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Thanksgiving Family Mass
Nov 24th, 2013 by Father Chris

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The “Cornucopia” in front of the Altar this morning before the Thanksgiving Family Mass.

Today at the 10:30 Mass we celebrated our Annual Parish Thanksgiving Mass.  It was a beautiful celebration and the church was filled with parishioners of all ages especially young families which is always so great to see.  Since this Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King the Mass had an added “Majesty” to it!  The choir outdid themselves with the music and Father Matt gave a wonderful homily. 

At the conclusion of the Mass I invited all of the children to come forward to take an apple or an orange from the cornucopia in front of the Altar as a small gift from us for Thanksgiving. 

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After Mass I assisted in giving the apples and oranges to all of the youngsters.

Since I will be away for a few days this week I take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  When I return I will update my blog with some of the events which have happened recently which I have not had time to post.  Thank you for your patience.  Until then – God bless you!

Prayers for my Father
Nov 24th, 2013 by Father Chris

I ask all of our parishioners to please continue to keep my father in your prayers.  As most of you  know, earlier this week he was admitted to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina suffering from the effects of the lumphoma which he has endured quite successfully for the last 12 years.  Last weekend, while in Florida, he became extremely ill and weak to the point of complete exhaustion.  He was able to make it up to North Carolina on Monday.

My parents divide their time during the year between South Florida, Wake Forest, North Carolina and New York and while his primary oncologist is at Sloan-Kettering Hospital here in New York City he was too weak to make it here so he was admitted to Duke.  I will be driving down to North Carolina to see my father this afternoon.  And, I will spend the next few days with him and my mother and the rest of my family who will arrive durinig the week to spend Thanksgiving together. 

My father has been greatly encouraged and strengthened by the prayers of so many people, priests, religious sisters and the parishioners of Saint Anthony’s!  We truly believe in the power of prayer.  So, please keep them coming and know how grateful he is and we all are for every one of them!  God bless you!

Veterans Day Parade
Nov 14th, 2013 by Father Chris

On Monday we held our Annual Veterans Day Parade here in West Harrison.  It was a day filled with emotion and pride as our community turned out to honor all of our Veterans.  Below I have included several photos of the day and I hope you enjoy.  God Bless our Veterans and all who are currently serving in the armed forces of the Unites States as well as their family members and friends.

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Our own Father Peter gave the Invocation and Benediction.  Benny DeFonce who does such a great job organizing the Veterans Day parade is also seen on the stage at the right.

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The United States Marines.

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The Harrison High School band marches down Underhill Avenue toward Taylor Square.

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Veterans gather at the Monument in Taylor Square.

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Rifles fire in a gun salute.

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General Evo Riguzzi addresses the crowd.

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Our Mayor Ron Belmont thanked everyone for being there and thanked all of our Veterans for their heroic service.

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Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini offered encouraging remarks to everyone in attendance.

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A Memorial dedicated to all those we lost on September 11, 2001 stands near the Veterans Monument in Taylor Square.

All Saints
Nov 6th, 2013 by Father Chris

Last Friday on the Feast of All Saints parishioners were invited to bring statues of their favorite saints to be placed in the church for the weekend.  Below you can see the display or those saints statues in church.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

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West Harrison Fire Department Inspection
Nov 6th, 2013 by Father Chris

Last Friday evening our West Harrison Fire Department celebrated their annual Department Inspection followed by a formal dinner at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase.  As always this was a beautiful event for the members of the Fire Department and their family members as well as for the whole town.  I am very proud to serve as the Fire Department Chaplain and to be with them as often as possible.  We ask God’s continued blessings upon those who serve us so faithfully in the West Harrison Fire Department.

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Members of the West Harrison Fire Department lined up in front of the tower ladder on Lake Street for the annual Inspection.

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Mayor Ron Belmont and Chief Steve Mancini congratulate the Firefighters.

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Everyone gathered at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase for a wonderful Gala Dinner.

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