News from San Antonio Church – August 20, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin August 20, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On Friday August 18th San Antonio Church held a funeral Mass for Vincent “Butch” Accurso beloved husband of the late Juanita Grischy Accurso (1942-2023) who passed away February of this year.  Vincent leaves four children:  Lisa, Angela, Kathrin, and Anthony and nine grandchildren:  Lauren, Megan, Hannah, Andrew, Allie, Annie, AJ, Luken, and Bodie.  Father Jim Meade officiated.  Our church community sends prayers and condolences to the Accurso, Grischy, Win, Garrison, Rooney, and Einhaus families.

On this 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, San Antonio Church welcomes members of the Kafiti, Trotta, Mazzie and Reenan Families for the Baptism of Mila Rose Kafiti after our 9:00 Am Mass.  She was born on June 29, 2023, and is the daughter of Lindsay (Trotta) and Bill Kafiti and joins brother Lucas Kafiti who was also Baptized at San Antonio Church on May 20, 2021, by Fr. Westerhoff.  The Trotta Family has ties to many old established Italian Families with Lindsay’s great- great- Grandfather Anthony Frank Trotta’s marriage to Angelina Beratta.  Lindsay’s great grandfather Francisco Anthony Trotta married into the Ramundo family with his union to Theresa Ramundo and from the Mazzie Family with the union of Frank Mazzie, Lindsays Great Grandfather to her Great Grandmother, Elvira-Seta Mazzie.  The Trotta Family has always been a presence at San Antonio Church and our parishioners all remember Mila Rose’s Great Grandfather, Joseph “Joe” Trotta who attended our church until his passing in 2019 at the age of 99 and his late wife, Mila Rose’s Great Grandmother, the late Constantine (Connie) A. (Mazzie) Trotta who passed away in 1986.  Lindsay’s parents and Mila Rose Kafiti’s Grandparents are David Stephen and Kimberly Philomena Reenan-Trotta who were married at San Antonio Church in 1980 by Fr. Elliot and a few years later would Baptized Mila’s mom Lindsay Maureen Trotta Kafiti in 1984 by Fr. Senn.  The God parents for Mila are Kelly and Eric Kroger who are also sponsors for older brother Lucas Kafiti.  Our church community sends their prayers and congratulations on this new addition to the Kafiti Family and this milestone event for all the members of their large extended family. 

On Monday, August 21st we celebrate the feast day of Pope Pius X (Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto (1835-1914) known for promoting liturgical reform while head of the Catholic Church from 1903 until his death in 1914.  Pope Pius X lowered the age for those making their First Communion and strongly encouraged receiving Holy Communion regularly.  He was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and gave sermons from the pulpit which was a rare practice at that time.  In 1908 when the earthquake hit Messina, Pope Pius X took in those refugees devasted by the destruction into the Apostolic Palace before the Italian Government steeped in to aid them.  He was noted for his humility and simplicity waking at 4:00 AM before saying Mass at 6:00 AM, at his desk by 8:00 AM with statues of the saints he was beatified during his Papacy – John Vanney and Joan of Arc nearby.  He conducted an audience with pilgrims at noon, lunch at 1:00 PM and returning to work until dining at 9:00 PM at the end of the day.  Pope Pius X was immensely popular with Catholics in America with fifteen new dioceses created in the Unted States during his tenure.  He also named 2 American Cardinals and was respected and revered, while seen as an ordinary man from a poor family who was raised by God to the Papal Throne.  Pope Pius X died at 1:20 AM on August 20, 1914, shortly after he kissed the little crucifix that was clasped in his hands.  On May 29, 1954, his Canonization ceremony was taped and recorded by NBC and other early television news broadcasters.

On Tuesday, August 22nd, we celebrate the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast that was established by Pope Pius XII in 1954.  The Pope stated that Mary deserves the title because she is the Mother of God and is strongly associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work and her intercessory power and her preeminent perfection.  As Jesus was to be King of all creation, Mary in dependence on Jesus, Mary was to be Queen of Angles and Men, Queen of Heaven, and Earth. 

On Wednesday, August 23rd, we honor the feast day of Rose of Lima born, Isabel Flores de Oliva on April 20, 1586, who died on August 24, 1617, at the age of 31.  She was a lay member of the Dominican Order who cared for those poverty stricken throughout the city of Lima, Peru.  She was beatified on May 10, 1667, by Pope Clement IX and was Canonized on April 12, 1671, by Pope Clement X as the 1st Catholic in the Americas to be declared a Saint.  The 1st Governor of the state of California donated a plot of land in downtown Sacramento for a park to be named in her honor.  The Fiesta de Santa Rosa is celebrated on the last weekend in August in Dixon, New Mexico and in Maywood, California Saint Rose Church is the largest dedicated to her.  She is considered the patroness of the Americas, the Indigenous people of the Americas and of Lima, Peru.  There are sixty-six churches in the United States dedicated to her.

On Thursday 24th, we celebrated St. Bartholomew, the Apostle who along with Jude “Thaddeus” is thought to have brought Christianity to Armenia in the first century.  Both Saints are considered the patron saints of the Armenian Apostolic Church. There is a 13th Century St. Bartholomew Monastery constructed at the site of the martyrdom of Apostle Bartholomew around 69/71 AD in Greater Armenia now part of southeastern Turkey.  It is thought that St. Bartholomew preached the Gospel throughout India before his journey to Greater Armenia.  He is the patron saint of Gambatesa, Italy Florentine cheese merchants, butchers, and leather workers.  In the Church of England, Bartholomew the Apostle is celebrated on August 24th with a Festival in his honor.    

On Friday August 25th we honor the feast day of Saint Louis of France (1214-1270) who at his coronation as King of France, Louis IX pledged as an oath to   be true to God, to be the father of his people, and the feudal lord as the King of Peace.  During his reign he brough peace and justice with regulations to reform laws and encouraged written records in court.  His patron was Saint Frances with Louis becoming patron of the Secular Franciscan Order who went on to establish hospitals and would visit the sick; even caring for those with leprosy.  He brought prosperity to France by unifying its people in all levels of society to townspeople, priests, knights, and lords.   Also, on August 25th we honor Joseph Calasanz (1557-1648) a Spanish Catholic Priest and educator who founded the Pius Schools to provide free education to sons of poor families.  He knew he wanted to be a priest at the age of fourteen as the youngest of eight children.  He attended a college run by Franciscans and would later move to Rome where he resided for 56 years.  Joseph was Beatified on August 7, 1748, by Pope Benedict XIV and Canonized by Pope Clement XIII on July 16, 1767.

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