Mater Dei Uniform Closet will be open Friday, 16 August from 4 to 8 pm and on Saturday, 17 August from 10 am to 3 pm at St. Anthony’s Parish Center in Beckemeyer. Uniforms are limited to donations on hand and offered at no cost to Mater Dei families. Uniform donations are also being accepted during these hours also. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (817) 501-5095.
The St. Anthony charity for August is House of Manna Food Pantry. The House of Manna is a public charity that provides food to those in need. Donations of non-perishable food items, i.e. canned goods or cash is greatly appreciated. There will be a box located at the back of church that you can place your items.
The St. Anthony charity for July is school supplies for our local schools. Participation is strictly optional. You can drop off items in the box located at the back of church. All donations are greatly appreciated.
St Anthony Choir: Thanks to Delores Huelsmann, Choir Director for the heartfelt; ‘Choir Family Breakfast’, held Sunday June 9, 2019: “Good Olde Day’s,” New Baden. The food and service were great. We sing praise, and thank God for all His blessings. Oh! What a fellowship. Your joyful Choir members and respective family members. Praise God!
Donations are being accepted to support our annual summer picnic. If you have items to donate to the Penny Raffle stand please give them to Linda Fowler, Deb Keilbach, or Geri Pollmann. If you would rather make a cash donation to be put toward purchased prizes, please drop your donation in the Sunday collection in an envelope marked “Penny Raffle”. Contact Linda at 973-2777 for more information.
Also, please drop off baskets items, cash or completed baskets for the Basket Stand by calling Rosie at 978-7196. Some baskets are in the back of church if you need one for your items.
St. Anthony’s rummage sale will be held on 2, 3, and 4 May. Rummage items may be dropped off on Sunday, 28 April from 12 to 4 pm, Monday, 29 April and Tuesday, 30 April from 7 am to 8 pm.
Also, if anyone can help Monday, 22 April at 6 pm to set up the gym and on 4 May at 1 pm to help clean up it would be greatly appreciated.
We will be starting our second annual Lenten Book program on Friday, March 8 immediately following the Stations of the Cross.
This year we will be reading “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity” by Matthew Kelly. Similar to last year we will be using the study guide that is provided with the book for our weekly group discussions. Erin passed out copies of this book a couple months ago. We have extra copies if needed.
The book, which is a lot shorter read than the one we used last year, addresses how modern culture is robbing us of our happiness. It is very apparent, especially if you have been following the latest news, how our culture is becoming more and more anti-Christian. We live in a culture where they are trying to take Christ out of lives. This is happening very quickly and goes against our very beliefs as Catholics. Also, we are at a time when Catholics rightfully should be angry regarding the sex abuse scandal and it would be very easy for us to start doubting our faith. A quote from Fr Mike Schmitz “We don’t leave the Church when things get difficult. Lead the Church when things get tough. The best way we can lead the church is by becoming Saints”.
The Church needs us more than ever. Obviously, we can’t solve all of the big problems of the Church. But this book gives us a good starting point on what we can do as individuals to help renew the Church.
So please consider joining us on Friday evenings during Lent. Last year we had a great turnout. This program will help to personalize and deepen your Lenten experience. Make this part of your Lenten Journey as we work to grow our faith together here at St. Anthony’s.
We will also be serving coffee, soft drinks, and snacks to further entice you to join us. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach to either Jay Fowler or Erin Ethridge. Make this the Best Lent Ever!
Thank you to all for your generous cash donation in support of Cosgrove’s Kitchen casserole drive. Your donations were used to purchase the necessary food items to make the casseroles. On Saturday, 26 January St. Anthony’s parishioners worked together to prepare the casseroles. A total of 50 casseroles were made and delivered to Cosgrove’s Kitchen in East St. Louis on Sunday, 27 January. Special thank you to Tom Klutho for leading this effort and to everybody for your donations and help in making the casseroles. The casseroles help to support an important ministry serving those suffering from the effects of poverty in this community: children, the elderly, the homeless, the mentally and physically disabled and the working poor.
The date for our annual 2019 St. Anthony Parish picnic is changed. Typically, our picnic is held on the fourth Saturday in June. However, due to the Beckemeyer Zip Code celebration that is scheduled for 22 June we have decided to move the picnic to the following Saturday, 29 June 2019. So please make a note of the new date and plan accordingly. More details will be forthcoming.