St. Anthony Catholic Church
Davenport, Iowa
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First-year Catholic Does Something A Lot of Long-time Catholics Have Never Done
Read the Catechism from Cover-to-Cover
by John Cooper
Father Apo and Jeff Mason pictured above
at the Cathedral for the Rite of Election
Jeff Mason has been a light in my faith life since I answered the phone to his inquiring about becoming Catholic in August 2017. Since then, he has inspired a lot of St. Anthony parishioners. He has even filled in for Joe Scott and led bible study several times this year.

Soon after Jeff entered the Church last Easter, he told me that he was going to read the Catechism from cover-to-cover. I told him that I had never met anyone who had read all 756 pages. In the ensuing months, he would call me with questions about something he had read to make sure he was understanding it correctly. Long story, short, Jeff finished reading it. I asked him if I could ask him some questions and share his responses with you.

What’s your first year of being Catholic been like for you?

It’s been good! There’s been a lot of reading and studying, which I’m comfortable with. I’m still learning the routine of the Mass. I haven’t memorized the Nicene Creed yet, among other things, so I feel behind the learning curve, so to speak. One thing that’s surprised me is how I’m taken with the Eucharist, how profoundly intimate and joyful communion can actually be in the fellowship of the Body of Christ. It’s humbling and hopeful and the people of the parish have been helpful and very supportive.

What made you want to read the Catechism from start to finish?

It’s been a goal of mine since I first bought a copy of the Catechism at Our Lady of New Melleray Abbey back in 2005. I told myself back then, that if I ever followed through and became a confirmed Catholic, I would read the Catechism cover-to-cover. It just felt necessary and right, like a happy obligation. Sometime this year I intend to read St. Augustine’s Confession translated by Gary Wills.

Jeff, what are three takeaways for you after reading it?

How familiar are you with the Catechism of the Church?
I have read it cover-to-cover
I have read sections of it - looking for specific answers to questions
I have never read it
I have never heard of it
A Few Words About Geraldine Crimmels
by John Cooper
Geraldine Crimmels is pictured above with her husband Floyd
who died on a ship while serving in World War II

Last Saturday in her home in west Davenport with her faithful dog Molly beside her, Geraldine Crimmels died at the age of 95. Besides Molly, she had a neighbor Quincy who looked in on her. She had the Hyvee delivery man who would stop by each week with groceries. And, most importantly, she had her faith.

On the Wednesday after Easter last year, I took communion to Geraldine. She told me how her husband had died on a ship while serving in World War II. This very independent woman recalled many years earlier when she needed a new roof. She said, "I got up there myself and put that roof on. People would stop and ask if I needed any help. I told them, I could do it."

I had to break up the communion host into a smaller piece for her to swallow it. After she consumed the host, she started to shake and quiver. I asked if I had done something to upset her. She said, "No. I'm just so happy to have received communion."

Her neighbor Quincy called to tell us she had died. She had already given him instructions to put her dog Molly to sleep and to cremate and bury both of them together in Calvary Cemetery beside her parents.

Eternal rest grant unto Geraldine, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Adult Faith Program: Power and Grace in the Seven Sacraments
St. Anthony Parish Center

03/12/19 6:00pm - 03/12/19 8:00pm

Over four weeks during Lent, we will refresh ourselves in the power and grace of the seven sacraments. We will watch video and discuss.
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Regional Meeting Feb. 26 at
St. Anthony's
You're invited to attend a regional meeting for Vision 20/20 for the Diocese on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Anthony Parish Center. Members of St. Alphonsus and St. Mary parishes will be joining us.
Humor from the Pews
Two guys are walking through a game park & they come across a lion that has not eaten for days. The lion starts chasing the two men. They run as fast as they can and the one guy starts getting tired and decides to say a prayer, "Please turn this lion into a Christian, Lord." He looks to see if the lion is still chasing and he sees the lion on its knees. Happy to see his prayer answered, he turns around and heads towards the lion. As he comes closer to the lion, he hears the it saying a prayer: "Thank you Lord for the food I am about to receive."