St Anthony Church Newsletter
In the Gospel Jesus teaches us the path to this freedom: through authentic worship at the new temple, his Body. Jesus stops the money changers not because he is losing control, but because the boundaries of his love free our hearts.
God is calling us back to Himself. We are free to choose to follow Him or not, but we are not free to choose the consequence of that choice. Only in choosing to follow Christ do our hearts find the answer to our deepest longings. As St. Augustine said “our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
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.
2021 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
REACHING OUT, HEALING TOGETHER

The 2021 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL begins this weekend.
Please take some time to watch the video below: "Reaching Out, Healing Together"
and prayerfully consider your donation this year.
TAKE ACTION:
Go to the website and read more on the issue and then sign the petition to stop the legalization of assisted suicide in Connecticut.
Check out the Lent Button on the The Saint Anthony Parish App for daily readings and inspirations!
The APP is a valuable tool to stay up to date with all events in the parish and be alerted of any important notifications or cancellations.


To download the app, you can do any of the following:
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

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.
Last week 7th and 8th grade Faith Formation students walked the Stations of the Cross in our church. They were in small groups and watched the video above as they retraced Jesus' last steps.
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.
You are still able to join us for a
“Half Hour of Prayer & Reflections”
Thursdays at 6:30pm until April 4th.

Praying for others is one of the spiritual works of mercy which Catholics are called upon
to do to show Christ’s love to others. So, this Lenten season, why not pray for those
impacted by the coronavirus? Set aside just 30 minutes weekly to join Deacon Domenic
Stolfi as he leads us in a Half Hour of Prayers and Reflection. Each week offers a different theme.
Volunteer of the Week
Michelle Mikelskas
When Micki Mikelskas was young she always wanted to be an Altar Server, unfortunately this was before girls were permitted to serve. When the
opportunity came up for her to become an Adult Altar Server at St. Anthony’s Church she jumped at the chance. “Serving at God’s Altar is such a privilege to me”, Micki says “it is such an honor to assist at the Celebration at the Mass”
Micki first joined the parish of St. Anthony in 1996, and after attending a three year Bible Study Program sponsored by the Archdiocese, she knew she wanted to get more involved with the Church. She first joined the Baptismal Preparation Ministry and then soon after became a Catechist for Faith Formation. She later joined the Funeral Mass/Lazarus Ministry and is still helping parishioners plan for the funeral of a loved one. Micki has expanded her ministry here at St. Anthony as a Sacristan helping to prepare for the Mass on weekdays and weekends and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Thank you Micki for everything you do for our Church and our parish.
Soul Core classes have started.

They are Tuesdays: 6:45 am and Thursdays: 8:45 am in the Hope Room. You can attend at any time.
If you wish to attend the Tuesday, 6:45 am class please call or text Barabra Sou, 203-605-8354 by 7:30pm Monday evening.
The focus of Soul Core is the prayers of the Rosary with the “invitation” to integrate exercises and periods of meditative rest at each mystery.
 Please bring an exercise mat and optional light hand weights.
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.
Daniel Hackenjos, Holy Infant Parish, Orange, CT
Martin Chouinard, St Francis of Assisi Parish, Naugatuck, CT
Colin Lane, Divine Mercy Parish, Hamden, 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.
LaBonne’s Cash for Charities
 
We just received a check from LaBonne’s for $120.04 from returning $24,000 in receipts. 
$40,000 in receipts were turned in recently, so keep those receipts coming! The next check will be over $200.00. 
Thanks for your support! We're sure LaBonne’s appreciates it too!
CRS RICE BOWL
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!
Thank you Lisa White for sharing your photos of Greens with Rice from MADAGASCAR and BATAR DA’AN - Squash, Bean and Corn Stew from TIMOR-LESTE:
This weeks recipe:
BLACK BEAN SOUP RECIPE from GUATEMALA
Makes 4–6 servings
1 T fair trade olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 c water or vegetable broth
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tomatoes, diced
1 green chili, diced
2 t ground cumin
2 t chili powder
½ t salt
Cilantro, minced (optional)
In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in oil until brown. In a blender, combine 1 c water/vegetable broth and 2 cans of beans. Blend until smooth. Add to onion mixture. Stir in tomatoes, chilis, remaining beans, spices and remaining water/broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with cilantro.
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 stanthonychurchcc@gmail.com

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. 
  • 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