Welcome, Our Mission and History
For over 100 years this parish has been present in Cambridge serving Portuguese speaking people from the many lands where the language is spoken, Portugal, Madeira and the Azores, Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guiné-Bissau, Moçambique as well as our English-speaking neighbors in the East Cambridge/Wellington-Harrington areas. As a bilingual, multi-cultural parish we welcome all who cross our threshold. In fact currently one can see people of other cultures, backgrounds and languages at our Sunday Eucharistic celebrations.
While we continue to honor the traditions of the founders of this parish we look forward to celebrating and enhancing our traditions by bridging with our neighboring parishes while strengthening the mission of Evangelization with the greater Church of the Archdiocese of Boston and the World.
It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve this parish immediately after my ordination from 1995 – 2000 and now to have been assigned as pastor since 2007. I am extremely thankful for, and also very proud of the devoted leadership of the clergy and laity who have served in this parish, and many who have supported the work of Jesus Christ in this parish. The traditions they have continued, begun and developed are important for us today.
We welcome your involvement in our parish community. It is through dedicated and faith-filled individuals that our tradition continues.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father Walter A. Carreiro
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The multicultural community of Saint Anthony, a Roman Catholic, personal Portuguese Parish, strives to create an atmosphere of active participation by all parishioners, through the celebration of the sacraments and the proclamation of the Word of God, in Portuguese and English.
We invite all people to grow in their knowledge and love of God, to serve Him through stewardship, commitment to catholic formation, fulfilling our Baptismal promises in community-based ministries, honoring our traditions and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.
HISTORY AND ADJUSTMENTS TO THE NEW WORLD
The founding father of our parish of Saint Anthony, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Reverend Antonio Pimentel, his successor Reverend Manuel Cascais and all the other priests who served it have been very present in all celebrations of our Parish Centennial, along this year of 2002. besides the priests who had the chance to minister in this great parish community, we feel the pleasure and moral obligation to recognize and remember the good people who formed this community along consecutive generations.
The Portuguese people were always a nation of emigrants throughout the centuries. Forced by the limitations of the territory and its resources, the Portuguese started their epic adventure of discoveries with all their heart and soul.
More recently, during the end of the nineteenth century until the present time, America became one of the favorite countries for the Portuguese emigrants.
The church and the parish of Saint Anthony was established on the 30th of May, 1902 for the Portuguese speaking people. At the time, they were coming from the mainland, Azores and Madeira.