MESSAGE FROM Fr. Michael:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who were involved in making our 'Welcome to our parish' and 50th anniversary a great success.
Many people and groups gave their time and energy to making the day a great success. I cannot name all those involved but I feel that some volunteers should be named.
First of all I would like to thank all the members of the Knights of St. Thomas More who provided the barbeque. Coupled with the Knights, I would like to thank all who provided different dishes of food and desserts for the occasion.
A special thanks to all our volunteers who manned the different tables highlighting the different activities that take place within our Parish. We also had the registration for First Communions and Confirmations, special thanks to Karen, Sara and Alice.
To mark the 50th anniversary, it was highlighted by a special cake made by a very talented person Sonia. Judging by the amount of photographs that were taken of the cake and how quickly it was eaten shows how much it was appreciated.
To Kudzi and Suzanne our parish secretaries many thanks for the amount of work and time you put into getting everything ready for the big day.
There is a saying, that we keep the good wine to the last and this is certainly true of the person I take great pleasure in thanking and who made the success of the day possible and that is Brigid and her team, without whom chaos would have reigned.
In conclusion and on behalf of the Parish Councils, I welcome all new members to our/your parish and for all our parishioners thank you for your continued support of your parish.
To all past and present parishioners, Franciscan friars and others who over the past 50 years made this parish possible, thank you.
God Bless to you all.
STANDING ORDER / OFFERTORY GIFT / DONATION
If you would like to set up a standing order or make an offertory gift/donation to the parish please use the Parish bank account details below:
Community of Saint Anthony
Oudstrijderslaan 23-25, 1950 Kraainem
A/C no. BE60 7330 6428 5970
SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE - Weekly Collection is still taking place
Thank you to all parishioners who have donated food and hygiene products at the weekly appeals for Ukrainian refugees in Brussels. These are highly appreciated.
Support is still very much needed for the Ukrainians living in Belgium, but increasingly for those still in Ukraine. The needs are even more acute since the recent dam disaster. Taking account of these developments our Parish collections of non perishable foods will cease at the end of June. Donations are welcome until 30 June. Parishioners who wish to continue to donate food, clothing and bedding may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to arrange delivery.
Financial support is also desperately needed. Donations can be made to Account: BE70 7330 7126 5425 / ACTION UKRAINE EU
About St. Anthony's
St. Anthony's is one of the best established non-Belgian churches in Belgium. We are a english speaking church in Kraainem and are part of the Archdiocese of Mechelen Brussels. The Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels is currently led by Cardinal Archbishop Jozef De Kesel.
We were founded in the early seventies to meet the spiritual and worship needs of the new member state citizens, from Ireland and UK, 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 and now has a community of 40 and more different nationalities. We have one of the most vibrant and diverse parishes you can 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.
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. Michael Nicholas has been here since 2020 and is overseeing the growth and development of the parish. Fr. Patrick Power OFM who was parish priest for many years, now assisting Fr. Michael with all issues that may arise.
Fr. Michael & Fr. Pats Profiles
Fr. Michael and Fr. Pat Profiles (134.8 KB)
History of St. Anthony's Parish and St. Anthony's Church (298.8 KB)