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Monsignor Victor Pavis Funeral Arrangements
Apr 28th, 2014 by Father Chris

The Funeral Arrangements for Monsignor Pavis are as follows:

Wake will be held Tuesday April 29, 2014 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the Riverdale-on Hudson Funeral Home in Riverdale, the Bronx (6110 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, New York).

The Funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday morning April 30th, 2014 at 10:00AM at Saint Margaret of Cortona Church, Riverdale, the Bronx (6000 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, New York).

Interment will follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery on Staten Island.

We are looking into the possibility of chartering a bus for parishioners who would be interested in attending the Funeral Mass on Wednesday.  If you would be interested please contact the parish office at 914-948-1480 as soon as possible.

 

Monsignor Victor Pavis, former Pastor at Saint Anthony’s, Dies.
Apr 27th, 2014 by Father Chris

 

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Monsignor Victor Pavis

We are just learning of the death yesterday of our beloved former Pastor, Monsignor Pavis.  At this time we are awaiting the announcement of the funeral arrangements and will post them here on our website as soon as they become available.   Tentatively we believe the wake will be held on Tuesday and the Funeral Mass on Wednesday likely in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.   

Monsignor Pavis was one of the most loved and respected priests in the Archdiocese of New York.  So many people here at Saint Anthony’s remember his enthusiastic and dedicated leadership in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Although he has been retired from our parish for almost 25 years so many parishioners still recall his many personal and thoughtful kindnesses he showed toward them. 

I will post a more detailed entry here with more information soon.  Stay tuned. 

Rest in Peace Monsignor Pavis!

 

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Above, Monsignor Pavis is embraced by Regis Philbin at an event for Cardinal Hayes High School several years ago.  Monsignor Pavis served at Cardinal High School for many years and was revered by the students and staff there.

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At the same event as above, Monsignor Pavis is kissed on the forehead by Regis Philbin and congratulated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Happy Easter!
Apr 19th, 2014 by Father Chris

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Happy Easter!  Father Peter joins me and all of the pastoral staff of Saint Anthony of Padua Church in wishing all of you a very Blessed and Happy Easter.  May this Easter be for a each one of you a time of grace, peace and love.  A special word of thanks to all who have assisted in any way in making the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter here at Saint Anthony’s so beautiful!  God bless you all!

A Special Gift in the Good Friday Cross
Apr 18th, 2014 by Father Chris

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This very special Crucifix was given to me as a gift last week by Father Bob Glynn, S.J. who stayed here with us at Saint Anthony’s for about 10 days while his brother was undergoing medical treatment.  It was hand carved by some of his parishioners at his assignement in the African country of Zambia where he is stationed.  Today we will use this crucifix during the 3pm service of our Lord’s Passion for the veneration of the Cross.  We are so grateful to Father Bob for his kindness in giving this very special gift to us.  We were grateful for his visit and pray he will soon be able to be back with uhs here at Saint Anthony’s!

Holy Thursday “Visits”
Apr 18th, 2014 by Father Chris

A long standing tradition in the Catholic Church holds that on Holy Thursday after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper has been completed the faithful visit 7 churches to pray at the repositories where the Blessed Sacrament has been set up for adoration during the night hours.  This time of prayer is meant to remember the time that Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemene to pray the night before He died.  In many part of the country, including here in New York, the custom of visitng 7 churches has been changed to atleast a visit to 3 churches and more if possible.

Last night I traveled with a number of our parishioners to 5 nearby parishes and visited the repositories of each church.  I include photos of each below for you.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, White Plains.

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Saint John the Evangelist Church, White Plains.

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Saint Bernard’s Church, White Plains.

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Our Lady of Sorrows Church, White Plains.

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Saint Pius X Church, Scarsdale.

 

Palm Sunday 2014
Apr 18th, 2014 by Father Chris

Last Saturday evening we celebrated a magnificent Palm Sunday Procession and Blessing of Palms at the Vigil Mass.  The liturgy was particularly beautiful because we welcomed several seminarians from Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie who served the Mass and then joined Father Peter and me at the rectory afterwards for dinner.  It was a most enjoyable experience for everyone.  Among the seminarians was Erialdo Ramirez who was assigned with us here at Saint Anthony’s last summer.

Below please enjoy the photographs I have posted.  More will be coming of the other celebrations of this Holy Week as we get them. 

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The large palm arrangements in the Sanctuary of the church before Mass.

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Father Peter and I join with seminarians from Saint Joseph’s Seminary following the Mass.  From left to right; John Hwang from the Diocese of Brooklyn, Father Peter, Jose Acevedo-Arroyo from the Archdiocese of New York, Brother Dennis Gunn, a Christian Brother from Iona College in New Rochelle, Edwin Bonifacio from the Archdiocese of New York, Me, Rufus Kenny from the Archdiocese of New York, Erialdo Ramirez from the Archdiocese of New York, Father Anselm, a student at Saint Joseph’s Seminary and a priest of Burma and John Wachowitz from the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

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The procession makes it way around the back of the church to the baptistry where the palms were set up for the start of the Mass.

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The ministers of the Mass gather at the baptistry for the beginning of the Mass as the reading of the Gospel.

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The Palm Sunday Procession makes its way to the Altar.

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Father Peter, Father Anselm and I place our large palm arrangements at the foot of the crucifix.

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Incensation of the Altar at the beginning of the Mass.

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Incensation of the Crucifix.

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I offer the Opening Prayer of the Mass.

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We listen intently to the Readings of the Mass.

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The account of the Passion of our Lord is read.

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The seminarians listen prayerfully to the reading of the Passion of our Lord.

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Erialdo Ramirez and I await the offertory gifts at the Sanctuary.

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The bread and wine which will become the Body and Blood of Christ are offered on the Altar.

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The Offertory Gifts are incensed on the Altar.

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The Eucharistic Prayer is prayed during the Mass.

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The Host is shown to the people during the Eucharistic Prayer for all to adore.

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The chalice containing the Precious Blood of Christ is raised and offered and all adore.

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The Body and Blood of Christ are shown to the people just before the reception of Holy communion.

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I give the final blessing at the conclusion of the Mass.

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The servers and ministers of the Mass prepare to leave the Sanctuary at the conclusion of the Mass.

 

Preparing for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Apr 17th, 2014 by Father Chris

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At this time, as you can see from the photo above, our church is empty but shortly the church will be filled and those green chairs which you see just inside the Sanctuary will be used for those whose feet will be washed as part of tonight’s liturgy.  Earlier today while I was changing a light bult in the bay where the organ pipes are located I snapped this picture.  It is a view of the church which most of us never get to see.  I thought you might appreciate it.  On the far left you can see the “repository” which will be used for adoration tonight until 11:00pm.  I look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30pm.  God’s blessings as we begin the Sacred Triduum!

The Light is On for YOU!
Apr 14th, 2014 by Father Chris

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Today in all of the parishes of the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre priests are available in EVERY parish between the hours of 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The photo above has been the advertisement which has been seen in all of the local newspapers over the past couple of weeks. 

I especially want to encourage those who may have been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation for a long time to avail yourselves of this grace-filled opportunity during Holy Week.  What a wonderful way to receive a “fresh start” from the Lord!  If you are a little bit hesitent or afraid that is ok and only natural but remember that in the Sacrament you are in the presence of the Loving and Merciful Lord.  He has always loved you and will always love you unconditionally and without exception.  So, just come and do not worry. 

God bless you during this Holy Week and it is our prayer that this will be a powerful time in your life as you draw closer to the Lord and are filled with His Love and Grace!

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The light of my confessional is ON for YOU!

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And, the light of Father Peter’s confessional is ON for YOU too!

A Nice Visit!
Apr 10th, 2014 by Father Chris

For the last 10 days we have been delighted by the visit of Father Bob Glynn, a Jesuit priest from the African country of Zambia who has been staying with us here at Saint Anthony’s.  Father Peter and I greatly enjoyed having Father Bob with us, sharing meals and laughing alot.  We are grateful to Father Bob for celebrating Masses on a couple of days for us and everyone very much enjoyed his warm spirituality and insightful and inspiring homilies. 

The main reason for Father Bob’s visit was to assist his brother who is undergoing medical treatment in New York City.  We continue to keep both Father Bob and his brother in our prayers during this challenging time. 

Tomorrow morning Father Bob will return home to Zambia and will have a long flight from New York to Johannasburg and then a connection to Zambia.  Have a safe journey home Father Bob and know that you are always most welcome here at Saint Anthony’s!

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