Saint Anthony of Padua Parish is a Roman Catholic community rooted in a tradition of dedicated, loving service to God and to each other, as we experience the presence of Jesus Christ on our journey toward Salvation.
Father Rinaldi’s Reflection on this weeks readings
Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund Second Collection
The Diocese of Wilmington will conduct a special collection to benefit the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund the weekend of May 30 & 31. Parishioners are asked to support this important collection by mailing their donation to their parish or by using their parish’s online donation portal. More information is available at www.cdow.org/priestretirement.
Statement on Cancellation of 2020 Italian Festival
When initial planning began for this year’s Italian Festival, we had no idea of how circumstances in our world would intervene to change the trajectory of so many things so quickly and so fundamentally. The impacts of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are far-reaching, significant, and will be lasting.
With the anticipated ongoing disruption of parish and community-wide activities over the next weeks and months, our peak season for Festival planning and preparation has been severely impacted. This reality, coupled with uncertainty about when gatherings of any size will again be permitted, as well as the expected significant economic repercussions that will result from the current necessary restrictions on commerce and industry, has led St. Anthony’s to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Italian Festival. This is an unprecedented act, as the Festival has never been cancelled in its almost 50-year history. However, these are circumstances we have never faced. This decision was made after considerable thought, discussion, and much prayerful reflection, and was made with the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and vendors as our primary concern.
We are considering the possibility of a smaller scale Italian Festival in late September as an alternative to the traditional Festival. This idea is in very early stages at this point, so look for any updates as we overcome this pandemic.
We are aware that this decision will have a significant financial impact on our Grade School & parish. We are taking steps now to mitigate the impact of this loss of income and to adjust our parish expenditures as best we can to ensure the continued vitality of our ministries, especially the Grade School, the primary beneficiary of funds raised by the Festival. We know that we will need to focus on various additional fundraising opportunities to make up for the shortfall we will experience going forward.
We thank you for your understanding, and for your ongoing support and patronage. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for the best in Italian food, fun, and culture right in the heart of Wilmington.
Parish Office Closed for Business
Please note that the Parish Office (rectory) is now closed to the public for normal business per Diocesan guidance. We will provide updates here when that status changes. Please, everyone, stay safe!