The original St. Anthony Church, which still stands at the corner of East Harrison and 10th Street, was built in 1940. That smaller building is now used as a parish hall and cafeteria for St. Anthony Catholic School. The school, which was founded in 1946, serves students from pre kindergarten through eighth Grade, offering daily prayer and Catholic religion classes, in addition to academic instruction.
Anthony's in Harlingen pays off debt
parishioners are now focused on raising funds for a new multi purpose community building that would include a new parish hall, a gymnasium for school and parish youth activities, a new religious education building with classrooms for school and religion instruction classes, as well as kitchen facilities.
Various parish groups have recently held fund raisers for the new community center, with events ranging from a Hawaiian luau to a zumba thon and chalupa bingo. St. Anthony's serves a diverse community, now offering Masses in not only English and Spanish, but also partially in Tagalog, a native language of the Philippines.
along with a variety of barbeques and other fundraisers, raised the money to pay Fred Perry Windbreaker Nylon Hooded Jacket
off the church at East Van Buren and 11th Street, which can seat up to 1,100 worshipers with its upstairs balcony.
St. Anthony Pastor Rev. Larry Klein wrote a check for $475,000 to pay off the remaining debt on the mortgage. Donations from hundreds of parishioners, Lacoste Black Polo Shirt
"This truly has been a community effort," Rubiano's wife, Cindy said. "We are blessed to be in the beautiful debt free church that we have."
The church is one of the largest in Cameron County and was dedicated by Bishop Raymundo Pea 10 years ago, after a similar fundraising effort by St. Anthony parishioners, spearheaded by the pastor at that time, the Rev. Tom Pincelli. St. Anthony's parishioner Rolando Rubiano said the parish originally borrowed $1,750,000 to build the new church.
"It takes commitment; it takes working together; it takes planning; but most of all it takes perseverance and patience," the bishop told St. Anthony parishioners. "But the church exists before there is a building the church exists when there is com munity of faith that shares the Eucharist."
Flores likened the building of a new church or opening new parishes such as the Diocese of Brownsville is planning in Olmito and western Hidalgo County Polos Lacoste to moving forward on a pilgrimage in the life of the church.
Klein said it feels "wonderful" that the new church is paid off and said the parish is thankful to God and to all the peo ple who made it possible. With the church debt out of the way, he said St. Anthony Lacoste Polo Black
With a large group of parishioners gathered around him outside St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville placed the mortgage note for the 10 year old St. Anthony Church into a fire pit normally used only to light the Easter fire the night before Easter. Burning the mortgage signaled that St. Anthony's parishioners have officially repaid the debt of their new church built in 2003.
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