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NEWS, RECENT and HISTORY
On Friday, September 20, Helen St. Martin took her vows with the Holy Family Institute. She was assisted
by her son and Daisy. Father Tom presided at the ceremony, held during Mass.
It is September, and religious education classes have begun. Here is Leah instructing Lizbeth, Paola, and Red.
Terry and Beth are in charge of the older students, Abigail, Carlos, Daniel and Ian.
Sunday, July 21, marked the annual parish picnic along with a belated birthday celebration for Father Tom.
Based on the past few days weather, the food was served inside the parish hall rather than out in the parking lot.
Long before anyone arrived, Nathaniel, Kent, Jim and Jerry were shucking corn. Ice, Jerry and Dawn Marie were
volunteering in the kitchen.
The turnout was fantastic. I have never seen this many folks in the hall at one time.
Chef Jerry did a fine job on the chicken, enjoyed by all. He's shy, but I caught him. Catherine baked a
wonderful cake. She has become a professional baker. Brother James there, too.
It was great to see the Matier family again. Diane is now 5, Elizabeth 3, and Clair 19 months. Cliff and Lucy
are doing well. Red and his family joined them.
It certainly looks as if everyone had a good time. Happy belated birthday, Father.
Father Mark Bentz, recently ordained, visited St. Anthony on Sunday, June 30 and concelebrated Mass with Father Tom. Father
Mark is a very personable young man and we wish him well in his priestly career. Photo of Fathers Tom and Mark.
June 16, Happy Fathers Day, found Father Augustine Manyama, AJ, celebrating the 8 and 10 AM Masses. Fr. Augustine is assigned to
Samaritan Hospital in Portland, and is a native of Tanzania. Thank you Father Augustine.
Father Augustine before Mass, then after Mass with parishioners and Father Tom, who is still recuperating from surgery.
Saturday, June 15, our annual Strawberry Festival was hosted by the Chacon family and a lot of volunteers. The volunteer work
schedule posted was very impressive, as was the service. Thanks to everyone who helped make this fund raiser a success.
Larry and Cynthia getting things started, and Terry and Elizabeth at work
Customers enjoying strawberries, and Camilla, Maria, Jerry and Nathaniel at work
Sunday, June 9, Father Anthony Ton was our visiting celebrant at the 8 AM and 10 AM Masses. Father Ton is
"retired," so much so that he is booked solid between now and Thanksgiving! He resides alternately in
Portland and Houston, Texas. Thank you Father Anthony.
On Sunday, May 26 and Sunday, June 2, Father Joseph McMahon visited St. Anthony parish from Portland, and said
Mass at 8 AM and 10 AM each Sunday. Thank you Father McMahon.
Fr. McMahon prior to Mass, and greeting parishioners and visitors after Mass, June 2.
Father Tom's surgery was successful and he is recuperating at home.
The 10 o'clock Mass on the Feast of the Ascension, and Mothers Day, May 12, also saw the Baptism of twins Rose and Ivy, and the
First Communion of Gonzalo, Daniel, Lizbeth, Paola, Red and Cesar. Here are Rose and Ivy with their parents and Godparents during the
Communion ceremony, and Father Tom administering the Sacrament to Ivy.
The First Communicants seated, and Paola receiving the Sacrament.
The Knights of Columbus presented Rosarys to all of the Sacrament recipients, and when Mass was over,
The twins posed with Father Tom.
It was a very busy and eventful day. Thanks to all who organized and participated in this glorious celebration.
Happy Mothers Day to all of our parish moms.
On Sunday, May 5, the First Communion class children crowned our Blessed Virgin Mary at the beginning of her month, May.
Paola, Lizbeth, and Red did the honors at the 10 o'clock Mass, assisted by Carlos, Daniel and Abigail. Thanks to Michelle Gilliam
for instructing these children, and thanks to Laurie Beutler for taking the photographs.
The children presenting the gifts at the Consecration, Ian serving Mass
The girls approaching the May altar and Lizbeth crowning Mary
Palm Sunday, 2013. Both Sunday Masses started with a procession from the parish hall to the church. The photos
are from the 10 AM Mass, showing the congregation forming in the hall, then the procession with palms to the church
for Mass. The third photo depicts our future, young Lizbeth, Paola, and Red presenting the gifts at the start of
the Consecration. Aren't they precious?
On Friday, March 22nd, the Lay Ministers of Charity renewed their vows at the 8 AM Mass. Kent, Bev,
Denny, Angela and Elizabeth were all present. This photo is from last year, but the same parishioners
A January article in the News Lincoln County featured our own Maria Alvarado, who has been selected to
participate in the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth this summer. Maria won a contest involving an essay and
a speaking event, and was selected by the Lincoln City Oddfellows to join about 300 other outstanding students
in this pilgrimage. She will visit UN headquarters in New York City, facilities in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and
Ottawa, Canada. Congratulations, Maria. Proceeds from the Knights of Columbus breakfast on February 10 will help to
defray Maria's expenses.
This photo of Maria compliments of the Lincoln County School District.
On Thursday, January 10, Father Victor Maristela, pastor of St. Pius X in Jamul, California, visited St. Anthony
and concelebrated Mass with Father Tom. Thanks to John and Ann Belus for the photo.
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Father Tom baptized Leslye Nicole Barajas Abarca.
The ceremony was well attended by family and friends. Leslye was presented by her parents and
On Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, our annual Christmas Bazaar took place in the
parish hall. Our parish "crafters" had put in many hours preparing for this event, and there were a lot
of items available for purchase. The K of C breakfast also took place on Sunday, so things were jumping
in the hall. There were many other volunteers involved in these events, and you are the greatest.
Shirley, Julie, Michelle, Teresa, Elizabeth, Stella, Dolores, Jerries (both), Kent, Bev, Angela, and
so many I have missed, and for which I apologize.
Marilyn, Pam, and other volunteers getting things ready early on Saturday. Leah and Abigail looking for customers
In the kitchen, Cynthia and Jim pose between waiting on folks for lunch. Dawn-Marie and Pam at work.
On Sunday, October 14, Father Tom baptised baby Raphael Donovan. Uncle James and Aunt Catherine were Godparents.
Baptism in progress, and the family together in celebration.
Our floral volunteer has placed some beautiful flowers in the church in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of
the Holy Rosary, this coming Sunday, October 7th. Some will recall this as the victory at Lepanto, brought
about by the Rosary. All of these flowers were the gift of an anonymous donor, and we thank that donor. More
flowers are on the main altar and in front of the statue of St. Joseph.
Religious Education classes have resumed for school year 2012-13. Here is Leah instructing Jonah and Rosemary in their faith, and Terry
instructing Abigail, Daniel and Carlos.
On Saturday, September 29, Al Fortune celebrated his 90th birthday with a party at Sea Aire in Yachats.
Several parishioners attended to honor our long time parishioner, Al, who confided that his secret to long life
has been his love of tomatoes. The first photo is Al at his celebration.
Al surveying one of two birthday cakes, and blowing out the candles after we all sang Happy Birthday to him.
Father Tom, Al's daughter, parishioners Pauline, Jerry, Mike, Diane, Elizabeth, Daisy, Marianne, Denny, Angie, Loren, Michelle and others attended.
Welcome Father Scott Vandehey. Father Vandehey has been saying daily Mass and will preside over the weekend Masses August 25/26. Photos of Fr. Vandehey at Thursday's Mass.
Father Tom will be on vacation from August 20 through August 31. Father Scott Vandehey will be at St. Anthony's for the first week, saying daily Mass from the 21st through 24th, and of course the weekend Masses.
There will be no daily Mass from the 27th through the 31st, and no Adoration on the 31st.
On Saturday, July 21, at a Mass at One PM, Father Tom baptised Jason Albino Nava and Alondra Albino Nava,
and delivered First Holy Communion to Allan Albino Nava. The Mass was well attended by family members of
the Sacrament recipients. Father Tom recited the entire Mass in Spanish.
Baby Jason receiving his baptism, held by his godfather
Young Alondra receiving her baptism
Wouldn't it be great to have this many family members supporting you on your special day? Allan the First
Communicant, dressed in white, is holding baby Jason
Our Strawberry Festival returned as a part of Waldport's Beachcomber Days on June 16. Farrah was our
chairperson this year, and she had a lot of help from parish volunteers. Thank you, Farrah. The webmaster
missed getting photos on Saturday, but here are some folks after the 10 o'clock Mass on Sunday finishing
off the remaining strawberry shortcakes and sundaes. Jerry and Pauline serving, and our young chairperson Farrah.
On Sunday, June 10, the parish celebrated Father Tom's birthday plus the third anniversary of his
ordination. Congratulations on both counts, Father. A nice turnout enjoyed Chef Jerry's hamburger and hot dog barbecue. Father received some
nice gifts and interesting cards.
Folks in line for the barbecue. Let's see, there is Gerry, Glenda, Father Tom, Terry, Larry, Stella, Rose,
Clare, the Krupar family, Juanita and Michelle. Can you find yourself in these? Hi Don, and everyone else
enjoying the feast.
Chef Jerry at work. Father Tom and his birthday cake.
In May, Angie and Elizabeth motored to Spokane, WA to visit Father Steckler in his Jesuit retirement
home, Bea House, in the Regis Community. Father Steckler is healthy, but unable to walk and confined
to a wheelchair.
Father exhibiting his "snile", and Elizabeth and Angie with Father. Thank you for the photos, Angie.
If you wish to write to Father Steckler, his address is Regis Community, 1107 N. Astor, Spokane, WA 99202-1724.
On Sunday, May 6, Jonah Crouse made his First Communion, and the children of our religious education
program crowned the statue of our Blessed Mother Mary in this, her month, May.
Jonah receiving his First Communion from Father Tom.
Kent Hansen, representing the Knights of Columbus, presented Jonah with a Rosary.
These photos courtesy of George Schwartz--Thank you, George.
Here are some more, courtesy of Terry Sturm, whose camera Mike Krupar used to get these. Thanks to both of you.
Jonah's little sister Rosemary and Abigail assisting with the crowning of the statue of our Blessed Mother. Another shot of Jonah receiving his first Communion. Father Tom and Jonah pose after Mass.
On April 11, our parish members of the Lay Ministers of Charity renewed their vows.
Angie, Denny, Father Tom, Elizabeth, Bev and Kent. Thanks to Bev for the photo.
On April 10, Leonardo Defilippis and St. Luke Productions returned to St. Anthony and "The Passion According to St. Luke"
was performed to a fairly small crowd. It was excellent.
Leonardo performing the play
Jerry & Joseph setting up lights, the crew getting started, Leonardo aiming lights
Easter Sunday, April 8, at the 10 o'clock Mass
Opening Prayer, and Elizabeth reading
Recessional, Father Tom doubling as the Easter bunny. Outside following Mass. Nice to see so many folks,
Christina, Catherine, Elisa, James, Nikos, Scott, Teresa, Ronnie. Whose are the new little ones?
In preparation for Easter, the Mass of the Last Supper was held on Holy Thursday evening, followed by
a procession to the hall where the Blessed Sacrament was placed in the altar of repose. Then on Good
Friday evening the scripture and Communion service were done.
The altar of repose in the hall. The church on Good Friday, so barren
Our scheduled processions to Masses on Palm Sunday were rained out. Here are some photos from the 10AM Mass.
Indoor procession, Lynette singing, Fr. Tom presiding at the opening prayer.
Our congregation at 10PM on Palm Sunday. Are you there?
On the fifth Sunday of Lent, the Knights of Columbus participated in the 10 o'clock Mass and the dedication of the
monument to the unborn following the Mass.
The Knights led the procession into Mass. They led a procession to the site of the monument dedication, attended by the parishioners and presided over by Father Layton.
Here is the monument to the unborn, thanks to contributions from the parishioners and the Knights. The Knights and Father Layton pose at the newly dedicated site.
Reprise! Leonardo Defilippis and his company will return to St. Anthony on Tuesday, April 10, two days after Easter, to present
"The Passion According to St. Luke." Mark this date on your calendars. The show will begin at 7 PM and last one hour.
As all of you who deal with computers know, sometimes those infernal machines fail. Unfortunately, the computer that controlled all of
the lights, speakers and sequencing for St. Luke Productions "The Passion According to St. Luke" did just that on March 10. That failure
caused the cancellation of our scheduled and highly anticipated live show. The folks from St. Luke Productions substituted a filmed
presentation of "Vianney Speaks," which was very good. Leonardo Defilippis stated that this was the first time such a failure had occurred,
and promised to return to our parish to present the live show in the future.
Many parishioners spent a lot of volunteer time to prepare for this show. Here are some photos of Jerry's crew consisting of Tom, Larry and
Nathaniel, Ron, and Kent working with Leonardo and Joseph to assemble the set, speakers, and lights in preparation for the show. Thanks to everyone
who assisted in any way to prepare for the show.
Leonardo confers with Father Tom, and the crew gets to work
Crew assembling the big screen, and the set as it appeared when finished.
BIG NEWS! Leonardo Defilippis will appear at our parish church to perform his play
The Passion According to Saint Luke
If you are unable to read the text on the poster, the play will take place on Saturday, March 10,
at 7 PM in the church, for one hour. A fitting Lenten production. Admission is a free-will donation. Leonardo
Defilippis presents a compelling one-man show taken word-for-word from the Gospel of
Our Teen Religious Education class. Father Tom with Farrah and Nathaniel
A photo of the intermediate age class with all present
Saturday, February 4th brought the Matier family back to St. Anthony, for the baptism of their
third daughter, Clair Barbara. Father Tom performed the Baptism, and Jerry and Pauline were the Godparents.
During the ceremony, dad Cliff holding Clair, mom Lucy looking on, Godparents Jerry and Pauline participating.
Here is the family following Baptism, Godmother Pauline, Diane, Lucy holding Clair, Father Tom, Cliff holding
Elizabeth, and Godfather Jerry.
On Saturday, January 14, Father Tom baptized Ariel Gembala. Her mother Tina sponsored her.
Father Tom wore beautiful vestments to celebrate Christmas Masses
The Creche for Christmas 2011
Thanks to all who participated in our annual Giving Tree.
Photos taken on Gaudete Sunday.
Father Tom in the Rose colored vestments of Gaudete, the third Sunday in Advent.
Our Parish Advisory Council met on Saturday, December 3. Here is a photo of the council in session,
Marilyn, Bob, Mike, Terry and Father Tom. Robin taking notes.
Congratulations to Jim and Charlene Walton on their 40th Wedding Anniversary, November 27
And to help their celebration, their grandson Aiden Scott was baptised by Father Tom on Thanksgiving Day
Religious Education classes have formed for 2011-2012. These are not the final photos, as not all classes
have been photographed, but it's a start.
Leah with lone student Jonah, Beth and Terry with Carlos, Daniel and Ian. Abigail is missing.
Our parish picnic took place on Sunday, August 21, following the 10 AM Mass. Father D'Sa and Father
Layton welcomed over 50 parishioners and friends. A lot of old friends attended, and Chefs Jerry, Jerry and Jack
did quite a job serving hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, potato salad, green salad, cake and ice cream. Some great music
was provided by Julianna and Katherine Donovan, Loren Walton and Pauline Becker. Can you find yourselves
in the photos?
We welcomed Father Bernard D'Sa upon his return to St. Anthony for the weekend of August 20 and 21.
Father D'Sa is now in charge of the school at St. Francis school in Bend. Fathers D'Sa and Layton
concelebrated Masses this weekend.
On Sunday, August 7, the Knights of Columbus Council 7246 hosted our monthly breakfast, as they do on
every first Sunday of the month. Come and enjoy breakfast with our parishioners. Donations are accepted,
and all proceeds go to local deserving charities.
Father Layton, Stella, Bev, Dolores and Kent enjoy breakfast.
Chef Jerry and Pauline with Jan and Dean.
Starting on Friday, July 29, Father Layton has reinstated the Exposition, Adoration and Benediction
of the Blessed Sacrament, starting at the conclusion of the 8 AM Mass and extending until 4 PM.
Benediction is at 4 PM. Please sign up for a commitment
of 1/2 hour or an hour on the sign-up sheet in the parish vestibule.
"Could you not watch one hour with me?" Matthew 26:40
Here are two photos of our new priest, Father Thomas Layton. Father Layton has moved into the
little house across the street and is attempting to get settled. Daily Masses start Tuesday, July 12
at 8 AM. Welcome, Father Layton.
On Sunday, June 26, following the 12:30 Mass, a "thank you" reception was held in the parish
hall for Father Brian Allbright, who so graciously took care of our parish during the time when no
priest was permanently assigned. Cake and ice cream were served. You were and are much appreciated,
Father Brian. Photos courtesy of the Bourgeries.
Father Brian and Denny, Bev serving
Father Brian leading prayer, Vern and Jocille
On Easter Sunday morning, Father Mosbrucker celebrated Mass at 8 and 10AM.
Looks like the Easter lillies will blossom late. Fr. Mosbrucker and Ian.
We parishioners of St. Anthony would like to extend our sincere "THANK YOU" to Father Jack Mosbrucker,
who graciously took up residence with us for Holy Week and did a wonderful job presiding over Masses from
Palm Sunday weekend, weekday Masses, Holy Thursday, liturgy on Good Friday, through Easter Sunday. You were much appreciated, Father.
On Palm Sunday, April 17, Father Mosbrucker celebrated Mass starting with blessing of the palms and a procession to the church. God gave us
decent weather on this day.
Father Mosbrucker reading the first gospel, prior to blessing the palms.
Our procession to the 9 AM Mass.
Father Mosbrucker delivering the homily.
Father Jack Mosbrucker was welcomed by our parishioners on the weekend of April 2-3, Laetare Sunday. He will be here all of Holy Week.
Fr. Mosbrucker with Mike, Diane, Stella, and Jocille at the meeting, also attended by Terry, Charlene, Jim, Denny, Angela, Dolores and Larry.
On the second Sunday of Lent, Father James Radloff visited our parish and he and Father Allbright concelebrated Mass at 4PM
Then on Sunday Father Radloff celebrated Mass at 9AM
Father Radloff will celebrate Mass on Monday, March 21 at 8AM.
Welcome to our new Parish Administrator, Father Brian Allbright.
Father Allbright in the parish office.
Father Allbright greeting his parishioners following Mass at Sacred Heart.
The End of an Era at St. Anthony Parish
Father Gerard G. Steckler, SJ, has retired and left St. Anthony. This wonderful priest worked far beyond the suggested retirement age of 70 years. In April he will turn 84. We were blessed to have him as our pastor for over 14 years, and wish him Gods blessings and pray for his health as he retires with other Jesuit priests in Spokane, Washington. Father Steckler is a virtual encyclopedia of Catholic doctrine and tradition, and always preached the Truth, something which seems to be missing in our secular society. Some parishioners chose to leave, some to stay and learn. No matter what you thought of him, he was right.
Your humble webmaster has his own comments. As Pontius Pilate once said, concerning the description he placed above Jesus on the cross, I copy: What I have written, I have written.
To contact Fr. Steckler
Fr. Gerard Steckler, SJ
1107 N. Astor Street
Spokane, WA 99202-1724
If you want to learn more about our pastor, just Google "Gerard G. Steckler, SJ" and you will be surprised.
How about seeing some 50 year old photos of Father Steckler? CLICK HERE
On August 10th, our Father Steckler celebrated the 51st anniversary of his ordination as a priest. A tribute to him is in order. Just click here
Don and Dolores Schantin have established the
new Low Power Catholic Radio station KSHY-LP, at 94.3FM in Newport.
Listen here to EWTN radio, 94.3
An alliance made in Heaven. Pope Benedict XVI, born April 16, 1927, and Father Gerard Steckler, S.J., born April 17, 1927.
DID YOU KNOW?
--That the Waldport Public Library now has Britannica Great Books, with Vol. 18 by St. Augustine and 19-20 by St. Thomas Aquinas? Listed under "800 GRE"
--That Jan Korn launders all church linens?
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