St. Anthony Catholic Church
Davenport, Iowa
Weekly Email Newsletter
We Will Always Remember the 9-11 First Responders for Running to Those In Need
by John Cooper
Did you know that the first responder symbol above is connected to Moses m aking a saraph and mounting it on a pole, for the Israelites who were bitten to look at and be healed? See how the symbol of the cross is woven into this sign of healing.
This week we remember the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. In the Church, we celebrate today the feast of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. There are many comparisons that we can make from the 9-11 attacks and the Cross that Jesus bore for us over 2000 years ago.

For me, the response of the fire fighters, police, and medics will always vividly stand out in my mind. Watching first responders run into what looked liked a hopeless situation made us ask, how can they do this? What in their education and training prepares them to run into the danger of death rather than from it?

Aren't we as Christians, by our baptism, supposed to behave as these first responders? Jesus said to pick up our crosses and follow him. Our faith teaches us to be other-centered. The Resurrection assures us of eternal life. And yet, we often fail to act, in the heat of the moment with the same heroism of first responders.

Dear Jesus, teach, empower, strengthen, embolden us to be your heroic leaders in the world today in both the small and big situations that confront us. And Jesus, please bless all those who mourn the dead and and all those who fight to save life. For the dead in 9-11, "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

As part of Vision 20/20 Pentecost to Pentecost, Bishop Zinkula has asked us to familiarize ourselves with Pope Francis' letter The Joy of the Gospel . A short video about Francis' letter will be shown immediately following all Masses next weekend. Please stop by the Parish Center for chips and salsa after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday and for coffee and donuts after the Sunday morning Masses.    
Plenty of good food for a big crowd in the Parish Center
Father Apo and His Pie Judges
Allyn Krug's Cow Pie Won
What's a Picnic without Cornhole?
Pinata Fun!
We even had Jenga!
Here's a List of Needs from McAnthony Window Patrons
Twin Mattress
Toilet paper
New or used book bags
Soft fruit
Blankets/sleeping bags

Call or email John Cooper, if you can help!
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The World's Six Best Doctors
"The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and friends .  Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life."