Boxes of Joy

The Boxes of Joy Distribution has started. Catholics united through the Box of Joy ministry send Christmas gifts to children in developing countries. For many poor children, a Box of Joy – filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, a rosary and the Story of Jesus – was the first Christmas gift they ever received. When families in the U.S. pack Boxes of Joy for children in poverty, it teaches generosity, thankfulness and cultivates a servant’s heart. pick up a box at the back of church.

Please consider picking up your Box of Joy at the back of church.  You will fill the box with items suitable for a child of the age you choose (more information inside each box). After filling please return the Boxes of Joy by 2 or 3 November at the back of church or Diane Winkeler.

See link below for more information regarding the Box of Joy.

St. Anthony’s Rummage Sale

St. Anthony’s rummage sale will be held on 7, 8, and 9 November. Rummage items may be dropped off on Sunday, 3 Nov from 12 to 4 pm, Monday, 4 Nov and Tuesday, 5 Nov from 7 am to 8 pm.

Also, if anyone can help Sunday, 27 Oct after mass to set up the gym and on 9 Nov at 1 pm to help clean up it would be greatly appreciated.

Annual Parish Appreciation Dinner

Save the date. Our 4th annual Parish Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, 19 Oct following evening mass. The dinner will be held in the Parish Center gym.  More details to come.

Mater Dei Uniform Clothing Closet

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 or call/text (817) 501-5095.

August Charity – House of Manna Food Pantry

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.

Thank You to the Volunteers – 2019 St. Anthony Picnic

I would like to personally thank all of the volunteers who helped with our church picnic on 29 June. The gross receipts currently total $44,360.  I appreciate your gift of time, energy, and enthusiastic support. The picnic would not have been a success without your help. For all your time, effort, hard work, and prayers, please accept the thanks and appreciation of this church, its leaders and staff, and me.
Jay Fowler
St. Anthony Picnic Chairman

July Charity – School Supplies

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 Family Breakfast

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!

St. Anthony’s Picnic – Basket Stand and Penny Raffle

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. 

Lenten Book Program

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!