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.

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