Visit the holy relics of St. Anthony in Bridgeport

This June, in honor of the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, Father Paolo Floretta will bring a holy relic of St. Anthony of Padua from his Basilica in Padua, Italy. Father Paolo will visit four dioceses in the Tri-State area: the New York Archdiocese, The Brooklyn/Queens Diocese, The Paterson, New Jersey Diocese and The Bridgeport, Connecticut Diocese.

Father Paolo is thrilled and honored to bring Saint Anthony of Padua, in the form of a holy relic, to Northeast America from June 6-14, the week during which the beloved saint’s feast day falls — June 13. The holy relic tour will be in Connecticut on June 6 and June 7.

June 6-7 schedule:

St Charles Borromeo, 391 Ogden Street, Bridgeport, 203-333-2147, Father Frank Gomez, Pastor.

Saturday, June 6

2 p.m., Veneration begins

4 p.m. Vigil Mass in English followed by veneration

7 p.m. Brazilian Portuguese & Spanish Mass followed by veneration

Sunday, June 7

7 a.m., Haitian Mass followed by veneration

9 a.m., Spanish Mass followed by veneration

10:30 a.m., English Mass followed by veneration

12:30 p.m., Spanish Mass followed by veneration

5 p.m., Haitian Mass followed by veneration

For details, contact Tom Muscatello with the Anthonian Association at 914-263-8841.

Last year, the relics awed and inspired thousands of Catholics in America. Devotion to Saint Anthony is an accepted part of life for many people in the Tri-State region, but an encounter with the relic moves it to the forefront. People describe it as a confirmation of their Catholic faith. Father Mario Conte, Executive Editor of The Messenger of Saint Anthony, in Padua, Italy, reflected that the first Jesuit pope was deeply inspired by Saint Anthony and Saint Francis’ love, care and concern for the poor and marginalized. Pope Francis once said “Relics are parts of the body of a saint which was the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Through this body, the saints practiced heroic values recognized by the church.”

About Saint Anthony of Padua

Born 15 August 1195 Lisbon, Portugal

Died 13 June 1231 (aged 35) Padua, Italy

Anthony of Padua was a Portuguese Catholic friar belonging to the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised in a wealthy family in Lisbon. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

St Anthony was canonised a year after his death. His remains are kept in the Basilica in Padua, Italy. When St Bonaventure presided over the opening of Anthony’s coffin in 1263, he discovered that the Saint’s vocal organs were intact, including a red and soft tongue. “Oh blessed tongue that ever praised the Lord and led others to praise Him!” St Bonaventure exclaimed, adding, “Now we can clearly see how great indeed have been your merits before God.”

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