Parish greeters extend a
warm welcome to everyone who enters the doors of our beautiful church,
at weekend Masses, at holy day Masses and for special events. When we
gather for Eucharist we are God’s family coming home to God’s house.
How wonderful to be greeted with a smile, with a hug, with a handshake.
Parishioners really enjoy the touch of family that this ministry
provides while visitors to the parish have told us how much they
appreciate a warm greeting.
Saint Ann’s has been
blessed with a marvelous Greeter ministry since 1993! Our extensive
training requirements have not changed: Smile! Shake hands. Extend
a warm welcome.
We would like to begin
extending that welcome to friends and family who come for funeral
liturgies. Visitors from out of town, in particular, are grateful if
someone is available to answer questions about church facilities. Do
you feel called to share a welcoming smile as a part of this marvelous
a wonderful opportunity lectors have to serve
God’s family! Public reading, in fact, is among the most ancient forms
of Christian ministry.
Catholic Christians we are the heirs of an oral tradition that dates
back to the time of Abraham. The Word of God that came to the
patriarchs, to Moses, to David, to the prophets, was a spoken word.
God’s beautiful message was spoken aloud, proclaimed clearly enough to
have survived through the centuries.
message of Jesus, the Word made flesh, came to early Christian
communities in the letters of Peter, Paul, James and others. Lectors
stood up at community gatherings and read these letters aloud.
are called to this ministry today are asked to do more than just read at
Mass. As part of this age-old tradition they are asked to proclaim
God’s Word, to announce God’s message so clearly as to help put it into
the Lord with gladness!
a privilege it is for boys and girls of the parish to be Altar Servers!
Jesus himself said that he had come “to serve” and through their special
ministry these young people are called to serve in many ways.
Their reverence and
prayerful attitude make altar servers role models for the parish
family. Their presence in the sanctuary reflects their willingness to
“serve the Lord with gladness.” The beautiful lines of Psalm 43 seem
especially meaningful for the young people who serve in this ministry:
“I will go in to the altar of God, the God who brings joy to my youth.”
We welcome boys and girls in grades 3 and up who have
received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation to
volunteer as altar servers (with their parents’ permission). The parish
provides training and a manual for new servers.
What better way to
praise the Lord than to lift your voice in song? And what a beautiful
time to sing of God’s glory, especially during the Christmas and Easter
special way to share the gift of song and your talent for music is by
joining the Saint Ann Choir. It’s a wonderful time to become a Steward
addition, master some of the “beautiful music, memorable melodies and
rich lyrics” from the hymnal. Add your voice to our expanding Sunday
chorus and help our new music director, Peter DeMarco, meet his
ambitious goal of a 60-voice choir.
choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7 until 8:30 PM. If you have
questions or if you’d like to know more about the choir, see Peter after
Mass or simply come to the next choir rehearsal. The warm welcome you
receive will put a song in your heart!
Every year, on the
Sunday after Easter,
honors couples who will celebrate 50, 40, 25 and 10 years of marriage
during the calendar year. This well-loved tradition, begun in 1984, has
become an event that the entire parish anticipates with delight. The
couples renew their vows during the 11 o’clock Mass. Festivities
continue for the honorees and their guests at a small reception in the
Anniversary Celebration honors parishioners who were married in the
requisite years and couples who were married at Saint Ann Church,
even if they no longer live in the parish.
who sign on for this ministry are asked to serve as research assistants,
hospitality assistants, catering assistants and set-up specialists. We
also need greeters, corsage and boutonniere pinners, escorts, hosts and
hostesses and people to serve on the rather mundane but vital kitchen
and clean-up crews. Working together we create a marvelous, uplifting
celebration, a tribute to the inspiration of enduring love.
Musicians, guitarists, flautists, drummers who are willing
to share their talent of music at our liturgies and services offer a
special gift of themselves. They may be asked to play at Christmas
Masses and Easter Masses and should be available for rehearsals and
weekend Masses. Instrumentalists should be able to read music, have good
playing skills and be able to work with other musicians.
If you have a special instrument talent and would like to
share it with our church community, consider auditioning with our music
Even before you enter the front doors of Saint Ann Church
you notice the work of the parish’s Liturgy Committee. Look for the
colorful bunting that committee members have draped above the doors.
The colors mark the changing seasons of the Church year.
The Liturgy Committee assists with planning and decorating
through all the seasons: Advent, Christmastime, Lent, the Triduum,
Eastertime, Ordinary Time and any special feasts or festivals. They
order and arrange the flowers for Christmas and Easter (maintaining a
subtle balance between the sanctuary’s glorious display and
of the Liturgy Committee coordinate the scheduling and presentation of
other seasonal worship services, including Stations of the Cross during
Lent, communal penitential and anointing services and November’s annual
Memorial Mass for the deceased of the parish.
Confraternity of Saint Ann
A ministry of prayer, the Confraternity
of Saint Ann meets every Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 8:30, following
the 7:30 morning Mass.
According to a long-held tradition,
Saint Ann was born on a Tuesday and died on a Tuesday, and so it became
the custom to set aside Tuesday to honor Mary’s mother, the grandmother
Members of the Confraternity invoke the
intercession of Saint Ann through hymns, prayers and petitions for all
our needs. With deep faith and complete confidence members of the
Confraternity lift their voices in prayer to the good and powerful
patroness of our parish.
Everyone is welcome to be a part of
this special prayer group. Come once, twice, or as frequently as
you like. Pray to good Saint Ann that she may enrich you, those
you love and those you find hard to love with many graces. You
will be richly blessed.
Stewardship means responding to Jesus’ simple and
profound invitation: “Come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21) If we follow
him, if we live according to Jesus’ example, ours will be lives of
service and of prayer.
Over and over in the gospels we find Jesus in prayer.
Luke tells us that “He often retired to deserted places and prayed.”
(5:16) He “went up to the mountain to pray,” he prayed in the Garden of
Gethsemane and on the cross; he taught us to pray the Our Father.
Prayer, then, is a beautiful expression of Stewardship,
and our Rosary/Prayer Line provides a wonderful opportunity to pray and
to give honor and praise to Mary, Christ’s Blessed Mother.
Consider joining us as we pray the rosary every morning
before daily Mass. Mass begins at 7:30; rosary recitation usually
begins at 7:10. We also pray the rosary on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM
in the church.
During October, traditionally the month of the rosary, we
honor Our Lady with an International Rosary in five languages, one for
each decade. We have, at various times, prayed in English, French,
German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Irish Gaelic and Polish. The evening closes with
refreshments in the Children’s Chapel.
We pray the rosary to honor Our Lady of Fatima on the
first Saturday of five consecutive months, from October through
Parishioners called to this special devotion are part of the parish’s
Prayer Line. As they raise their voices in praise and petition, these
stewards are praying for all the intentions recorded in a special book.
The Prayer Line is open to anyone who needs help. Countless
parishioners can attest to the amazing power of prayer.
earliest Christians met in their homes in small groups to celebrate
Eucharist. Perhaps they were people who already knew each other or,
like us, were brought together by their faith in Jesus.
As the host of such a small
Christian group, it was a simple task to greet each guest and make sure
he or she felt at home – to create a spirit of community. Our challenge
is to create a similar spirit of community in an environment where four
Masses occur over a weekend.
members of Saint Ann Parish, we take an ownership interest in our
Christian community. We are the “Saint Ann community of faith.” We
hear the phrase at each weekend Mass and we make it a reality –greeting
members and guests to our faith family and attending to their needs
while they are in our house.
If you would like to assist our
Saint Ann guests during weekend and special Masses, please consider
joining our ushers.