Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.
How do I get to St. Anthony Catholic Church?
The parish is on the north side of Appleton Avenue between Lilly Road and Good Hope at N74W13604 Appleton Avenue.
Where should I park?
There is handicapped parking between the church and the Rectory. Parking is available in from of the school building or in the main lot west of the school. Please don't park in front of the CFC building or on the path between the older section of the cemetery. There is overflow parking west of the cemetery. There's room for everyone!north side of Appleton Avenue between Lilly Road and Good Hope at N74W13604 Appleton Avenue.
Can I bring my children?
We love for children to celebrate Mass with the family. If they need a break, feel free to use the gathering space at the entrance of the church for a stretch.
How do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
Don't worry if you don't know all of the postures and responses used during worship. Even from one Church to another their might be slight variations. Most visitors just follow the lead of our parishioners. If kneeling is uncomfortable, feel free to remain seated during those times.
Does everyone participate in Communion?
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life and worship, those who are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Non-Catholics or those not participating in Communion may receive a special blessing from the priest while others receive the Sacrament. Simply cross your hands over your chest when you approach the priest to receive his blessing.
What should I put in the offering basket?
The offering basket that circulates during Mass is one way the parish is able to gather funding for the ministries it provides from those who attended Mass on a particular day. You are welcome to place any amount in the offering basket. Envelopes in the pews are available so we can provide tax information to those who would like to include charitable deducations in their filing. If you consider St. Anthony your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving by clicking here.
How do I become a member of the St. Anthony Parish faith community?
Becoming a member is a simple process. Click this link to begin, or feel free to call the Parish Office and someone will help you get started.