The heart of the Christian community is our Triune Lord: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Geography, history, and numbers are not the heart, but probably I will type mostly on these topics. As the internet already provides many encouraging spiritual guides and discouraging contentious forums, I intend to offer neither.
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Monday, August 6, 2012

St. Anthony, Oceanside, NY

The postal address of St. Anthony's parish is 110 Anchor Avenue, Oceanside, New York 11572, telephone  516-764-0048.  Its extensive website, linked here, includes a history of the parish.  The main door of the church faces Lincoln Avenue at Soper Street.

This Calvary is on the northeast corner of Lincoln and Anchor Avenues.

In the 1930's and 1940's, St. Anthony's was a pilgrimage or shrine destination.  There are at least a dozen outdoor statues, two or three gazebos, and a chapel.  Both the church and the chapel have many windows that welcome the breezes, quite different from the closed windows of many Long Island churches.

Devotions spread from one nation to others.  It seems that the devotion to El Niño Jesús, with a statue similar to this and with the legend "I shall reign," began in Colombia.  According to the parish website, about ten percent of the registered members of St. Anthony's are Latinos, in large part Dominicanos.  I also note that Mother Angelica of Alabama has fostered this devotion.
St. Anthony of Padua is the patron of this parish, established in 1927, and two parishes in Suffolk County.  The same Anthony, baptized Fernando, joined the Franciscans in Portugal in 1220 and received the name Friar Anthony and is honored as Santo Antonio de Lisboa.  He traveled to Madrid, where he is honored with at least two churches, and then to Padua, Italy.
Oceanside, California, is on the Pacific Ocean, and has no parish named St. Anthony.
Oceanside, New York, lies about four miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.

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