| Message of the Parish
“Go all over the world and preach
the gospel to every creature"
Jesus gives his disciples, each one of us, a clear, universal mandate: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mk 16:15). We note well the place of announcement and the recipient of our announcement.
The place of announcement. Jesus is very precise: "throughout the world". It is not a question of rushing abroad; it is enough to start from one's home, from one's sphere of life and work. In every place, bear witness to Christ and his Gospel, proclaim the good news of salvation with your life. Saint Anthony received from Saint Francis of Assisi the task of proclaiming the Gospel not only in Africa, but also in Italy, in other countries, in every place.
The recipient of our announcement. Here too, Jesus is very precise: "to every creature". We must not exclude anyone from the proclamation of the Gospel. On the wall of the sacristy in our church, a fresco reminds us of the event of the sermon to the fish of Rimini. In his mission of evangelization, Saint Anthony arrived one day in Rimini and the people did not welcome him well and refused to listen to him. Then St. Anthony said to them: "Since you show that you are unworthy of the word of God, behold, I turn to the fish, to more openly confuse your unbelief". And the fish emerged by the hundreds, by the thousands, ordered and throbbing, to hear the word of exhortation and praise, which intrigued the people and led them to listen to the holy friar.
Good Father, you sent your Son
to announce the good news to us,
through the intercession of Saint Anthony of Padua,
infuse your Spirit in us, because they bear witness to the Gospel with life to every creature.
For Christ our Lord.
Fr. Camille Jacques