OPEN AIR MASS
1ST AUGUST AT MIDDAY.
On Sunday we will celebrate our fifth outdoor Mass. Due to the threat of heavy rain we celebrated our midday Mass in the church which, I felt, was a good success due to planning beforehand and the helpful co-operation with all concerned especially our volunteer ushers. We still will be keeping a check on the weather forecast for this Sunday and our contingency plan will be put in place to use the church if heavy rain is forecast. If you are planning to attend the Mass on Sunday and do not see the outdoor altar set up then you will know that the Mass will be celebrated in the church. For those of you who are planning a well-deserved holiday and unable to be with us have a good break and we will meet up soon. You will all be included in our prayers during the Mass. Again, just a little reminder for those who will be attending on Sunday: Please keep in mind that our car park has limited amount of spaces so not all will be able to get into the car park. Parking can take place outside the church grounds but this will be at your own risk. Be careful that you don't get a parking ticket!
As the Mass will be outside in the church grounds and large numbers anticipated there will be standing space only. There will be a limited number of chairs available for those who may need to sit down. Chairs will be outside the hall and we ask if possible for the person who needs a chair to sit down around that area. All chairs must be returned to the hall after the Mass. 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 !!!
Copies of the safety guidelines can be found with these Words and on the Web page. On the reverse side you will find the words of some of the prayers that will be used in the Mass. If possible please print a copy and bring it with you. Not to worry if you can't, copies will be handed out before the Mass.
As we cannot have an offertory collection a few collection boxes will be placed in the church grounds if you would like to make a contribution after the Mass.
There will be a minimum 6 ushers in the church grounds during our Mass. The ushers will be identifiable by the wearing of yellow vests. The role of the usher is to assist you to your places in the church grounds which will be marked out. During the distribution of communion the ushers will guide you to the ministers giving out communion. In that respect there will be 2 priests and one Eucharistic Minister. Please follow the guidelines of the ushers, they are there for your safety and welfare. If you need any help feel free to ask any of the ushers. If for any reason that you are not able to walk up for communion and would like communion just mention it to one of the ushers during communion and communion will be brought to you.
One important point to remember is that the ushers are NOT CAR PARK ATTENDENTS.
For the month of August we need more people to volunteer as ushers. I know that August is a month when people are away and it is difficult to get volunteers. So far the numbers of volunteers for August are as follows:
01st August - 7 volunteers,
08th August - 6 volunteers,
15th August - 3 volunteers,
22nd August - 4 volunteers,
29th August - 3 volunteers.,
So, if you are 16yrs of age and over and would like to volunteer please contact the parish office by phone: 027201970 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, I need to emphasise that our outdoor Masses can only proceed if we have ushers in place. You have all seen how important the ushers are to the smooth running of your outdoor Mass.
Volunteers are also needed to help put up the coverings for the Mass. These are the covering over the altar and over the seating area. As the weather can change from week to week the coverings have to be taken down after the Mass and then put up again on the Sunday for the next Mass. If you are willing to volunteer please come along to St. Anthony's on the Sunday morning for 9.00am. You will be shown what to do by those who already help put up the coverings.
As well as celebrating our open-air Mass at 12noon the 10.30am Mass will continue to be live streamed during July and August.
10h30 Mass will continue to be lived streamed through our facebook page each week until further notice. There is no congregation for this mass.
St. Anthony's Church - Opening Hours
St. Anthony's Church is open for visits during the week and weekends.
Church Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sundays: 11.30am - 6pm - (The Church will be open to the public after Mass.)
Face Mask are to be worn, and social distance must be observed at all times.
Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.
Please use the hand sanitizer gel that is provided at the entrance of the Church.
Fr. Michael and Fr. Pat
Return to Masses in Brussels:
Sacre Coeur, 19 Rue le Correge, 1000 Bruxelles - Evening Mass 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 - 100 Parishioners - Corona Virus Measures must be followed.
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)