Re-starting public Masses at St Anthony's:
Since the easing of some lockdown measures public masses in English have resumed at St Nicholas', St Joseph's and Rue Le Correge.
But, The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) together with Fr. Pat and Fr. Michael have unfortunately decided that we are not able to resume public Masses at St Anthony's for the time being. This is due to a number of reasons but mostly because of the large numbers of people who regularly attend St Anthony's masses and the health concerns regarding our parish priest. There are a number of obstacles to ensure we can enforce all the social distancing measures required of us by law not only in the Church but in the grounds, toilets and carpark. We are constantly reviewing the situation and will re-open for public masses as soon as possible but this will not be before September.
In the mean-time, Sunday mass at St. Anthony's will continue to be live-streamed through our facebook page each week.
NEW: Church Celebrations:
As of the 18th May, The Bishops have announced that the number of people attending a funeral or wedding may be increased to 30.
As far as Baptisms are concerned, the Bishops prefer to align the date of their resumption with that of the Eucharistic celebrations which they hope will be restarted as soon as possible.
About St. Anthony's
St Anthony's is one of the best established expatriate parishes in Belgium. We were founded in the early seventies to meet the spiritual and worship needs of the new member state citizens, from Ireland and the United Kingdom, who came in large numbers to Brussels to work in the old EEC. Since then, of course, the parish has reached far beyond the boundaries of the expatriate Irish and British communities to welcome people from all over the world. From as far a field as the USA, Australia, Indonesia and Africa, we now have one of the most vibrant and diverse parishes you could hope to find.
It is our hope that our website will contribute to uniting all who live here and help to build up our community, so that people will be fulfilled in their own lives and families, and be willing to share their time and talents for the benefit of their neighbour, parish and community.
Life at Saint Anthony's
We are happy to share memories of events that take place at Saint Anthony's Visit our gallery.
It is thanks to the Irish Franciscans that we have such a fine parish here. Successive pastors have brought vision and insight to their work at the parish.
The current Pastor, Fr. Pat Power OFM Biography (79.5 KB) has been here since 2008 and has seen a growth and development of the parish.
He is assisted by Fr Michael Nicholas OFM Biography (119.4 KB)who joined the Parish in 2019. They work together to cover all issues that may arise.
St. Anthony Parish belongs to the Archdiocese of Bruxelles-Malines, head of the Belgian Catholic Church.
Our bishop is Archbishop Jozef De Kesel. You can find more information about the Catholic Church in Belgium in the following web sites www.cathobel.be (in French) or in www.kerknet.be (in Dutch).
"Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4)