News from San Antonio Church – March 26, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin March 26, 2023

by Terrie Evans

Our San Antonio Church Community thanks all those from the College of Mt. Saint Joseph, the Sisters of Charity and the Mater Dei Chapel who made us all feel very welcome on Friday evening March 24th for the showing of “At The End of The Santa Fe Trail”.  The private showing, taken from the journals of Sr. Blandina she penned to her natural sister, Sr. Justina Segale (1846-1929).  The 1 ½ hour film written and directed by Tomas Sanchez and staring Alma Sisneros as Sr. Blandina was a true testament to her life’s work.  Tomas Sanchez along with some of his crew from New Mexico had visited San Antonio Church in the past few years doing research of her life among the Italian Community in the Little Italy of South Fairmount after she returned from the Southwest.  Our parishioners had read Sr. Blandina’s journal of her Missionary work from Colorado and New Mexico and were thrilled to be able to see her story at the private showing before its release.   We really   appreciate Sr. Veronica Buchanan, Archivist from the Sisters of Charity for reaching out to our church and inviting our parishioners for the event.  Our parishioners were honored to be included in this special showing and for being part of the long process for the canonization of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God.  We all knew of the good works and the years Sr. Blandina, Sr. Justina and Sr. Euphrasia so willing gave to the Immigrant Italian population and to all those newly arrived families who needed direction.  Her journals told the history of our country and how everyone played an important and vital part in the growth of our nation.     

The three Sisters of Charity taught our ancestors many things especially how to keep their Catholic Faith, the religion they brought with them from the old country.  She taught them how to acclimate in their new home country and the tools needed to achieve their American dream while keeping their traditions alive.   San Antonio Church celebrated 100 years in 2022 and we will never forget the dedication of the Sisters of Charity who served us especially Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God who we invoke every week at our Rosary and Communion Service on Tuesdays and who we pray to every Sunday at our 9:00 A.M. Mass.  We thank them and ask for their intercession to help those who are sick, suffering and for our church. She became a mentor and guide for our church and the many generations of San Antonio Church that followed.       

            When San Antonio Italian Church was founded in 1922, families from South Fairmount dedicated themselves to the future of their newly established house of worship.  Our parishioners have continued to volunteer as the many generations of our families did in the past.  We come together every Sunday to attend Mass in our now historical church building, please remember there is always a need for workers to keep our church on the corner of Queen City and White Streets in the best form possible.  All of us are blessed with special gifts and talents to share much as our grandparents, parents and the German and Italian families of South Fairmount had over the years.   As we see many new families attending our church, we invite you to join our community of service to work with us and to keep San Antonio Church open for the next chapter in our history.  Since we have only one Mass on Sundays and the Communion Service on Tuesdays these are the only two times every week that the church is open.  

Consider volunteer on Sunday as a Lector or being a Distributor for Communion.  On Tuesdays we always welcome help with the Communion Service.  We always need a roster of parishioners for Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings to aid those family members who are using our church for these events.  On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays we hold our popular Lunch on the House for those guests who enjoy a home cooked meal made by the men and women of our parish.  Our kitchen crew prepares, serves and then get the Hall ready for Sunday before locking up.  Please consider helping whenever you can as we count on each other to keep our church open.  Please see Terrie Evans or Rita Miller for questions about volunteering in the Church and for Hall information please see Dave Sabatelli.

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