Construction delay
Jul 29th, 2015 by Father Chris

This weekend I announced at Masses that construction would begin THIS  Monday on the front plaza of the church as well as the removal of several trees and some new landscaping around the campus of the church and school.  This work is going to be pushed back about 4 weeks because of the necessary permits which need to be obtained as well as the procurement of certain materials.

Work is scheduled to begin the first week of September and I anticipate all of the work will be completed by the end of September.

Thank you for your patience as we proceed with this important and long overdue improvements to our parish facility.  Thank you also for your extraordinary generosity which makes the constant upkeep and maintenance of our entire parish campus possible.  God bless you!

Jul 16th, 2015 by Father Chris

If you will be traveling during the summer months please DO NOT forget to continue to go to Mass each weekend.  Be sure to take God with you on vacation wherever you may be traveling. Please go to www.MassTimes.org for information about parishes and Mass times in areas where you may be visiting.

Happy Independence Day!
Jul 4th, 2015 by Father Chris

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day Prayer:

Almighty God, bless our nation and make it true to the ideas of freedom and justice and brotherhood for all who make it great. Guard us from war, from fire and wind, from comprise, fear and confusion.

Be close to our president and our statesmen, give them vision and courage, as they ponder decisions effecting peace and the future of our world. Make me more deeply aware of my heritage realizing not only my rights but also my duties and responsibilities as a citizen.

Make this great land and all its people know clearly your will, that they may fulfill the destiny ordained for us.


Call to Worship for Independence Day

L: We gather this morning appreciating our  freedom to worship God.
P: May God continue to bless the Church of Christ in this land.
L: We draw near to the God who rules over all nations
P: May God continue to bless our country and all the countries in the world.
L: We seek to live in harmony and peace together with all peoples on the earth.
P: May God continue to establish peace on earth and help us understand that it begins in our hearts.
L: Come, let us worship the Lord! 

Papal Itinerary
Jul 1st, 2015 by Father Chris



There is great excitement about the visit of Pope Francis to New York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia this September.  The official Itinerary for the Papal visit has just been announced and is listed below.  Tickets for the events surrounding the Pope’s visit will be limited and when we know how tickets might be obtained we will let parishioners know.  Until then, we pray Pope Francis’ visit to the United States will be a time of great grace for Catholics and all people of good will.

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Welcome Father Fidelis
Jul 1st, 2015 by Father Chris

We are so happy to welcome Father Fidelis Halifax Oppong to Saint Anthony of Padua Parish for the next few weeks.  Father Fidelis will be spending his vacation with us during the summer and will also be assisting with Masses and other pastoral duties during his time with us.  This is Father Fidelis’ first visit to New York and to the United States so we will look forward to showing him around the New York area and giving him a good taste of American culture.  Father Fidelis was ordained in 2008 for the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghanna in West Africa and he is currently studying for his Doctorate in bioethics in Switzerland.  We are happy to have Father Fidelis with us and be sure to welcome him and make him feel right at home when you see him.  God bless you Father Fidelis!

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Father Fidelis arrived via British Airways at Kennedy Airport yesterday and we were so happy to see him.  From left; Father George, Father Pete, Father Fidelis, Father Chris and Father Stephen.

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Father Fidelis flew from Milan, Italy to London then to JFK.

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