News from San Antonio Church – August 2, 2020

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Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

We send our heartfelt condolences to the Poland, Studt and Marckesano Families on the sudden passing of Nicholas Poland on July 20, 2020 at the age of 42 years.  He was the son of  Debbie (Studt) Poland and Tom Flick and Richard and Sandra Poland and best friend and much loved brother to his sister Suzanne and older brother Jason.  Nicholas will  be greatly missed by his last surviving Grandparent Bob Studt and  his Aunt Marge Maupin.  He also leaves nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends that will mourn their loss.  His final Blessing took place on  Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Dalbert, Woodruff and Isenogle Funeral Home.

In the history of our church, during the first week of August in 1922, the residents of Little Italy were anxiously waiting  their 1st mass in their new church located at 1946 Queen City Avenue.  This building was purchased  as a house of worship for  the Italian population  with a donation of $3,400.00 and they  chose Saint Anthony of Padua as their patron saint for what would be the 1st San Antonio Church.  Over 200 hundred attended that Mass  on the 6th of August in 1922 celebrated by the Assistant Pastor of Sacred Heart Italian Church, Rev. Antonio Bainotti.  With the help from Sr. Blandina Segale, and the added support from Sacred Heart Church, they turned the space into a Chapel.  Many  prayers of thanks  were said on  that day in 1922 as they made plans for the future. 

After their first Mass, they knew hard work would be needed to make the space more suitable.  They made plans to purchase chairs, statues, paint the interior, and install much needed carpeting.  The women sewed curtains and the men came every evening after their long days at work to build a playground for the children.  It was then decided that a formal dedication and a grand reopening would be held a few months away on  October 8th in 1922.  This first church gave them the foresight to look forward to the future and someday build a new church which they did in 1940.  As we remember their hard work and sacrifices, we now proudly look forward to our future and the 100th Anniversary of San Antonio Church  in 2022!

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