News from San Antonio Church – September 17, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin September 17, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On this 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time,  we remind everyone the date of our Annual Spaghetti Dinner.  Our 87th year of serving the traditional Italian Dinner San Antonio Church has been noted for will be on Sunday, October 8th from 11:30 AM-7:00 PM.   What started as a fundraiser by our newly formed San Antonio Church Choir in 1936, has grown to serve not only dine in customers but offer curb side take out dinners as well.  The 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations of our church members will be serving the next generations of west side families who are now   loyal supporters of San Antonio Church.   We are now taking reservations and asking for help as many shifts will be needed to fill.   There is sign- up sheets in the Hall after our 9:00 AM Mass every Sunday concerning volunteering, donations for drinks desserts, or to be part of the clean -up crew.  We are all humbled and grateful to walk in the shoes of our ancestors as we anticipate another year to carry on this tradition.  The contacts for those parishioners who stepped up to lead this event are Dave Sabatelli 513-405-6444 to place a Curb Side Carry Out Order, Jimmy Capano 513- 364-8301 to place a Dine In reservation, Connie Dalessandro 513-846-1502 to donate wine or soft drinks and to Volunteer for the Dinner.   Harry Panaro 513-260-3371 is the person in charge of the 2023 Place Mat used at the dinner and is now selling ad spots for your business or family milestone.  Please consider joining the San Antonio Church Crew for our 87th Spaghetti Dinner.  We welcome all new volunteers to become a big part of the next chapter in our church’s history.   

On this 3rd Sunday in September, we celebrate all those Catholics who not only teach but share the Church’s teaching on Catechetical Sunday.  The initiative for this Sunday   started in 1935 to recognize not only the gift volunteers give to their parish communities but to highlight all those who have worked educating children.  At that time, the Vatican published a document stressing the importance of catechists and in 1971, USCCB developed published materials to help parishes honor those who serve as catechists on Catechetical Sunday.  The theme chosen by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for 2023 is from Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened”.   We thank all those dedicated faithful who have committed to teach the Catholic Faith and share the Church’s teachings.  Within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, many dedicated volunteers answer the call to serve in youth ministry, RICA, and other adult programs as they help parishioners develop a deeper relationship with God and the Church. 

On September 21st, we observe the International Day of Peace,  dedicated to world peace and the absence of war, a United Nations Sanctioned Holiday.   This day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace with the UN General Assembly’s theme Actions for Peace: Our Ambitions for the #GlobalGoals.  To start this day, the United Nations Peace Bell will be rung at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.  The Peace Bell was donated by the United Nations Association of Japan on June 8, 1954.  It has become a tradition to ring the bell twice a year, on the 1st day of Spring and on September 21st, the International Day of Peace.  Ringing the Bell at the Vernal Equinox (Spring) started in 1971 when then Secretary General, U Thant signed the Earth day Declaration. The World Peace Bell was tolled on other occasions and in 1966, it was rung to commemorate the 1st Anniversary of Pope Paul Vi visit to the United Nations and in 2004 on the 10th Anniversary to observe the International Day of Reflection to recall the Genocide that took place in Rwanda.   There are more than 20 Peace Bells that have been placed in 16 countries.  The World Peace Bells are made of melted down coins donated from countries around the world.  One of the World Peace Bells is located at 425 York Street in Newport, Kentucky.   This bell was cast in France and then sent to the United States, arriving at the port of New Orleans, Louisiana after the month and a half journey.    The bell then was put on a barge traveling up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers making 14 stops along the way until it’s final destination in Kentucky on the August 1, 1999.  The arrival of the Peace Bell coincided with the Tall Stacks Festival that was held along the Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport section of the Ohio River.  The 66,000 lb. World Peace Bell was formally dedicated on December 31, 1999.

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