News from San Antonio Church – May 2, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin May 2, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On this 5th Sunday of Easter, San Antonio Church  parishioners are looking forward to next Sunday; the Mother’s Day Mass our May Crowning and Breakfast.    The May Crowning  dates back to the early days of  San Antonio Italian Church when  the young daughters of our church members participated  in the procession and crowning to honor the Blessed Mother.  At that time those young ladies  were required to write an essay about the Blessed Mother that was then read and judged by our Parish priest.  Those young ladies were chosen with the  lucky girl and her court feeling very honored to be apart of this tradition.  On Mother’s Day, they entered the church at the start of Mass  attired in long taffeta dresses very proud to be the ones from their families to honor the Blessed Mother in this way.  Over the years those young ladies married and had children and grandchildren and even great grandchildren  who have also participated in this wonderful tradition.

Next week, May 9th we will continue this day with new generations of young girls and boys from our church who will honor and remember how important Mary, the Blessed Mother is to our Catholic upbringing.  Please let Tina (Roberto) Kroeger know the names of the children as she will meet with them in the Hall before Mass.  Also we will be able to bring back our Mother’s Day Breakfast as we follow all Covid Guidelines with family groups seated together by table reservation only.  Please see David Sabatelli or Victor Minella for more information about the limited seating.    

On May 6th, the first Thursday in May is the National Day of Prayer.  Designated by the United States Congress, this day is set aside for everyone “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”.  Every year the President of the United States signs a proclamation urging all Americans to pray for the future of our country.  Most presidents in the history of the United States attend church services and hold special events at the White House to promote respect for God.  The intention of the National Day of Prayer is that all great religions could come together to unite in prayer and bring renewed respect for God to people all over the world.  It is celebrated by Protestants, Catholics, Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and Jews.  Many Americans will plan to assemble in prayer in front of their local courthouses, churches, mosques, synagogues and temples  with some  observances  including  musical  performances that conclude with prayers recited  for our nation.

We send our condolences to the Wall family on the passing of Rev. John Wall who graciously celebrated Mass with us over the years.  Rev. Wall passed away on April 20 at the age of 89 years.  His funeral was held at St. Ignatius Church on April 30th.

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