News from San Antonio Church – June 28, 2020 – Padre Pio

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Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

While we were away, all of the parishioners of San Antonio  said many prayers for our church and each other.  During this time, a few needed repairs were completed to keep our building and surrounding area in the best possible shape.  We had the concrete pad replaced on the White Street side and repairs on the ramp side areas into San Antonio were fixed.  Finally, we addressed the bell tower with extra protective wire netting so no more birds could wiggle their way in as they did in the last few months.  After the fixes were made, the whole area was then cleaned and sanitized.  Although our building and grounds were checked on and maintained during this crisis, someone entered our brick memorial garden and admired our beautiful marble Padre Pio statue from Italy  so much they took it.

Our parishioner, Vince Cerchio ordered the likeness of Padre Pio in memory of his mother, Lena (Florimonte) Chercio (1932-2018) who much revered the works of the saint.  St. Padre Pio had a worldwide  following upon his death on September 23, 1968 was Canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.  Since it went missing, we have called upon our saint in waiting, Sister of Charity, Sr. Blandina  Segale, Servant of God for its safe return.  Now it is time to  include  Padre Pio of Pietrelcina  in our prayers to intercede for this special intention.  

“Beloved Padre Pio, today, I add my prayer to those offered to you everyday by those who love and venerate you.  Because of your friendship with the Lord, He heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you forgive. 

Through your visible wounds of the Cross which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus.  Please help us bring the Cross back in our midst, for we acknowledge it is the only true sign of salvation. 

As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side.  We not only remember the blood you shed in pain, but your smile  and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence: the perfume of sanctity.

Saint Padre Pio, in your kindness, please help us with our request (Please make the sign of the Cross as we say this special prayer to  him for the return of our statue).   As we pray to you, bless me and my loved ones.  In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

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