St Anthony Church Triduum 2020 Newsletter
please note that the current bulletin was uploaded before the cancellation of confession.
  • The summit of the Liturgical Year is upon us with the Easter Triduum beginning on Holy Thursday. 
  • You are encouraged to experience all of the liturgical services in any way that is available to you, either watching services on TV or computer and being mindful of these most special days in our church.
  • Parish Offices will be closed April 10th in Observance of Good Friday as well as Easter Monday, April 13th, the phones will not be monitored.
Celebrating Holy Week at Home

Here is a wonderful resource for Celebrating Holy Week at Home
How to get the most out of Mass online:
  • Set up a space in your home for prayer/worship. Consider covering a table with a
tablecloth or another nice cloth. Place a Bible, a candle and a cross or crucifix on the table.
  • Straighten the space and arrange enough furniture for all. Have everyone come prepared to attend to the Mass.
  • Turn off and remove all devices that can distract from the space.
  • Remind everyone that we do not kneel and perform the ritual gestures of Mass while we are watching it, since this does not take the place of attending Mass. But everyone should attend to it prayerfully and make a spiritual communion.
  • Before the Mass begins, light the candle.

Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
The Triduum Services at St Anthony Church will be
broadcast on Facebook LIVE .

Holy Week 2020 Live Stream Schedule:
Holy Thursday, April 9th
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 6:30 pm

   Good Friday, April 10th
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 pm

   Easter Sunday, April 12th
Mass at 11:15 am

The video of the Mass will be available on this page of our website after the Mass is complete.
Holy Thursday Music
Offertory: Our Blessing Cup
Recessional: The Servant Song

Holy Thursday's liturgy focuses our attention on service, which is the heart of the Gospel. In washing his disciple’s feet, he commissions them to go and wash the feet of others. The Eucharist, where Christ becomes truly present, binds us together and strengthens us to do the very work of service we are called to do.
There’s no Easter Sunday without Good Friday. There is no resurrection without the Cross. Things are always darkest just before they go black. And then, in the blackness of the truth - the truth that our own power or smarts are never enough - we discover that we need to rely solely on the promise of the Father.

On Good Friday, the church will only be open from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.
Father Gregory prayed the Stations of the Cross on Facebook LIVE on Friday, March 27th. Click here for a video of it or view it on our Facebook page.
Christ is risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Each day is a new Easter morning. We pick ourselves up and go to that empty tomb. We look within and we look without and exclaim as boldly as we can proclaim, “I believe!” Jesus witnessed and was victim to more of the ugly side of life than most of us will ever see.
Yet, he rose triumphant and so shall we. 
Happy Easter!
During this difficult time we hope that this will end quickly and we will return to celebrating together once again. What a day of Praise that will be!!
God bless you and your loved ones.
As Always we assure of you of our prayers!
-Father Gregory and the Parish Staff

Latest Covid-19 Update:

  • The Archdiocese of Hartford has cancelled all weekend and weekday Masses in the Archdiocese through April 30, 2020.
  • Saint Anthony Church will not have any "public" Masses or events.
  • Confessions are not taking place until further notice
  • Every Mass intention will be celebrated by Father Gregory in a private Mass. Please be assured that every Mass intention is being celebrated by Father in a private Mass.  
  • Church will be open for your private prayer, Monday - Sunday, 1pm - 4 pm, Only the angel doors will be unlocked. People are asked to distance themselves to at least 6 feet apart. On Good Friday, the church will only be open from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.
  • Click Here to read the Catholic Response to the Epidemic


Schedule of Televised and Streaming Masses
  • ORTV - The television Mass is broadcast seven days a week at 10:00 AM on WCCT-TV (WB20) and WCTX-TV (MyTV9). It can also be seen Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 AM on WCCT-TV. The Mass can also be found streaming live at these times by Clicking Here
  • EWTN- The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is available from many local cable providers. The daily Mass is televised at 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. Various prayers and devotions are offered at different hours of the day.
  • Watch Daily Mass at 10 am on the Divine Mercy website or their Facebook page.
  • CatholicTV - Streams Pope Francis Daily Mass
We know that plans seem to change everyday. We are all responding to directives from the Archdiocese and the Chesprocott Health District, which can come daily.  
With almost every new directive we receive, Father Gregory and the staff hold very heartfelt conference calls to decide what is our best response. Unfortunately many of these directives come after we have made and announced our plans to the parish. Sometimes within 24 hours of an event, we are forced to change or cancel it. We have done our best to try to get the word out to our parishioners as effectively as possible.  
With the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in our area, Father Gregory's overriding concern is to keep us safe and to limit the risk to our parishioners, this consistent message has guided his decisions and ours for the past several weeks.
Through prayer, and a steadfast belief in God's love for us all, we will prevail. We look forward to the day we can reopen our doors to everyone and return to the celebration of the Mass together. Until then, we will continue our work (remotely) for the parish and parishioners.
Thank you all for your many kind and thoughtful messages and prayers.
Prayer During an Epidemic
Lord Jesus,
Hear our pleas, our Good Shepherd and Divine Physician. We
implore your mercy in the wake of an outbreak of serious illness
and disease. 
Guide our efforts to prevent contagion and make preparations to
care for those most vulnerable. Assist all professionals and volunteers who work to eradicate the epidemic now spreading. May our
actions be marked by your steadfast love and selfless service and
never by panic or fear.
Bestow your comfort and healing to the sick, sustain and strengthen them by your grace. May they know your closeness as they carry
the cross of illness. 
And may all who have been called from this life come to worship
you eternally with all the saints as you grant consolation and peace
to their mourners. Amen.
Holy Mary, Health of the Sick, pray for us. St. Joseph, Hope of the Sick, pray for us.
St. Rocco, protector against epidemics, pray for us
Please continue to support Saint Anthony Church through
your donations with these options: 
1. Mail in your offerings to 4 Union City Road, Prospect CT
2. Sign up for online giving here. You can also donate without creating an account by selecting "Quick Give".
3. Set up donations through your bank's online bill pay.
We appreciate your continued financial support. Thank you and may God continue to bless you.  
All donations are welcome in any way that is convenient to you. Electronic donations are the quickest and safest way for us to get funds into our operating account, as nothing is handled. 
for up to date cancellations and changes during this time!
PLEASE SHARE YOUR PHOTOS

There certainly has never been a Lent/Holy Week/Easter like this one. Hopefully there will never be another like it.
Please let us know how you and your family have prepared for Holy Week and are celebrating this Easter in Quarantine!
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS:
  • Photos of your “Home Altar” and of your family watching the LIVE STREAM MASS together.
  • Photos of any special traditional Easter Foods you have made.
  • Photos of special Holy Week or Easter activities or projects you and your family may have done this year.
Send photos to Pat Vlamis And they will be shared on our website
This drawing was outside the church last Sunday. Thank you to the artist drew this, it is greatly appreciated!
Luisa Barile, Michele Mikelskas and Mother Mary praying the Rosary
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.
Please consider supporting our local restaurants and businesses during this difficult time by ordering take out or buying a gift card.
They are always quick to generously donate to our fundraisers!
Click here for our Bulletin Advertisers , please support them as they support us!
Lets share the love!
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. 
LaBonne’s Ca$h for Charitie$
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, by dropping them off at the parish center or putting them in an envelope in the collection basket. 
  • They will be totaled and St Anthony Parish will receive a donation for 1/2% of the total receipts!

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