News from San Antonio Church – April 23, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin April 23, 2023

by Terrie Evans

This coming Friday, April 28th, the men from San Antonio Church will welcome all men to our Hall for an evening of good food and friendship by celebrating the annual “Mussie Fest”.  This event dates back many years to unite men from the old neighborhood families and new members to our church as a way form the bonds to keep our church going.  In past years, men would travel from all over the tri-state to connect with their St. Bonaventure classmates who were the first generation of Italian American who grew up in the “Little Italy” South Fairmount.  One of those men Richard “Mussie” Minella grew up with many of these men from the area took on the role of reaching out to all those connected to Lick Run with all the streets and alleyways surrounding the church.  Those boys, now men grew up with each other – their stories and tales uniting them forever.  Many of those men are no longer with us. 

Now the next generation is planning an evening of fun and camaraderie.  The Men of San Antonio Church invite all men, their sons, grandsons, nephews and friends to this last Friday evening on April 28th to unite for the purpose of keeping our church going.  The San Antonio Church Hall will open at 5:00 PM; the cost is $20.00 per person at the door – all you can eat.   Please call Dave Sabatelli at 513-405-6444 to reserve one of the 125 spots for a homemade Italian dinner.  The dinner will include the following:  Antipasto, Pepperoni Chicken, Italian sausage with peppers and onions also pasta with homemade meatballs and Italian bread.  Remember the food will be fabulous and you will be making memories to share at next years “Mussie Fest.”  Mangia! – Mama would say.

            The next big event scheduled for San Antonio Church will be our participation in the Cincitalia Fest on the weekend of June 2-4th (Friday through Sunday).  We will bring back our popular Bruschetta Booth that became a favorite of all the festival goers in years past.  St. Catherine of Sienna is hosting the event that attracts patrons from all over the greater Cincinnati area that takes place at Harvest Home Park at 3691 North Bend Road in Cheviot, Ohio.  On this 11th year of the festival, 12,000-15,000 guests are expected to attend.  The family event was started to celebrate all aspects of Italian and Italian American food and culture to help keep and honor the accomplishments and traditions of our ancestors.

The local vendors and their food service booths that signed up for the fest are:  Cincitalia Grill/Fried Food Both offering:  Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches, Italian Beef Sandwiches, and their popular hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and Mets.  The Cincitalia pasta Booth serves:  Lasagna, Penne Pasta and a Tortellini Salad.  The Cincitalia Wine and Dessert Booth for the delicious Tiramisu and Limoncello Cake to complete the meal.  The La Rosa’s Pizza Truck prepares Pizza and Rondo’s offers their delicious pizza and one of a kind Rondo’s everyone loves.  Our San Antonio Church Booth serving the grilled Ciabatta bread topped with the delicious Bruschetta Tomato mixture.  The La Societa de Fuscaldese Femminile who are known as the “Cookie Queens” will sell Cannoli’s and Cookies from their Bakery Booth.  The Unites Italian Society will offer their homemade Arrosticini, Spiedini, Italian Salad and Antipasto Cups.    Besides sampling many delicious items, there will be cooking demonstrations with local chefs that is always a crowd pleaser.  The committee from St. Catherine’s of Sienna will add more vendors to their fest and we will let everyone know when more information is released. 

The parishioners of San Antonio Church are pleased that Harry Panaro has taken the task to run the booth this year that not only benefits our church but proceeds from each booth aids St. Catherines School.  Harry will need many volunteers to set up the booth on Friday and handle the many shifts to make this weekend a success.  Please consider being a part of this major fundraiser that also promotes our church.  Our booth workers have made many connections and new friends by working and attending the Cincitalia Fest that starts on Friday, June 2nd from 6PM-Midnight, Adult Only Carnevale Night with live music.  Saturday, June 3rd Fest starts at 3PM and runs until Midnight with live music and dancing.   Sunday’s events start at 1:00 PM   with a religious procession, cooking demonstrations and Italian Dancing.   During the Month of May there will be sign-up sheet in the Hall at San Antonio during the month so all the slots will be covered for the Fest. We need everyone’s help so, please get involved in this fundraiser.    For any questions, please give Harry Panaro a call at Cell 513-260-3371 or Home 513-922-0779.

News from San Antonio Church – April 16, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin April 16, 2023

by Terrie Evans

    Our San Antonio Church Community send their condolences and prayers to the Romelli Family in the passing of Patrick Nicholas Romelli Sr. on March 28, 2023, at the age of 83.  Pat was raised in the Little Italy section of South Fairmount at 2164 Queen City Avenue with parents, the late Joseph and Caroline (Bonaventura) Romelli, sister Fern (Romelli) Roberto 1931-2010, older brother, Roy Romelli 1934-2022.  The Romelli Family spent their time in South Fairmount supporting San Antonio Church and connecting with cousins from the Smeraldo, Ventre and Di Stasi families.  There were many Sunday gatherings held on Biegler Street to unite the large Bonaventure family members for homemade Italian dinners followed by horseshoes and a good game of poker played by the men.  Patrick was 11 years old, and Roy was then 17 when their big Sis, Fern wed a young man from the neighborhood, Louis Roberto on April 4, 1951, forever uniting another big Italian family to the Romelli clan.  Patrick would attend Western Hills High School with other first generation Italian Americans from Lick Run and graduate in 1958.  He married Mary Ann Thomas at the age of 22 and was wed for 61 years before his passing. 

During those early years, Patrick would graduate from the Central Academy of Commercial Art and work as an illustrator in the advertising field in commercial design and pre-digital illustration.  Being very talented, Pat went on to start his own business that flourished over the years.  During this time, Pat also designed our new San Antonio Marquee for the church’s 75th Anniversary and the dedication of the Memorial Brick Garden.   He then started a new venture by creating hundreds of paintings sold at galleries and shows sponsored by Arts Wave in Cincinnati while working from a studio overlooking Music Hall and Washington Park, places that gave him much inspiration.   During the month of April in 2016, Pat showed his new works that connected the “lush intensity of 19th Century Impressionism” with scenes of Cincinnati and works from his travels abroad. 

Pat once established residence in the lush location of Tuscany that inspired much of his new work especially the depiction of a Fishing Village in Italy.  In 2018, Dale Wolf wrote in the style of Patrick Romelli for the Cincinnati Art Club saying his paintings express many emotions from his broad strokes and use of color.  In all his paintings, Patrick Romelli captures the physical beauty of each subject in the impressionist style as he did for the 100th Anniversary beautiful likeness of San Antonio Church that we offered for the fundraiser to benefit our church.  He captured the true essence of our building as he did in the many Cincinnati scenes such as Union Station, Washington Park, the Delta Queen and Zips Café.  Another beautiful work is the 18×24 signed oil painting of the Gazebo and Fountain in Eden Park.  His work has been enjoyed and hangs in many homes throughout the country.   

Patrick loved his family and being a father to Jennifer (Steve) Turman, Caroline (Mike) Waddle, Patrick (Tawnya) Romelli and Thom (Diane) Romelli and their families.  His grandchildren Frank (Emily) Turman, Alex (Gabby) Turman, Margaret Turman, Jessica (Justin) Multhauf, Michael (Danielle Rains) Waddle, Jackson (Sarah) Romelli, Audrey Romelli, Grace Romelli, Rocco Romelli, and Elise Romelli.  Patrick was a very hands-on Great Grandpa to Avery Turman, Brooks Turman, Cecilia Turman, Louisa Turman, Jonah Waddle and Juniper Waddle.  He also leaves many family members from his brother Roy and Barbara Romelli’s and Fern and Lou Roberto’s Families (Lou Ann, Gina, Tina, Vincent.  He also played the piano, accordion, jazz and jamming with his brother Roy and kept the friends he nurtured since childhood.  Patrick Romelli will be missed by all he was a true renaissance man.  The Romelli Family held a private Funeral Service at Spring Grove Funeral Home on Friday, April 7, 2023, with a memorial Mass held at San Antonio Church in the near future.  Please keep their family and friends in your prayers.  

There are plans in the making for the Annual “Mussie Fest” to be held on Friday evening, April 28th.  The men of San Antonio Church will welcome parishioners, family members and new and old friends for an evening of good food and memories from the old neighborhood.  They will remember those who have passed, especially Bob Studt and Roy and Pat Romelli.  The dinner costs $20 a person and can accommodate only 125 men so please plan soon for the yearly event.  The Mussie Fest supports San Antonio Church so please call Dave Sabatelli at 513-405-6444 to make a reservation.

The Lick Run Reunion “Mussie Fest” 4/28/23

The Lick Run Reunion “Mussie Fest” will be Friday April 28th.  Doors open at 5 pm cost $20 a person. This is a historic event and is open to all men who support San Antonio Church.  Please invite your friends for fellowship and great food, you will not leave hungry.  We can accommodate 125 men so please reply to this email or call Dave 513 405 6444 to reserve your seat. 

Thanks for your support of San Antonio Church

Dave Sabatelli

News from San Antonio Church – April 9, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin April 9, 2023

by Terrie Evans

Welcome to San Antonio Church as we celebrate Easter or Resurrection Sunday with our 9:00 A.M. Mass.  Our parishioners welcome Easter Sunday with, “Buona Pasqua”; as other Easter services typically begin with the Paschal greeting “Christ is Risen” and the response from the faithful is “He is Risen indeed, Alleluia”.   Easter, also called “Pascha” is the beginning of the Easter Season that will last seven weeks until May 28th, Pentecost Sunday.   The liturgical season from Easter to the Sunday after Pentecost known as the Pentecost Arion taken from a Byzantine Rite Book; contains the prospers of the moveable feasts in the period between Easter and the week after Pentecost.  The week following Easter Sunday is called Easter Week or the Octave of Easter with every day of the week after Easter Sunday will be prefaced with Easter, as Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, etc.   The date of Easter was fixed by means of the local Jewish lunisolar calendar which is consistent with the celebration of Easter having entered Christianity during its earliest Jewish period.  Easter is linked to Passover and the Exodus from Egypt that is recorded in the Old Testament through the Last Supper and the sufferings and the crucifixion that preceded Jesus’ Resurrection. 

The traditional liturgical observance for Easter Sunday is practiced among Roman Catholics, Lutherans and some Anglicans that begins on the night of Holy Saturday with the Easter Vigil that follows an ancient liturgy which includes symbols of light, candles, water with readings from the Old and New Testament.  In other denominations such as the Methodist Church, there will be Easter Sunrise Services with some starting in cemeteries to recall and remember the biblical narrative of the Gospels.  In the Eastern Orthodox Church, services begin on late Saturday evening with a darkened church as parishioners wait in anticipation for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  At midnight, the Priest will light a candle then the altar servers will light candles as the procession moves three times around the church to represent the three days in the tomb.  The Orthodox service with all parishioners holding lit candles will last to the early hours of Easter Sunday morning with another traditional service to be held later in the day on Easter. 

On this Resurrection Sunday, we light our new blessed Pascal Candle that will be used during the following liturgical year.  The Pascal Candle symbolizes the light of Christ rising in glory that scatters the darkness of sin and death.  The Paschal Candle has a cross, Alpha and Omega (the beginning and the end) and the numerals of the current year displayed on it.   Grains of incense and wax “Nails” are affixed at the ends of the crossbars and in the center of the cross to be placed near the pulpit or the altar.  During the 50 days of the Easter Season the Candle will be lit until the Solemnity of Pentecost.   

There are many items associated with Easter such as the Lily that reminds us that all the events of Jesus’ life point to His death and Resurrection.  A popular symbol is the Lamb often used to represent Christ which is also seen as good luck.  Another Easter symbol is the egg which is an ancient symbol of new life, rebirth, spring and a new beginning.  In early Christianity, it was forbidden to eat eggs during Lent as eggs were associated with the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. 

In the Christian Community of Mesopotamia where the custom of the Easter Egg originated, the eggs were stained red in memory of the blood of Christ that was shed at His crucifixion.  In many Italian homes, eggs will be colored on Holy Saturday a tradition that started in Italy around 1400, when Italians started dying Easter eggs by staining them with flowers, herbs and vegetables of different colors.  They would use violets to color an egg purple or onion skins to dye them a bright golden hue.  In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Easter Eggs in families baskets are blessed by their Priests along with other foods forbidden during the Great Lent for distribution in church or to give in celebration of Easter.  The Easter Egg for Christians symbolizes an empty tomb.

News from San Antonio Church – April 2, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin April 2, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On this 5th Sunday of Lent, we observe Palm Sunday to commemorate the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem.  According to the Gospels, Jesus Christ rode on a donkey, considered an animal of peace into Jerusalem with throngs of   those celebrating faithful laying down their cloaks and small branches of trees in front of him.  In ancient times, it was customary to cover in some way the path of an individual who is considered of the highest honor.   This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and the final week if Lent as Palm Sunday combines the Jerusalem custom of blessing palms and the Roman custom of proclaiming the Passion.  Palm branches, symbolizing goodness and victory were placed in his path before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. 

In Christian denominations, palm branches are blessed with Holy Water and carried into churches   for worshipers to receive the fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday and in the Catholic Church, these blessed palms are seen as sacramentals.  Also referred to as Passion Sunday with scarlet red vestments worn and displayed on the altar to indicate the sacrifice Christ would endure as he entered the city to fulfill his Passion and Resurrection in Jerusalem.  Before the revision of the liturgical calendar at Vatican II, these last two weeks of the Lenten Season were once called Passiontide.  This 5th Sunday of Lent is also referred to as Judica Sunday from the entrance antiphon of the Mass.  In Germany during Lent, the custom is to veil crucifixes and statues with violet cloths but, on this 5th Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday  referred to as Black Sunday all veiled coverings will be changed to black for Holy Week.  

            On Palm Sunday, the tradition is for Christians to take these blessed palms into their homes to hang them next to pictures of their patron saints, or other Christian art. Many families will make crosses to decorate their homes or place some palms above their doorways while others will visit their loved ones graves on Palm Sunday.  These palms will be saved until the beginning of Lent and will be burned on Shrove Tuesday the following year for distributions of ashes used on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. 

In many parts of Europe there are old practices that are still held in towns and villages on Palm Sunday.  In Belgium, a procession of townspeople will take place with residents dressed as the Twelve Apostles.  They will carry a wooden statue of Christ as the children go door to door to offer palms in exchange for a donation to the church.  In England, during ancient times, a straw effigy (Judas) as a way to show revenge on Judas Iscariot   would later be burned on Palm Sunday for his betrayal of Christ.  In Northern England, and some parts of Scotland,  a traditional dinner will be served with carlin (field)  peas (mushy pea)  brough to England during the siege of 1327 that are boiled then fried.  In Ireland, Domhnach an Iuir or Yew Sunday as yew, silver fir, spruce or cypress will be used as real palm leaves are not available due to the cold climate.  In 1940, St. Patrick’s Day and Palm Sunday fell on the same day.  This coincidence “when the shamrock and the palm are worn together” will not occur again until the year 2391. 

In Italy, palm branches along with olive branches will be placed above the doorway until the year.  In Malta Hadd il-Palm is celebrated with the blessing of palm and olive leaves as they adorn their statues while reciting  “Jesus prays in the Olive Garden” (Gesu fl Ort) and the “Betrayal of Judas” (Bewsa ta Guda).  In the towns and villages throughout Poland, competitions are held for the biggest artificial highest palm, the highest was 33.39 meters 110 feet in the year 2008.

News from San Antonio Church – March 26, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin March 26, 2023

by Terrie Evans

Our San Antonio Church Community thanks all those from the College of Mt. Saint Joseph, the Sisters of Charity and the Mater Dei Chapel who made us all feel very welcome on Friday evening March 24th for the showing of “At The End of The Santa Fe Trail”.  The private showing, taken from the journals of Sr. Blandina she penned to her natural sister, Sr. Justina Segale (1846-1929).  The 1 ½ hour film written and directed by Tomas Sanchez and staring Alma Sisneros as Sr. Blandina was a true testament to her life’s work.  Tomas Sanchez along with some of his crew from New Mexico had visited San Antonio Church in the past few years doing research of her life among the Italian Community in the Little Italy of South Fairmount after she returned from the Southwest.  Our parishioners had read Sr. Blandina’s journal of her Missionary work from Colorado and New Mexico and were thrilled to be able to see her story at the private showing before its release.   We really   appreciate Sr. Veronica Buchanan, Archivist from the Sisters of Charity for reaching out to our church and inviting our parishioners for the event.  Our parishioners were honored to be included in this special showing and for being part of the long process for the canonization of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God.  We all knew of the good works and the years Sr. Blandina, Sr. Justina and Sr. Euphrasia so willing gave to the Immigrant Italian population and to all those newly arrived families who needed direction.  Her journals told the history of our country and how everyone played an important and vital part in the growth of our nation.     

The three Sisters of Charity taught our ancestors many things especially how to keep their Catholic Faith, the religion they brought with them from the old country.  She taught them how to acclimate in their new home country and the tools needed to achieve their American dream while keeping their traditions alive.   San Antonio Church celebrated 100 years in 2022 and we will never forget the dedication of the Sisters of Charity who served us especially Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God who we invoke every week at our Rosary and Communion Service on Tuesdays and who we pray to every Sunday at our 9:00 A.M. Mass.  We thank them and ask for their intercession to help those who are sick, suffering and for our church. She became a mentor and guide for our church and the many generations of San Antonio Church that followed.       

            When San Antonio Italian Church was founded in 1922, families from South Fairmount dedicated themselves to the future of their newly established house of worship.  Our parishioners have continued to volunteer as the many generations of our families did in the past.  We come together every Sunday to attend Mass in our now historical church building, please remember there is always a need for workers to keep our church on the corner of Queen City and White Streets in the best form possible.  All of us are blessed with special gifts and talents to share much as our grandparents, parents and the German and Italian families of South Fairmount had over the years.   As we see many new families attending our church, we invite you to join our community of service to work with us and to keep San Antonio Church open for the next chapter in our history.  Since we have only one Mass on Sundays and the Communion Service on Tuesdays these are the only two times every week that the church is open.  

Consider volunteer on Sunday as a Lector or being a Distributor for Communion.  On Tuesdays we always welcome help with the Communion Service.  We always need a roster of parishioners for Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings to aid those family members who are using our church for these events.  On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays we hold our popular Lunch on the House for those guests who enjoy a home cooked meal made by the men and women of our parish.  Our kitchen crew prepares, serves and then get the Hall ready for Sunday before locking up.  Please consider helping whenever you can as we count on each other to keep our church open.  Please see Terrie Evans or Rita Miller for questions about volunteering in the Church and for Hall information please see Dave Sabatelli.

News from San Antonio Church – March 19, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin March 19, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On this 4th Sunday in Lent, we recognize Laetare Sunday, 21 days before Easter Sunday and the halfway point of Lent.  Laetare in Latin means “rejoice” to encourage us that our time of sacrifice is nearing an end and we will soon experience the great joy of Easter Sunday.  In the churches history, this day was known as the Sunday of Five Loaves, recalling the miracle of the loaves and fishes.  Laetare Sunday   is also referred to as Mothering Sunday, a day for all Christians to visit their mother church, the place in which they received the Sacrament of Baptism.  On this Sunday, servants were released from service to attend church also called Refreshment Sunday, or Rose Sunday for the use of rose-colored vestments that are permitted and used on this day along with flowers being allowed on the altar.  On Laetare Sunday at the Station Church in Rome, Pope Francis will honor Catholic Sovereigns by bestowing them with a blessed Gold Rose in honor of their service to the Catholic Church. 

The Golden Rose is blessed by Popes and given as an award to churches and shrines throughout the world.   On March 25,  1419, Pope Martin V bestowed a Golden Rose composed of a branch with 9 roses with a sapphire at the center to the City of Florence where he celebrated a solemn Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.  The Golden Rose is also given to men, women and one married couple (In 1452 to Frederick Holy Roman Emperor and Empress Eleonora)  as well as to states.  Pope Urban created the Golden Rose during his Pontificate which began in 1088 and has been given to Godly Rulers since 1096 and to churches, Our Lady of Lourdes in France, Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal and in Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe.  After the Mass, the Golden Rose is carried in a procession to the Sacristy where it will stay until presented to some worthy personage.  

Also on this Sunday, in South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame will bestow the Laetare Medal to this year’s recipient.  It is given to American Catholics or a group of Catholics who have illustrated the ideals of the church while enriching the heritage of humanity.  A candidate for this prestigious award must be a practicing American Catholic who by their profession or intellectual life has made a distinctive Catholic Contributions.  Potential recipients are named by the faculty and staff at the university with 2 or 3 Candidates from the original pool will be voted on by the Officers of the University. The Laetare Medal first awarded in 1883 is the oldest and most prestigious award given to American Catholics. 

On Monday, March 19th we honor the feast day of Saint Joseph (Festa de San Giuseppe) which is a major holiday in Italy for the much-revered saint who is the husband of the Virgin Mary and the legal father of Jesus Christ.  Traditional events taking place will be a parade led by the Holy family: Mary, Joseph and Jesus portrayed by townspeople who will then be guests of honor at the banquet held in St. Joseph’s honor.  March 19th is also Father’s Day in the Catholic Countries of Spain, Portugal and Italy and is the name day for those christened Josephine or Joseph and for religious institutes, schools,  parishes bearing his name.  Saint Joseph is recognized throughout Canada where he is the Patron Saint of their Country.  There is the legend that Saint Joseph interceded to relieve the famine in Sicily.  During the Middle Ages there was a severe draught and many faithful prayed to their Patron saint to bring them rain and when it did come, a banquet was prepared in thanksgiving. 

At that time, the fava bean crop was the one staple that saved the residents from starvation and to this day fava beans are used as part of this tradition on his feast day   for their tables and altars which has spread throughout the United States in the 1800’s.  The Saint Joseph’s Day altar is made into three sections to represent the 3 persons of the Trinity with a statue of the saint, flowers, limes, candles, wine, fava beans, cakes, breads, cookies and zeppoles and to represent Saint Joseph being a carpenter, foods containing breadcrumbs representing (dust) will also be shared to those in need on Saint Joseph’s Day.  Saint Joseph is considered the Guardian of the Spiritual Home and is the Patron Saint of the dying.  On his own death, Saint Joseph died with Jesus and Mary by his side the way most of us would prefer to leave this earth surrounded by loved ones.

News from San Antonio Church – March 12, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin March 12, 2023

by Terrie Evans

Our San Antonio Church Community is invited for a special screening of “The End of the Santa Fe Trail” to be shown at the Mater Dei Chapel at the College of Mount St. Joseph on Friday, March 24th.  The movie is about the life of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God,  taken from her original journals which are a collection of her writings she did throughout her service to others.   In 2007 on the 85th Anniversary of San Antonio Church, and before the dedication of the   Memorial Brick Garden,  Sr. Victoria Marie Forde from the at the Motherhouse   invited Rita Miller, Linda Kelsey and Terrie Evans to research her journals.  Those handwritten entries told us of the long days she spent serving those lovingly and with respect who called upon her for help.  Sr. Blandina’s journals were republished in 2014 after the Most Reverend Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe along with Allen Sanchez officially opened the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of “The Servant of God” Sr. Blandina.  The Congregation of the Cause of Saints at the Vatican gave permission to open the cause,  the first time in the 400-year history of Catholicism in New Mexico. 

The Archdiocese proceeded to start an inquiry into the dedication and holiness of a woman religious who had worked to change the history of the Southwest.  Many interviews were held to state the good works of Sr. Blandina in Trinidad, Colorado, in New Mexico and in Cincinnati.  In 2015, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Inquiry Board presented the Acts of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God,  Sister Blandina Segale after a group of parishioners from San Antonio Church, Joe Cupito, Terrie Evans, Buddy La Rosa, the late Don Moore and Vic Minella met at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Offices to be interviewed for this process.   Sr. Blandina helped establish St. Joseph Hospital In Albuquerque, New Mexico and a few years later, started the Santa Maria Settlement House and the St. Anthony Welfare Center which became the start of our church in 1922. 

The Sisters of Charity in Delhi have always kept us informed about recent news of Sr. Blandina and we shared with them the dedication she and Sr. Justina had to our grandparents, parents and the many neighborhood families who settled in the small community of Little Italy.  They taught our ancestors so much and gave them the tools to establish their own place to worship in so they would not lose their Catholic Faith.   Sr. Blandina (1850-1941) along with Sr. Justina (1846-1929) and the Segale family lived through their own journey to a better life as they too were part of the influx of Italian immigrants who knew what it was like to settle in an unfamiliar place. 

Sr. Blandina was born in Cicagna, Italy on January 23, 1850 to Father, Francesco and Mother Giovanna (Malatesta) Segale who came to the United States in 1854 with their 5 children.  Francesco became a fruit merchant with a small stand that eventually became a produce store.  Sr. Blandina (Maria Rosa Segale) attended schools conducted by the sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Sisters of Mercy and then attended and graduated from Mount St. Vincent Academy where she met the Sisters of Charity.  Maria Rosa  (Sr. Blandina) saw the good   works of the Sisters of Charity as they tended to orphans and as nurses during the Civil War.  In 1866 when Maria Rosa was 16, she joined the Community of the Sisters of Charity on September 13, 1866 with her sister Maria Maddalena, Sr. Justina joining her the same year with both living the motto of the Sisters of Charity “The Charity of Christ urges Us.” In 1872, Sr. Blandina was sent to Trinidad, Colorado (The Sr. Blandina Wellness Garden with a life size statue of her likeness was dedicated July 18, 2021) where she taught school and became a staunch defender of the Native American and Mexican community.  By 1877, she took charge of many causes, raising money to support St. Vincent Hospital working with those desperate individuals even   making coffins for them and securing their final resting place.     

Four years later, she continued her work in Albuquerque, New Mexico where Sr. Blandina continued teaching, built convents, new schools, and a homeless shelter, The Wayfair House.  She would return to Trinidad and Pueblo, Colorado before returning to Ohio in 1893 working with her older sibling, Sr. Justina “To see if they could do anything for the poor Italian immigrants”.  In 1897, they founded the Santa Maria Institute one of the 1st Catholic Settlement Houses in the United States that offered many services to give aid to those desperate individuals with   Sister Justina saying,  “ There is so much to do and slender means to do it”.  In 1900, Sr. Blandina returned to Albuquerque to help build St. Joseph Hospital now known as Catholic Health Initiative for children in need of early childhood services.  In 1922, after devoting many years within the Italian Community in South Fairmount, Sisters Blandina (Maria Rosa ) Segale, Justina (Maria Maddalena) Segale along with Sister Euphrasia( Mary Ann) Hartman established a small storefront church for those immigrant Italians to call their own, San Antonio Italian Church.   

The dedicated Sisters of Charity were concerned for these families with a language barrier would not be able to practice their Catholic Faith.   They kept a watchful eye on the new contingent of these now proud new American citizens as they learned the language, acclimated and prospered while caring for their new church.  In 1931, after her successful work in Cincinnati, Sr. Blandina was on her way to Rome, Italy for the journey funded by her students to petition the Pope in the cause for Sainthood of Mother Elizabeth Seton and to re visit the town of her birth Cicagna (On July 11, 1998, the town square would be dedicated to her), seventy-seven years later.  In 1933 at the age of 83, Sr. Blandina retired to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse as she stayed connected with her Segale,  Becker and Stagge Families and her many friends.  She also received visits from San Antonio Church Parishioners who relayed news of the neighborhood and the construction of the New San Antonio Italian Church to be dedicated on Sunday, December 1, 1940.   Sadly, Sr. Blandina could not be with all those very grateful families on that milestone day although, they said a quiet prayer of thanksgiving in her honor.  

Even though Sr. Blandina Segale passed on February 23, 1941, she is still with all of us guiding us on our journey at San Antonio Church, Generations later we will never forget Sr. Blandina (1850-1941) Sr. Justina (1846-1929), or Sr.. Euphrasia 1887-1969).  Please join all of us from San Antonio Church for the special showing of  “At The End of The Santa Fe Trail “on Friday evening March 24th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00PM).  For tickets www.purplepass,com/sisterblandina.

News from San Antonio Church – March 5, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin March 5, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On this 2nd of Lent, we extend many thanks to all those dedicated men and women from San Antonio Church, all their families and friends   who gave up their time to make the first fundraiser event of 2023 our annual Pizza Party a success.  Our kitchen crew, bakers and the staff who handled all the orders and covered the drive thru, we thank you.  One of those crewmembers, Vic Minella handled the many tasks to get this Saturday, March 4th   event completed for the benefit of San Antonio Church.  Vic, his wife Marilyn and their family members have volunteered and done the many jobs our grandparents before us have done to keep our church going.  Every Sunday before our 9:00 AM Mass and on all Lunch on the House Tuesday’s Vic and Marilyn were the first to arrive and the last to leave.  After he retired, and on the urging of his cousin Richard “Mussie” Minella, Vic would go on to use his managerial skills to align our volunteers in an orderly way for the benefit our church.  He became the liaison within our Parish Family working with Fr. Jim Kiffmeyer, Fr.  Len Wenke, and our new pastor, Fr. Rudy at Holy Family Parish.  Vic and Marylin returned in 2007 to San Antonio Church and to the old neighborhood of Vic Minella’s Grandparents, Giovanni Pasquale Raffaele (1877-1963) and Philomena (Perrone) Minella (1881-1974). 

His grandparents were born and married in Felitto, Italy in 1899 before arriving in America around 1902 with their first born, Vic’s father Victor “Vito” Minella Sr. ( 1899-1985).  After their arrival, they settled in Old Forge, Pennsylvania where jobs were available to work in the mines and it was there that they became Naturalized citizens.  After settling in Cincinnati, Giovanni Pasquale Raffaele and Philomena Minella welcomed siblings Vic’s Aunts and Uncles, Anna (Minella) Augustine (1904-1992), Sabato “Sam” Minella (1906-1946), Mathilda Lea (Minella) Zompero-Macaluso, Antoinette May “Nay Nay”(Minella) Lee (1911-1997), Therese (Minella) Frye (1912-1997), Rose Marie (Minella) Dattilo (1915-2014), Catherine “Kate” Minella (1918-2011, and Herman “Hermie” Minella (1920-1993). 

The large Minella Family was part of the group of Italian immigrants who settled in the Little Italy section of South Fairmount at 1985 Queen City Avenue close to the Schiavo family at 1990 Queen City.  The Esposito Family at 1994 Queen City Avenue and the Panaro Family at 1998 Queen City Avenue.  These family members along with other residents of the Upper and Lower Lick Run sections of “ Little Italy”  came together with Sr. Blandina,  Sr. Justina, and Sr.  Euphrasia to help start our early church, work the first Festivals, Spaghetti Dinners, and years later be involved with the Monte Carlo Nights along with the many Fish Frys that united all these families to keep San Antonio Church alive.   

Vic’s Aunts, Anna, Kate, Mathilda, Nay Nay and Rose were dedicated parishioners who attended Mass and celebrated many milestones, meetings and events that made San Antonio unique.  Vic’s father, Victor “Vito” Minella Sr. (1899-1985) the oldest Minella Sibling served in the United Sates Army during WWI while his younger brothers Herman and Sabato “Sam” Minella would help their parents support the church.  After serving in the Army Air Corps, Vic’s father Victor Minella Sr. wed Loretta (Fisher) Minella (1907-1976) and welcome daughters Mary Margaret (Minella) Mills (1926-1964), Delores Minella (1928-1929 lost in infancy), Phyllis R. (Minella) Clyde (1931-2012), Geraldine M. (Minella)) Gilligan (1939-2019), Cheryl Willenborg, and the youngest Victor Minella Jr.  Our dedicated parishioner and volunteer, Vic Minella Jr. would marry his high school sweetheart Marilyn Schuster on August 29,1959 when he was a mechanic and she worked as a stenographer.

They celebrated 64 years as a married couple in 2023 with their children Vic III, Lynn, Barb (who was here many Sundays as a lecture when needed), and Janet (who lives in Florida) along with their families have continued to offer support and volunteer for fundraisers at San Antonio Church, especially during our 100th Anniversary year in 2022.  We appreciate their efforts for always being available to us when needed.   We will never forget the Minella Family for always carrying on the tradition, dedication, and mission of our church for the last 16 years.

News from San Antonio Church – February 26, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin February 26, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On February 26, 2023, this 1st Sunday in Lent, we welcome members from the Flowers, Florimonte, Benevengo, Combs, Cerchio Minella and Stanghetti Families back to San Antonio Church to mourn and remember their matriarch, Nancy Jean (Florimonte) Flowers who passed away on February 3, 2023 on the Feast of St. Blaise at the age of 74.  Nancy Rose Flowers (Nee Florimonte) was the daughter of the late Michael (Michele) Joseph Florimonte (1922-1975) and Mary Grace (Benevengo) Florimonte (1925-1987) both born in Italy; married in 1947 after he served in the Army in World War II.  They both came from large families and were proud of their Italian Heritage.  On her father Michael’s side Nancy was close with his siblings, her Aunts and Uncles, Louise, Lena, Antoinette, Anna Marie, Angelo, Anthony, and Joseph.  Nancy had many cousins from the Florimonte, Cerchio, Minella Di Stasi, Nese, Odenbach, Sprecker and Volpe families with many relatives still living in Italy.  Nancy’s Grandparents, her father Michael parents were Giuseppe (Joseph) Florimonte (1900-1961) and Rosaria Maria (Minella) Florimonte (1900-1971) who were married on April 7, 1921 in Felitto, Italy arrived in New York on July 28, 1922 then settled in Akron, Ohio where their 1st child Louise (1929-1988) was born. 

Nancy’s Great Grandparents on the Florimonte side were Michele Florimonte (1848-1929) and 1st wife Maria Carmela( Nese) Florimonte (1847-1880) married on February 20, 1871 and welcomed 2 children before she died after 9 years of marriage.  Michele wed 2nd wife,  Luigia  (Di Stasi ) Florimonte (1860-1949) and would add 9 children to their family as they lived their whole lives in Italy and are buried there. 

Nancy’s Great Great Grandparents were Nicola Florimonte (1811-1853) and Anna (Minella) Florimonte who married on January 16, 1836 in Italy and had 2 children before he died at the age of 42.  They are all buried in Felitto, Italy.  Her Great Great Great Grandparents were Francantonio Florimonte and Giuseppa (Volpe) Florimonte who welcomed 3 children Carmela (1806-1852), Gaetana Vincenza Florimonte born in 1810, and Nicola Florimonte (1811-1853) in Felitto, Italy.

Nancy’s mother, Mary Grace Benevengo Florimonte’s parents and her grandparents were John Benevengo (1888-1969) who came to the U.S. through Boston, Massachusetts in 1914 at the age of 26 and Jeanette (Cirrone) Benevengo (1891-1968) who arrived from Italy earlier in 1912 and lived in Boston, Massachusetts with parents Louis and Rose (Recchia) Cirrone.  John Benevengo and Jeanette Cirrone were married in Pennsylvania in 1923. The Benevengo Uncles and Aunts:  Frank, Louis, John,, Margaret, Jean, and Rose with Nancy sharing many cousins from the Bamonte, Inman and Kleinger Families. 

Nancy (Florimonte) Flowers grew up with many ties to South Fairmount along with her late sister Patricia Jean (Florimonte) Stanghetti (1950-2020) and brother Michael Florimonte.   Nancy wed James (Jim) Flowers in October of 1968 at San Antonio Church with her sister Pat Florimonte as her Maid of Honor.  In May of 1972, Nancy (Florimonte) Flowers witnessed her sister Patty’s wedding to James (Jim) Stanghetti also at San Antonio Church.   Before her passing, Nancy and Jim Flowers celebrated 54 years as a loving couple who spent many memorable vacations with their family.  They welcomed 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter during those happily married years and joyfully celebrated their 4 family weddings of Jim to Lisa, Chris to Laura, Kelly to Dave and Matt to Erin.  Nancy was thrilled when grandchildren entered their family and was proud of all their accomplishments as she saw them grow and flourish as they approached adulthood.    

Nancy’s Grandchildren: Jordan Flowers, Jack (Ignas Karaliunas) Flowers, Faith (Luke) Jett, Benjamin Flowers, Emily Flowers, Luke Flowers, Samantha Flowers and the youngest Perry Combs who enjoyed the many memorable times she spent with her beloved Granny.  Nancy also leaves her brother Mike, sister-in-law Susan, and their family; brother-in-law, Jim Stanghetti and her late sister Pat and their family, and cousin Vince and Jean Cerchio and their family.  Our San Antonio Church Community sends their condolences and prayers on the loss of Nancy Jean (Florimonte) Flowers (1948-2023).