SAINT ANTHONY
PARISH

Dear Parishioners,

 

New beginnings appear in our lives in many ways and at different times. Not too long ago we began yet another new year. It offered us a time to look back and reflect, as well as a time to look forward and dream of possibilities. Of course, turning the calendar is not the only new beginning we come across in life. Graduations, new jobs, weddings, births, and so many other life events offer us times of not only looking forward but also being mindful of the past.

 

Today’s Gospel passage tells the story surrounding a new beginning in salvation history. It describes the start of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. The first thing Jesus sets out to do is to preach that the kingdom of God is at hand. Although we do not hear the full story of the Gospel in today’s passage, we have the privilege of knowing what comes after this. Indeed, what follows is Jesus demonstrating through words and action just what he means when he proclaims that the kingdom of God is at hand. The blind see, sinners are forgiven, the marginalized have a place at the table, and all of us are brought to salvation through Jesus’ sacrificial death. 

 

We also have the privilege of knowing what has been before this point. Indeed, there is a very clear call back to the first reading. Isaiah acknowledges the yearning, the need, and the pain of our experience before the Messiah, and yet he also announces that this darkness will not be the final word. Salvation is coming. When we read about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, this new beginning directly connects to the past. It makes the present that much more glorious because it shows that God has kept his promise and the world is not overcome by darkness.

 

As baptized members of the Church, we can see both sides of this point in salvation history. We live the truth of fulfillment, but we do not forget the past. It shows the magnitude, the power of our salvation which we now enjoy. As we recognize this great gift, we are called to live Jesus’ message of repentance. We can benefit from being mindful of how we can turn away from that which separates us from God. We can grow in our understanding of how we are called to live the truth of the kingdom of God.

 

God is calling us back to him. Our new beginnings are at hand, and we can grow in a deeper commitment to our faith. Indeed, every time we receive the body of Christ, it is a new beginning. May God continue to guide us on this journey.

 

Blessings,

Fr. Tad

This week's Second Collection is for the Church in Latin America

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Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends
When was the last time you did something really special together, just for the two of you? Make the time to enrich and renew your marriage on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. For over 50 years thousands of married couples of all ages have grown in their love and appreciation of each other. Local 2023 weekends will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, Feb. 24–26 and Sept. 29–Oct. 1. For more information or to register please go to wwme.org or call Ken & Claranne at 408-782-1413

The 2023 Mass Intention Book

The 2023 Mass book is available and weekend Masses are filling up quickly

A very special prayer practice that is offered at every Mass is a Mass Intention. Intentions are offered for many reasons, for the living and the dead. Masses can be offered for birthdays, anniversaries, illness, special intentions and answered prayers. Consider remembering a loved one this upcoming year. If you are looking for a specific date for the Mass, call soon to reserve your date so that it isn’t taken. Contact Carmen at the parish office ~ (408) 997-4800; email us at churchstanthony@dsj.org. 

A donation of $10 is suggested. 

A Friendly Reminder...

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

As Catholic Christians, our funeral and memorial celebrations enable the Christian community to mourn, as well as to hope by focusing on the mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ.

Please, first contact the Parish Office or Fr. Tad if you are planning a Funeral Mass or a Memorial Mass for a loved one at St. Anthony Church.

You will be provided with our necessary guidelines which are established to assist in effectively preparing the funeral rites with individuals and families.

Saturday Vigil Mass, Jan 21

"Little Church" Bertram Rd


4:00p.m. Mass

Sunday Mass, Jan 22

"Big Church" McKean Rd


8:30a.m. Mass 

10:30a.m. Mass 


Weekday Mass:

Tuesday - Friday

8:00a.m.


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St. Anthony Parish
20101 McKean Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-9410