News from San Antonio Church – July 18, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin July 18, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On Sunday August 1, 2021, San Antonio Church will hold a Mass and Reception in our Hall to kick off the celebration for our church’s  100th Anniversary next year.   We will cover the years of 1922-1931 to gather stories of the neighborhood, our church and the families who were part of the fabric of that history.  To start our milestone event, we will introduce four early families who will  bring in their information, documents and pictures to share .  These families were present  when on the 6th of August, 1922  with the opening of the St. Anthony Welfare Center and  were there at the formal opening on October 8th,  1922. 

The 1st Family from that time is the Cupito Family who made their homestead 1897 Montrose Street in the Lower Lick Run area of South Fairmount  when Antonio Cupito became Vice President of the Festival Committee.  The Cupito family consisted of  Antonio ( 1891-1939),  Maria Grazia (Di Stasi) Cupito (1885-1947),  with children,  Joseph (1913-1984), Antonio Jr. (1914-1927), Russell (1916-1995), Victor J. (1919-2021), John (1920-1921), Noble (1920-1991) and Rose Marie (Cupito) Young. 

The 2nd Family is Pasquale and Maddalena (Dalessandro) Marckesano and their family who resided at 1960 Montrose Street in the Upper Lick Run section of South Fairmount.  Their family  members were sons Ralph and James and daughters, Anna, Jeanie, Philomena (Marckesano) Schare, Rose (Marckesano) Panaro,  Nellie (Marckesano) Stath, Louise (Marckesano) Studt, Jenny (Marckesano) Fleming and Mary (Marckesano) Schwartz. 

The 3rd San Antonio Family from those early years were Gennaro Palmire (1851-1929), wife Maria (Schiavo) Palmire (1857-1922), daughter Mary Josephine (Palmire) Panaro (1880-1973), and son  Anthony Joseph Palmire (1892-1960).  They resided at 2149 Queen City Avenue with Anthony  later residing at 2120 Queen City Avenue.  Gennaro, Maria and little Mary Josephine came to America around 1888.  Anthony Joseph was born after they settled here in 1892 and went on to become the Chairman of the 1st San Antonio Festival.  Anthony  married Esther Yost and had 3 daughters Rose Ann, Toni, and Mary Jo.    

The 4th family we are highlighting is the Panaro family, Vincenzo (1847-1910) and Maria (Matturo) Panaro (1844-1941), who came to the United States after son Lorenzo (1873-1940 ) and  daughter Virginia( Panaro) Greico (1870-1931) sent for them in 1900.  Daughter Virginia Panaro wed Anthony Greico  (1867-1949) in Italy  and their family consisted of Maria, Helen, Joseph and Nellie.  Son Lorenzo Panaro married Mary Josephine Palmire on June 16,1895  at Sacred Heart Church and their family consisted of Bernadina (Dena) (1897-1984), Eugene (1899-2003), John (1903-1986), Frank (1904-1974), Anthony (1905-1985), Mary (1908-2002), Larry (1910-1986), and William (1914-1995).  They lived at 2149 Queen City Avenue with the Palmire family for a few years and then  re- located to 1998 Queen City Avenue to accommodate their growing family.     

News from San Antonio Church – July 11, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin July 11, 2021

by Terrie Evans

San Antonio Parishioners sends their condolences to Anna (Belfiore) Davis, her family and friends on the passing of her beloved husband Dolphus “ Boyd’ Davis.    We have missed Boyd as he battled the debilitating  illness that took his life on Sunday, June 27,2021 at the age of 73.  Boyd served our country proudly during the Vietnam Era (1969-1971)  in the Navy as a 2nd Class Jet Mechanic in Washington State and California.  After his service, Boyd went on to have a very stellar career in the civilian world until his retirement.  Boyd was a good family man who spent those last productive years of his life serving and taking care of others.  He was there for his in laws the late Joseph and Teresa Belfiore and to assist his mom, Floy Davis after the loss of his dad, Dolphus.  In the last few years of his life, Boyd suffered not only health issues, but the loss of his youngest son Doug who passed away in 2016 at the age of 38.  Besides Anna, he leaves his mom Floy, son Jeff, Brother Barry, Sister Brenda their families and many nieces, nephews and cousins  who will share many good memories of Uncle Boyd.  On the Belfiore side,  he leaves Anna’s  Brother Reese (Lynda)  and sister Lena (Bob).  Please keep all of Boyd’s family members and friends in your prayers.

On this Sunday,  we welcome the members of the  La Femminile Fuscaldese to honor their Saint, San Francesco di Paola for a Mass and Breakfast provided by Pompillios and prepared by the Men of San Antonio Church.  Their Saint, Francesco Martolilla was born in the town of Paola in the province of Cosenza in the region of Calabria located in southern Italy.  Born on March 22, 1416 to  parents who desperately wanted children, they  prayed and invoked the help of Saint Francis of Assis for a family.   After Francesco’s birth, he  endured  much sickness as a child with  his parents  praying to St. Francis for help with cures.  As he was set to enter his teen years Francesco’s eyes were affected with his parents again praying  to St. Francis of Assisi and  his sight was restored.  When he was well enough,  Francesco entered  the  Franciscan Order at the age of 13 years to pattern his life after his namesake, St. Francis.  He became a contemplative Monk  with many   followers who saw him as a leader within the Order. 

After he entered the Franciscans, he soon  founded a new Order of Monks with the news of his work reaching the Archbishop.  The Archbishop of Cosenza  then gave permission to Francesco who was 38 years old, to erect  a large Monastery and Church in 1454.  In 1492  the Order became known as the “Minums” as he wanted those in his Order to be known as the least in the household of God.  While doing the good works within the Franciscan Order he served King Louis XI of France as his respected advisor while helping to restore peace between France and Great Britain.  Francesco died on April 2, 1507 at the age of 91 and was Canonized 12 years later in 1519.  In 1963, Pope John XXIII designated  him the patron Saint of Calabria and all  Italian Sailors.   There is a humble stone house located in Fescaldo, Italy where  San Francesco’s parents  resided before his birth.  The home  which  presently  in the Pepe Ramundo Family displays a plaque with information dedicated to the Saint.

News from San Antonio Church – July 4, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin July 4, 2021

by Terrie Evans

As we come together with our families and friends on this 4th of July weekend,  please keep the Studt and Mappin families in your prayers.  They along with all our parishioners at San Antonio Church continue to mourn the loss of Margaret (Studt) Mappin who passed away on June 19, 2021 at the age of 98.  Marge joined our church after the loss of her husband Robert, on the suggestion of her brother Bob and sister in law, the late Louise (Marckesano) Studt.  From that moment on Marge became a big part of the history at San Antonio where she attended  Sunday Mass  and  became a valued member of the Men’s and Ladies Sodality; who never missed a first Friday of the month meeting.  Marge  volunteered at every Spaghetti Dinner held in our Hall as the head of the spaghetti  assembly line insuring those dine-in or take out dinners were served in a timely manner.  Many generations of patrons will always remember Marge who manned that  station for close to 40 years.  She was a natural fit at San Antonio Church and all new her acquaintances became lifelong friends who considered her friendship a gift.  All of us were pleased to be in her company at our Easter Sunday Mass; the last time many of our parishioners were in her company.  

Marge was the daughter of the late Carl and Mary Studt and the beloved sister to brothers Charlie, Jack and their wives Melva and Ginny.  Even though she lost her husband Robert in 1978, Marge was devoted to his memory  and mourned him until her death.  She also had many good friends from the 2nd  generation of members of San Antonio Church who preceded her including the late Ann Augustine, Ann Bonaventure,  Ollie Brockmeyer, Minnie Cupito, Rose Cupito, Theresa Gleisinger, Marie Isadore, Henrietta Klundt, Sue Krimme, Pat Makin, Josie Moore, Fern Roberto, Loraine Roberto, Phil Schare, Sandy Schulter, Betty Seig, Mary Jane Shaw, Dorothy Smiley ,Angie Spencer, Jenny Walkenhorst, Willie Williams and Rose Young.  Marge loved spending time with them and was all in for having a good time.  They planned many events and on occasion  were driven out to Bob and Rosalie Runtz’s farm  in St. Leon, Indiana by Bob Studt, the late Nobile Cupito, Joe Isadore and Pug Shaw for their field trips where they swam, picnicked and played cards in the Runtz’s “Elvis Room”.  Marge’s greatest loss in her last few years were  sister-in-law the late Louise (Marckesano) Studt and  nephew and confidante, Nick Poland who passed in 2020.  Marge also leaves Debbie and Suzanne Poland who brought her to Mass at San Antonio and the many nieces and nephews who kept up with Aunt Margie on a weekly basis and will greatly mourn her passing.  We are all very sad to have lost Marge, but we all  thank God to have had her in our lives for all those years. 

News from San Antonio Church – June 27, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin June 27, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are called to use the time after our 9:00 AM Mass to “go out to all the world and tell the good news.”  Since the early days of our church, parishioners have always been church, community and family  oriented.  After all these years,  we are still a dedicated  group that continues to do the volunteer and outreach work of keeping and promoting our church.  We must always  remember  the many  generations of our families who have passed on and who had worked for the good of and for the future of San Antonio Church.  As we recall the history of San Antonio Italian Church, we look forward to our 100th Anniversary , a much anticipated event in 2022.   Planning for this milestone is underway and we need everyone’s input and stories from the founding of our church  in 1922.  Tina (Roberto) Kroeger is heading up the Steering Committee so, please consider joining this group of men and women of San Antonio relay  your ideas for this once in a lifetime event. 

On Friday, June 25th San Antonio Church welcomed  Fr. Bill Farris and Linda and Mike Dektas and their family members  as they renewed their vows on their  50th Wedding Anniversary. Their Mass and Blessing is the 1st Anniversary re-newel we have had in many years.  We  congratulate them and their family and friends  as they celebrate their Golden Anniversary!

On June 28th, we honor the feast day of St. Irenaeus,  a Greek Bishop  who worked to expand the Christian communities throughout  the south of France as a follower of John the Evangelist.  He is celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and in the Church of England.   He is known as a Bishop, Martyr, Bishop of Lyon and a Teacher of Faith.  St. Irenaeus was one of the first to insist that our four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the ones we may trust and no others.  St. Irenaeus became the most considerable theologian of his age.  He died in 202 AD in modern day Lyon, France. 

On June 29th we honor the  Saints  Peter and Paul who are considered the principal saints of Rome.  Peter, a fisherman became one of Jesus Apostles when Jesus promised to make him a “Fisher of Men”.  St. Peter wrote the first of the letters attributed to him in the New Testament and was martyred in Rome under Nero and is reportedly buried below the main Altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  Sharing the same feast day is St. Paul, a tent maker who fanatically  worked and preached against Christians.  It wasn’t until  he was thrown from a horse and saw a vision of Jesus that he changed his life.  St. Paul  went on to preach about his new faith while founding churches and preaching to Non- Jews.  He too was Martyred in Rome.  A Cathedral church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul in Winchester, England  where their coat of arms is displayed in the historic church.  The two Saints have also  been venerated with their names inserted in the Canon of the Mass. 

On Thursday, June 30th we honor The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church  to remember those Christians martyred in Rome during Nero’s persecution in the year 64 AD.  This feast is a general celebration of early Roman Martyrs and to remember the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.  

News from San Antonio Church – June 20, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin June 20, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On  this 3rd Sunday in June, our church community wishes all the men from San Antonio Happy Father’s Day. Today we honor and remember all those dads, granddads, uncles,  brothers, coaches, teachers , and priests who have “  fathered “ us as mentors and guides throughout  of our lives.  May we never forget all those fathers  who have passed on, but will  live on in our memory and continue to nurture us.  We also honor St. Joseph, Patron of Fathers, Families and the Universal Church.  The tradition for Father’s Day started in 1910 on the suggestion Sonora Smart Dodd to thank her Civil War Veteran father who was raising his family alone after the death of his wife.  Sonora took her campaign for Father’s Day  to her local government officials, organizations and churches.  In 1910 the 1st Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State establishing this milestone as a first in the country.  Over the next decades she challenged many Presidents to recognize the importance of the day; but it wasn’t until 1970 when Congress passed a resolution to grant the President the authority to designate the 3rd Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  This resolution invited people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies  by urging our people to offer public and private expressions of such a day to the abiding love and gratitude which they bear for their fathers.  A Prayer for all the men in our lives:  “God our Father, Bless these men, that they might find strength as Fathers.  Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.  Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.”   

As we honor men today, please recite a prayer in memory of Dominican  Brother Bertrand Bailey (1887) who died on June 23, 1954 at the age of 67.  He built San Antonio Church, one of 25 chapels that he constructed over 12 years as he worked alongside the volunteers he recruited.  His death resulted  from a fall from a ladder while painting the priory of St. Stephen’s in Massachusetts.  Brother Bertrand wore the Dominican habit and became known as the “Little Brother of the Missions”.  He even outfitted his car with the  tools needed for building repairs.  Wednesday, June 23rd  marks  the 67th Anniversary of his passing.

On Saturday evening,  June 26th we will welcome the Dektas Family as Linda (Keller) & Mike Dektas celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a vow renewal with Fr. Bill Ferris officiating.  Linda and Mike had family members who were parishioners and volunteers at San Antonio Church that resided on White Street during those years.    Other family members of the Dektas’ are the  Bonaventure, Roberto and Walkenhorst cousins.  We all congratulate them and their family members and we hope they attend Mass with us in the future.

News from San Antonio Church – June 13, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin June 13, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we honor and celebrate the feast of our Patron Saint, St. Anthony (1195-1231) Catholic priest and Friar of the Franciscan Order.  Born Fernando de Bulhoes  into a noble family in Lisbon, Portugal, he  entered the Augustine Monastery in Coimbra, Portugal at the age of 15.  With a dedication to his studies, scripture and theological writings, Fernando  joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine for the next ten years of his life.  He knew of the Franciscan Brothers who became Missionaries and wanted to follow them in their work.  He was given permission to join the Order of Friars Minor choosing the name Anthony with orders  to Morocco as a Missionary to convert Muslims to Christians.  On his journey, Anthony became ill on arriving in Morocco and as he set sail to return home, the ship was blown off course  landing in  Sicily where he stayed until he recovered.  At the request of the Franciscans, he was called to Assisi for their General Chapter Meeting in 1221 A.D.  At that time he studied continuously and increased his wisdom about the scriptures and all the doctrines he had studied earlier. 

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi who founded the Franciscan Order, Anthony became a powerful  gifted preacher with his sermons reaching many followers, even St. Francis.  He wrote many scholarly works between 1224 and 1230, but will always be known for his sermons that were held outdoors to accommodate the massive crowds.  Anthony would pray late into the night while speaking to the Child Jesus and reaching out to him which is now depicted in all St. Anthony Statues as he holds the Child Jesus.  In Padua, Anthony worked to preach, save souls and reform laws throughout the city.  He died in Padua on June 13, 1231 at the age of 35 and was Canonized on May 30, 1232 in Spoleto, Italy by Pope Gregory IX.  He became known for the miracles he performed through his intercession and is considered the patron saint of oppressed people, lost articles, elderly people and shipwrecks.  In 1692, Spanish Missionaries along with Franciscan Chaplain Fr. Damien Massanet  founded a mission in a small community that eventually became San Antonio, Texas.  By the year 1787, 25 Mission Stations were established.

Today we celebrate his feast, our church and the blessing of St. Anthony Bread in his honor.  Please be generous with your donations as all monies from the bread and the blue ribbon around the St. Anthony Statue will be presented to the Franciscan Missions.

Monday, June 14th is Flag Day to honor the United States Flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption in 1777 by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States of America.  The National Flag Day Foundation will hold an observance today with a program including a ceremonial of the national flag, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem. It reminds us of the foundation of the nation’s freedom and our loyalty to the nation.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation to officially establish June 14th as Flag Day.  National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress in 1949.

News from San Antonio Church – June 6, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin June 6, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we honor The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ also known as Corpus Domini.  This day is set aside to celebrate the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist.  St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church proposed the feast to focus solely on the Holy Eucharist.  At that time he urged Pope Urban IV to create a feast to emphasize the joy of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  In 1264, the Pontiff would establish the feast of Corpus Christi as a Solemnity and extend it throughout the whole Catholic Church.  A tradition held on Corpus Christi Sunday is to hold parish processions with singing and prayers all in the honor of the Blessed Sacrament.  During the procession, the Priest will hold the Monstrance aloft until the end of the procession when the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament takes place.

Our Mass intention on this Corpus Christi Sunday is in memory of Vicki  (Stevens ) Roark who was the daughter of the late Don and Doe Stevens.  The Stevens Family were active members of San Antonio Church for many years as well as her Aunt Mary Lou (Stevens) and her Uncle Frank Russo who still attend our 9:00 AM Mass.   Vicki married and moved to Mason where she lived for 30 years while employed by the Warren County Child Development Department until her retirement.  She  was involved in local and community issues while working part time at Costco’s until she became disabled the last 15 years of her life.  Vicki succumbed to the rare disease Proteus Syndrome at the age of 63 on April 16, 2021.      

Besides her husband Donnie, Vicki leaves children Missy and Eric, their spouses, and four Grandchildren.  She also has many cousins and friends including Mary Ann and Sharon who were with her until the end and now  mourn her passing.  Vicki donated her body to the University of Cincinnati medical Center for research and study of the very painful disease that struck her in the prime of her life.  

After our Mass today, Fr. Westerhoff will celebrate the Baptism of Angelo James Sulken, son of Michael and Karissa (Hicks) Sulken who was born on April 6, 2020.  Angelo is  the  Great Grandson of our beloved late parishioner Carol (Schare) Enderle and nephew and  cousin to many members of the Studt family.  The Godparents are the Kyle Hicks and Cassie Raabe the brother and sister-in-law of Karissa Sulken.  Baby Angelo James is the Grandson of Curt & Leigh Ann Hicks, Steve & Sheri Lay, Nikki Glacen and Mike & Cindi Sulken.  Please remember  Angelo and his parents, and family members in your prayers as he begins his journey in the Catholic Faith.  

Next week we will celebrate and honor the feast of our patron, St. Anthony with the blessing of the loaves of St. Anthony Bread.

News from San Antonio Church – May 23, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin May 23, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we honor the feast of the Pentecost, known as Whitsunday in Ireland and in the United Kingdom.  In the Roman Catholic Church, the Easter Season is now  over and the Paschal Candle will be removed from the  Sanctuary  after Mass today.  Celebrated on the 50th day from Easter Sunday to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and followers of Jesus Christ while  in Jerusalem for the Feast of Weeks.  The name Pentecost comes from the Greek Pentekoste which means 50 and it also refers to the Jewish Festival, the Feast of Weeks.  As stated in the Scriptures (Acts 2:3), the color red on the Altar  symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit to remind us of the flames that appeared above the heads of the Disciples.  It is one of the great feasts of the Eastern Orthodox churches and a solemnity in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church with Christian denominations  holding special liturgies on this day. The importance of Pentecost is shown  in the 3rd of the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and is one of the stations of the Resurrection. 

Pentecost is still considered one of the greatest celebrations of the year in Germany and Romania.  In France, trumpets will be blown during services to recall the wind that accompanied the Descent of the Holy Spirit and in Italy, rose petals will fall from the ceilings of churches to recall the miracle of the fiery tongues on Pasqua Rosatum a tradition that started around 607 AD.  European churches built during the middle Ages were fitted with a Holy Ghost Hole, a small opening  in the roof for the entrance of the Holy Spirit to enter.  On Pentecost, a figure of a dove decorated with flowers would be lowered into the church while the narrative of the Pentecost was read.   In all denominations, Pentecost is seen as an opportunity to honor the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and a way to celebrate the church.  On this day, special services, confirmations and the welcoming of the joyous season of  Spring is celebrated.  Red banners are hung is some churches to symbolize the movement of the mighty wind and the coming of the Holy Spirit and in some congregations, red handkerchiefs are handed out to be waved during their procession.   

There are many legends regarding Pentecost.  It is said that King Arthur always gathered his Knights at the round table for a feast and quest on Pentecost.  And every year an old German proverb is repeated, “ripe strawberries at Pentecost means a good wine crop”.  There is also a short film from Ireland called Pentecost about an 11 year old Altar boy.  The 2011 film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.  It can be viewed by going to the Hamilton County Library website –  https://cincinnatilibrary.org/ .  Enter your search for the film Pentecost and follow the direction to view the film – https://cincinnatilibrary.kanopy.com/login?destination=node%2F1088007 . You can also go to Kanopy.com – https://www.kanopy.com/ and it will show you how to watch films through your library.

News from San Antonio Church – May 16, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin May 16, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this 7th Sunday of Easter, we recall The Ascension of the Lord with the observance traditionally celebrated on Thursday, May 13th.  The Roman Catholic Church does not consider the feast as a public holiday; but the Vatican has given permission to move it on the Sunday before Pentecost, encouraging  Christians to observe this important feast.  The Ascension commemorates the Christian belief of the going up to heaven forty days after his resurrection.  In Latin, Ascensio  refers to Christ being raised up by his own powers, in the Catholic Church this day  is ranked as a Solemnity and a Holy Day of Obligation.  The Ascension shows us He exists in corporal form with the Father outside time and space, thus this concluding work of redemption and the pledge of our own eventual ascension into heaven. 

The Western Church started commemorating the Ascension on the 40th day of Easter as early as the 4th Century.  At that time the feast was celebrated with plays, candlelit processions with a banner of a Lion (Christ) carried in front of one showing a Dragon (Devil).  It is a tradition in some churches to celebrate with the blessings of first fruits as a thanksgiving for our Lord blessing us with produce, as  processions with  banners decorating the church with the blessed fruits being  consumed after the liturgy.   May 16th is also the Feast of St. Brendan the Navigator recalling his 9th Century Voyage to the Isle of Blessed as he  searched  for the Garden of Eden.  Also known as one of the 12 Apostles of Ireland, St. Brendan’s achievements are displayed in a large stained glass window at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. 

A Prayer for The Ascension: “Almighty God, whose blessed Son Our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heaves, that he might fill all things:  Mercifully give us faith to perceive that according to his promise abide with his Church on earth, even unto the end of the world; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

After Mass on this Sunday we will offer blessed prayer squares to take home.  These knitted squares were donated by Donna (D’Angelo) Smith as a small way to let someone know that God cares for them.  As the knitters cast their stiches, they recited a short prayer that would be felt by the donor of the square.  As their busy hands worked with the yarn  they prayed:  “Lord keep my hands and heart focused on whoever receives this prayer square, that they know You love them and care for them and all their concerns.  Amen.”  All the parishioners from San Antonio Church appreciate this kind and thoughtful gesture from Donna, her family and friends.

News from San Antonio Church – May 9, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin May 9, 2021

by Terrie Evans

Our San Antonio Church community wishes the women of our parish  a very Happy Mother’s Day on this 2nd Sunday of May.  We honor all mothers on this   “Festa della Mamma” to  celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence mothers have in our society.  In our Italian culture, parents and family are not only to be honored on their special days, but also throughout the year.  The Italian mother is considered the center of the family and the glue that holds her family together.   Before the traditional Mother’s Day the Romans celebrated from the end of April to the 1st week in May  with lavish banquets.  This celebration  was called “Floralia” – to welcome springtime, flowers, warmer weather, and the rebirth of a new season.

The 1st actual Mother’s Day celebrated in Italy was in 1933 with the Giornata della madre e del fanciullo “The day of the Mother and Child” to publicly reward a notable  Italian woman.  In 1957, a Parish Priest, from the town of Assisi, the Rev. Otello Migliosi  reinstated  Mother’s Day  at his church.  It became so popular from that year on that the Italian Senate made the holiday official.      

We also honor the Blessed Mother today with our traditional procession and May Crowning.  In the Roman Catholic Church, Mother’s Day is strongly associated with showing reverence to  the Virgin Mary.  During our years attending Parochial School  many of us recall the month of May being dedicated to Mary and the many May crowning’s we attended.  We would gather flowers from our home gardens to honored Mary for the  procession to the grotto  on the school grounds where the statue of Mary was located.  On this day we have another crowning at our church and  we appreciate all the children who have participated in the May Crowning this morning and we thank Tina (Roberto ) Kroeger for working with them.  The next time we honor the Blessed Mother will be on Sunday, August 15 with the “Feast of the Assumption of Mary”.  This feast honors the death, assumption into Heaven and coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; making it the most important of all the Marian feasts.

As we anticipate the feast of our Patron, St. Anthony of Padua on Sunday, June 13th, please remember how important the Franciscans were to the survival of our humble church.  We will be donating all monies that are pinned to the blue ribbon adorning the St. Anthony statue to the Franciscan Order along with the monies  from the Saint Anthony Bread that will be blessed and  distributed on that Sunday after our 9:00 AM Mass.