Enroll Your Loved Ones, Friends, and Family
The Holy Mass League was canonically established by the Conventual Franciscan Friars in 1937. Its purpose is to help serve your spiritual needs and support the ministry of Marytown. We invite you to participate in the Holy Mass League by enrolling your loved ones and your special needs. Mass will be offered daily for your intentions with a special remembrance on all Tuesdays, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua.
- Mass is celebrated daily throughout the year for all members, living or deceased, for the lifetime of the Mass League.
- Intercession of St. Anthony, the wonder worker.
- Novena Mass every Tuesday in honor of Saint Anthony.
- Devotions to St. Anthony every Tuesday evening concluding with a blessing with his relic.
- Members are remembered daily in the Divine Office of the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Marytown.
- A fine gift for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.
For a donation of $25.00, we will forward a padded, leatherette, personalized Saint Anthony Novena folder.
Please Call 1-847-367-7800 ext.230 to place your order
Prayer of St. Anthony
Sweet Jesus, is there anything sweeter than you? What else are you, Jesus, if not our Savior? Be our Redeemer. Give us the virtues of hope and love, just as you have given us faith, our primary joy. May we live and die in them so we can attain you. With your help and through the prayers of your Mother, you who are blessed throughout the ages. Amen.
St. Anthony of Padua
More than a finder of lost things…
If you were raised Catholic or had Catholic friends of certain generation, you’ve probably heard of St. Anthony, a beloved and often invoked saint. For some people, St. Anthony is known as the finder of lost things – sometimes things as simple as the car keys or as more often as the finder of lost things that really matter in life.
So why has St. Anthony become so well known – and so often called upon by people in their need?
St. Anthony was a Franciscan priest, miracle worker, patron of the poor, an effective teacher of the faith and eloquent preacher. He is a Doctor of the Church, called “The Evangelical Doctor.”
Born in 1159 in Portugal, he entered the Augustinian Order at a young age. He devoted himself to prayer and study of scripture. When the relics of Franciscan martyrs passed through his monastery, a desire for the missions was sparked within in him. He entered the Order of Friars Minor while the great saint Francis of Assisi was still alive and headed the Order he founded. Anthony went Padua, Italy and embraced the simple and unassuming life of the Order of Friars Minor.
Anthony showed great concern for the poor and was noted for his charity for the oppressed and downtrodden. When he was asked to preach, he showed that he was not only a man of great charity, but he also was profound of thought and was an exceptional preacher. St. Francis, upon hearing of his eloquent preaching encouraged him to continue and Anthony was asked to preach all over France, Italy and Spain. Father Anthony preached before the rich and poor alike calling them to repentance and a deeper commitment to Christ and devotion to His Blessed Mother. So renowned was St. Anthony’s preaching that Pope Gregory IX, who upon hearing Anthony expoundon the Gospel and the Blessed Virgin, called him the great “jewel case” of the Bible and a spiritual treasure of the Church. In 1232, after having been a most effective preacher and Franciscan friar for just 10 years, he grew weary and became ill. He died on June 13, 1232 at the young age 36.
Less than a year after his death Pope Gregory canonized him a saint, for the many miracles attributed to him in life and after his death, and for the profound impact his teaching and preaching had on the people. St. Anthony was later declared a Doctor of the Church. He is a patron of the poor and oppressed, and finder of lost things – including people and spiritual losses. St. Anthony is often depicted with the Child Jesus, a reference to a vision of St. Anthony, or with a book for his teaching, or with a lily – a symbol of his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Anthony is a powerful intercessor. The Conventual Franciscan Friars encourage you to enroll your loved ones – living or deceased – in our St. Anthony Mass League.