All are Welcome in this Place
If you are alienated or upset, we welcome you lovingly.
If you are in need of forgiveness, Jesus forgives you completely-with unconditional love.
If you have been hurt by the Church, we are truly sorry.
If you are angry, Jesus offers you peace.
If life has become burdensome, we are here to support you.
We are happy you are here and want you to stay.
We would like to share our lives with you.
Come join us each week so we can worship God together.
St. Anthony – St. Rita Unification
I am pleased to share that Bishop da Cunha has approved the unification of our parishes. The official decree represents over a year of diocesan conversations with our Pastoral Council, multiple communications online and via the bulletin collecting feedback, and an in-person explanation during all Masses one weekend in October. As we discussed, the Mass schedules remain unchanged. Thank you to the Parish Council and all parish members who engaged in the process. Our new parish, St. Anthony-St. Rita will be official on Monday, April 3, just in time to celebrate during Holy Week.
Click here to see the entire Decree on St. Anthony – St. Rita Parish effective 4-3-23
Our Lenten Stations of the Cross on Tuesdays 7pm, please view presider’s calendar March 27, 7 p.m. Prof. McAvoy’s conference at the St. Anthony’s Hall. Mattapoisett. All are cordially invited!
Fr. Chris Stanibula
(S.T.D. / Ph.D.)
Saturday Vigil: 4:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am & 9:30am
St. Anthony and St. Rita’s parish is forming an Outreach Ministry committee. This new committee will recognize faith-based organizations that are in need of help. It will also encourage parishioners and make it easier to participate in these services. If you are interested in more information, please send email to email@example.com, check out the Outreach Bulletin Board in the church hall or click here to visit our Outreach page.
About St. Anthony of Padua
About St. Rita of Cascia
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Patron Saint of lost and stolen articles, he was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus – or a lily – or a book – or all three- in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through prayers of St. Anthony.
St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.
St. Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome!
Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. He was a Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order and died at the age of 36 in Padua, Italy. His Feast Day is June 13th.
For centuries St. Rita of Cascia has been one of the most popular saints in the Catholic Church. She is known as the “Saint of the Impossible” because of her amazing answers to prayers, as well as the remarkable events of her own life.
St. Rita wanted to become a nun, but in obedience to her aged parents, she married. Her husband caused her much suffering, but she repaid his cruelty with prayer and kindness. In time he was converted to be considerate and God-fearing. But she was to undergo another great sorrow when her husband was murdered and found that her two sons were entertaining avenging their father’s murder. With heroic love for their souls, she begged God to take them from this life rather than allow them to commit this great sin. Not long afterward they both died after preparing themselves to meet God.
Bereft of spouse and children, St. Rita devoted herself to prayer, penance and works of charity. After praying to her three patron saints, she miraculously entered the convent where her life was marked by great charity.until her death at the age of 76. Her Feast Day is celebrated on September 29th.