Saint Anthony of Padua



Roman Catholic Church
West Harrison, New York
A community of disciples, called together, to work together, to work in close consultation with the Pastor, to prayerfully discern and to carry out, the Will of God, for the parish now and into the future. The various committees in the parish are a clear sign of a participative Church, where the laity are at the forefront in the organization of the parish.

Parish Ministries and Committees


Stained Glass of "The Baptisim of Jesus"

St. Anthony of Padua Baptistry

Please contact the Parish Office for more information about

any of the Parsih Ministries

Altar Servers

Our Altar Servers assist the celebrant at each weekend Mass and serve at other liturgical celebrations at our church.   The preparedness of the boys and girls who serve in this special ministry is evident to anyone who attends any of the celebrations in which they serve.  Any boy or girl in Grades 4 through 9 who is interested in joining our dedicated team of Altar Servers is encouraged to apply.  

Ave Maria Guild

The purpose of the Ave Maria Guild is to promote the spiritual and social interest of its members and to sponsor functions for the parish.

The Ave Maria Guild meets on the 2nd Monday of the month.

Buildings and Grounds Committee

The Buildings and Grounds Committee’s role is to monitor, evaluate, and make recommendations for the overall operation and maintenance of the buildings and facilities of the parish.  In serving this function, the committee considers long-range requirements as well as ongoing day-to-day operational needs.  The committee proposes work and projects for approval by the Pastor and the Parish Council and for subsequent implementation, taking into account budget and other financial constraints. 

The Choir

The Choir, enhances liturgical celebrations at our church.  Their repertory has expanded to include masterworks from Plainchant to Renaissance polyphony, to Gospel, to Contemporary Christian music.  Through their remarkable dedication and unbridled spirit, their music has inspired all who have heard them.

Extraordinary Ministers

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.  For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself.  Extraordinary ministers assist the priest in the distribution of the Eucharist at Masses, take the Eucharist to the homebound, and assist the clergy in other liturgical celebrations, providing nourishment for the spiritual well-being of the members of the assembly and for the development of their relationship with the Lord.

Finance Committee

The Parish Finance Council is mandated by Canon Law and is independent of the Parish Council, though the chairperson of the Parish Finance Council serves as a member of the Parish Council. The Parish Finance Council is a consultative group of lay parishioners who help the pastor exercise proper stewardship by giving him advice about financial planning, analysis and compliance with policy. It is advisory to the pastor, and its recommendations are valid only when accepted by the pastor. Major responsibilities include assisting the pastor with creation of an annual budget, making sure that required Financial Reporting to the Archdiocese, Parish Council and parish community is completed in an accurate and timely manner, ensuring that the necessary financial controls are in place, and that the assets of the parish are safeguarded from loss or damage.

Members: John Tripodi - Chair, Frank Corona, Santo Lagano, Rocco Magnotta, MaryAnn Morasco, Richard Morgado, Dominick Pinciaro, Denise Serra, Arlene Viscomi

Fundraising Committee
Our parish is dependent on fundraising activities to satisfy our financial obligations, as weekly and special collections do not generate sufficient funding to pay all of our bills. While the Festa remains the principal fundraising event of the year for the parish, the Fundraising Committee plans, organizes, and implements other events during the year to generate additional funds. Hence, the work of the committee is critical to the parish’s financial well-being.

Holy Rosary Society

The purose of the Holy Rosary Society is to promote the Spiritual Mysteries of the Holy Rosary so that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. The mysteries of the Holy Rosary are designed to help focus are prayers on the life, ministry, and passion of our Lord.
The Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, teaches us that the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are to be regarded with the same reverence:  “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she venerated the Body of the Lord, insofar as she never ceases, particularly in the sacred liturgy, to partake of the bread of life and to offer it to the faithful from the one table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ.”  As a lector, a proclaimer of the Word, your ministry helps to facilitate the public prayer of the Church in the Liturgy of the Word.  In imparting the Word of the Lord to the assembly, a lector feeds them with the Bread of Life, and provides nourishment for them to continue their life of prayer and to develop further their relationship with the Lord.

Parish Council

This body of Parish members advises the Pastor on issues related to the governance and maintenance of the parish, liturgy, buildings and grounds, school, religious education, youth ministry, etc.

Members:  Father Christopher Monturo (Pastor), Father George Kanshamba (Parochial Vicar), Rocco Magnotta (Chair; Deanery Council, Cluster), Sherry Salerno (Secretary), Phyllis Blake, Laurence Broderick (Director of Music), Sue Candido (Worship), Frank Corona (Parish Trustee), Mario Gallo, Jean Jacksen (Coordinator, Religious Education), MaryAnn Morasco (Parish Trustee), Richard Morgado, Denise Serra (Fundraising), John Tripodi (Finance, Buildings and Grounds), Arlene Viscomi (Social Action); Rose Grosskopf (Member Emerita)

Parish Activities

The Parish Activities Committee is responsible for identifying, developing, planning, and implementing a host of activities for the parish as a whole. The committee serves the important function of organizing and serving refreshments after special parish meetings, Masses, and other functions, e.g., the annual Blue Mass, the celebration of 50th and 25th wedding anniversary couples, Advent services, etc. Help is always needed in setting up and conducting these kinds of events.


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiating adults into the Catholic Christian community, through Baptisim, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. It is concerned essentailly with the fundamental values of the Christian way of life, or to put it simply, it is an attitude at the heart of all Christian living, a"conversion," a "turning" of your whole person, not just your intellect to God.

So if you are a Catholic who desires to complete your sacraments, know of a friend you would like to sponsor into our Catholic faith, or just grow closer to God yourself, simply call the Parsh Office and register. Sessions are held each sunday after the 10:30 am Mass.

Respect-Life Committee
The parish Respect-Life Committee was set up to make parishioners better understand and act upon the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable-especially mothers and their unborn children, and those who are seriously ill or dying and their families.
The Respect-Life Committee is seeking committed Catholics to get personally involved in the protection of life, marriage and family. Participation in the committee will be through meeting attendance, phone or e-mail. It is urgent that Catholics become more pro-active in defending the values that stand at the very core of our religious beliefs and of a healthy society.


The mission of the Saint Anthony Religious Studies program is to nurture the spiritual development of our children and guide them to encounter Jesus on their life journey. We plant a seed of faith, with the help of their families that grows and develops to help guidethem and rely on and trust in this faith throughout their lives. We want to make Jesus a fundamental partner in their lives.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help in the office, hall monitors, classroom aides, and Catechists.

Social Action

The Church as a whole and our parish recognize the need and responsibility to reach out to those in need within our own family and in the greater community in which we are located.  Social action initiatives such as our blood donation programs and Giving Tree project at Christmas time reflect our effort to help.  Our ability to do more in the area of social action requires the participation of a greater number of parishioners, and those who can help are encouraged to join our effort.


Our ushers serve at all weekend Masses and at other liturgical celebrations at our church. The ushers oversee the proceedings during Mass, take up offertory and special collections, distribute church bulletins, and record attendance. These dedicated individuals play an important role in the lifeblood of our parish, helping to ensure that we have the financial resources to carry out the many functions that constitute the work of our parish and the Church as a whole.

Worship Committee

The Worship committee assists the Pastor in all aspects of the liturgical celebrations of the Parish.
The Worship committee is responsible for planning various spiritual programs in an effort to encourage  and inspire greater participation by the faithful with opportunities for spiritual growth.

Youth Group

The vision of the group is to be active in the parish by serving God, our parish and the community while working together and having fun. If you are interested in becoming a member, please call Jean Jacksen at the Religious Education office 914-949-0212.