Feast of Saint Anthony Claret on Oct. 24

Published October 20, 2021, 10:28 AM

by Christina Hermoso

The San Antonio Maria Claret Parish in Matandang Balara, Quezon City is inviting the faithful to take part in the Light Your Intention Candle activity of the parish as a prelude to the Feast of Saint Anthony Mary (San Antonio Maria) Claret on Oct. 24.

St. Anthony Maria Claret (Catholic Online)

“The parish light of hope in the midst of the pandemic is a nine-day vigil for the candlelight holy mass in honor of St. Anthony Maria Claret,” the parish said on its Facebook page.

The Light Your Intention Candle will be held on Oct. 15 to 23 at 6 p.m. and is streamed online via the parish Facebook page. Proceeds of the fund raising activity will be used to fund the construction of the church and the parish’s operational expenses.

St. Anthony Mary Claret is a well-loved Spanish bishop and founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, more popularly known as the Claretians.

Ordained priest in the year 1835, St. Anthony was a missionary worker, confessor, preacher, and religious writer. He authored around 200 spiritual books, the most famous of which was “The Right Way,” which was read by millions of Roman Catholics across the world. He promoted the teaching and discipline of the clergy and popularized devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the holy rosary.

Born in Catalonia, Spain on Dec. 23, 1807, he served as archbishop of Santiago in Cuba for seven years. In 1849, he founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose main apostolate was local and foreign missions. The Claretians, in the early 21st century had over 450 houses and 3100 members, with missions in five continents.

In 1842, the Vatican declared St. Anthony as “Apostolic Missionary.” He died in 1870 and was canonized by Pope Pius XII on May 7, 1950.