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Go with God!
Jul 24th, 2014 by Father Chris

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As we head into the mid-point of summer many people have been or will soon be taking time for vacation.  We all need a time for rest and relaxation before the start of another busy year in September.  It is important to remember that even when we are away we cannot take a vacation from God.  Please be sure to continue to attend Mass while you are away. 

To help you find a church near where you will be traveling please use the website, www.MassTimes.org.  This website will pinpoint a church closest to where you will be vacationing and will give you in depth information about local parishes, Mass times, etc. 

Enjoy your time of vacation and Go with God!

A True Blessing!
Jul 23rd, 2014 by Father Chris

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Father Stephen Asomah

This week we have been so happy to welcome Father Stephen Asomah to Saint Anthony of Padua Parish.  Father Stephen has been a true blessing to all of us in the short time he has been with us. 

Father Stephen was ordained a priest for his native diocese in Ghana in 2008 and he has served in parishes there until his appointment to study communications here in the United States.  For the past two years he has been in residence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Next week he will begin classes at Iona College in New Rochelle and he will be helping  here at Saint Anthony’s until the end of August. 

We thank God for Father Stephen and we are grateful that He has led him here to Saint Anthony’s even for this brief summer assignment. 

Welcome Father Stephen
Jul 9th, 2014 by Father Chris

This week we are happy to welcome Father Stephen Asomah.  Father Stephen will be assisting us here at Saint Anthony’s temporarily from July 15th until the end of August.  Father Stephen is a priest of the Diocese of Sunyani in Ghana.  He was ordained in 2008 and is 38 years old.  We are delighted Father Stephen will be with us for the next few weeks.  Please be sure to extend a warm welcome to him and make him feel right at home here at Saint Anthony’s!

A Note of Thanks from Erialdo
Jul 9th, 2014 by Father Chris

The following is a note of thanks which is being published in our parish bulletin from Erialdo Ramirez, our Summer Seminarian.  Erialdo will spend the next 7 weeks on vacation visiting family in Mexico.  In late August he will return to Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers to begin his second year of Theology.  We continue to keep him in our prayers as he progresses toward his ordination to the priesthood.

Dear Parishioners of Saint Anthony of Padua,

Thank you for all of the support and care you gave to me once again this summer.  It was a blessing for me to be able to return to Saint Anthony’s once again.  I have learned a great deal from all of you and I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given and the contributions each of you have made to my formation.  In particular, I am very grateful to Father Chris, Father Peter and Father Pete for all of their friendship, love and support.

Saint Anthony’s is a very special parish and I feel fortunate to be part of it.  I will keep you all in my prayers during my summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you very soon when I return for another visit.  God bless you and, again, Thank you all!

Erialdo Ramirez 

A Prayer for the Nation on the 4th of July
Jul 4th, 2014 by Father Chris

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Archbishop John Carroll was the cousin of Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1789, Pope Pius VI named him the first bishop of the United States. (He would later become the first archbishop when the Diocese of Baltimore, Maryland, the mother diocese of the United States, was elevated to the status of archdiocese.)

Archbishop Carroll wrote this prayer November 10, 1791, to be recited in parishes throughout his diocese. It is a good prayer to pray as a family or as a parish on national holidays, such as Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Prayer for Government

We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope N., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Buen Viaje Erialdo!
Jul 4th, 2014 by Father Chris

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Above, Erialdo (Right) assists me with the blessing of personnel at our 7th Annual Blue Mass on May 31, 2014.

Early tomorrow morning Erialdo Ramirez, our summer seminarian, will depart for Mexico for his vacation before he begins his studies again at Saint Joseph’s Seminary in September.  It has been a great blessing to have Erialdo with us again this summer.  Over the past two summers we have watched him grow and he has become very much a part of our parish family.  The past eight weeks have been a very busy time in our parish so Erialdo has certainly received a good taste of what busy parish life is like. 

On a personal note, it has been most enjoyable having Erialdo with us in the rectory and as part of our staff.  We will miss him as he leaves us but know that he will soon return for a visit.  As he departs we wish him well and offer our prayers to him as he continues on his path to the priesthood.  God bless you Erialdo and see you soon!  Buen Viaje!

Father Peter Retires!
Jul 4th, 2014 by Father Chris

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Father Peter stands next to his car in the driveway of the Rectory just before his departure to Rhode Island.

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Father Peter drives off into the sunset after 20 years of service to the people of Saint Anthony’s and 48 years of service to the Archdiocese of New York.

On Wednesday, July 2nd, Father Peter officially retired and departed from Saint Anthony’s to live in Rhode Island.  He began his service to Saint Anthony of Padua Parish on September 1, 1994.  For the past 20 years he was a constant presence here in our community and he is already sorely missed!  It was difficult to watch his car drive off for the last time from the driveway.  However, Father Peter’s retirement and time  to enjoy his family and friends is well deserved and we wish him every blessing and grace in the years to come. 

At the Mass of Thanksgiving which we offered for Father Peter on June 21st here at Saint Anthony’s I told Father Peter that we expected him to return in the summer of 2016 so that, together, we could celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest.  We look forward to that occasion and look forward to his visits from time to time.  Until then, God bless you and Thank You Father Peter from all of us at Saint Anthony’s!

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