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Uncle Louis
Feb 27th, 2011 by Father Chris

Some of you who were at the Masses I celebrated this weekend heard me make mention of my beloved great-uncle Louis.  Uncle Louis is 95 and lives on his own in Boynton Beach, Florida.  Several people asked me about him following Mass.  And, as I talked about him and his generosity to so many people, to his church, his family, etc. I thought I would post a photo of him here this afternoon.  The photo you see below was taken of Uncle Louis last summer at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant near his home.  Uncle Louis is a great man and if you think of it, in your charity, please remember to say a prayer for him. 

“Uncle” Louis Monturo

Harrison Police Department PBA Game Dinner.
Feb 26th, 2011 by Father Chris

I just returned from a great dinner which was held in our School Auditorium.  The Harrison Police Department Ninth Annual PBA Game Dinner!  I congratulate in a special way Sergeant Vito Castellano and all who worked with him to organize what was surely a very successful event! 

I also take this opportunity to thank all of the Officers of the Harrison Police Department and our Police Chief Anthony Marraccini for all that they do for our parish and for our community.  As one who is intimately familier with the life of a police officer (my brother is with the Atlanta Police Department and my cousin is with the Westchester Country Police Department) I am particularly grateful for the work that the Police do day in and day out.  Most of the time the work is routine, but from time to time it is far from it.  In all of it, we want all of you with the Harrison Police Department to know how much we honor and thank you for the service you render to our community each and every day!  May God continue to bless and protect you all!

Below I have included a few photographs that were taken at the Annual Game Dinner this evening.

The auditorium was filled to overflowing with Police Officers and their family members.

Here I am with Police Officer Carmine Gentile and Police Officer Dominick Gentile.  They are brothers and both serve on the Harrison Police Department.  They are fantastic gentlemen!

Here I am with Police Officer Rob Carlucci.  Another fine gentleman!

Here I am with Sergeant Vito Castellano.  In this photograph I look as if I am being drafted into the Marine Corps!  Sergeant Castellano organizes the Annual Game Dinner and does a fantastic job as he does with everything he accomplishes. 

A big THANK YOU to all of our police officers.  And, please come and allow us to honor you at our Fourth Annual Blue Mass here at Saint Anthony of Padua.  The date is Friday May 13, 2011.  And, the time is 7:30 PM.  It is going to be a spectacular event and I hope that as many officers from Harrison Police Department and other departments from the area will be able to be represented.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls, AMEN!

ONE WEEK AND COUNTING!
Feb 25th, 2011 by Father Chris

Well, ONE WEEK from tonight and we will be celebrating our FIRST ANNUAL FOUNDERS BALL GALA at the Fountainhead in New Rochelle.  It promises to be a GREAT TIME!  The Journal for the event is being published now that all of the advertisements have been submitted.  And, there are still just a few seats available for the dinner.  So, if you are interested in attending you are in luck!  But, get your reservations in now because when the ballroom is full we will be unable to accept any more ticket requests. 

I thank all who have been working so hard out in front and behind the scenes in some cases many hours a day putting all of the details for this event together.  This has truly become a “labor of love”.  And, all I can say is “THANK YOU” to EVERYONE who has been working so hard.  I am deeply indebted to you all!  I am also grateful to all of the families and business owners who have so generously responded to our invitation to be included in our Journal.  You WILL NOT be disappointed that you decided to be included, trust me!  And, for everyone who has purchased tickets and who have been supportive of this wonderful gala, thank you so much!  We are going to have a fantastic time I assure you!  It is wonderful to see the parish and the entire community coming together, working in cooperation with oneanother to accomplish something great!

Again, thank you to everyone and I am looking forward to seeing you all at our FIRST ANNUAL FOUNDERS BALL GALA  one week from now!

Congratulations Drew!
Feb 25th, 2011 by Father Chris

We offer our congratulations to one of our Cantors in our music program here at Saint Anthony’s – Drew Santini!  Drew performed his graduation recital last evening (Thursday) at the Julliard School where he is completing his Masters Degree.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend.  However, a few parishioners from Saint Anthony’s were able to be there and were very impressed with Drew’s performance.  So, congratulations Drew on a successful recital and all the best as you complete your graduate work at Julliard!  We are proud of your accomplishments thus far and pray for a bright career in the future for you!  God bless!

Drew Santini, a cantor and member of our music program here at Saint Anthony’s, is a native of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and is completing his Master’s Degree at The Julliard School in New York City.

“TU ES PETRUS!”
Feb 22nd, 2011 by Father Chris

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle.  Jesus called Saint Peter to be the first Pope and entrusted the stewardship of the Church to him at its beginnning.  Today, we have a particular responsibility to pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI as well as our Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who, in our own time have been given the very weighty task of caring for the flock of this time and this place.  We pray that God continue to grant both our Holy Father and Archbishop Dolan many graces and blessings as they lead us in holiness and faith! 

Below I have included a few photographs which were taken on our recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 

Here in Capharnaum, Jesus spent a lot of time with Saint Peter.  Capharnaum is on the northern bank of the Sea of  Galilee. 

This beautiful statue of Saint Peter stands in Capharnaum near the ruins of the house where Saint Peter lived.

This sign indicates the place where Saint Peter’s house is located.

Here you can see the ruins of Saint Peter’s house in Capharnaum.  Today, a church stands over the house.  We celebrated Mass at this Church on our second day of the pilgrimage.

Here you can see us celebrating Mass in the Church which is located over the House of Saint Peter in Capharnaum.  The Church has a clear floor from which you can look down into the house from above.

DO IT ONCE AND DO IT WELL!
Feb 21st, 2011 by Father Chris

Many of you know, I have a philosophy that I abide by religously, it is: “Do it once and do it well!”  In other words, don’t try to cut corners to save a few pennies when in the not too distant future you will have to replace that which you “saved” so much money on in order to put in a better product that will stand the test of time.  Well, anyway, you know the story. 

In any event, I feel the same way about anything that you do.  If you are going to do it, do it right the first time!  Recently, on the checkout counter of a store where I was doing business, I saw a plaque right near the cash register which read, “THE BITTERNESS OF POOR QUALITY IS REMEMBERED LONG AFTER THE SWEETNESS OF LOW PRICE IS FORGOTTEN!” 

 It is a decent little saying to ponder every once in a while not just in regard to temporal things but spiritual as well.  When we offer our prayers to God it is so good to spend “quality time” with the Lord.  When we celebrate the Mass we “do it once and do it well” in the way we pray, sing, meditate, etc. 

So, just a little thought for today in the hopes that it might inspire some  of you in the same way I have been inspired over the years!  God bless!

Here is the sign.  I liked it so much I took a picture of it!

TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING…
Feb 18th, 2011 by Father Chris

Two weeks and counting until our FIRST ANNUAL FOUNDERS BALL GALA at the Fountainhead in New Rochelle.  It certainly guarantees to be a spectacular evening!  

This is a good opportunity to give a little bit of information as some deadlines come closer.  First of all, the deadline for Journal Ads will be THIS WEEK!  The FINAL DAY to submit Journal Advertisements will be WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23.  You may email them, drop them off or mail them to the Parish Office by 5 o’clock PM THIS WEDNESDAY for your submission to be included in the Gala Journal.  PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE as we WILL NOT  be able to include Journal Ads submitted after Wednesday. 

Tickets for the Gala also continue to be on sale and there are tickets still available.  Tickets will also be on sale after all Masses this weekend in the vestibule of the Church.  We will be happy to accomodate individual or small group ticket sales as well as reservations for tables of ten.  Please do not worry if you are coming alone or with a couple of other people as everyone who is there will be from Saint Anthony’s.  So, as soon as you arrive you will know everyone! 

Now, on to the basics of the evening!  The dresswear for the evening is not tuxedo and evening gown unless you wish to wear this.  Business dressy is fine.  A jacket and tie for men if possible and a dress or nice pants suit for the ladies will be wonderful! 

The cocktail hour will begin at 7 o’clock in the evening and there will be an open bar for the entirety of the night.  There will be an impressive spread of food for the cocktail hour as well as live entertainment provided by Career Bridges.  This you will not want to miss!

Following the cocktail hour we will move into the main ballroom for dinner.  A three course dinner will be served and entertainment again will be provided by singers from Career Bridges as well as Big Apple Entertainment.  The music will be light and enjoyable and will enhance the experience of the evening I assure you. 

A selection of delicious desserts will be served along with coffee and tea.

I hope that ALL of our parishioners are planning to be with us for this very important and special event for our parish!  Please don’t be left out, RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY and help make this evening a HUGE SUCCESS!

Monsignor Pat Boyle- Partaker in the “Resurrection”!
Feb 16th, 2011 by Father Chris

I learned earlier today of the death of Monsignor Pat Boyle, the Vicar of Central Westchester and Pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Rye.  Monsignor Boyle has been ill for the last year and a half or so suffering with cancer. 

Monsignor Boyle has been a very much loved priest and pastor here in the Archdiocese of New York throughout his priesthood.  Ordained a Priest in 1965, he  is very fondly remembered by parishioners at Saint Brendan’s Parish in the Bronx where he was stationed for more than 25 years.  And, more recently he became beloved and respected as Pastor of Resurrection Church in Rye.

We, the priests and people of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in West Harrison, wish to express to Monsignor Boyle’s family and friends and to all of his parishioners at Resurrection, Saint Brendan’s and at other places where he served, our deepest condolences and prayers at this time.  We pray for his happy repose now and that he truly is a partaker in the Resurrection which he believed in and professed so faithfully throughout his life and ministry. 

Above, Monsignor Boyle is seen (center) with Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.

Father Pete’s Departure.
Feb 15th, 2011 by Father Chris

Earlier this evening I accompanied Father Pete to JFK Airport for his departure to India.  Father Pete took Etihad Airlines from New York to Abu Dhabi and then will travel on from there to India.  He will spend some time in India with his family before returning to  his Salesian Community in Palermo, Italy.  And, by that time he will be ready to come back to see us here in New York in June!  HaHa!! 

I know that Father Pete will be reading this entry soon after he gets to India.  So, we want you to know you are very much missed here at Saint Anthony’s Father Pete and we look forward to seeing you again as early as possible in June!  We all pray you had a smooth and safe flight and wish you well until we meet again.

Below are a couple of photos of Father Pete and I earlier this evening at JFK Airport prior to his departure.

Here I help Father Pete get checked in for his flight at Terminal 4 at JFK.

Here Father Pete is seen in the Catholic Chapel  in Terminal 4 at JFK.  We visited the chapel to offer an evening prayer and pray for a safe trip prior to Father Pete’s departure.  Interestingly, a month ago we met in this same chapel the evening we left on our parish pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan and Egypt for a prayer service just before our flight.  If you are ever traveling from JFK out of Terminal 4 be sure to stop and visit the Catholic Chapel.  It is quite beautiful and affords travelers a nice place for quiet and peaceful prayer in the midst of  one of the worlds most hectic airports.

FAREWELL FATHER PETE (for now) and GOD SPEED!
Feb 15th, 2011 by Father Chris

 

Here Father Pete, Father Peter and I are seen at the Annual Spaghetti Dinner in November.

This evening Father Pete Philominraj who has been with us in residence at Saint Anthony’s for the past six months will depart for India and then to return to his Salesian Community in Palermo, Italy.  Father Pete, as you know, has been here in New York these past months receiving the necessary testing and treatment for his lungs and breathing following his work at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in 2001 and 2002. 

We take this opportunity to thank Father Pete for his ministry among us.  We have been very fortunate to have him here with us and we have all benefited from his deep spirituality, his unique sense of humor and  his sincere kindness. 

On a personal note, I thank Father Pete for all he has done for me and Father Peter.  Father Pete has been a joy to live with in the Rectory and share ministry with here at Saint Anthony’s.  And, on a practical note, Father Pete has just been an enormous help all around.  What a blessing you are Father Pete!

The good news is that Father Pete will return to be with us during the summer months of July and August to assist us.  And we look very much forward to him being back soon.  So, Farewell Father Pete (FOR NOW) and God Speed!

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