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Transition Years

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1969–1986

 
Fr. Peter Makk succeeded Fr. Novak as pastor from 1969 to July 1975.
Fr. James Hoffman was appointed temporary administrator for a year.
Fr. Pius Machalonis was pastor from 1976 until his death on November 21, 1982.
Fr. Vincent Lynch who was assistant chancellor of the diocese and secretary to the bishop, was named pastor on August 3, 1983 until 1986.

During these transition years, each pastor worked to provide for the spiritual enrichment of his flock. Masses were said, sacraments administered, and the children of the parish continued to be taught–although not without great changes taking place.

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Veteran’s Day Ecumenical Service

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1970


Ecumenical memorial services to honor the men and women who have died in the military service of their country was held in 1970. Rabbi Mayer Relles, Rev. Duane Aslyn, and Fr. William Speerstra led the reading of the scriptures and gave homilies. The event was sponsored by the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
 
Non-Catholics Permitted to Receive Eucharist Under Specific Conditions

In 1973, Bishop Hammes promulgated a decree whereby non-Catholic Christians were permitted to receive the Eucharist under specific conditions.

Petition in Response to Madeline Murray O’Hara

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1970


In 1970, parishioners signed petitions commending the astronauts who in December 1968 read from the bible on national television while orbiting the moon. Madeline O’Hara demanded that they be publicly censured for their act.

Vigil Hour of Prayer Organized

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1970


Fr. Makk started a vigil of prayer in the parish. Parishioners were asked to set aside one hour a week to pray for world peace, the armed forces, Christian Unity, Racial understanding, youth and Church & Government leaders. The hour of prayer could be in the Church or, if parishioners wished, at home. The hours that the Church was open was: Sunday 8 a.m. to Noon; Weekdays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and Saturday 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Those willing to join this “Crusade of Prayer” were asked to indicate the day of the week and the hour on a sheet attached to the bulletin. “If there was ever a time in our history that we need a Crusade of Prayer, it is now,” said Fr. Makk.

Orphans in the Rectory

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1970


The following announcement appeared in the bulletin:

“Orphans in the Rectory–As most of you probably know, your parish priests are really bachelors now since they have lost their housekeeper and cook. Believe it or not, we are not as fussy as some people thing. We try to be as considerate of our housekeepers as possible. You probably know what we are leading up to. At the present time we are looking for someone who could possible come in around 4 p.m and work until about 7 p.m. This would involve making dinner for about 5:30 and perhaps some light housekeeping chores. Schedules could be adjusted. Laundering would not be involved–perhaps some ironing.”

Supreme Court Legalizes Abortion

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1973


In February 1973, after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in January, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral statement on what course of action Catholics must take. Parishioners of St. Anthony were asked to read the complete text in the Herald Citizen (issue dated February 24) which “underscored the teaching authority of the Church on this vital issue.”

Fr. Makk Leaves St. Anthony

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1975


In 1975 Fr. Maak left St. Anthony. Fr. James Hoffman was appointed temporary administrator for a year.