Feasts of St. Anthony of Padua & the Ascension

StAnthonyWe celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua this year with Mass on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 at 6:30 pm.  After the Mass, the St. Anthony’s Benevolent Society will hold a small reception and charity bazaar in the Friary garden.

Donations of cakes and gifts for sale on the White Elephant stall would be most welcome.

Ladies from the St. Anthony’s Benevolent Society will be present in St. Francis’ Hall to receive your offerings on 12 June from 10 am to 12 noon and from 4 pm until 6 pm.

We look forward to seeing you and hope that you will be able to help us to support the poor of our community.

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord we celebrate this year on Thursday 13 June 2013 and there will be a Mass at 8am and at 6.30pm at Holy Cross.

A short article in honour of St. Anthony of Padua follows. May he intercede for us, our families, our children, our priests and our parish before the Lord always!


th[1]There is perhaps no more loved and admired saint in the Catholic Church than Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church. Saint Anthony was canonized (declared a saint) less than one year after his death.  Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustinian Order and then left it and joined the Franciscan Order in 1221, when he was 26 years old. The reason he became a Franciscan was because of the death of the five Franciscan protomartyrs — St. Bernard, St. Peter, St. Otho, St. Accursius, and St. Adjutus — who shed their blood for the Catholic Faith in the year 1220, in Morocco, in North Africa, and whose headless and mutilated bodies had been brought to St. Anthony’s monastery on their way back for burial. 

St. Anthony became a Franciscan in the hope of shedding his own blood and becoming a martyr. He lived only ten years after joining the Franciscan Order.Saint Anthony was only 36 years old when he died.

So simple and resounding was his teaching of the CatholicFaith, so that the most unlettered and innocent might understand it, that he was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946.  He is called the “hammer of the Heretics” His great protection against their lies and deceits in the matter of Christian doctrine was to utter, simply and innocently, the Holy Name of Mary. When St. Anthony of Padua found he was preaching the true Gospel of the Catholic Church toheretics who would not listen to him, he then went out and preached it to the fishes. This was not, as liberals and naturalists are trying to say, for the instruction of the fishes, but rather for the glory of God, the delight of the angels, and the easing of his own heart. St. Anthony wanted to profess the Catholic Faith with his mind and his heart, at every moment.

He is typically depicted with a book and the Infant Child Jesus, to whom He miraculously appeared, and is commonly referred to today as the “finder of lost articles.” Upon exhumation, some 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt, so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it.

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