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Welcome to St Anthony of Padua!

New Bedford, MA

Hello and welcome to one of the most beautiful churches in Massachusetts and beyond!

It truly is one of the most beautiful parish churches that you will ever encounter and yet, one that most people still have not heard of or seen!  As you view our photo gallery and view its magnificence, it still does not give you the overall beauty of this church. It is only when you come in and look up and around that you understand how the church was built on the tremendous faith of the people. It is faith that builds and without it we build nothing.

The website was designed not so much to see the church but to let you know what is going on in the Parish. The Parish has many different activities going on. The church is not made out of marble and wood but out of people, men and women of sacrifice and dedication.

We have only one Savior, Jesus Christ. He wants to give us His grace, mercy, and peace. “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

I might add in here, I became a priest after a trip to Medjugorje in 1990 where I received abundant graces through the intercession of Our Lady, Queen of Peace. I dedicate not only the website, the Parish, and my priesthood, but in fact my whole life and all that I do, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Also, with the intercession of St. Anthony.

Thank you for taking the time to visit St. Anthony of Padua Parish. As you can see behind me, St. Anthony is holding Baby Jesus, but he really wants to hold each one of us in his heart!

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

May God Bless you!
To Jesus through the Blessed Mother,
Fr. Edward A. Murphy, Pastor

Saint Anthony of Padua News

Procession for Vigil of Assumption - 08/14/2015

Come join us for a procession through the local streets on the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Holy hour starts at 4:15pm and Holy Mass at 5:15 pm. Procession and Consecration to follow Holy Mass!

Healing Mass - 09/17/2015

Come and experience the healing power of God's love. Read more

Novena to St. Anthony - 06/13/2015

Novena to St. Anthony is June 10th-12th, Mass at 6:30pm, Holy Hour at 5:15pm. Feast of St Anthony 4:00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday June 13th. Concluding with Benediction.

Corpus Christi Procession - 06/07/2015

The Blessed Sacrament brought out to the streets of New Bedford. Read more

Parish Mission - 05/04/2015

Join us for a powerful Parish Mission with Sr. Briege McKenna, O.S.C. and Father Kevin Scallon, C.M May 4-7 at noon and 7:00pm. Read more

Medjugorje Visionary Ivan - 11/05/2012

...I won't be able to tell you everything because I don't have sufficient words for that...because every word is way too poor to be able to describe the beauty of that encounter. (Ivan speaking about his apparition with Our Lady at Saint Anthony's 11/5) Read more






The Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V.






Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 6:30 am
8:30 am (Youth Choir)
10:30 am (Parish Choir)

Monday - Thursday at 7 am
Friday at 5:15 pm
Saturday at 9 am

Vigil - 5:15 pm
(in exceptional circumstances)
7:00 am   5:15 
check bulletin for
current schedule

Usually the third Thursday
of each month
click here for
current schedule


Every Tuesday at 7:15pm
Church Hall

Monday - Thursday 5:30-6:00 pm
(when Fr. Murphy is present for
the holy hour, meaning most days)

Friday 5:45-6:30 pm
Saturday 2:45-3:45 pm
Or by appointment by calling the rectory
at 508.993.1691

Upcoming Events






Many thanks to both Sr. Briege McKenna and Father Kevin Scallon for a wonderful mission here at St. Anthony.  God only knows the the many souls that were touched during this mission.  For a glimpse at the week, check out Parish MIssion at this click...

SISTER BRIEGE MCKENNA, O.S.C was born in Ireland and entered the Sisters of St. Clare at the age of fifteen.  Following her final vows and after suffering for more than three years with rheumatoid arthritis, she was transferred to her community in Tampa, Florida with the hope that the Florida sunshine would relieve her suffering.  At the age of twenty-four, she was miraculously and instantaneously healed during the celebration of the Eucharist and some time later received, in prayer, the gift of healing for which she has become so widely known.  In 1974, again during prayer, she was given a deep spiritual insight into the mystery of the call to priesthood.  Since then, bishops and priests in many parts of the world have invited her to speak and minister at their retreats and conferences.   Her book, “Miracles Do Happen” has been translated into many languages throughout the world.  Since 1985 Sister Briege has been ministering to priests in collaboration with Father Kevin Scallon, C.M.. She is the 1988 recipient of the Poverello Award from the Franciscan University and the 2009 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership from the Catholic Leadership Institute.

REVEREND KEVIN SCALLON, C.M. is a Priest of the Vincentian Community who was born in Ireland.  Following his ordination in 1961, he ministered in England for three years and in Nigeria for six years.  In 1970, after graduating from Catholic University of America he was appointed as Spiritual Director at All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, Ireland. In 1976, Fr. Kevin started the “Intercession for Priests” in Dublin, a month-long retreat where priests could come to pray for the spiritual renewal of the priesthood.  In 1982, he was appointed director of missions and retreats for the Vincentian Community.  Following on that, in 1985, he began fulltime ministry to priests with Sister Briege McKenna, OSC.


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