St. Anthony Catholic Church
Davenport, Iowa
Weekly Email Newsletter
Parish Council's Lenten Prayers for Our Parish
by John Cooper
Parish Council picctured left to right Carrie Delcourt (president), Bill Schutte,
Tonia Rogers, Larry Duke, Father Apo, Marlene Metzger (secretary), Louis Granato,
Tom Pastrnak, Al Gahagan.

Lent is about preparing us for new life in Christ at Easter. I asked the parish council members to share what their prayers are for our parish this Lent. The following are what they are praying emerges as new life in our parish this Easter.

I pray for an increase in faith within our parish and greater Mass attendance. Let us ask for a renewal of the immediacy of Christ's message that applies to us today as much as ever.

I pray for continued expansion of our membership and our outreach to the community at large.

I pray for the drug problems going on as I would imagine that most of our parishioners have a family member or loved one that has a drug or alcohol problem that they are struggling with. How can we as a parish help with this?

I pray that our parish becomes more unified and "Eucharist centered," not only for Sunday Mass, but that we might hold yearly church events such as speakers that bring the Eucharist into our parish life, our family life, our work life, etc... I pray that Sunday Mass not be the only time our parishioners come into the church. Instead, may Sunday Mass be the culminating event of our entire week that was centered around Christ.

I pray for continued growth of our parish. In particular, an increase of young families and children which would bring more energy and "new" life to the parish. I also pray that our outreach to the poor and homeless continue to expand with more and more parishoners getting involved with this ministry.

I pray that we rededicate to our parish ministries and bring more people to get involved to foster these ministries. I also pray that we become more involved with providing assistance to the homeless through the Hunger Housing Health (HHH) Task Force.

I pray for the possible organization of a mentoring program for our McAnthony Window patrons that will help patrons with obtaining housing, employment and spiritual growth.
I commit to praying for these intentions of our Parish Council during Lent.
Yes, I definitely will do that!
I'll try.
Winners of Catholic Family Feud
Pictured above are the two teams that won rounds in our first ever "Catholic Family Feud" that was part of our Lenten Program - The Power and Grace of the Seven Sacraments .

Its NOT too late for you to jump into the program. This Tuesday night we will be focusing on the Sacraments of Healing - Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. The videos we have had so far have been very well received. The small group table discussions have also been great ways to share the faith with one another. Email John Cooper , if you can join us. We will be serving pulled pork sandwiches and soup this week!
Celebrating 70th Baptismal Anniversary on March 20, 2019
Pictured above Dianna Paustian celebrated on March 20 her 70th baptismal anniversary. Like all of us, in baptism she was anointed with oil as a sign of being joined to Christ and a sharer in his threefold mission as prophet, priest, and king. In taking communion to John Grate in the picture, she's living out that mission.
Knowing that we were going to be talking about baptism at our Lenten program this week, Dianna brought in her certificate of baptism pictured above that she received 70 years ago at St. Anthony's. If you don't know your baptismal date, now's the time to research and celebrate it!
Cleaning, Maintenance, and Landscaping
Rumor has it there will be grilled Reuben sandwiches!
On Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., we will have a church work day. We need help cleaning, doing minor maintenance repairs, and landscaping prep for spring. Our church home is our most important home. Please consider volunteering an hour, two, or three to making it look beautiful.  Email, if you can help or just show up that morning!
McAnthony Window Needs A Bike Rack - Email if you can help!

An Elderly McAnthony Window Patron Needs Someone to Install some flooring in her bathroom - Email to learn more!
Just So You Know What You Are Missing, Click on the Video Below that Was Part of this Week's Lenten Program
John Cooper's Grandma Pictured Below,
´╗┐Celebrated Her 104th Birthday on St. Patrick's Day
Ok, don't get mad at me for showing off my Grandmother as she turned 104 years old last Sunday. If it weren't for her, I might not be Catholic today! As a little girl, she and her family rode several miles in a horse drawn wagon to church each Sunday from the family farm. Pictured above are my mom, my sister, my niece, and my Grandma holding my great-niece.