Saint Anthony’s Parish Weekly Bulletin – Sunday Feb 24 2019


احد تذكار الموتى المؤمنين

   Gospel: Lk 16:19-31             Reading: 1Thes 5:1-11

In this Sunday’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus, there exists a division which appears to carry on in the  afterlife!

The parable begins on earth where the rich man enjoys a luxurious life, oblivious to the sufferings of the poor man Lazarus. Now when they die we see a reversal of roles. Lazarus is now with Abraham and rich man suffers in Hades. The only difference is that      Lazarus’ life is not so much about luxury but about being comforted. So does all this suggest heaven is no better than earth because it has divisions? No.

The important point here is to note that the barrier put up between Hades and heaven is the rich man’s doing. He chose to be separated from the poor man Lazarus, who was at his gate. He chose to ignore the teachings of Moses and the prophets. He chose to indulge in his wealth selfishly. So, when he begs for mercy in Hades, the response is that he chose this life. The rich man had the means and the knowledge to find eternal rest in heaven, but he chose to ignore the call to mercy for others. In short, we determine our final destination, whether to be with God or not, by the choices we make or fail to make.

Another important point is that Lazarus, the poor beggar, had absolutely no means of improving his life on earth. He couldn’t earn his way to God either. Yet all that didn’t matter. God wants to show comfort, mercy and compassion to each of us. We don’t earn God or heaven. We only need to be responsive to God’s love. Lazarus was open to God’s love, and so unlike the rich man, he was able to experience fullness of life after his death. Amen

This Weeks Masses

Sunday, February 24th, 2019  Sunday of the Faithful Departed / أحد الموتى المؤمنين 

10:00 AM – Mass for Denise Jacobs (Family) We also remember all the faithful departed of our Parish


Monday, February 25th , 2019

4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers

5:00 PM – Boula Sleiman (Sarkis Kantargian)


Tuesday, February 26th, 2019             

4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers

5:00 AM – Mass for Theresa Haifa (Robert Mouawad)


Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

4:00 PM– Prayers of Our Lady’s Confraternity

5:00 PM–Mass for Peter & Lisa Andary and Deceased children (Family)


Thursday, February 28th,2019

4:30 PM – Rosery Prayers

5:00 PM – Mass for Sarkis Nehmetallah (Sam Elias Jr.)                    


Friday, March 1st, 2019

4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers

5:00 PM Mass for Nora Sarkis (Hamed Assar)


Saturday, March 2nd , 2019

10:00 AM -12:00 Noon Arabic School

5:00 PM Mass for Boutros Caspar & Wife Jamale & Son Iskandar & Deceased Family Members (Family)


Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

MIRACLE OF CANA IN GALILEE أحد مدخل الصوم، عرس قانا الجليل

10:00 AM – Mass for Father Antoine Sleiman (1 year Memorial Mass) Rite of Incense (Family)


Monday, March 4th , 2019

4:30 PM – Rosary Prayers

5:30 PM – Mass for Danny Abdul Massih Fasting and Abstinence   / صوم وقطاعة الزامي BLESSING OF THE ASHES / رتبة تبريك الرماد



Announcements and Parish News

Thank You

We wish to Thank All for the support you give to the Church through your generous Donations.  May God Bless you and your Families.



Volunteers are needed for the Bingo of Saint Anthony’s Parish. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at 519-322-2282, or the Bingo Coordinator Abdallah Khalifeh.


New Time for night mass التوقيت الجديد لقداس المساء

 Starting Monday March 4th, 2019 , Evening Mass will start at 5:30 PM. Friday Stations of the Cross will be directly after Mass.


Knights of Colombos 13797

 Next Meeting for Knights is Tuesday February 26th, 2019 at 7:00 PM.



We are looking for a Secretary at the Church for a temporary part time position.

Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday,

10:00 AM till 2:00 PM. (Very flexible with hours)

If you are interested, please submit your resume at the Church Office.


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What is Fat Tuesday? Like Khamis El Sakara and the three days before Lent in the Maronite Church

As the Church anticipates the Season of Lent, the evening before Ash Wednesday is called “Fat Tuesday” or Shrove Tuesday. Rich foods are consumed as the faithful prepare for time of fasting, abstinence, confession and penance.

Customs and practices arose for Fat Tuesday where people would empty their pantries of many items restricted during Lent.

One of the terms often used with Mardi Gras is “Carnival.” We picture huge public celebrations or parades. Anyone who visits one of the big carnivals held on this day usually brings back stories of self-indulgence and hedonism that make most people blush.

Ironically, carnival comes from the Latin “carne vale” which means “farewell to meat” or “farewell to flesh” indicating the end to certain pleasures has come.

In some parts of the Christian world the commonly used term for the day is “Shrove Tuesday.”

To “shrive” means to present oneself for confession, penance and absolution. In some early practice, Lent was preceded by Shrovetide the week before Lent.

The faithful were called to go to confession during that time in preparation for the Lenten observance.

Ash Wednesday in Latin Church, like Ash Monday in Maronite Church

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar.

Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting.

The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words:

                              “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass.

It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting.

Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappropriate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting is highly inappropriate. Small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Why is Lent 40 Days Long?

Lent is 40 Days long because Moses stayed on the mountain for forty days with the Lord (Exodus 24:18),

Elijah traveled forty days to Horeb to encounter the Lord (Kings 19:8) and Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness praying and fasting (Matt. 4:2).

Each year the Church observes Lent where we, like Israel and our Lord, are tested.

We participate in abstinence, times of fasting, confession and acts of mercy to strengthen our faith and devotional disciplines.

The goal of every Christian is to leave Lent a stronger and more vital person of faith than when we entered.