Preparing for Irene
Aug 24th, 2011 by Father Chris



I encourage all parishioners to be watching carefully the weather statements and warnings that are being updated on a regular basis in advance of Hurricane Irene which is scheduled to approach our area this weekend. 

All predictions are that, at the very least, the storm should bring strong winds and heavy rain to our area on Sunday into Monday.  And, at the worst, Irene could turn out to be the most catastrophic storm to hit the northeast in decades.  Let’s hope that does not happen. 

The most important thing to do is to keep up-to-date on warnings and to heed any and all precautions that are outlined for your safety. 

Even at this stage it is not too early to begin making preparations.  Make sure that you have enough fresh water for a few days.  Make certain that you have your prescription medications filled and enough for a couple of weeks.  Prepare enough non-perishable food for a few days in the event power is out.  And, most important, DO NOT risk your life to go out if the winds and rain create conditions that are hazardous. 

We should not panic or be overly alarmed.  However, it is wise to be prepared.  Please keep careful watch on the weather predictions and be prepared for whatever Hurricane Irene may have in store!

Rest in Peace Joey
Aug 14th, 2011 by Father Chris

 Joseph Acocella

I was so saddened to learn of the death earlier this week of our town clerk, Joe Acocella.  I was away on vacation these past few days and only learned of his death yesterday when I returned.  I was very sorry that I was not able to attend the wake and funeral Mass and I extend to his family members and friends my deepest sympathy and prayers.

I will always remember Joe and how kind and respectful he was to me when I would see him at so many community gatherings.  Always was he present at functions for the fire departments or police department or the various parades held around town.  And, although he was a small man in size he was a “giant” in this community.  He will always be remembered for the numerous contributions he made during his years of public service to the Town and Village of Harrison.  And, I will always be grateful that I had the privilege of knowing him.  May he rest in peace!

 Above, members of the Harrison Police Department serve as pallbearers and police and fire officials form an honor guard as the casket of Town Clerk Joseph Acocella is carried from Saint Gregory the Great Church in Harrison.


Go with God!
Aug 14th, 2011 by Father Chris


Our prayers are with those members of our parish who will be heading this week to Madrid, Spain to join other young people from around the world at World Youth Day.  The youth will have the special thrill of celebrating Mass on Friday with Pope Benedict XVI.  And, there will be many other activities scheduled throughout the week. 

We look forward to hearing all about this magnificent experience when our “pilgrims” return.  Until then, “Vaya con Dios – Go with God!”

Happy Birthday Father Peter!
Aug 14th, 2011 by Father Chris
Above, Father Peter is seen with Chief Joe Brafere of the Purchase Fire Department
 to which Father Peter serves as Chaplain.

Today, August 14th, is a special day for us at Saint Anthony’s.  It is Father Peter Scaramuzzo’s 72nd Birthday.  Even Archbishop Dolan called earlier this morning to wish Father Peter well.  We wish Father Peter many more happy and healthy years.  And, we thank him for his many years of service to our parish. 

Earlier this morning Father Pete created a beautiful sign to wish Father Peter well and left it on the stairs so that when Father Peter exited his apartment he would see it.  Father Pete captured Father Peter so well in his remarks which he artistically designed on a large board.  He said, “Dear Father Peter Scaramuzzo, You are: usassuming, pleasing, gentle, creative, jovial, simple, a great cook, prayerful, kind, always on a good wavelength (radio) with God and others.”  HAPPY BIRTHDAY – WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS!

Well, I think that says it pretty well for all of us.  God bless you Father Peter and Ad Multos Annos! 

World Youth Day 2011
Aug 3rd, 2011 by Father Chris

In just a short time a few of our parishioners from Saint Anthony’s will be traveling to Madrid, Spain to join millions of other young people from around the world as well as our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for World Youth Day.  Our prayers accompany those who will be representing our parish.  Among the pilgrims will be Laura Doherty whom many of you helped fund her trip with your generosity during her fundraiser earlier in the year.  Thank you all for helping make her dream of attending World Youth Day a reality!  At long last it is finally here!

We look forward to hearing all about this wonderful experience upon their return.  Until then – “Vaya con Dios” – “Go with God!”

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