Dear Parishioners,
It is not uncommon to hear the words disciple and apostle interchangeably. While both are part of our faith lexicon, they do not mean exactly the same thing. Today’s Gospel helps us to understand them and how they relate to our Christian identity. Jesus, having previously called the Twelve and sent them out to preach and heal, is now sending seventy-two more disciples – again with the same message and task.
So, what is the difference between the two? By definition, a disciple is one who learns from or follows: a student. It is the root of the word “discipline.” Each of us, by our baptism, is made a disciple of Christ.
An apostle, on the other hand, is one who is sent forth – to preach and share the teachings of another with others. These two titles, or descriptions, are different and yet related – for clearly, one must be a disciple before being an apostle. Otherwise, what would one have to share and preach?
Saint Paul, writing to the Galatians, knew the difference and fully embraced both identities. Having begun as a persecutor, Paul encountered Christ on the road to Damascus and experienced a radical conversion to being a follower of Christ. Through that first life-changing moment and then, through the witness of the other disciples and the community in Damascus, Paul is equipped to be both disciple and apostle.
Historically, the Scriptures – and the Church – have reserved the use of the word Apostle, with a capital “A,” to refer to the Twelve – or, with a lower case “a,” to mean those of Jesus’ time who were sent with the authority of Christ to evangelize. All Apostles are disciples, but not all disciples are apostles. More colloquially, many of us may have heard it said that “we become disciples by our baptism and apostles (lowercase “a”) at our confirmation.”
Despite this lesson in etymology and historical usage, the focus here is really less on the “titles” and more on the roles. We, too, must first embrace the Gospel and make it our own – become that disciple who not only knows its challenges and joys but is intentional about living out its mandates on a daily basis. Only then can we be prepared to embrace our identity as apostles – who go forth as missionary disciples to share the Gospel with others.
People often ask why being part of a parish is so important to our identity. The answer is simple: The parish should be a place where every believer finds the resources and opportunities to grow as both disciples and apostles. The PARISH should be a house of prayer, a school of formation, and a refuge in times of need. It should equip the faithful at all levels to be ready to live and share the Gospel.
This coming week, perhaps we might reflect on our role as disciple and apostle and on how well we are prepared for the mission. May God help us rely upon him for our needs.
Fr. Tad
We celebrated our first Mass under the Oak Tree on June 26th
It was a great success, be sure and join us for Outdoor Mass every 4th Sunday of the month.
We are accepting sign-ups for the Sacrament of Confirmation and encourage parents to sign up your children ASAP.  Why it is important to be confirmed?
Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation in which the one who is confirmed (confirmandi) receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the imposition of hand and anointing with oils by the bishop. This sacrament establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith and it is called confirmation because the faith given in baptism is now confirmed and made strong. During your baptism, your parents and godparents make promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At confirmation, you renew those same promises, this time speaking for yourself. During confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them the courage to practice their faith. We believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the sacrament of confirmation and gives them the same gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (courage), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts are supernatural graces given to the soul. It might be a time for your children to experience those graces.
With the bishops and dioceses across the United States, Bishop Oscar Cantú and the Diocese of San José are calling for a three-year grassroot revival of devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Over the next three years, every Catholic parish, school, apostolate, and family is invited to be a part of renewing the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist —and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.” For more information, please visit
Attend the Institute for Leadership in Ministry. Do you have a call to the ministry of leadership within your community? Do you currently participate in some form of pastoral ministry? Do you want to learn and get the skills to serve better your community? Explore attending the ILM this year. The ILM is accepting nominations for the academic year 2022-2023, classes begin September 2022.
Please find more about the ILM and how to apply at
You Can Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped 10’s of 1000’s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. . For confidential information about or to register for the August Marriage Program beginning with a weekend on August 5-7, 2022 call 408-605-4998, email: or visit our website at
2022 Mass Intention Book
Mass Intentions are now being scheduled for 2022. Please stop by or call the Parish office to request your intention.
A Friendly Reminder...
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.
Dear Parishioners,

I would like to offer pastoral visit for those parishioners who are elderly or sick and haven’t had or have the opportunity to come to church.

I would like to designate the 1st Friday of each month for a pastoral visit.

Anyone who would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), Anointing of the Sick and the Holy Communion, please, call the Office and set up an appointment.

Fr. Tad
Visiting with Joan and Louis Pirnik
Calling all Musicians
 We are looking for a pianist to help at our Masses. Please consider sharing your talent and joining us in praising God through music.
For more information, contact Denise Delong at or speak to Fr. Tad after Mass. Thank you.
Statement by Bishop Oscar Cantú on U.S. Supreme Court ruling on
Dobbs Vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
June 24, 2022
Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July!
Vigil Mass, July 2
Little Church McKean Rd

4:00p.m. Mass
Sunday Mass, July 3
Big Church McKean Rd

8:30a.m. Mass
10:30a.m. Mass

Weekday Mass :
Tuesday - Friday
8:00 a.m.
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St. Anthony Parish
20101 McKean Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-9410

Summer Office Hours begin June 14th.
The office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.
Masks are ENCOURAGED indoors regardless of vaccination status