Parish Ministries

 

 

ADULT FAITH FORMATION MINISTRY

 

Adult Faith Formation
Contact: Patrick Purdy 807-0329

The mission of the Adult Faith Formation Ministry is to continue the religious education of adult Catholics, to aid in their spiritual formation, and to help them to apply the tenets of their faith to current moral problems.

We do this by offering courses in scripture, church history, the Catholic Catechism, and lectures from noted and learned speakers in their area of expertise. A series of films, which complement the lectures, is shown monthly. The Adult Faith Formation Ministry meets monthly on the third Thursday at 7:00 pm in the library. Interested parishioners are welcome to attend.

Journey in Faith-RCIA
Adult Confirmation Class
Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

Team members organize and help in classes for people who want to have full participation in the Catholic Church. The team member prepares candidates for reception of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation.

ACTS
Contact: Raul Reyes 825-0998

ACTS is an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. These four themes are the main focus of the ACTS Retreat Weekends. Men’s (English & Spanish), Women’s (English & Spanish), and Teen’s retreats are offered yearly.

Couples Retreat
Contact: Marcia Amy 824-1743

This retreat is a wonderful weekend getaway for married couples looking to renew their love and deepen their faith in God through shared prayer. It is offered once a year and takes place at Mo Ranch in Ingram, Texas.

Divine Mercy
Contact: Joe Borrego 349-1565

A group (Cenacle) that is open to anyone, and meets on the Monday of each month before the last Sunday at 6:30 pm in the family center to study the Diary of St. Faustina. A Divine Mercy Cenacle is a group of people who meet regularly for song, prayer, and discussion on Scripture and the writings of St. Maria Faustina, as a Small Christian Community. The revelations given to St. Maria Faustina are excellent for spiritual growth and also give a deeper understanding of our merciful Lord.

We also meet on the last Sunday of each month at 2:45 pm for a Holy hour by singing, saying the Chaplet and readings from the Diary as requested of St. Faustina by our Lord. “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only a brief moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy… In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.”(Diary 1320)

Meditation Group
Contact: Rosalyn Falcon Collier 930-2950

“Be Still and Know that I am God”. Taking time to gather together gives us a glimpse of the promise of the “Peace that Surpasses Understanding.” Learning the discipline of quieting the mind and emptying oneself makes room for the Spirit to be more immediately present as we seek guidance. The Meditation Group meets in the Library on Friday mornings at 10:30 am.

Men’s Rosary Group
Contact: Roberto Castorena 413-8185

We invite all men of our community to join us on Saturday morning for a prayer of the Rosary and short scripture readings and discussion. The Reading of the Rosary begins at 7:30 am and is followed by a break at 8:00 am-8:15 am. Scripture reading and discussion begins at 8:15 am until 8:30 am. Coffee, snacks and fellowship are from 7:00 am-7:30 am, in the FFC.

Y.A.C.H.T.
Contact: Mari Zepeda 824-1743
(Young Adult Catholics Harboring Theology)

Our young adult ministry is for young adults in their late teens and twenties, married and single. Our mission is to create a bridge from an adolescent appreciation of the Church to a fully-integrated adult experience through social activities, community service opportunities, and retreat experiences.

Youth Bible Study (Blyford Café)
Contact: Mari Zepeda 824-1743

Interested in understanding scripture in the Bible, want to sing and praise God, or want to hang out with friends and continue your faith journey? Join the youth as we embark on a weekly Youth Bible Study. Meetings take place every Tuesday from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm. We’ll be studying the scriptures read at Mass for that upcoming weekend so we can understand the readings during Mass.

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MINISTRIES

Altar Servers
Contact: Victor Bolanos 824-1743

The Altar Server Ministry involves the youth of the parish in service to God and the community by assisting the priest during Mass and other services. Open to all boys and girls who have made their First Communion. The Parish Sacristan/Liturgist provides training.

Art & Liturgical Environment
Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

This group is responsible for decorating for holidays and Holy Days. This ministry also takes advice from the pastor regarding future preparation of the church interior. Meetings are as needed.

Children’s Liturgy
Contact: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743

Children’s Liturgy is designed to help children experience meaningful liturgies through visual aide and dramatization. The liturgies serve the needs of youth and children by nurturing their spiritual life as they serve as lectors, choir members, and offertory bearers.

Children’s Liturgy Committee
Contact: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743

Our aim is to help children experience meaningful liturgies through visual aide and dramatization. Adult talents are always welcome to assist as a lector coach, rehearsal coordinator or choir liaison. Meetings are as needed.

Church Library
Contact: Christine Purdy 824-1743

The library provides books on the Bible, the Sacraments, religious education, prayer, and lives of the saints. Educational videos are also available. In addition, there are standard reference books, children’s books, novels, biographies and books of general interest. Book fairs and a yearly book sale are special events. The two rooms of the library are available for small classes or discussion groups at times when the library is not open. The hours of operation are Sunday 8:15 am to 1:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Communion Service
Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

The work of the Communion Service Ministry is to lead the people in the liturgy of the word and the sharing of communion. The service follows the prayers and readings from the first part of the Mass, with a reflection on the message in the day’s gospel or other scripture. The communion service minister also distributes the Eucharist using the sacred hosts that were consecrated at an earlier Mass. Communion service is held on Wednesdays.

Eucharistic Ministers
Contact: Margaret Poole 690-5163

The Eucharistic Ministers are a group of lay people who assist the priest and deacon at all weekend Masses, Holy Days and holidays to distribute Holy Communion in both forms. The Eucharistic Ministers work on a rotating schedule for weekend Masses and volunteer for duty for Holy Days and holiday Masses. The chairmen of the committee are responsible for the creation of the rotating schedule. On occasion the Archdiocese has a citywide meeting to reinforce the norms or update the norms for the distribution of Holy Communion. All Eucharistic Ministers are invited to attend this meeting.

Greeters/Ushers
Contact: Victor Bolanos 824-1743

Greeters and Ushers provide a sense of hospitality, welcome and order to the liturgical celebration. As the initial point of contact for people entering the Church, the Usher/Greeter sets the tone for the liturgy with their welcoming smile and greeting. Some of the primary responsibilities include:

Seating people in Church
Taking offertory collections
Advising Eucharistic Ministers if communion needs to be distributed to someone in their pew
Distributing bulletins after Mass

Homebound Ministry
Contact: Liz Garza 822-4986

The mission of the homebound ministry at St. Anthony de Padua is to bring Jesus, both in the Eucharist and in the gift of our presence to our sisters and brothers in the community who are unable to be present at the Eucharistic table because of illness or disability. This extends to those in nursing homes, retirement centers, hospitals, or private homes-wherever this need is present. We try to meet two times a year with the Pastor, so that the members can discuss and share any situations or ideas that can improve our ministry. Please call the rectory if you are unable to attend Mass and would like to receive the Eucharist.

Hospital/Nursing Home Ministry
Contact: Suzy Crowley 826-0815

There are four Nursing/Assisted Living or Independent Living Homes in the St. Anthony de Padua area that we visit regularly. Volunteers visit with the residents and on special occasions will provide gifts and goodies for them. Each week there is a Communion Service or a Mass at the various homes and the Eucharist is brought regularly to all Catholic residents. Our parish Nursing Home Ministry serves Alamo Heights Rehab and Nursing Home, Stone Brook Manor, Emeritus at Lincoln Heights (Brighten Gardens), and The Forum at Lincoln Heights.

Lectors
Contact: Victor Bolanos 824-1743

Lectors or Ministers of the Word are those who proclaim the Word to the assembly during the Liturgy of the Word. Those interested in this special ministry will receive instruction and training in the Proclamation of the Word. All who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to join this ministry.

M.S.C. Lay Associates
Contact: Bill Lewis 723-3184, Brenda Acevedo 826-5463

The MSC Associates is a group of men and women who comprise a study/prayer/support group in association with the priests who are Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. These priests minister St. Anthony’s Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish in San Antonio, and they are involved in several other important missionary ministries in the San Antonio, Corpus Christi, San Angelo and Austin dioceses. MSC Associate groups are The San Antonio Group, headquartered in San Antonio, and the Hill Country Group, from several communities in the Hill Country. The San Antonio group meets at St. Anthony’s parish at 3:00 pm in the Parlor on the third Sunday of each month.

Total Love
Contact: Paty Herrera 430-6382

To serve the sick and the needy such as the elderly, to share, accompany them and bring them communion.

Love with Love
Contact: Lupita Lopez 269-0238

To serve the priests at Padua Place; visits are made to share friendship, to support them and celebrate birthdays.

Touch of Love
Contact: Paula Hernandez 296-5018

Give a touch of love to God’s House every Saturday morning to give the church that extra touch of cleanliness.

Community of Love
Contact: Martha Frost 454-2816

Collaborate with the different activities of our parish community such as Posadas and whenever and wherever additional help is needed.

Children and Teens of God
Contact: Catalina Navarro 833-8860

To serve the children and youth of our parish. Collaborate with the different youth groups; CROSS, Teen ACTS, Confirmation, or in catechesis (Religious Education).

Music of God
Contact: Gilma & Rene Olmedo 452-4345

Collaborate with the different ministries to accompany with music when needed.

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MUSIC MINISTRY

 

Music Ministry
Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743

The Music Ministry of St. Anthony’s is a dynamic and growing ministry. Parishioners of all ages, who enjoy singing, share the gift of song at Sunday Eucharist and at special liturgies and Holy Days.

English Choir
Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743

This Choir meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary for practice. The English Choir provides the music for the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays and for special seasonal liturgies.

Spanish Choir
Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743

This Choir meets on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary for practice. The Spanish Choir provides the music for the 9:00 am Mass on Sundays and for special seasonal liturgies.

Children’s Choir
Contact: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743

This Choir meets during their catechism program, usually from September through May. The children provide the music for the Children’s Liturgies, usually once a month.

Youth Choir
Contact: Mari Zepeda 824-1743

The Youth Choir members will perform in special events including Confirmation Mass and Graduation Mass and end of R.E. year liturgy with two rehearsals prior. Dates vary.

Cantors
Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743

Cantor’s rehearsals are usually after the choir practice or can be scheduled at their convenience. All singers are welcome.

Instruments
Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743

Instruments will play along with choirs, accompanying the singing congregation. From time to time they will play instrumental interludes.

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