Mon.- Sat. 8:30 am
Sat. 4:00 pm
Sat. 6:00 pm (Spanish)
12:00 pm (Jan-Apr)
available during 10:00 am Sunday Mass
Sat. 2:45 pm
and before weekday Masses
8:30 am Mass
First Friday of
Ministry to the Sick is a pastoral ministry of caring for those people hospitalized, in nursing homes, or confined to private homes. Ministers to the Sick (MTS) are trained and developed to conduct a pastoral visit with time to listen to and pray about the concerns of the sick or shut-in person and to share the Eucharist with them. The Diocesan Office for Lay Ministry Development coordinates this ministry in the Diocese, and provides the initial certification training and continued education programs to continue the ongoing development of ministers.
Understanding the dynamics of grief and helping others through the grief process to search for inner strength, hope, and new beginnings are a great part of this ministry. From experience, we realize that one of the final stages in healthy grief recovery is a desire to reach out and help others who are grieving. The Ministry of Consolation at Saint Anthony is a prayerful, faith-based group made up of individuals dedicated to reaching out and helping those experiencing grief by depending on Our Loving God and each other.
The Ministers of Consolation at St. Anthony are trained and certified through the Diocese of Orlando Pastoral Ministries program. Presently eight members of our parish are certified Ministers of Consolation.
Our bereavement team ministers to grieving members in our community who have lost a loved one. Helping others and accompanying them through their grief journey is a beautiful gift, requiring sensitivity and joy in God’s call to minister to the pain and hopes of the grieving.
|Adopt-a-Family at Christmas |
In partnership with Catholic Charities of Central Florida Western Region, our parish signs up each year to assist families with Christmas Gifts and food. Anyone interested in coordinating this activity in our parish each year should call the Parish Office. If you are a family in need, or you know of a family who needs asssitance at Christmas, please contact Catholic Charities in Lakeland well in advance to inquire about assistance through the Adopt a Familiy at Christmas program.
Project Brown Bag is our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Coordinated by our Food Pantry Ministry, bags are distributed after masses one weekend in October/November with a list of needed items attached. Parishioners fill the bags and return them the following weekend. Items are donated to Agape Food bank, and some are used to fill Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal baskets that are distributed here to families who have requested assistance.
If you would like to assist, please call the Parish Office and we will have someone from the Food Pantry Ministry contact you.
|Thanksgiving Food Baskets |
This project is also coordinated by our Food Pantry ministry. Participants lovingly prepare a basket for those who need assistance at this holiday. Baskets contain food items suitable for a Thanksgiving meal along with our prayers and invitation to our Parish Masses.
If you would like to assist with this ministry, please contact the Parish Office and we will have someone from the Food Pantry Ministry get in touch with you.