News from San Antonio Church – October 8, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin October 8, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday, our San Antonio Church community celebrates another milestone in the history of our parish, our 87th Annual Spaghetti Dinner.  In the 1930’s our church was located in a temporary 2nd floor meeting and convention hall when the Catholics living in the “Little Italy”  section of South Fairmount were coming together to not only worship; but establish their families in an area where telephone and light poles were now part of the neighborhood scenery and White Street was now a paved road.  Our parish priest was Franciscan Joseph Klein who took on many tasks to give our little house of worship a new facelift.  After a new altar and communion rail was installed, he promoted our church societies to help with the needs of the parish by offering English classes for those seeking citizenship.  In 1934, Fr. Joseph along with Miss Rosemary Ebertz, organist, and musical director, worked to form the San Antonio Church Choir and 2 years later in 1936, those dedicated choir members sponsored the 1st Spaghetti Dinner that was prepared and served by our grandparents and many members of our present-day San Antonio Families.  We remember all those founding church families and thank all those new generations who have stepped up to plan our annual event and who are working this Sunday on our 101st Church Anniversary and our 87th Annual Spaghetti Dinner.  Benedict and Mangia!

On Monday, October 9th we celebrate the 531st anniversary of Columbus’s first historic voyage.  Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451, took to the sea at age 14, and at 41 years of age made his 1st voyage on August 3, 1492.  He read about astronomy, geography and history and learned Latin, Portuguese and Castilian before completing four round trip voyages between Spain and the Americas during the years 1492 and 1504.  Those voyages sponsored by the Crown of Castile initiated European exploration and the Columbian Exchange.  The Columbian Exchange established the transfer of ideas and people between the Old World and the New World as a result of his first voyage.  The results of the exchange of animals, plants, mineral wealth, and technologies lead to globalization along with commercial, economic, social, and political changes.  Since the 18th century, many large celebrations to observe the Discovery of the New World were held for Columbus’ Day, originated by those of Italian Americans because of the explorers’ origins to Italy.  Along with the Italian, Jewish and Irish immigrants who settled in the United States, many claim Christopher Columbus as an ethnic founding father.  Some Americans will honor this day, the anniversary of the discovery of their country with church services and planned activities. 

The 1st Columbus Day celebration was in 1792 when New York’s Columbian Order (Tammany Hall) commemorated the historic landings 300th Anniversary.  In the 1890s to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Columbus’ Voyage; in 1893, a fair was planned with many outdoor displays covering over 690 acres.  In 1892,  President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging everyone to celebrate this day with patriotic festivities saying, “On that day, let the people, so far as possible, cease from toil and devote themselves to such exercises as may best express honor to the discover and their appreciation of the great achievements of the four completed centuries of American life.”  In 1893, the Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago to mark the 400th Anniversary of Columbus voyage.  The fair included life size reproductions of Christopher Columbus’ three ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria to honor the discovery of the Americas.  There were 34 United States who had their own pavilions and 4 United States territories, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah who had their own pavilions located in one large building.  There were 46 countries represented who had their own pavilions with many interesting displays.  A sailing ship from Norway, the “Viking” crossed the Atlantic with   Captain Magnus Andersen and a 12-man crew for the Columbian Exposition with the historic ship now located in Geneva, Illinois and open to visitors.  The Columbian Exposition issued postage stamps, books and tokens that became quite collectible along with photographs and admission tickets with the United States Mint offering its 1st commemorative coins, the Columbian Exposition quarter dollar and the Columbian half dollar. 

The 1st Columbus Day holiday was held in San Francisco in 1869 with the 1st statewide celebration being held in Colorado in 1907 when Angelo Noce, a 1st generation American of Italian descent, worked to make this day a legal holiday.  In 1937, it became a Federal Holiday when President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday.  The Knights of Columbus, the Catholic fraternal organization held an intense campaign to promote the national holiday even promoting canonization for Christopher Columbus.  In 1966, Buffalo, New York resident, Mariano Lucca founded the National Columbus Day Committee working to make Columbus Day a Federal Holiday with then President Lyndon Johnson signing the legislation in 1968 with it becoming effective in 1971.  Since 2004, Columbus Day has been annually celebrated in Italy with the official name for the day Giotnata nazionale di Christoforo Columbo “National Christopher Columbus Day” and in the town square located in Genoa, Italy there is a large monument dedicated to him.   

Our San Antonio Church community sends condolences and prayers to the Franciscan Community on the passing of Father Daniel “Dan” Anderson O.F.M. who died on Monday, September 25, 2023, at the St. Francis Seraph Friary.  He was a graduate of Roger Bacon High School class of 1965 and after graduating college in 1970 with a degree in philosophy, professed solemn vows on September 9, 1971.  Fr. Dan was ordained to the priesthood on March 26, 1976, at St Francis Seraph Church where he was a teacher.    He took courses at Notre Dame and would teach Speech, English and Theatre while developing the school’s theatre program at Roger Bacon and while also becoming the Chaplain at Saint Ursula Academy.  Fr. Dan inspired many students with his love for theatre and they will never forget how his dedication inspired them through every performance.  He became the audiotape editor for the St. Anthony Messenger Magazine, Associate Pastor at St, George Parish and Newman Center as the Provincial Archivist and Librarian.  At the time of his passing Fr. Dan was serving as the Secretary for St. John the Baptist Province.  Fr. Dan Anderson leaves many relatives and friends who will mourn his passing.  He is also survived by his friends from the Franciscan Order Community:  Fr. Jim Bok, OFM, Fr. Matthias Crehan, OFM, Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM, Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM, Fr. Ricardo Russo, OFM, and Br. George Ward, OFM.   His funeral Mass was held St. Clement Church on Tuesday, October 3rd with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Please remember the O’Shea, Anderson, Steele, Mitchell, and Brinson families in your prayers at this difficult time.

Passing of Roy Romelli, 1934-2022

Roy Romelli
August 7, 2022 (age 88)

ROMELLI, Roy, loving husband of the late Barbara L. (nee Spicer), Devoted father of Angela (Rick) Baker, Lisa (Dave) Gillman, Maria (Darrell) Haltom, Joseph (the late Gretchen) Romelli, Louis Romelli (Suzie Thomas) and Nicola (Todd) Burgun.  Beloved grandfather of Karla (Jeremy) Weirs, Christopher Baker, Haley Gillman, Neil (Devin) Haltom, Maddie Haltom, Alex Lewellen, Dominic Romelli, Elizabeth Cornell, Sophia Romelli, Brandon and Brodie Burgun.  Great grandfather of Logan, Marley, Nova, and Owen Weirs. Dear brother of the late Fern Roberto, Patrick (Mary Ann).  Also survived by many nieces, nephews and counsins. August 7, 2022, age 88 years.  Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, August 13, 10:00 A.M. at San Antonio Church.  Visitation, Friday, August 12, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Dalbert, Woodruff and Isenogle Funeral Home, 2880 Boudinot Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.  

Roy was a man of many interests and talents.  He was very active in all aspects of San Antonio Church, including the Men’s and Ladies Club, the pizza and spaghetti dinners and Lunch on the House. Roy often volunteered his sheetmetal talents for improvements around the church.  

As a young man, he was a great dancer and a musician. Roy played the upright bass in a jazz band with his brother Pat. They played various weddings and clubs throughout Cincinnati. Roy continued to play weekly with Pat up until the last few months.  

After retiring in 1999 from Kirk and Blum Manufacturing, Roy became a motorcycle enthusiast, buying his first bike at age 70. He made many friends over the past eighteen years. He particularly enjoyed his many annual trips to Washington, D.C. for The Rolling Thunder ride to honor veterans. Roy was a veteran himself, having served in the Army from 1956-1958.

Roy’s other interests included watching local sports, reading, cooking, refinishing furniture and spending time with his family and friends. He was truly loved, and will be greatly missed. 

Friends and family are invited to a Visitation 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Dalbert, Woodruff & Isenogle Funeral Home (2880 Boudinot Ave. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at San Antonio Church (1950 Queen City.)

If desired, memorials may be made in Roy’s name to Holy Family Church, 3006 W. 8th St. Cincinnati, OH 45205 Attn: Vic Minella or CCA (Cincinnati Center for Autism), 305 Cameron Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45246

Passing of Donald C. Moore – March 18, 2020

April 1, 1931 ~ March 18, 2020 (age 88)

We regret to inform you of the passing of Donald J. Moore, a stalwart of our San Antonio Church Family. Due to the current pandemic, there will not be any services or visitation at this time. Please keep Donald’s wife Rosemary and their family and friends in your prayers.

Donald was an active member of the Men’s and Ladies’ Sodality for decades and was president for several years. Donald also worked hard, serving our community at Spaghetti Dinners, Pizza Parties, Mussie Fest (Lick Run Reunion) and our bimonthly Lunch on the House. His wit and smile will be missed by everyone.

The burial service will be private with full military honors. A memorial service and celebration of Donald’s life will be held at San Antonio Church when it becomes permissible. Details will be posted when they become available.

Obiturary Tribute Wall

Donald C. “Don” Moore
beloved husband of Rosemary Moore (nee Schweppe), loving father of Barb Moore-Rolf, Donnie Moore, Carol (Ken) Hake, Paul (Michelle) Moore, Gary (Amy) Moore, grandfather of Eric (Daniell), Adam (Amber), Dylan, Lindsey, Lauren, Samantha, Paul, Josh, Elizabeth and Ella, great grandfather of Aubrey and Ian, brother of Rosemary (Ken) Carrier and Frank Moore. Passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at age 88. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight Tri-State or Queen City Hospice.

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Mar. 19 to Mar. 22, 2020

Passing of Lena “Helen” Cerchio (nee Florimonte) January 3, 2018

October 31, 1931 – January 3, 2018, Age 86

Lena “Helen” (nee Florimonte) beloved wife of the late Vincent L. Cerchio, Sr. Cherished mother of Vincent L. Jr. (Jean), Anthony (Karen) and Rosemarie (Bill) Pitzer. Doting granny of Brian, the late Andrew (Jessica), Alyssa, Gabrielle, Ben, and Marisa Cerchio, and Liam and Lena Pitzer. Devoted sister of the late Michael (Mary), Louise, Angelo (Delores), Anthony (Doris), and Joseph (Carol) and survived by sisters Antoinette Odenbach and Anna Marie Sprecker. Lena was preceded in death by her parents Giuseppe “Joseph” Florimonte and Rosaria “Rose” (nee Minella). Many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and caretakers will forever remember her generous and mischievous disposition and smiling face. Lena spent many years working at Mother Margaret Hall with the Sisters of Charity where she made lifelong friends, many of whom were accomplices to her antics and shenanigans.

Lena passed away on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 at the age of 86. Visitation will take place on Sat. January 6th from 10 am until 12:00 noon at Radel Funeral Home, 650 Neeb Rd. 451-8800. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:30 pm at San Antonio Church, 1950 Queen City Ave. at White St., 45214. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the “San Antonio Fund”, Holy Family Parish, 814 Hawthorne Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214.