Not to be forgotten

Franciscan Church of the Assumption to hold St. Anthony celebration
By claudia mathis / sun staff writer

The parishioners of the Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse are looking forward with anticipation to June 9–13. The parish has planned a festival to honor St. Anthony. “Through St. Anthony,  we want to build an awareness of how the children living on the north side deserve more attention,” said Father Canice Connors, OFM Conv. “St. Anthony is known for his care and dedication to children. He’s a good symbol of how one should treat children. Statues of him always show him holding a child.”

Father Jude Winkler, OFM Conv., a Franciscan Friar from St. Anthony of Padua Province in Ellicott City, Md., will be the featured presenter at the event. Father Winkler travels throughout the U.S., Canada and Ireland, giving parish missions, parish retreats, workshops, days of recollection and adult education courses for laity and religious communities.

Father Winkler will preside at Assumption’s Masses on all five days of the celebration. On June 9, he will preach at the 4 p.m. Mass and on June 10, Father Winkler will preach at the 9:30 a.m. Mass and at the 4 p.m. Vierne Mass in C Sharp Minor Concert which will feature the combined choirs of the north side churches of Syracuse. A cheese and cracker reception will be held after the concert, providing an opportunity to meet Father Winkler.

On June 11, Father Winkler will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. and will also give a presentation about the life of St. Anthony at a 7 p.m. prayer service.

On June 12, Father Winkler will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. and then talk about St. Anthony’s teachings at a 7 p.m. prayer service. “I’ll speak about some of his theology,” explained Father Winkler, “about his views on the Father’s will for us, the surrender of the Son’s love for us in the incarnation and the cross and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of Sacred Scripture.” Father Winkler also said he would talk about St. Anthony’s love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church, and for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

On June 13, he will celebrate Mass at
9 a.m. and at 7 p.m. he will celebrate Mass and give a presentation about continuing the heritage of St. Anthony. “I will also deal with his fight for social justice in his times and what that means for our times,” said Father Winkler.

Father Winkler entered the Franciscan Order in 1971 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1981. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass., a baccalaureate degree in theology from the Faculty of St. Bonaventure in Rome, Italy and a licentiate in exegesis from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy.

Father Winkler has taught and currently teaches courses on sacred Scripture at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. He teaches at the Roman Catholic Franciscan Faculty of Romania, and in 2008, will teach in Canterbury, England.

Father Winkler has written over 200 articles on various scriptural topics for magazines in the U.S., Italy and England, as well as for The Word Among Us and the Catholic Truth Society. In addition to writing books on Scripture study for adults, Father Winkler has written over 40 children’s books.

Assumption Parish invites everyone in the community to take part in the celebration.

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