The Saint Anthony Rosary Society is a woman’s organization open to all the women of the parish.
The Society’s mission is to cultivate and promote a greater devotion to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar through Our Lady as Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and to employ such ways and means to secure funds for the benefit of the parish.
Members meet once a month after the 10 O’Clock Mass on the third Sunday in the school meeting room to pray, as well as organize events for the parish. We meet every Sunday morning before the 9:30 AM Mass to recite the Rosary. On Holy Thursday, the Rosary Society meets as a group after that Mass to spend the first hour of Holy Week Eucharistic Adoration in prayer and song. We “Pass the Purse” at each monthly meeting to collect small change, and when $50 has been collected, it is donated to a missionary cause.
The Rosary Society:
Plans and executes the Annual Pasta Dinner on a Saturday evening in February each year. Members make homemade sauce, and meatballs in the school kitchen, and provide home-baked desserts. The dinner is served to St. Anthony’s parishioners and their guests in the gymnasium which is decorated and transformed into a bistro on the streets of Italy. Included in the event is a raffle of decorated baskets filled with all manor of items designed to appeal to attendees from ages 5 to 95. Proceeds from the dinner are used to purchase items to keep the kitchen stocked and in good working order for other parish events.
Sponsors the Annual St. Anthony’s Feast Day dinner every June. This celebration is held on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Anthony, June 13, and is held after the 10 O’Clock Mass in the gymnasium. This is for St. Anthony’s parishioners for a nominal fee, and then subsidized by the Parish.
Collects annual dues from members in January, and along with proceeds from the Annual Pasta Dinner, provides funds for special needs of the church. Over the years, the Rosary Society has purchased new bells for use during Mass, a large portrait of The Divine Mercy, new altar cloths, and flowers—especially on Marian Feast Days.
Prepares and sends “Care Packages” for our students in colleges and technical schools during their Fall mid-term exams, which include snacks and treats, a letter from our Pastor, and a Rosary and a Christmas Season Mass schedule.