st Monday of September.   Even though many regulations were put into law for the workforce, it wasn’t until 1940 that the 8-hour workday became a Federal Law in the U. S.

Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer with the start of fall activities such as school and sports.  In some states such as Minnesota, Public School’s don’t begin until after Labor Day under state law to allow all the states school children to show their 4-H projects at the Minnesota State Fair that concludes on Labor Day.  The Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capital is held every year in Washington and in Cincinnati, everyone looks forward to the Western and Southern Fireworks Display that draws many delighted families.   

Monday, September 5th is a day set aside as the International day of Charity declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 to raise awareness of public support for charity.  The date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Mother Teresa of Calcutta who worked tirelessly to overcome and poverty.  In 1979, Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace”.   In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution for the International Day of Charity on September 5th that was co-sponsored by 44 UN member states to encourage charity through education and public awareness-raising activities. 

Some of the 1st events were in 2013 when the Republic of Albania organized a Mass with a donation for the 1st International day of Charity and a Mother Teresa Statue unveiled in Budapest from a donation from the Ambassador of Republic of Albania.  By 2014, the IDC held events and fund raisers taking place around the world ranging from restaurants donating profits to Ice Bucket challenges.   Please find a Charity that promotes a cause you are interested in or think about volunteering at a school, hospital, or library.

News from San Antonio Church – August 28, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin August 28, 2022

by Terrie Evans

Our 86th Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled on Sunday, October 9, 2022, for the original homemade Italian Meal our church has become known for.  We have come a long way since the 1st  “Spaghetti Supper” in 1936 sponsored by the San Antonio Church Choir.  At that time, the neighborhood of Little Italy had a vast supply of excellent cooks who only cooked with fresh basil, oregano the best garlic, olive oil and tomatoes.  They were the flowered apron Grandma’s we all remember in kitchens filled with the best aromas we all have memories of.  These were the “Ladies of the Lot” who not only prepared the sheet pan pizzas sold at the San Antonio Festival but also prepared the sauce and meatballs for the first Spaghetti Dinner in their home kitchens to be transported to the Church for all to enjoy.  They were members of the St. Ann’s Married Ladies Society who were always ready to serve the Church whenever needed.  They were the matriarch’s who established many wonderful traditions that we have passed on especially their recipes that we still cook for our families.  All the ladies had their own secrets they would never share, a pinch of this, a little of that, nothing was written down only their palate would tell them it was perfect.  

Since we were all grew up around fantastic cooks, we all know good food and will only serve our guests who come for the annual Spaghetti Dinner what we would cook for our own families.  This year, our 100th milestone must be the best and most successful fundraiser in San Antonio history to help maintain our beautiful little church.  We always need volunteers to help in all areas for the big day so let the Sunday Hall Crew know of your interest and they will pass on your information.  Also, we will need desserts and 2-liter Coke products:  Diet Coke, Sprite, Regular Coke and Coke Zero for that day.  We will have signup sheets for volunteers, drinks and desserts in the Hall throughout the Month of September so, please consider doing whatever you can to make this dinner surpass the previous 85 as we closeout our 100th Anniversary 1922-2022.  The hours for the dinner on October 9th are for Drive Through from 11:30 AM-7:00 PM with ONLINE ORDERING at https://www.facewbook.com/SanAntonioItalianChapelCincinnati/ or contact Dave Sabatelli at 513-405-6444.  There will be RESERVATIONS ONLY for DINE IN at the Hall between 12:00-2:00 PM and 4:00PM-7:00PM by contacting Vic Minella at 513-520-5594.

We are also working on the Spaghetti Dinner Placemat to be placed on the tables for the dinner.  The cost for the ad spots is $25.00 per square to promote your business, a milestone event or to honor a family member.  Harry Panaro does a great job selling and designing the layout for the dinner place mat that generates funds for our church.  All our guests enjoy the connections with the businesses, family names and anniversaries that make our church unique.  Please do not forget our parish community is very important to all of us and can use the help of the many talented church members who attend Mass every Sunday.   Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.

News from San Antonio Church – August 21, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin August 21, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On the 1st weekend in August, San Antonio celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the church without one of our most loyal parishioners, Roy Romelli, who became ill and went into Hospice a few days before his passing on Sunday, August 7, 2022, the day we missed his presence on this milestone.  Roy worked on our 100th Anniversary Celebrations held every month with daughter Lisa (Romelli) Gillman, brother and talented artist Pat Romelli and nieces LuAnn and Gina Roberto and Tina (Roberto) Kroeger.  He enjoyed greeting those families with ties to our church and the old neighborhood.  Roy grew up in South Fairmount, the son of Joseph and Caroline (Bonaventura) Romelli with siblings sister, Fern (Romelli) Roberto and brother Pat Romelli, all longtime members of San Antonio Church.  Roy and his late wife Barbara (Spicer) Romelli were wed in 1956 and celebrated 46 years of marriage before her passing in 2002.  Roy and Barbara were longtime San Antonio Church Parishioners and active in the Men’s and Ladies Club while assisting his late sister, Fern (Romelli) Roberto when she was President of the Club.  He worked tirelessly over the years at the many tasks for all our fundraisers and attended all the 1st Friday of the month meetings while helping the kitchen crew for our “Lunch on the House “and all the many fundraisers held over the years. 

Roy grew up among great cooks in a neighborhood rich in extended families, gardens, grape arbors, and homemade wine.  He could handle any job and had a reputation for making any dish better especially mashed potatoes.  He was known for preparing wonderful meals.  A few of Roy’s recipes listed in the” Mangia “Cookbook are Veal Piccata – Page 34, Stuffed Chicken Breasts with White Wine – page 38 and Nova in Purgatorio (Eggs in Purgatory) – page 51.  Roy was considered a friend to every parishioner at San Antonio Church and had very good friends from the “Harley Guys” motorcycle club who served as escorts to his resting place while playing favorite tunes for his last ride.  Roy was an Army Veteran who joined those motorcyclists for the “Rolling Thunder Ride” every year to Washington, D. C. in honor of all Veterans.  Besides all his church friends, he had a group who would meet him at Patrick’s Bar and Grill on his way home after working out at the Mercy Healthplex.  Roy leaves children, Angela Baker, Lisa Gillman, Nicola Burgun, Maria Halton, Joseph, Louis, spouses and their families.  Grandfather of 15; Roy’s funeral Mass was held at San Antonio Church on Saturday, August 13, 2022, with Fr. Ralph Westerhoff officiating.   

Another Parishioner from long ago who had recently passed away on June 10, 2022, was Frank Moore at age 92.  Frank “Mousie” Moore was active in the Men’s Club along with his late brother Don Moore (1931-2020) and as an officer in the Club when Fr. Bennet was our Pastor and was present during the Golden Jubilee Celebration in 1972.    Frank was born in 1929 to the late Louis (1896-1980) and Josephine (Roberto) Moore (1901-1986) residents from Little Italy known for their gardens.  Frank’s siblings besides Don were Joseph (1920-1988), John (1924-1995), and Anthony (1922-1997).  Frank married the late Arline Garthaus on October 31, 1950 and welcomed Nancy (Steve) Gruen and Connie (Paul) Wagoner and many Grandchildren.  We send our condolences and prayers to the Romelli and Moore/Morra Families.

News from San Antonio Church – August 14, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin August 14, 2022

by Terrie Evans

Our San Antonio Church Community celebrated their milestone anniversary with a family picnic last week on Saturday, August 6th and a wonderful Mass on Sunday, August 7th with our Archbishop, Dennis Schnurr.  Our celebration began last year in August 2021 when the first group of descendants from the original founding families were invited for a Mass and Reception in our Hall to remember and honor their contributions they made toward the start of our church.   We had a fantastic turnout on that 1st Sunday in August and every month since then brought back many generations of early family members to reintroduce our little church that when it was founded and dedicated in 1922, as San Antonio National Italian Parish.  Many of our great grandparents and grandparents were then living in the Little Italy section of South Fairmount raising large families with the first-generation Americans of Italian descent.  These members of those founding families of our church sent their pictures for the posters to be displayed on their Family Sunday.  Throughout the year from 2021-2022, those posters would be shown in the Hall at San Antonio Church and then stored for the final celebration at a Church Picnic to be held at Maple Ridge Lodge the day before our 100th Anniversary Mass.   

On Saturday, August 6, 2022, over 300 family members with ties to San Antonio Church shared connections with each other while enjoying wedding, family reunion and photos showing the following generations of those early immigrants, some dating to the late 1890’s.  The beautifully done posters of those families tell the stories of the early settlement of the Italian Community in South Fairmount who had journeyed from small towns and remote villages such as Felitto, Potenza or Rocadespiede in Southern Italy.  The pictures introduced many of us to the stories that were never told but, their faces showed the joy of arriving in a country full of possibilities as they celebrated their wedding day and the start of a new life.  They struggled to get here and lived very hard lives, but they all had one thing in common, their devotion to their Catholic Faith and each other.  They were living within the boundaries of South Fairmount known as a community of farms, factories, with two schools that served the students – Central Fairmount Elementary and St. Bonnies Catholic School.   Many of the parents were not given the opportunity to attend school so an education and receiving the Sacraments were what they dreamed for their children.  The posters told all those stories of accomplishment and successes within their families, the neighborhood and church.  Our 100th Anniversary celebration Picnic and Mass was a success, and we are proud of all the volunteers who made it happen. We have done what our ancestors would want us to do, and we will never forget the generations of generous selfless individuals who held our church deep in their hearts and gave everything they had to keep it going.   We are thankful to all our past and present San Antonio Church families for sharing their family stories with us, we are forever grateful.

News from San Antonio Church – August 7, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin August 7, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday, San Antonio Church celebrates a milestone, the 100th Anniversary as we welcome the original family groups who have been honored throughout the year.  We are also thrilled to see our many Friends of San Antonio Supporters who have helped us maintain our church.  Everyone in attendance is ecstatic and humbled to attend a Mass celebrated by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Dennis Marion Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati.  Today, we remember those family members who are no longer with us but on this day, we can feel their presence.  We are also honored to welcome Rev. Jason Williams (Vice Chancellor- Master of Ceremony) Rev. Len Wenke, Rev. Rudy Coaquira Hilage and our beloved Sisters of Charity from the Order of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God.  This is the first visit by Archbishop Schnurr to San Antonio Church since he was chosen to lead the Archdiocese which includes the Cincinnati and Dayton metro areas. 

Our Archbishop is a descendant from the members of the Schnurr and Jungers families who were early settlers to Iowa, the Hawkeye State, known for agriculture.  Dennis Marion Schnurr was born in Sheldon, Iowa to the late Edward William and Eleanor Lena (Jungers) Schnurr with siblings, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.   Sheldon, Iowa known to locals as “Where Family Comes First “ is located on the Floyd River, a tributary of the Missouri River.  The town was founded in 1873 after the establishment of the Sioux City and St Paul Railroad now having a population of 5,000.  Archbishop Schnurr attended Spalding Catholic High School in Granville, Iowa about 3 miles from Sheldon and 2 miles from Hospers, Iowa where the Schnurr Family would later relocate.  The Schnurr Family became members of The St. Anthony Church in Hospers, which is now part of The Pilgrim Cluster along with St. Joseph and St. Mary Church.  The Archbishop then attended Loras College (Motto: For God and Country) in Dubuque, Iowa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1970.  The private Catholic Institution   has many distinguished Alumni, including 30 Bishops.  He studied for the Priesthood at the Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome where he earned his Master of Theology Degree and was Ordained on July 20, 1974. 

After his Ordination, Archbishop Schnurr became Associate Pastor at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City, Iowa until 1977 when he went on to Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City, Iowa.  He did his Graduate Studies in Washington D.C. at the Catholic University of America in 1980, where he received his Doctorate of Cannon Law. He was then assigned to the Staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in n Washington, D.C. in 1985 and served as Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).   He held many positions supervising departments dealing with Education, Domestic and International Social Policy, and Communications.  From 1991-1993, Archbishop Schnurr was appointed the National Executive Director of World Youth Day 1993 in Denver, Colorado while working closely with Pope St. John Paul II.  He became the 8th Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota on January 18, 2001, and Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati on October 17, 2008. His Excellency, The Most Reverend Dennis Schnurr has been the Archbishop of Cincinnati since December 21, 2009.

            We are very grateful to Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Rev. Jason Williams, Rev. Len Wenke, and Rev. Rudy Coaquira Hilage, for The Concelebration Mass on our 100th Anniversary and we are all pleased that you will be added to the history of San Antonio Church.  Grazie a tutti.

News from San Antonio Church – July 31, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin July 31, 2022

by Terrie Evans

In 1922, when San Antonio Church was established, the population of Cincinnati was 401,247 in a city that rests along 22 miles of riverfront on the banks of the Ohio River extending from the East Side, California (East of Lunken Field); to Saylor Park on the West Side.  Cincinnati was settled in 1788, located at a junction of the North, South, East and West and incorporated as a city in 1819.  The Diocese of Cincinnati was established on June 19, 1821 and at that time, included several thousand Native American Catholics along with European Settlers and the entire state of Ohio as well as the Michigan Territory.  By 1850, many Irish and German immigrants came to Cincinnati for work that eventually relieved the massive labor shortage.  This is when the city became known as the Queen City.  In 1859, Cincinnati laid out 6 Streetcar lines pulled by horses and by 1889 the Streetcar system began converting to Electric Streetcars.  When our ancestors settled in South Fairmount, they learned that Cincinnati was known as the “City of 7 Hills”, said to resemble ancient Rome also built on 7 Hills.  The Seven Hills that form a Crescent shape around the city are:  Mt. Adams, Walnut Hills, Mt. Auburn, Vine Street Hill, College Hill, Fairmount, and Mt. Harrison now Price Hill.  

Many families soon learned their new home country was also a city of many firsts.  The Cincinnati Fire Department was the first paid professional Fire Department in the United States and Cincinnati was also the first city to establish a Weather Bureau.  Cincinnati is home to the Oldest Public Observatory and the first Ambulance Service.  The residents in 1922 witnessed the Cincinnati Subway breaking ground for the $6 million job that was never completed.  The Cincinnati Opera was established along with the founding of the Le Blond Aircraft Engine Corporation in Norwood.  Newspapers printed in 1922:  The Catholic Telegraph founded in 1831, the 1st Diocesan Newspaper and 2nd oldest in the United States; The Cincinnati Enquirer established in 1841, Cincinnati Daily Times (1843-1948), Cincinnati Times Star (1883-1958), Cincinnati Weekly Times (1883-1986), and Cincinnati Commercial Tribune (1896-1958). 

In 1922, our country had many firsts when the United States was only 146 years old; insulin was used for the first time to treat diabetes in humans.  The United States commissioned its 1st Aircraft Carrier, and a Trade Agreement between Italy and Russia was established.  The Government of Italy resigns with Benito Mussolini forming his own Government and making himself Premier.  The 19th Amendment (Women’s Right to Vote) is upheld by the Supreme Court and the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.  The 29th President of the United States, President Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) was the 1st President to use the Radio while in the White House and in England, the BBC began broadcasting news.  On July 1, 1922 – August 1922, the Nationwide Great Railroad Strike also known as the Railway Shopman’s Strike started when workers walked off the job due a cut in wages.  The 400,000 railway workers including 100,000 in Chicago alone left their jobs over a 12% pay cut (7 cents).     

By 1922, there were numerous Churches, Convents, Academy’s, Hospitals, Monastery’s, Orphanages, Schools and Homes for the Aged serving the Catholic Community within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.   At that time, a Belgian-born American Catholic Priest, Emmanuel Thienpont became a pioneer of Parish Organization for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  The many established Religious Communities within the Archdiocese owe their presence to a prominent Catholic Convert, Sarah Worthington King Peter who relocated many Sisters from Europe to Cincinnati.  The year 1922 was a milestone year for many of our family members with the founding of our church.  As we celebrate our 100th Anniversary on August 7, 2022, we can now add San Antonio Church to the list of historical events.