New Director of Religious Education

We would like to acknowledge the selfless dedication of Mary Smith
who has recently retired from her position as the Director of Religious Education.

She has faithfully served in this capacity for 20 years. Mary continues to serve as our first grade teacher at St. Anthony School.
Rae Ann MalvaGomes has agreed to serve as our new Director of Religious Education. We are grateful for your dedication. May God bless you both. 

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Fall Festival Meeting

MAY 22, 3:00 pm in Classroom A
“Friends, Embrace Your Neighbor seeks to re-establish our Fall Festival, yet it will be centered on the diversity of the cultures within our parish. We are asking everyone from our parish to come out and learn more about the plan and date of the Fall Festival for Fall 2016. We are seeking your input, ideas, and the ways which you want to be in-volved. This is an exploratory meeting to gauge your in-terest and desire for such an event, so it is important that we have a large turnout. Please come back to join the meeting after enjoying ice cream at the Ice Cream social. You are the key to making our parish an enjoyable and thriving community. Please grace everyone with your presence. Look forward to your attendance.”

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Ice Cream Social

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Embrace Your Neighbor invites all parishioners to our Ice Cream Social on May 22nd at 12pm in the Family Center. Come and enjoy a cold treat and extend a warm welcome to those new parishioners who have recently come to St. Anthony Catholic Church.
It is also a time to socialize with current parishioners and to build new friendships.
Please set the date on your calendar and at least stop in for 15 minutes or longer because everyone wants to be welcomed. Life is better with more friends especially those who seek the same end.

Embrace Your Neighbor would like to thank everyone who responded to their survey done earlier this year.

 

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High School Senior Brunch and Mass

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St. Anthony will be holding a brunch for all of our high school graduates and their families on Sunday May 29th at 9:45 in the Family Center. Graduates will be acknowledged at the 11 am Mass. Those who graduated in January will also be recognized. Sign up is in the church office or email andrea.foyle@saintanthony.com and give us your name, parents’ names, high school, plans following graduation and the number attending the brunch.
Remember to bring your cap and gown.

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Run For The Heroes

“RUN FOR THE HEROES”
5k, 10k, and Honor Walk Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th                     runfortheheroes_med

Registration forms for the 5K, 10K, and One Mile Honor Walk are available at the back of the Church, in the School and Church offices, and at fitness centers around town.
Race Registration is also available online at
http://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Florence/RunfortheHeroes

Volunteers and Sponsors are always needed.
Registration/Information tables will again be available after the Masses this weekend.
The race will begin at 8:00 am. It will be preceded by the traditional patriotic tribute at 7:30 and will be followed by the ‘Red, White, and Blue’ Pancake Breakfast pre- pared by the St. Anthony Men’s Club.

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American Heritage Girls A New Group for Girls

American Heritage Girls is a Christian program that is dedicated to its mission of building american-heritage-girls-logowomen of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. AHG programs focuses on six program emphases: Life Skill Enhancement, Girl Leadership, Teamwork, Character Development, Social Development and Spiritual Development. AHG Troop SC0490 is for girls ages 5 to 18. We will be having our first meeting April 21 in the Family Center from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
Below is a list of meeting dates to follow.
May 19 – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
June 16 – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
July 14 – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
August 11 – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

There are five Program Levels in American Heritage Girls. Troops may offer all five Levels, if there are girls and Leaders available for each. However, it is common for new Troops to begin with only a few Levels.

AHG’s multi-Level structure means that girls from all Program Levels meet together as a single Troop at the same time, though they may split into Levels for certain activities.

Pathfinder – Ages 5-6
The Pathfinder Level is intended to give a girl a chance to try out the AHG Program and learn more about it. A Pathfinder girl earns necklace beads for attendance, participation and Bible verse memorization while learning the four parts of the AHG Oath. She may earn the Fanny Crosby Award upon completion of this Level.

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Tenderheart – Ages 6-9
A Tenderheart earns Badges and Sports Pins in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities or special events. She may earn the Sacagawea Award for achieving the highest level of skill and service at this Level. Blue Service Stars are awarded for every 5 hours of community service.

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Explorer – Ages 9-12
An Explorer earns Badges and Sports Pins in any of the six Frontiers of Skill and receives activity patches for participating in Troop activities or special events. She may earn the Lewis and Clark Award for achieving the highest level of skill and service at this Level. Red Service Stars are awarded for every 10 hours of community service. Explorers are allowed to participate in overnight camping events. landclarkaward.jpg__150x150_q85_crop_subsampling-2_upscale

 

 

Pioneer – Ages 12-14
A Pioneer continues to earn Badges, Sports Pins, Service Stars and activity patches. She may earn the Harriet Tubman Award for achieving the highest level of skill and service at this Level. White Service Stars are awarded for every 15 hours of community service. A Pioneer is also eligible for the roles of Camp or Event Aide. The Pioneer Level is where girls really begin to show leadership skills by assisting their leaders with planning, organizing and staffing special events for AHG in the community or within their Troop.

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Patriot – Ages 14-18
Patriot is the highest Program Level in AHG. A Patriot still earns Badges, Sports Pins, Service Stars and activity patches. She may earn the Dolley Madison Award for achieving the highest level of skill and service at this Level. Yellow Service Stars are awarded for every 20 hours of community service. Patriot girls plan and carry out activities with Unit Leaders who function as “facilitators”, allowing girls to make decisions on a regular basis.

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Patriot Level girls may go above and beyond to earn the highest award for American Heritage Girls, The Stars & Stripes Award . This is the most prestigious of awards, and it requires a great deal of time, sacrifice and devotion to achieve this award.

 

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Trail Life USA A New Group for Boys

logo Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor adventure program that focuses on out door            adventure, character, and leader ship development. Troop SC-0490 is a
newly chartered group here at St. Anthony’s. Trail Life is for boys in grades 5k (kindergarten) thru 12th grade.

Trail Life USA (TLUSA) is a Christian Outdoor adventure program that emphasizes and teaches biblical moral values and requires all adult members to agree with, sign, and abide by the Trail Life USA Trinitarian Statement of Faith and the Statement of Values. The program is unapologetically Christian. However, the program is designed and intended to be presented without being “churchy” or “religious,” focusing on outdoor adventure, character, and leadership development. The analogy for this principle has been referred to as “carrot cake.” The carrots in the cake are not in big and obvious chunks, but are still present throughout the entire cake, as are the assumptions of a Christian worldview throughout the entire program. At the same time, the TLUSA program is not intended to replace or compete with other youth groups, Bible studies, or church programs, but rather to complement them and give youth an opportunity to exemplify and demonstrate Christian values in their relationships with others.

The morals and values of our country are deteriorating at an exponential rate and are becoming increasingly opposed to true Christian values. As our organization grows and matures, future challenges will require increased character and courage by both adult and youth members as they stand for the timeless values articulated in the TLUSA Statement of Faith and Statement of Values which originate from the Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Church. With this cultural pressure in mind, we will continually commit ourselves to the truths found in the scriptures, that we are to fear God and not man, and that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding.

TLUSA is a program focused on turning boys into godly men. Our firm conviction is that this can only be done by allowing a boy the opportunity to interact, work with, and be mentored by and with other Christian men. Women can serve in a number of roles in the organization including the National Board of Directors, National Advisory Board, Regional Leadership, Area Leadership, Troop Committee members, and even as the Charter Organization Representative (COR). However, other than in the Woodlands Trail program for younger boys 5-10 years old, adult leaders in positions of direct contact to boys must be male. at the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding.

 

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Little Rock Bible Study

LITTLE ROCK BIBLE STUDY begins April 3rd “The Spirituality of St. Paul,” an 8-week course, will be offered on Sundays from 4-5 pm in classroom A. Study sets are $15. Please call Warren Buscher at 843-667-0859 for more information and to register.

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Embrace Your Neighbor

Welcome Visitors!
Interested in becoming a New Parishioner?

It is with great JOY that we welcome you as a new member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and School Community!
Please take a moment and fill out this form and either drop it into the collection basket or bring it to our Parish office.
We offer several ways to familiarize yourself with your new community. Please indicate which options would suit you best. We offer a welcome packet, which you can pick up at the parish office (yes/no). We can assist you in becoming oriented to our parish community by having a parishioner answer questions about St. Anthony Parish by giving you a call (yes/no). This parishioner can assist you in learning more about the various programs, ministries, and activities we have available. Are you
interested in a tour of the parish school or church? (yes/no)

In addition, we would like to keep you updated on all the news in our parish: changes in organization meeting times; developments that take place with your new parishioners; highlights of the weekly bulletin; and so much more. In order to do this we need you to provide your email address and sign below, which authorizes the parish office to provide these updates to you.

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Welcome! We look forward to meeting you and being your neighbors

 

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Right To Life Meeting

Several years ago, St. Anthony began the Respect for Life Committee raising awareness of the threat that faces life at all stages, especially the unborn. It is time to move the needle and reform this committee to a responsive action organization. The committee meets the second Friday of each month  at 7:00 pm at the Family Center in classroom A. Together we will outline and form the direction of the organization bringing our Christian witness of life to our parish, community and state. You will be able to provide your input and participate to the level you desire.

Let us embrace the Church’s teachings which guide us in God’s love to support and protect His creation. Let’s come together to love our neighbor and make St. Anthony a home away from home!

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