St. Anthony's Update -
RETURN TO MASS IN JULY & AUGUST
USHERS WANTED !!!
After a meeting with the Parish Council of St. Anthony's it was agreed that we can resume public Masses for the Sundays of July and August with a difference.
As you all know under the present circumstances we are limited to having 100 persons indoors and 200 outdoors with all social protections in place. Unfortunately with the layout of St. Anthony's church it is not possible to have 100 persons in the church if the social distance is to be maintained so our live streaming of the Sunday Mass will continue.
From the 1st of July and all going well, the Government has suggested that our numbers can increase for those indoors and those outdoors from 100 to 200 indoors and from 200 to 400 outdoors. With this in mind and in conjunction with the Parish Council we are planning to have a Sunday Mass at 12noon outdoors for the Sundays of July and August which are 9 Sundays in total. This will begin on Sunday 4th July.
With the Mass being celebrated outside and the numbers allowed up to 400 there is no need to have a registration policy for attending. As the Mass will be outside in the church grounds and large numbers anticipated there will be standing only. There will be a limited number of chairs available for those who may need to sit down. If you would like to bring your own fold up chair feel free to do so.
With the health and social distance regulations still in place these must be strictly adhered to. The church grounds will be marked out for different bubbles so families can be together. I would also like to suggest that you bring your own hand sanitiser, and bottled water, face masks must be worn except for those under 12yrs of age. As the Sunday Mass will be outside for July and August we will be at the mercy of the weather sun and rain so again I would suggest to bring an umbrella. This will protect from the rain and the sun. All going well we will celebrate Mass each Sunday rain or shine !!!
Now I come to the title I used at the beginning: USHERS WANTED.
For the outdoor Masses to take place we need ushers for each Sunday Mass (6 minimum). The ushers will be responsible for showing you the different areas for where you can receive communion while keeping the social distance and be available to assist you in any way. If you would like to volunteer as an usher and are of the age of 16 and over please come to St. Anthony's parish hall on Wednesday 23rd June at 19.30hrs. At that meeting I can get your names and contact details and inform you of what would be involved for each Sunday Mass.
Again I need to emphasise that our outdoor Masses can only proceed if we have ushers in place.
Next weekend I hope to update you all with the progress that we have made concerning the preparations for our first outdoor Mass on July 4th.
In the meantime, let us pray that all will go well over the next few weeks so that we can begin a new phase and a new beginning within our parish with the celebration of our open-air Mass.
As well as celebrating our open-air Mass at 12noon the 10.30am Mass will continue to be live streamed during July and August.
Fr. Michael and the Parish Council.
St. Anthony's Mass will continue to be live streamed through our facebook page each week.
Sunday Mass is still been live streamed. No Congregation.
The Church will be open to the public after Mass.
Return to Masses in Brussels:
Evening mass has returned to Sacre Coeur, 19 Rue le Correge, 1000 Bruxelles - 19h15 - Maximum: 100 persons - No reservation - Corona Virus Measures must be followed
Mass at St. Nicholas: 100 parishioners from Sunday 13th June. No reservations are needed but compliance with the coronavirus measures is obligatory, namely social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitisation, and no singing.
Mass at St. Joseph's: Mass at 11.30am every Sunday - 10 Parishioners - Corona Virus Measures must be followed.
St. Anthony's Church is open for visits during the week and weekends.
Monday - Saturday : 10am - 6pm
Sunday - 11.30am - 6pm
The numbers visiting the Church at any one time is restricted to 15 persons.
Children under the age of 12 are not part of the 15 - but children between 10 and 12 years are now also required to wear a mask.
Face Mask are to be worn, and social distance must be observed at all times.
Please use the hand sanitizer gel that is provided at the entrance of the Church.
Fr. Michael and Fr. Pat
Weddings and Funerals
Number of people who can attend a wedding is 100
Number of people who can attend a Funeral is 100
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.
Our New Parish Pastor from 1st November 2020 is :
Fr Michael Nicholas OFM Biography (119.4 KB) who joined the Parish in 2019.
Fr. Pat Power OFM will be staying on here in Brussels and will be assisting Fr. Michael
Fr. Pats Biography (79.5 KB) - Fr Pat has been here since 2008 and has seen a growth and development of the parish.
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)