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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.