November Charity – House of Manna

The St. Anthony charity for November 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.

National Vocations Awareness Week

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week (NVAW), November 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the United States to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life.

NVAW, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: “To what vocation in life is God calling me?” Parish and school communities across the nation are encouraged to include, during the first full week in November, prayer and special activities that focus on vocation awareness.

Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration. It was later moved to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. The USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations moved the observance of National Vocation Awareness Week to November to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort.

Rosary Rally 2017

Become a part of 20,000 groups praying the Rosary throughout America on October 14th at noon.  We ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother. We plan to pray the rosary on Sunday, 14 Oct at 12 pm around the Blessed Mother statue in the north parking lot, weather permitting. If raining we will pray in church.

October Charity – Pro-Life

The October charity is Pro-Life. Shower items will be collected for the Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by these families in need.

Katie Robben – Let Us Move Mountains

Katie Robben spoke at mass about her work with the Holy Cross in Uganda, Africa.  If you would to learn more about their ministry and Katie’s spiritual journey you can visit her blog at the link below:

If you feel called to give a monetary gift to their ministry, please make checks payable to Holy Cross Missions Center. Please remember to write Katie Robben Uganda on the memo line so the mission center knows exactly where the money should go. Please send the check to P.O. Box 341 in Breese.  They are a certified 501(c)(3) so your donations are tax deductible. The center will then transfer the money to Katie’s Ugandan account.  Please remember to keep Katie, Holy Cross and their ministry in your prayers.


Parish Picnic Photos


Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this years picnic a huge success! We were blessed with a beautiful evening.  The net proceeds were $38,190.05 which is a record high.







Into My Vineyard

Many Catholic parishes but fewer Catholic priests. Into My Vineyard will help train dedicated lay men and women to assist the Pastor of their parish.  Participants will meet once a month, on Saturdays (in Belleville, Marion, or Mt. Vernon). It is a 2-year program to train well-qualified servant-leaders for ministry in our parishes throughout our Diocese. For more information click on the attached link.

Into My Vineyard

2nd Annual Parish Appreciation Dinner

Thank you for joining us for the Parish Appreciation dinner. The warm conversations, smiling faces, tasty food made for beautiful evening.  Thanks to the committee and others who helped that evening.  Until next time, please remember “you are appreciated”!





St. Anthony Church Picnic

Join us at the annual St. Anthony’s Parish Picnic!

Saturday, June 24th

St. Anthony’s Parish Center
451 West 3rd Street
Beckemeyer, IL

The annual Parish Picnic is a memorable occasion where families relax and post enjoy an running evening outdoors together, sharing food, conversation, and playing games.

Details include:

• Chicken & Mostaccioli Dinner – 4pm to 7pm (Dine-in or Carry-out – Dinner held regardless of weather)
• Quilt Bingo starts at approx. 7pm
• Penny Raffle
• Big Raffle
• Poker Stand
• Cake Wheel
• Basket Stand
• Silent Auction
• Inflatables for Kids
• Beer, Soda, Shaved Ice
• Sandwich Stand
• Kettle Korn


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