A Message from Fr. Eric
As we return to Church, many of you may have noticed the addition of votive candles at the foot of the sanctuary. I have included here an excerpt of a 2017 Aleteia article which explains the use of candles in the church.
“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
At our Easter Vigil, when the deacon or priest enters the darkened church with the single Easter candle, he intones, “Christ, our Light.” To which the congregation replies, “Thanks be to God.” This recalls how Jesus came into our world of sin and death to bring the light of God to us.
Besides being used to illuminate the places where the early Christians celebrated Mass, candles were also lighted at the tombs of martyrs. Father William Saunders explains that “there is evidence that lit candles or oil lamps were burned at the tombs of saints, particularly martyrs, by the 200s, and before sacred images and relics by the 300s.”
In this context the “light signifies our prayer offered in faith coming into the light of God. With the light of faith, we petition our Lord in prayer, or petition the saint to pray with us and for us to the Lord.” The word “vigil” comes from the Latin vigilia and refers to keeping watch. The vigil candle that is lit remains so for a period of time (either a certain number of hours or a few days) and symbolizes how the person desires “to remain present to the Lord in prayer even though we may depart and go about our daily business.” It also reminds the individual how the saint is constantly praying for their petitions.
Another word for these candles is a “votive” candle and comes from the Latin votum, meaning promise, dedication or simply “prayer.” It reinforces the idea that the candles represent our prayers before God.
As humans, we are body and soul and our prayers often need to be expressed in a physical, tangible way. This helps our soul be at rest and is a way to deepen our spirituality. Similar to incense, the light of the candles is a physical reminder that points our souls to God. We light them not because we believe our prayers will be better heard by God, but because we need something visual to connect our body and soul.
– Fr. Eric
Mass Reopening Highlights
- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues until further notice.
- Those that are sick should refrain from attending for fourteen days from when symptoms began
- Those that are at higher risk should consider staying home at this time
- Masses will continue to be streamed online (8 AM daily, 10 AM Sunday)
- Social distancing and reduced capacity protocols will be in place, there will be markers on the pews indicating open seating
- Face coverings are encouraged for all and required for ushers and extraordinary minister
- Church will be cleaned and sanitized after every Mass – if there is someone who would be able to help organize volunteers to assist that would be greatly appreciated
- Distribution of Holy Communion
- All minister will sanitize hands before and after Communion and wear masks
- Distribution will be under one species, the Body of Christ
- Reception of Communion is to be in the hand and standing – as I am in the high-risk group, I ask in your charity to respect this decision
A Message from Bishop Foys
Live Video Stream
St. Anthony Parish (Fr. Eric) will be providing a Live Video Stream of Mass and a daily Holy Hour.
Schedule of Live Video Stream below. However, video may be viewed throughout the day and evening at your convenience.
Click the appropriate link below. After the live video stream begins, you may click in the bottom right corner of the video to enable full screen.
Please note: Live Video Streams will continue even after public Masses have resumed. Live Video Streams of daily Holy Hours will continue up to the last scheduled date of Friday, June 19 (to coincide with the conclusion of the 54-Day Rosary Novena).
8:00 AM (Monday through Friday, 1st Saturday)
June 4, 2020 - click here
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Saturday: 6:30 PM (Spanish - 2nd and 4th Saturdays only - postponed until further notice)
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM
8:00 AM (Monday through Friday, 1st Saturday)
Mondays during Advent:
First Friday Mass:
8:00 AM, 6:00 PM
Rosary/Adoration/Stations of the Cross
Recitation of the Holy Rosary:
Saturday: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM
Adoration - First Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Benediction 5:30 PM
Stations of the Cross - Friday: 6:15 PM during Lent
(after Mass on First Friday)
Saturday: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Or by appointment.
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Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home
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Dismantling of Pro-Life Crosses
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Reception for Fr. Eric Andriot
Farewell Reception for Fr. Benton
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- Father Eric Andriot, Pastor, Parish Council - Chair
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- Brian Fischer, Finance Committee
- Jim Gerhardt, Finance Committee
- Dan Pikar, Finance Committee
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