St Anthony Church Newsletter
Kim Conant from the Prospect Food Bank accepting some of the donations from David Byrne. Thank you to all who contributed our Reverse Soup Supper Food Drive.
In this week's Gospel, Martha draws from the promises of Scripture to seek comfort in her brother’s death. She recalls the promise of the resurrection, her own faith strengthened by her ability to learn from her earlier conversation with Jesus to balance work and faith life. Her words demonstrate she has learned the blessings that come from stepping away from the constant doing, to be with him and listen, since her initial encounter with Christ.

Lord, help me to proclaim like Martha, that I believe you are the Messiah.
In times when answers to my prayers feel delayed, fill my heart with the grace to understand, in the waiting God, your Father, and ours will be glorified.
In all circumstances, may I never forget the goal of everything here on earth is to bring us to everlasting life in heaven.
The 11:15 Mass will continue to be live-streamed for the time being.
Therefore St Anthony Church will broadcast on Facebook LIVE Sundays at 11:15 am.
The video of the Mass will be available on this page of our website after the Mass is complete.
Visit the LENT 2021 page of our website for all information
  • Here is the online SIGN UP form for Adoration!
  • Click here for ideas to help you Experience Lent 2021 such as 25 Weird Things to Give Up for Lent

  • Blessed Palms will be available after Mass during the weekend of Palm Sunday (3/27-28) Weather permitting, they will be left on a table outside the Angel Doors on the side of the church. We ask that you only take a few as our supply of Palms is limited. Please maintain social distancing when you are picking them. Parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass that weekend when Palms will also be available.
  • Volunteers Needed to help decorate the church for Easter on Saturday April 3rd at 9:00am. If you are able to help please email David Byrne leave a message at 203-758-4056 ext 17.
If you are unable to attend the Stations of the Cross on person, follow along this video to retrace Jesus' last steps. Thank You David Bosco for your narration and technical expertise in creating the video and to Leanna Hinger for your beautiful vocals.
Lenten Fish Dinner – To Go

The Ladies Guild and Knights of Columbus are co-sponsoring a Lenten Fish Dinner TO-GO on Friday March 26, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. 
Dinner includes breaded fish baked or fried, homemade macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and a dessert. Proceeds will go to the repairs/improvements of the church hall.
Adults are $10.00 and children’s dinner portions are $8.00. 
Place your order by March 19th by filling out this form.
Please join in for a virtual evening of song, praise and prayer Friday, March 26th, 7:30pm
Hosted by Leanna and Karl Hinger on Facebook LIVE
Following the program, a video will be on our website.
Passion (Palm) Sunday: March 28th
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm
Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:30, 11:15 am*

   Holy Thursday: April 1st
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 6:30 pm
Adoration until 10:00 pm

   Good Friday: April 2nd
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion: 3:00 pm

   Holy Saturday: April 3rd
Blessing of Food: 12:00 noon in church foyer
Confessions at 3:00 pm

   Solemn Vigil of Easter: 8:00 pm

   Easter Sunday: April 4th
Masses: 7:30, 9:30, 11:15 am*

* the 11:15 am Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday will be Live streamed on Facebook
Volunteers of the Week
Tara and Fred Smith

If you attend the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturdays on a regular basis, then you are in the capable hands of Tara and Fred Smith. Tara is the Sacristan and Fred is the
Usher for that Mass every week. Together they make sure that the church and sanctuary are ready for Mass and assist the Celebrant with any special
requirements he might have.
In addition to her time as Sacristan, Tara is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. She also organizes the Giving Trees to help families in need and she is the Catechist for our Confirmation students each year.
In addition to his Usher duties on Saturday, Fred is the Leader for the Usher Ministry, coordinating schedules and special assignments.
Both Tara and Fred help to decorate the church for Christmas and Easter and they
both volunteer together at the St. Vincent DePaul shelter and kitchen.
Tara grew up in Prospect and she and Fred were married at St. Anthony’s in 1991.
Since that time they have worked together in several ministries here at the parish.
“Helping out is a wonderful opportunity to serve Christ and our parish”, Tara said
“We have always attended the 4:30 Mass and serving at that Mass and at the
Shelter brings us closer together as a couple”
Thank you Tara and Fred for the time and talents you give to our Church and
Tuesday morning at 6:45 am and Thursday morning at 8:45 am
  • Please call Barbara if you plan to attend the Tuesday morning class.
  • The Thursday class will meet 3 more weeks: March 18th, 25th, and April 1st. At that time it will be evaluated if it will continue.

Please join us with your exercise mat, your light hand weights and an open heart!
There is a suggested participant donation of $10 per class, only if able, of which $5 will go to St. Anthony Church.
For More Information contact Barbara Ann Suo, Certified SoulCore Leader (203) 605-8354
Special Lenten Prayer for Seminarians
 During this Lent, we ask that you remember in prayer the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Hartfod highlighted this weekend. 
 Prayer for Seminarians
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for these men whom You have called to discern priesthood. We beg Your continued blessings on our Archdiocese and families. Call forth even more men of generous spirit and fervent love whom You desire for this holy work. Amen.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Jan Zarzecki
Anthony Caruso
Francisco Villegas, Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Stamford, CT
This year we are unable to have our usual Friday Soup Suppers. Instead we are using this opportunity to collect non perishable food for the Prospect Food Bank.
Please refer to the list for items needed
They can be brought to Mass or to The Stations of the Cross Fridays at 6:30 pm.
Alms donated through CRS Rice Bowl support the work of Catholic Relief Services in 100 different countries each year. 25% of your donations stay in the Archdiocese of Hartford to support parish based hunger outreach. Rice bowls are available at the exits of our church and in the parish center. Donate directly to the CRS Rice Bowl
Lenten Rice Bowl Recipes
Since we are not able to meet for soup suppers this Lent, we would like to share recipes from the Rice Bowl program each week. 
We encourage you to make the meal and share photos and thoughts about it. Let us know which recipe was your favorite and we will publish the most liked meal. Please call us or email. We do enjoy hearing from you!
This weeks recipe:
1 can black-eyed peas, drained
1 small onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 egg, whisked
½ t salt
½ t black pepper
1 c flour
¼ c vegetable oil
Place black-eyed peas in a blender with the onion, carrots and egg. Blend to a smooth paste and add salt and pepper. If bean mixture has too much liquid to form cakes, add flour, ¼ cup at a time to thicken until you can form into cakes. Divide into 6 to 8 portions and place in hot vegetable oil. Flatten each one into a disc using a spatula. Fry until browned (about 5 to 7 minutes), turning occasionally. Serve with rice. Makes 6–8 Bean Cakes
Voting has begun for the 12th Annual Community Awards Program so please help us earn grant money!
St Anthony Church will receive a $25 donation from the Ion Bank Foundation for every vote we receive!
CLICK HERE if you are an Ion Bank customer to vote
Voting continues until March 31, 2021.
  • Voting is open to all Ion Bank customers. One vote per customer; however, for accounts with multiple owners, each owner may vote.
Guidelines for Attending Mass
While some might feel these guidelines are stringent, it is important that guidelines are followed, that we respect all parishioners and be sure that everyone feels comfortable attending Mass. Please go to our website for the current guidelines.
Bingo is cancelled until further notice.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list to keep up to date please email

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 your 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. 
  • You can put your receipts in the Parish Center mailbox, in the collection boxes or mail them to 4 Union City Rd, Prospect, CT.
  • 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 .