St Anthony Church Newsletter
In this week's Gospel, the disciple John questions Jesus about an unknown exorcist who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. John’s question might have been motivated by jealousy. Previously in Mark's Gospel, Jesus healed a boy whom the disciples had been unable to heal. John’s question is further evidence that the disciples have not yet grasped Jesus’ words to them. They continue to compare themselves to others who seem to have greater healing powers, and they do not want to share the power of Jesus’ name with others. Jesus teaches us not to create obstacles for those who are just beginning to have faith but to encourage even the smallest signs of faith.
Please click on the links to familiarize yourself with the Hymns for this weekend:
Gathering: Gather Us In
Offertory: Eye Has Not Seen
Communion: Look Beyond
Recessional: Send Out Your Sprit
Welcome to our Church
We welcome our newest member August to the church. August was baptized on Sunday, September 19. Congratulations!
May God continue to shower you and your family with blessings!
Saint Anthony Parish
Events and Announcements
Best of Wishes!
Mark and Laurie (Pizzuto) Mikulski together have been faithful and fixtures at the 9:30 Sunday Mass for many years. Laurie grew up on Straitsville Road and Mark on nearby Salem Road. They received all their Sacraments at the Church of St. Anthony and were married in the church by Father Cascia in 1979. Their three children Jessie, Justin and Jared, were all baptized at St. Anthony.

 Laurie and Mark have given generously of their time and talents to the church in a number of ministries, but perhaps they are best known for their presence at the 9:30 Mass. Mark has cheerfully greeted parishioners at the door in his role as Usher and Laurie is a Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Collection Counter.  

It was with a bit of sadness that we learned, that having retired, Laurie and Mark will begin a new chapter of their life this week in North Carolina. We wish them every joy and happiness in their new home and thank them for their many years of service here at St. Anthony's.

Second collection this weekend
This weekend’s second collection is for the Archdiocesan Catholic Elementary Schools
Archdiocesan schools successfully completed an entire school year with not one case of COVID 19 originating from any of our schools. 
Countless testimonials from teachers, students, and parents poured in during the peak of the pandemic, thanking the Archdiocese for our commitment to keeping schools open. 
Thank you in advance for your support of Catholic elementary schools.

Confirmation Classes for Catholics over age 18 will begin on September 30 for 6 weeks. Please see Deacon Domenic or call the parish office for more information or to register.
Tootsie Roll Drive

Support the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive this weekend by stopping at LaBonne's!
Funds raised are to help people with intellectual disabilities


Photo is from December 2017- Before our rennovations!
The Christmas Bazaar is BACK
The Saint Anthony Church Ladies Guild is seeking interested craft vendors for their annual Christmas Bazaar.

The Bazaar is scheduled for
Friday, December 3, 6:00 to 9:00PM
Saturday, December 4, 9:00AM to 3:00PM. 

Please contact Carol at 203-687-7138 or cmuzzey@comcast.net for more information.

A vendor application can be found here.


We Appreciate Our Volunteers!
This year’s volunteer appreciation gathering will be on October 17th following the 11:15 Mass. 
Volunteers will be recognized at Mass and afterwards gather in the church hall to share brunch. 

All volunteers are encouraged to attend and their children may attend for free. Whether you are currently volunteering or volunteered over the past year, we hope to see you. All your work is greatly appreciated!

Please RSVP by October 10.
To RSVP, please call the office, email stanthonyvc@gmail.com, OR fill out and return the RSVP form located at the church entrances. 
Cost of an adult guest is $20.00.


New Class- Gentle SoulCore!

Tuesday, October 5 at 8:45 am in The Hope Room. 

Participants will be led through the prayers of The Rosary while doing 5 series of exercises to strengthen the entire body. All the exercises will take place in a chair and standing.

There will be periods of rest during the mystery reflections as in a regular SoulCore class. There will be no floor exercise, so no exercise mat is needed! Participants can bring optional light hand weights (2 lbs or so), a water bottle, and, of course, a heart open to receiving the Graces of The Rosary!

$10.00 suggested participant donation per class, for those who are able. 
$5.00 of this $10.00 donation is donated to St. Anthony's Parish.



Feast of Saint Faustina

On Tuesday, October 5th, the Feast of Saint Faustina, "Apostle of Divine Mercy" St. Anthony's will present for veneration three, authenticated Faustina relics, along with a relic of the True Cross from which Christ poured out his mercy on the entire world.

The event will begin with Mass from 6 to 7 PM, followed by an evening of music, prayer, messages of mercy, time for reflection, benediction, and veneration.

No cost to attend and no reservation is required. All are welcome.
A freewill offering will be appreciated.

Volunteers needed!
 
More ushers are needed at the 9:30 and 11:15 Masses. A friendly and welcoming personality is required.

Duties include opening the doors and greeting parishioners before Mass, assisting with the collection and passing out bulletins.

Please see David Byrne or contact him if you are interested at Stanthonyvc@gmail.com

Ladies Guild

The Ladies Guild had a very successful Welcome Meeting on September 21st.

Thirty ladies attended the meeting & shared food & conversation. The Guild gained 6 new members.

We ask that if you are interested in attending a meeting please join us!

Our next meeting is Tuesday October 19th at 6:30 in the Parish Center. 

Thank You from Unbound
Over the Summer, Father George Brennen from the Unboand ministry came to our Parish to speak about his important mission. Please click here to view a video message and hear their words of thanks!

To learn more about the Unboand ministry check out their website.
Faith Formation
Faith Formation registration has closed. You can still register your student, however a late fee will be applied.

All forms are available here.

Please mail or drop off any late forms ASAP as we are in the process of ordering supplies.
Grade 9 Religious Education is still in need of an energetic, patient, and welcoming volunteer teacher. The class meets bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:15.

Each adult volunteer is required by the Archdiocese to be in compliance with the Safe Environment requirements, which includes a background check and an online Virtus training session.

Please contact Andrea Brown in the parish office if you are feeling called to guide these amazing young people.
Ongoing News
HOPE Ministry

With the heating season around the corner, this is a reminder that St. Anthony Church’s HOPE Ministry fund can assist those in need with covering the cost of heating your home. If you qualify for Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), you qualify for HOPE assistance. HOPE Ministry can assist with other needs as well, medical bills, budgeting, food, etc. Registered parishioners or residents of Prospect may apply. Please call the office at 203-758-4056 if you have questions regarding HOPE Ministry. Visit the CEAP link at http://www.newoppinc.org/energy-assistance to see how you qualify.

Bingo is Back!

Our Next Bingo: Monday, September 27, 2021
TWO Jackpot Games!
Jackpot #1: $375
Jackpot #2: $150
 

VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! If you can volunteer one Monday per month, please call the Parish Center at 203-758-4056
Archdiocesan News
THE ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN RESPECT LIFE MASS
The Annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford on Sunday, October 3, 2021 AT 2:00 P.M. at St. Bridget Church located in Cheshire, CT. Archbishop Blair will present the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Award which is given to individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the protection of all human life.
The 2021 Award Recipients are:
Francis Barillaro, Active Parish Pro-Life Representative
Anne Boers, Former Coordinator 40 Days for Life
               William Kurnik, Student St. Paul Catholic High School
               Alex and Lauren Wells, Newly-Married Catholic couple
2021 Marriage Anniversary Celebration
 
On Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 2:00 PM, the annual Archdiocesan Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford for married couples who have observed or will be observing 25th, 50th, 60th, and other special wedding anniversaries in 2020 or 2021. While typically only those celebrating special anniversaries in a given year are invited to this celebration, couples who had special anniversaries in 2020 are also invited this year in the hopes of recognizing those who could not be celebrated last year when the pandemic led to the cancellation of this annual Mass.
 
The liturgy will include a renewal of Marriage vows followed by an opportunity for couples to have a photograph taken with Archbishop Blair. Registration, both for couples who would like to participate in the event and for priests who would like to concelebrate, will be done online at bit.ly/aohmarriagemass. This year, couples are asked to register themselves for the event.
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.
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*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 .  www.stanthonyprospect.org