Parish Ministries





Adult Faith Formation
Contact: Bill Lewis 824-1743

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
Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith or if you are 18 or older and interested in receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation, then Journey in Faith is for you. If you have already received all of your sacraments and would like to know more about these topics, you are always welcome to join us for any, or all, of the Journey in Faith sessions.

Adult Confirmation Class
Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

If you have received Sacraments through Eucharist, and are desiring the Sacrament of Confirmation only as an adult, we also have a class just for you. Classes are held 3 to 4 times per year. The Sacrament of Confirmation for adults takes place at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese each year. A schedule of classes and locations for the Sacrament can be obtained through the parish office.

Contact: Miguel Sesate 789-8147

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: Father Kevin Shanahan 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, the last weekend in January and takes place at Mo Ranch in Ingram, Texas.

Divine Mercy, Contact: Joe Borrego 349-1565

Spanish Divine Mercy, Contact: Antonieta Sanchez 421-2034

A group (Cenacle) that is open to anyone, and meets on the Monday of each month before the last Sunday at 4:00 pm in the Library 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)


Men’s Rosary Group
Contact: Nestor Moreno 415-1605

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.


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Altar Servers
Contact: Belinda Arredondo 824-1743 Ext.1006

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.

Children’s Liturgy
Contact: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743 Ext.1010

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.

Church Library
Contact: 824-1743 Ext.1015

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: Belinda Arredondo 824-1743 Ext.1006

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.

Contact: Belinda Arredondo 824-1743 Ext.1006

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: Parish Office 824-1743

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.


Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

Influencing My Peers as a Catholic Teen - Our youth community strives to grow together in Christ by creating a positive relationship with God and one another, through fun, fellowship, prayer and service. All teens are welcome! Follow us on Instagram @YOUTHOFSTANTHONYSA or on Twitter @STANTHONYIMPACT.

Contact: Belinda Arredondo 824-1743 Ext.1006

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: Louis Rubiola, Frances Thompson 824-1743

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.

Spanish Adoration Hour
Contact: Sylvia Sanchez 618–9340

The Spanish-speaking community comes together throughout the year to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in a special Adoration Holy Hour. All are welcome to take time from your busy life and sit with our Lord and with others in the community to be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.


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Music Ministry
Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743 Ext.1012

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 Ext.1012

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 Ext.1012

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 Ext.1010

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: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743 Ext.1010

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.

Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743 Ext.1012

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

Contact: Jose Castillo 824-1743 Ext.1012

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



Faith Formation (Pre-Kindergarten-5th)

Contact: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743 Ext.1010

The mission of the Religious Education Program is to actively encourage and foster Catholic Education and spiritual formation to children of all ages in order to create a positive relationship with God and one another. Religious Education classes are held from September through May. St. Anthony de Padua offers formation classes from Pre-Kinder (4 yrs.) to 12th grade. There are countless opportunities to assist and volunteer in our Religious Education Program. You may volunteer as a Catechist, in our Sacramental Preparation, on our Religious Education Committee, with our Children’s Liturgy Committee, our Special Events Committee or as an Administrative Assistant, parking lot attendant and in our Vacation Bible School.

Sacramental Preparation (1st Communion)

Contact: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743 Ext.1010  

Our Sacramental Preparation Programs are held throughout the school year. Special classes are given to enrich both the children and the parents, giving them a better understanding and appreciation for the Sacraments. The Sacramental Program includes the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.

Vacation Bible School

Contact: Sonya Sanchez 824-1743 Ext.1010

This is a week of faith-filled experiences for children in grades Pre-K through 5th. Vacation Bible School is designed to enhance the knowledge of the Catholic Faith in our children in a fun environment for one week during the summer.

Youth Ministry

Contact:  Sonya Sanchez 824-1743 Ext.1010

The Youth Ministry Program at St. Anthony’s strives to provide the Young People of our community with several components to foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person, to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community and to empower the youth to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. The Youth Program has activities for Junior High and High School aged young people. There are special events, lock-ins and retreats several times a year.

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Ask a Lawyer Ministry

Contact: Michael Putman 824-1743

The “Ask a Lawyer” program meets the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am-12:00 noon in the Faith Formation Building. Our lawyer is there to help you with free legal advice. Many legal problems can be solved by proper advice and direction. It is our hope and desire that a few minutes’ consultation with a lawyer will save you from making costly mistakes. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.


Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

Counseling services for individuals, families, marriage, etc. are available to parish members and families. Because of confidentiality, please contact the Pastor in the Parish Office for referral and information.


Contact: Maribel Perez 843-0237

The Guadalupanas/Guadalupanos of St. Anthony de Padua is a society made up of men and women of the parish whose main purpose is to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our mission is to promote a deeper devotion and more recognition of our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of God, Mother of the Americas and our Mother. We work together contributing to various projects within our parish community and hold our church in prayer before our Blessed Mother. The Guadalupanas sponsor breakfast after the 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 morning Masses the Third Sunday of the month.

Knights of Columbus Council #8738

Contact: Nestor Moreno 415-1605

Our council was formed in June 1984 and is over 20 years old. The ideals of Knights of St. Columbus are Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The Knights of Columbus are an organization that is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See and shall not be less than 18 years of age.

St. Anthony's Bread Box

Contact: April McLain & Beth Lewis 824-1743

The St. Anthony's Bread Box is a group of men and women dedicated to assisting with the daily lives of needy parishioners. We maintain a food pantry and can assist with rent and utility payments or refer clients to agencies who will. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Parlor.

Banquet Hall

Contact: Maria Castillo 824-1743 Ext.1026

Our Banquet Hall is the perfect venue to host your wedding reception or other special occasion. We offer Cathedral ceilings, large windows and a tiled dance floor. Our commercial kitchen is included to serve your guests. All events are to be reserved and approved at least 30 days prior to your event. Security is an additional charge and is required at all events.


Contact: Maria Castillo 824-1743 Ext.1026

The Quinceañera celebration is directed at a young girl or boy re-establishing his/her Catholic faith by renewal of Baptismal Promises among family and friends for a 15th or 16th birthday. St. Anthony de Padua requires that the young person have completed the sacraments of Baptism and First Eucharist, attend regular Religious Education/Faith Formation, receive the sacrament of Reconciliation at least one week prior to the celebration, and pay the appropriate stipend to the parish.

Church Coordinator for Weddings

Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

A very important behind the scenes ministry is that of the Church Coordinator for weddings. After a couple has completed the preliminary preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage, the Wedding Coordinator steps in to work with the couple in planning the specifics of the wedding ceremony, facilitates the rehearsal, and functions as a parish contact on the day of the wedding.

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Building Committee

Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

The building board works in conjunction with the Parish Finance Council, the Pastor, the parish staff and the community to determine and meet the needs of the community and adhere to the standards put forth by the Archdiocese. Their role is advisory in nature, working with architects, contractors, fundraisers, etc. in order to maintain and/or improve the building and capital needs of the parish.

Finance Council

Contact: Parish Office 824-1743

The Finance Council is comprised of members from various professional backgrounds and varying age groups. The council is chartered with oversight of church revenue and expenditures, analyzing financial trends, approval of the annual church budget, development of short and long-term planning regarding capital improvements and reporting pertinent facts to the parishioners. Financial information is provided by the church’s staff accountant and is discussed at our monthly meeting. The council’s main objective is to keep the church solvent and to provide a financial path that will enable the church to grow and provide for all its members.

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