Parish Societies on the go!
Oct 17th, 2010 by Father Chris

This weekend after all of our Masses members of the Ave Maria Guild sold “goodies” in the form of cakes, cookies and a lot of homemade treats and sweets.  Thank you to all of the ladies of our Ave Maria Guild who helped in this effort and thank you to all of our parishioners who supported them.  As always, we take no responsibility for any increase in your waistline!  LOL 

On Saturday members of our Holy Rosary Society went on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Gerard Majella.  We all pray that this pilgrimage was spiritually profitable to everyone who attended.

Last Tuesday members of our parish from the Ave Maria Guild and the Holy Rosary Society attended “Joseph”, a musical performance of Sight and Sound in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Father Peter G. accompanied the group and served as “chaplain” for the day. 

I am proud of all of the members of our Holy Rosary Society and Ave Maria Guild.  Both of these Societies have been part of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish for decades and contribute so much to our parish.  Thank you all!

School Open House and Book Fair
Oct 17th, 2010 by Father Chris

This afternoon we had Open House at our School.  It was a very nice afternoon.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  Along with the Open House we also hosted a Book Fair.  There were some wonderful books for sale which can certainly be enjoyed by “children of all ages”!  Below I have included some pictures from the Open House today.

Here I am with our Principal, Mrs. Ann Marie Zagaglia and Father Peter S. and Father Peter G.

Looking at one of the books at the Book Fair with Mrs. Marian Miressi, Mrs. Zagaglia’s Administrative Assistant.

Mrs. Zagaglia reads a story to a few students at the Book Fair.

This is a beautiful picture in the lobby of our school of some of our student “ambassadors” who helped at today’s Open House along with a few of the members of our faculty.  We have a superb faculty.  They are extraordinarily devoted to each one of the students in our school.  I am very proud of each of them and of what they do!

This is a beautiful picture of our Principal with Students for our School.  Thanks to these students who served as “ambassadors” at today’s Open House.  Their uniforms were pressed, clean and they look FANTASTIC!  They are superb representatives of Saint Anthony of Padua School!

The Lobby of our School is bright, clean and welcoming!

This valuable declaration greets everyone entering our school.

Below are a couple of the “treasures” within Saint Anthony of Padua School.  Of course, the most valuable treasure we have are the children who study there!

This beautiful statue of Saint Anthony of Padua was originally in Assumption Church on Ferris Avenue in White Plains.  It is a magnificent image of Saint Anthony and I believe it is over 100 years old.

This lithograph of Saint Anthony which graces the front entrance of our school is also magnificent!

In the lobby of our school we also have displayed a photograph of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of New York, Most Reverend Timothy Dolan.  We are grateful to God for these two extraordinary leaders of the Church.

Once again, thanks to all of the students, faculty and families who participated today.  See you soon!  May God continue to bless Saint Anthony of Padua School and all of the exciting and positive things that are happening here!

Rome sweet Home!
Oct 17th, 2010 by Father Chris

Here I have included some photos from a recent trip to Rome.  The “Eternal City” is truly a place unlike any other in the world.  And, it is a place that can be visited over and over again and you can see new things every time.  It is always a pleasure to be there!

Saint Peter’s Basilica


Standing in the Colonnade of Saint Peter’s Square

Father Thad and me in Saint Peter’s Square.  We had just attended the Wednesday Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI in the Paul VI Audience Hall.

Michaelangelo’s ”Pieta” in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Here I am on the roof of the North American College with a few friends who are seminarians there.  Peter Heasley (Standing next to me) is studying for the Archdiocese of New York.  The other two seminarians are both studying for the Diocese of Rochester (New York).  Please remember them in your prayers for vocations! 

The view from the roof of the North American College affords anyone who is fortunate enough to be able to access it the best view of the entire city of Rome.  You are able to enjoy panaramic 360 degree views!

Any time I am in Rome I always make a visit to the Basilica of Saints John and Paul.  This Basilica is the Titular Church of the Cardinal-Archbishop of New York.  Sts. John and Paul is located on the Coelian Hill in Rome and is not far from the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.  Since the Basilica is extraordinarily beautiful, it is frequently requested for Wedding Celebrations.  I recall being told some time ago that the beautiful chandeliers in the Church were originally in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York and it was Cardinal Spellman who had them shipped to Rome to be installed in this beautiful Titular Church of the Cardinal-Archbishop of New York in Rome.

Cardinal Egan’s Coat of Arms is prominently displayed near the entrance to the Basilica of Sts. John and Paul.

The beautiful “Spanish Steps”.  The steps are always covered with crowds of people.  At the top right is the Hassler Hotel.  My grandparents use to stay in that hotel every time they were in Rome many years ago.  Growing up they would tell us about it and still today I have match books, ash trays and soap from the Hassler Hotel that they had collected from their visits years ago. 

Goodbye and God Speed Father Thad!
Oct 17th, 2010 by Father Chris

On August 30, 2010 we said goodbye to Father Thad.  This was his third summer assisting us here at Saint Anthony of Padua.  However, he recently learned that he has been appointed Vice-Provincial of the Salesian Province in Central India.  These new responsibilites mean that he will not be able to return to be with us in future summers.  The sadness of his departure is slightly counterbalanced however by the joy we feel for him in this new work for the Church and for his community of the Salesians of Don Bosco.  We are proud of you Father Thad and look forward to seeing you again soon!  Below I have included a picture of me and Father Thad outside the Rectory at the time of his departure.

My visit with Father Lawrence Vadakkan, S.D.B.
Oct 17th, 2010 by Father Chris

I had a great opportunity to visit with Father Lawrence Vadakkan this summer at his parish in Tiburon, California.  The parish is located in a picturesque area just over the Golden Gate Bride from San Francisco.  Father Lawrence is now stationed at Saint Hilary Parish.  I also want to thank the Pastor, Father Bill Brown for his wonderful hospitality and for allowing me to stay with them at Saint Hilary’s during my visit.  Below I have included a few pictures for you to enjoy. 

Father Lawrence and Father Chris – notice the spires of the Golden Gate Bridge which you can see in the background.

Saint Hilary Parish, Tiburon, California

Saint Hilary Church

We were able to visit Saint Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in San Francisco.  It is truly one of the most unusual church structures I have ever visited.  I have included a few photos here.

I took this photo of the Golden Gate Bridge at mid afternoon.  Notice the fog evident in the picture.  And, Mark Twain’s words are true – “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  In mid-August it was in the upper 50′s on this day.

Thank You!
Oct 17th, 2010 by Father Chris

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have worked very hard to develop this new web site for our parish.  This is truly a dream come true!  And, it has been a real “TEAM” effort.  Many people have cooperated together to make this a reality.  I love the word TEAM because what it really means is: Together Everyone Accomplishes More!  Well, that is what has happened again here at Saint Anthony’s – a brand new state of the art web site that is the best parish web site I have ever seen!  Thanks goes to Bob Serra for all of his very hard work in putting so much of the site together and developing the format and managing the technical issues that go along with it.  Father Thad was also instrumental with his help developing content during the summer months when he was with us here.  (Father Thad we miss you very much and speak of you often in the very best of terms!).  Additionally, I thank the staff of the Parish office,  Mrs. Judy Wagner and  Ms. Brittney Vallarelli as well as our School Principal Mrs. Ann Marie Zagaglia, our Director of Religious Education Sister Mary Shea, O.S.U. , and Mr. Laurence Broderick our Director of Music.

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