Tomorrow Monday, February 4th, we celebrate Ash Monday,
which marks the opening of the Great Lent Season. The Mass will be
celebrated at 9:00AM & 6:00PM. All are welcome.
Stations of the Cross:
During the Lent Season, we pray the Stations of the Cross every
Friday evening at 6:30PM. All are welcome to attend and remember the
passion of Christ our salvation.
Youth Group Events & Activities:
for all children. Sign up your names on the sheet at the Church
entrance. Date will be announced later.
Youth Group Meeting:
Every Wednesday at 7:30PM.
Sunday February 10th, 2008:
Bake Sale following both Masses. Proceeds go to the Youth Group
The First Communion Preparation Courses will take place every
Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:00PM.
Our deepest sympathies to the Mouawad Family for the loss of Wahibe
Chayban Mouawad who passed away in Lebanon at the age of 74. The
Memorial Mass was held for the rest of her soul on Wednesday,
January 30th, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Parish. May God rest
her soul in peace and grant consolation for her family and
Also our heartfelt sympathies to the Eid Family for the loss of John
Eid who passed away on Monday, January 28th, 2008 at the
age of 77. The Funeral Mass was held for the rest of his soul on
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Parish. May
God rest his soul in peace and grant consolation for his family and
Monday, February 4th, 2008 @ 1:00 & 7:00PM.
Cardinal Carter French Immersion Program:
Would your child like to continue learning French through High
School? Cardinal Carter offers a French Immersion Program at the
School. This program allows students to take at least 10 subjects in
the French language while still being close to home. For more
information call Jeremy Schiller at (519) 322-2804.
Congratulations to Daniel & Marianna Saad who received the
Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation on Sunday, January 27th,
2008 at St. Anthony’s Parish. May God bless them both with their
Knights of Columbus News;
Feb. 5th, 2008:
Executive Meeting, Church Hall 7:00PM.
Feb. 10th, 2008:
Degree 1st & 2nd, (new rescheduled date) at
Feb. 19th, 2008:
General Meeting, Church Hall at 7:00PM.
Feb. 20th, 2008:
Euchre Harrow Council. Dinner at 7PM, Competition begins at 8PM. We
need a minimum of 8 players from St. Anthony’s K of C Council.
Marriage Preparation Courses:
All couples planning on getting married in our Church in the
upcoming year are asked to attend a Marriage Preparation Course. St.
Michael’s Parish will be offering the course on April 10, 11 & 12,
2008: Thursday, 7 – 9PM, Friday, 7 – 9PM, Saturday, 1 – 4 PM ending
with a Mass at 5PM. To register you can pick up the registration
form at Anthony’s secretary office, and after you fill in the
registration from and detach it and either mail, fax or hand deliver
to St. Michael’s Parish, 29 Elliott St., Leamington, ON N8H 3M4.
Fax number: (519) 326-2644. Fee: $75.00 per couple.
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Monday, February 11th, to Friday, February 22nd,
2008. For your added convenience, the Windsor-Essex Catholic
District School Board invites you to attend an Open House/Evening
Registration at your local Catholic School. Tuesday, February 12th
from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM, Requirements: Birth Certificate, Baptismal
Certificate, Health Card and Immunization Record. Junior
Kindergarten: Children must be 4 years of age by December 31st,
2008. Senior Kindergarten: Children must be 5 years of age by
December 31st, 2008.
St. Maron, February 9th
Saint Maron, born in the middle of the 4th century was a
priest who later became a hermit, retiring to a mountain of Tarsus
It is believed that he spent all of his life on a mountain in the
region of Cyrrhus, in a place called Kfarnabo on the mountain of
Olyambos. The holiness of this saint and his miracles attracted many
followers, and drew attention throughout the empire.
St. Maron is considered the Father of the spiritual and monastic
movement now called the Maronite Church which had a profound
influence on Lebanon. His followers, both monks and laity, always
remained faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
St. Maron embraced the quiet solitude of the mountain life. He was a
mystic who started this new ascetic-spiritual method that attracted
many people to become his disciples.
Accompanying his deeply spiritual and ascetic life, he was a zealous
missionary with a passion to spread the message of Christ by
preaching it to all he met.
After his death in the year 410 A.D. his spirit and teachings lived
on through his disciples. According to a Maronite Tradition, the
followers of St. Maron carried the relics of the Saint, especially
the skull, to St. Maron’s Monastery or “Beit Maron” built in 452 A.
D. between Hama and Aleppo in Syria. The skull was carried to St.
Maron’s Monastery in Kfarhai, Batroun, Lebanon around the turn of
Later, St. Maron’s relics were taken to Italy. In 1130 A.D. one of
the Benedictine monks came to the region. This monk was the rector
of the Cross Monastery near Foligno, Italy. During his visit he
heard about St. Maron’s skull, and upon returning home, he
publicized St. Maron’s virtues, and a Church was built after St.
Maron’s name in Foligno.
The faithful of the city made a statue of silver for St. Maron and
put the skull in it. In 1887, Bishop Youssef El Debs was given some
relics of St. Maron’s skull by the Bishop of Foligno.