St Anthony Church Newsletter
Friday, July 3, 2020
Parish offices are closed on Friday July 3rd in observance of Independence Day
While fighting for justice, we can’t be trapped in gossip. While seeking forgiveness, we can’t condemn those who are different from us. In order to be truly free, we must root out sin where we find it in big and small ways.
In the gospel when Jesus tells us exactly how to do all of this — love God above all else! Like the poor who were willing to give everything just for a group of missionaries who came in God’s name, we are called to love God above all else in our lives. We are called to put things in the right order and trust He will care for our needs. While seemingly harsh, Jesus is inviting us into the love of the Trinity in a deeper way. If we love God above all else in our lives, He will give us the unexpected blessing of being able to love others even more, since there is no real love apart from God.
June 27, 2020

St Anthony Church will broadcast on Facebook LIVE .
The video of the Mass will be available on this page of our website after the Mass is complete.
Music for Live Stream Mass

Gathering: Gather the People
Offertory: Servant Song

  • The first weekend for churches in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be July 4/5. 
  • The last Saturday morning Mass will be June 27th. The last Live Stream Mass will be June 28th.
  • Parishioners are still dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass. 
  • At this time we will continue with the guidelines listed below, already in place.  
  • Per Archdiocesan guidelines, those who are elderly, vulnerable or caring for someone who is either, are encouraged to not attend at this time.

Effective July 4th & 5th!
Mass Schedule:
   Saturday at 4:30 pm
   Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 11:15 am
   Mon – Fri at 8:00 am
   First Friday at 12:15 pm 
   * Adoration will follow all Friday Masses
    for 1 hour.
Confessions: Saturday at 3 pm 
  • In the church guidelines will be posted and directional arrows will be visible. Pews will be marked off to assist with social distancing.
  • Please bring a face mask to wear, as it is required as you enter, while inside and as you exit.
  • Hand sanitizer is currently available, please have your own as well.
  • We ask that you mark where you sit with a post-it-note, which will be available at the entrances.
  • Missalettes will be removed from the pews, if you would like to take one home and bring it back with you each time you come to Mass, you may do that.  
  • Dispensation for Sunday Mass will continue until September 6, 2020 and it will remain even when the Sunday Mass resumes.
  • Donation boxes are located at 3 areas in the church for you to drop envelopes and donations.
Communion Procedure:
  1. The line to receive will be single file down the center aisle.
  2. Please use the markers for distancing while on line. Families can stay together.
  3. Communicants will receive the consecrated host in their hand, step to the side, lower their mask, consume the host, replace their mask.
  4. Return to their pew down the outside aisle.
Volunteers Needed
As we begin Celebrating Sunday Mass together beginning the weekend of July 4/5, we are in need of volunteers to assist with cleaning of the church following each Mass. This will involve a simple spraying, wiping of door handles and removing post it notes from the pews. We will provide all the supplies, instruction and protection for you. 
If you can help out at a Mass you regularly attend it will be greatly appreciated. Please contact David Byrne or Lisa in the parish center at 203-758-4056.
for up to date cancellations and changes during this time!
New Chalices
Three new chalices were commissioned by Father Gregory last Saturday. We would like to thank Deacon Domenic Stolfi for donating the priest’s chalice in memory of his mother Rose Stolfi, and to Joe Nolan for donating a people’s chalice in memory of his wife Inga Nolan and son Sgt. Joseph M Nolan. The second people’s chalice was donated by a parishioner who wishes to remain anonymous.
Thank you to all of our donors for your thoughtful gift to St. Anthony Church.
Priest’s Chalice
People’s Chalice
People’s Chalice
The Rev. James F. O'Dea Council 13459 of the Knights of Columbus, would like to thank everyone who gave so generously at the food drive held at Labonnes on Saturday, June 20th. Food items totaled 1536 lbs., and money donated was $1911.15. Everything was delivered to the Prospect Food Bank.
Rev. James O’Dea Scholarship Application
A  scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded in honor of Rev. James O’Dea who was Pastor at St Anthony Church for 30 years, from 1959 to 1989. He built the present church and is remembered as a kind and gentle shepherd who affected the lives of many in our parish. 
The Scholarship is awarded annually to one registered eighth grade student who will be entering a Catholic high school. 
Click here for the Rev. James O’Dea Scholarship application
Please return to the Parish Center by  July 1, 2020 either by mail to 4 Union City Road, Prospect, CT 06712 or email:
Thank you to Deacon Domenic and Michelle Lisowski who have taken a class to become facilitators for Foccus Marriage Ministries.  We will be using this pre-marital program along with all Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese, replacing the FACET program.
“The intentional conversations between persons that FOCCUS fosters begins to reveal to engaged and married couples the truth that love cannot be turned in on itself. Instead, they must be open to the self-sacrificial, life-giving love of God Himself. This unselfish spirit which is taught and modeled in the FOCCUS process is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian spouse and disciple.” Archbishop George J. Lucas
St. Anthony Church Meditation Garden Walkway Fundraiser is ongoing.
Thank you to everyone who has already ordered a brick!
Honor someone you love with a beautiful stone in our Meditation Garden Walkway.

Please download the form to order:
Our Sunday Visitor is updating their on-line giving platform on June 30 th. They also have a NEW LOGO! For those who use this service, you will receive an email with a link to the new site. All your settings will remain the same and no action is required of you.
If you would like to add a special prayer request to the Prayer Basket in church, fill out this anonymous form on our website and it will be printed and put in the basket.

Parish Prayer Line
If you or someone you know would like to be prayed for, please call the office and their name will be added to the prayer line which is comprised of parishioners who will pray for that person.
Bingo is cancelled until further notice.
thank you for all who have supported us in the past and we look forward to when we can have a HUGE Jackpot again!
When shopping Amazon, you can choose to use Amazon Smile* and a percentage of your order will be donated to St. Anthony Church, specifically for the refurbishing of the Church hall.
Click on the photo to get started!
* We encourage supporting local businesses, direct trade and fair trade partners as well as environment considerations when making purchases. If you do choose to use Amazon Smile and you don’t need your item immediately, please don’t choose overnight/rush delivery because this often forces people to work on Sunday. 
Labonnes Cash for Charities Rebate Program
  • Please save your Labonne's cash register receipts. (Keep an envelope in you car to easily save them)
  • Every couple of months submit them to St. Anthony Church, via the mail or by dropping them off at the parish center. We will receive 1/2% back. 
  • Thank you to everyone who has been sending in their slips, keep them coming!

Please consider using online giving for your financial support.
The consistency from online giving is very helpful over vacation periods. You may still use your envelopes and mark “I gave online”. 
Thank you and God bless you for all you do for St. Anthony Church!
Parish Mission Statement
St. Anthony Church is a parish where God’s love nourishes the soul to actively minister to people and share the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

St. Anthony Church
4 Union City Road – Prospect, CT 06712
203-758-4056 .