Rice Bowls

St. Anthony Rice Bowls should be turned in during Holy Week. Please eliminate your change and turn in currency or check made payable to your parish in an envelope marked “Rice Bowl’. Thanks for your support!

CRS Rice Bowl helps us encounter Lent. Join our faith community and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter.  During 40 days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor. Please pick up your Rice Bowl at the entrance to church.  For more information go to link below.

https://www.crsricebowl.org/

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. 

St. Anthony’s Rummage Sale

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.

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!

February Charity – House of Manna Food Pantry

The St. Anthony charity for February 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! Cosgrove’s Kitchen Casseroles

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.

2019 St. Anthony Parish Summer Picnic – Date Change

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.

Jesse Tree – Thank You!

Community Link sent the following note of appreciation and thanks for all of the Jesse Tree gifts received:

THE STAFF AND PARTICIPANTS OF COMMUNITY LINK WISH TO THANK YOU ALL WHO  PURCHASED ITEMS FROM THE JESSE TREE THIS YEAR.  THE PARTICIPANTS AT OUR CILA  HOMES HAD A WONDERFUL SURPRISE TO OPEN.  YOUR KINDNESS DURING THE HOLIDAY  SEASON IS A BLESSING. WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL!

 

Best Advent Ever!

You are invited to join your fellow parishioners for the BEST ADVENT EVER, a free email program from Dynamic Catholic. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for Christmas, but we often get distracted and busy. Don’t let this Advent pass you by. Slow down and focus on what matters most with BEST ADVENT EVER. Each day, you’ll receive an email with short inspirational videos from Allen Hunt and Dominick Albano with practical tips for your everyday life, and real-life stories to encourage you in your faith journey. Click on the link below to sign up:

https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever

 

 

Rummage & Bake Sale

Thank you to Janette Kruse, Florence Pingsterhaus, Betsy Kampwerth, Gerri Stock, and all of the volunteers who put in countless hours in making the rummage sale a huge success.

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