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St Anthony of Padua Parish, New Bedford

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St. Anthony of Padua is a Roman Catholic church in New Bedford, Massachusetts, part of the Diocese of Fall River.HistorySt. Anthony of Padua was founded in 1895 to serve the needs of French Canadian Catholics who lived in the North End of New Bedford. The new parish was under the care of first pastor, Fr. Hormisdas Deslauriers (1861–1916), an energetic leader who would have great influence on the parishes future development. The first mass was celebrated on Oct 6th 1895 at ‘’North Union Hall’’ on Bullock Street. Shortly thereafter a two story wood frame church was dedicated on March 8, 1896.BuildingThe present Romanesque style church was begun in 1902 when the parish acquired plans from Canadian architect Joseph Venne of Montreal. The cornerstone for the new building was laid in June 1904 and work began on shortly thereafter. On September 20, 1904 several construction workers were seriously injured and one killed when a 50 foot wall collapsed at the construction site.After the accident the original contractor, Michael J. Houlihan of Providence, Rhode Island, withdrew from the project and noted Fall River architect Louis G. Destremps was brought in as supervising architect. The church exterior was completed in December 1905 and the lower church was available for masses by 1908. The upper portion of the church, though not yet ready for religious service was opened for public viewing on January 17, 1909. The period of 1909-1912 was largely taken up by extensive interior decoration and the installation of a large Casavant pipe organ. The finished church was formally dedicated on November 28, 1912.
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  • I had gone to a mass for a funeral and was quite impressed with the inside of this church, really beautiful. If you are interested in beautiful churches check this one out.  more »
  • This is a catholic church that is beautiful inside. It has a lot of history. Please visit you will be amazed  more »
  • Off the beaten path, this historic gem is a must see for an East Coast cultural tourist that loves architectural marvels. It is often locked, so call ahead or simply knock on the parish office door to...  more »
  • Think of this not a "review," but more of an "invitation." I joined Saint Anthony's in 2015 after moving to the area. I've found them to be a very welcoming parish, particularly for one who, like me, is willing to reach out and say, "Hi! My Daughter and I are new to the parish." Everyone who has heard me say that has warmly welcomed us. They have a great Religious Education program that I hope to support next year, and that my Daughter enjoys. Their 9:30 AM "Kids' Mass" includes a Children's Liturgy and a song of blessing for the children as they go off to their Liturgy. Following the 9:30 AM Kids' Mass, on the weeks when there is Religious Ed, you can downstairs for a cup of coffee and chat with some other parishoners. Also, Father does a terrific job - he's a terrific man of faith and orator. One other note: it seems that St. Anthony's in Mattapoisett and St. Rita's in Marion are like sibling-parishes, that are both supported by Father Caron (which I find impressive on its own). So, the kids who attend school in Marion and Mattapoisett are supported by both parishes, with Religious Ed being offered for both towns in Mattapoisett. If you are in the area, if you are curious, or interested, or just feel a need to connect, please know that you are welcome in this place.