Saturday, May 31, 2014

Novena To St. Anthony For An Increase In Faith

The following is a little Novena to St. Anthony for a keeping and increasing in faith. It is commonly started on June 5th. and ends on the Feast of St. Anthony, June 13th. However, it can be said at any time throughout the year to help keep faith strong~

Novena to St. Anthony for an Increase in Faith

Good St. Anthony, meek and humble in spite of your great gifts, you whom we invoke so confidently to help us find that which is lost, pray, I beseech you, that I may never loose my faith, the gift I cherish most. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Lord, increase our faith. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

So, So Grateful

Months ago while preparing to attend a special occasion I collected the jewellery I intended to wear - but when I got dressed and prepared to wear the jewellery I had chosen - my crucifix was missing. Over the past months I had searched everywhere for my gold crucifix and chain. I emptied my bedroom - I emptied two wardrobes - I swept around furniture. I moved all furniture - swept, vacuumed etc. Searched vacuum bags. Knowing I has 'lost' it in the bedroom, I could not understand. I prayed to St. Anthony, but it seemed to no avail - that is until today. I removed my old 'working' jumper I had been wearing and there it was, lying on the carpet.
I could not believe my eyes - I am so grateful to St Anthony. So, so grateful.

Thank you A.R. for your amazing story of St. Anthony's help. Here is a link to a Prayer of Thanksgiving for those who have had a loss that was found again through the intersession of Good St. Anthony.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thank You God And St. Anthony

I had my bag stolen from me in a shopping mall in Toronto, Canada. I had my passport and all important documents in the bag. I had some money as well. I went to the police and all security people and nobody was able to help me. They told me it is very unlikely that I would get it back. I cried and prayed to St. Anthony for lost and stolen items.
After 2 days the police downtown phoned me and told me they had my bag, that the money was stolen but all important documents were still intact. I could not believe what I was hearing. If you ever doubt the power of God, never fade in your faith. God is here for us and he knows our pain. If you are in whatever trouble God is here for you. Many thank St. Anthony for conveying my prayers to God.

Thank you Y.R. for your story of faith in God. If you have a story of St. Anthony's help that you would like to share, please email us your story and we will post it on our blog~

Friday, May 9, 2014

I Decided To Pray To Saint Anthony

My stepfather had major heart surgery back in November. He was in the hospital for a long time and still has health issues which make him unable to work like he did before. He got way behind on his rent and utility bills. I sent him money to cover some of his expenses, but it got out of hand and he received an eviction notice! I decided to pray to Saint Anthony, as he helps poor people get out of debt. Well, 8 days later a veteran's charity came through and paid off all of my stepfather's back rent plus the current month! He is not completely out of debt, but is mostly caught up and does not have to worry about being evicted.

Thank you G. for this tribute to St. Anthony's help~

Update from G.:
I needed my stepfather to get regular financial assistance as he could not work much after a major heart attack and surgery last fall. I prayed for disability payments to start by June 1st., but not much happened as they take a very long time to make a decision. It then occurred to me to try for any sort of financial assistance. I invoked Saint Anthony for any sort of assistance and my stepfather found out by accident that he was eligible for veteran’s payments or Chapter 115 from his state. He received his first payment a few days before June 1st. So the assistance was on time, but not in the way I expected.

This needs to be posted for 1) to thank Saint Anthony and 2) to let veteran's know this is available as it is difficult for them to find these benefits.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Visits Of St. Anthony Relics To Australia, Singapore, Canada, and United States - June 2014

After the astounding success of last years visits of Saint Anthony's Relics, the Franciscan Friars are now pleased to announce that three Friars will bring three distinct relics to three different corners of the English-speaking world. They will visit South Australia, Singapore, Canada, and New York ( U.S.A.) in June on the occasion of Saint Anthony's Feast Day, each bringing a precious relic from Saint Anthony's Basilica in Padua, Italy. Click here for a link to their schedule for Masses, Prayer Services, and Venerations of St. Anthony's Relics.

Here is the schedule for the New York Area:

Wednesday, June 11th - Holy Family Church, 175-20 74th Avenue
Flushing (or Fresh Meadows), NY 11366
10:00 AM Veneration and 12:00 PM Mass followed by Veneration

Wednesday, June 11th - St. Ursula Church
214 East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10552
5:00 PM Veneration and 7:00 PM Mass followed by Veneration

Thursday, June 12th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
627 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
8:30 AM followed by Veneration, 12 Noon followed by Veneration
6 PM Rosary and Veneration, 7 PM Mass followed by Veneration

Friday, June 13th - St. Francis of Assisi Church
135 W. 31st Street, New York, NY 10001
Masses with Veneration: 10:30, 11:30 AM, 12:30, 1:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6.30 PM

Saturday, June 14th - St. Anthony’s Church
110 Anchor Ave, Oceanside, NY 11572
12 noon Mass and Veneration and 5:00 PM Vigil Mass and Veneration

Sunday, June 15th - St. Catherine of Sienna
33 New Hyde Park, Franklin Square, NY 11010
9 AM Mass and Veneration, 11 AM Mass and Veneration, 1:00 PM Mass and Veneration

Monday, June 16th - St. Anthony & St. Alphonsus Church
862 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint Section of Brooklyn, NY 11222
4:30 PM Veneration and 6:30 PM Mass followed by Veneration

For details for the New York area, contact Tom Muscatello with the Anthonian Association at (914)263-8841