On Tuesday, June 13th, St. Anthony’s Parish in Regina celebrated, with praise and thanksgiving, their final Tuesday in the 85th consecutive Year of the 13 Tuesdays Devotion to their Patron Saint, which happened to fall on St. Anthony’s Feast Day. It was the last Tuesday of a spiritual journey, in which they gathered to pray, to give thanks and ask for the intercession of their powerful patron, St. Anthony, who never fails, even in desperate situations.
The evening liturgy, celebrated by Fr. Stanislaw Poszwa, S.Chr., and Fr. Marian Ogórek, S.Chr., consisted of three important parts:
1. Holy Eucharist
2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
3. Veneration of the relics of St. Anthony
The Mass was offered for the intentions of all devotees of St. Anthony, as well as all the intentions entrusted to their Patron Saint. The Patronal Feast Day and the Finale of the 85th Year in the history of the parish’s 13 Tuesdays Devotion was celebrated for three days. On Sunday, June 11th, after the two masses, participants gathered for a social and were treated to the best ice cream in Regina. The Social Finale of the 13 Tuesdays Devotion took place on Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Parish Hall on Winnipeg Street, which featured a special presentation of delicious, freshly-made gourmet sandwiches, “St. Anthony’s Bread” prepared by Italian Star Deli, choice Italian wine, a culinary delightful cake, non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and juices, followed by musical entertainment - an invigorating concert of gospel songs, performed by the very talented Taroja Family from Our Lady of Peace Parish. The Pastor, Fr. Stan Poszwa expressed gratitude to all and mentioned the departed Parish Pastors, benefactors, founding members, parishioners and volunteers, who have served diligently in the past eight decades. During that evening, special recognition was given to the winners of the Quiz on St. Mathew’s Gospel, as well as two special Jubilarians: Fr. Marian Ogórek, S.Chr., on his 55th Anniversary of Ordination and Mr. Anthony Dyczkowski, a long-time devotee of St. Anthony, who marked his 95th Birthday. Quite an attraction for everyone was the picture of Pope Francis provided by Burns and Hanley.
At the end, Fr. Stan challenged all Parishioners and good friends of St. Anthony, to spread devotion to him. “Tell others – your relatives, friends, even those who have stopped practising their faith, about the graces and favors you have received through his intercession. Remember that he will whisper all of your petitions into the ear of the child Jesus.” Then Father invited all to future Devotions.