Parish News Updates

Christmas Pageant

Please join the children of St. Ann’s as they perform this year’s Christmas Pageant – a great tradition to share with the whole family – all are welcome. The Pageant will take place on Sunday, December 16th at noon – following the 11:00am Mass!


Rehearsals are scheduled for:
Wednesday, December 12th:
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, December 15th:
Dress Rehearsal 9:00am to 10:30am
Sunday, December 16th:
10:30am to 11:30am

Christmas Pageant: December 16th at noon!

No Coffee and Donuts During December

There will be no coffee & donuts served after the Sunday morning Masses for the remainder of the month of December. We invite everyone to visit our Cookie Sale after the morning Masses this weekend, and our Christmas Pageant at 12 noon next weekend, both in the Parish Center. We wish all our Coffee & Donut Volunteers a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Advent Reconciliation

On Sunday, December 23rd, following the 5:00pm Mass, there will be an Advent Reconciliation Service. Please join us as we prepare to celebrate Christmas by clearing the darkness of sin so that we may welcome Jesus, the Light of the world.

The 2018 Giving Tree Project

You are asked to bring the present unwrapped, with the gift tag from the giving tree attached, by 5 p.m. Saturday, December 15th. WHITE tags are for infant gifts, RED are for girl gifts, and GREEN are for boy gifts. We want to thank the Knights of Columbus for their dedicated efforts in this worthwhile project.

Lectors – Eucharistic Ministers

There are sign-up sheets in the vesting room for the Christmas and New Year’s Masses for our Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Altar Servers to assist. We thank you for your help!

First Reconciliation

On Saturday, December 1st, our grade 2 students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. We ask that you keep these youngsters in your prayers as they continue to prepare for their First Holy Communion.

Organization Meetings

St. Vincent De Paul Society
There will be a meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Monday, December 10th, at 7:00pm in the Parish Center. All members are urged to attend.


St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus
There will be a regular business meeting of the Council on Wednesday, December 12th, 7:30pm in the church basement. All members are urged to attend.

 

Christmas Flowers

If you would like to help decorate the Church for Christmas, feel free to send your donations in the “Christmas Flowers” envelope you received with your weekly budget envelope. If you would like to do this in memory of a loved one, you may write their name(s) on the envelope. If you did not receive a “Christmas Flowers” envelope, you may use an ordinary envelope but be sure to write on it Christmas Flowers.

December Bulletin Deadlines

Our Deadline for Bulletin copy is Monday at noon for the upcoming Sunday bulletin. All announcements can be neatly written and delivered to the parish office, or can be emailed to office@stannsraynham.org. Due to the December holiday schedules, our bulletin company has changed the following weekly deadlines:


Bulletin Date:                Due in Parish Office by:

Sunday December 16th…Friday Dec. 7th @noon
Sunday December 23rd…Thursday Dec. 13th @ noon
Sunday December 30th…Thursday Dec. 20th @ noon

Annual Appeal

The returns for the Annual Appeal are coming in quite steadily. Thank you so much for your generosity. Even in these difficult economic times it is edifying to witness the commitment our parishioners have to St. Ann’s Parish. If you have not received a mailing regarding the Appeal you may find the letter and the financial report at the doors of the church. Thanks again to those who have already given and thanks to those who will give!

Attention Young Adults!

The Young Adult Program “Forward” provides an outlet for the young adults at Saint Ann’s with an opportunity to interact with individuals in their same age group that encounter similar issues in their daily lives. We plan to have Bible Studies as well as regular social gatherings at the Parish center.

For those of you who feel that you have not been able to find a niche for yourself in the Parish community since high school, this is your opportunity to get connected and dive more deeply into your faith as a Catholic adult. If you are between the ages of 20 and 30ish and you are interested in the Forward Young Adult Program at Saint Ann’s, please reach out to SaintAnnYoungAdultProgram@gmail.com.  Thank you for your interest!

Interested In Becoming An Altar Server?

The duties of those girls and boys and young women and men who serve at the altar are integral to the celebration of the Mass. They must be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out with appropriate reverence. They must have received First Holy Communion and they must attend Mass on a regular basis. If you are interested in becoming an altar server and are in fourth grade or higher, please contact the Parish Office to indicate your interest. (508-823-9833) You will then be notified concerning two mandatory training sessions, to be held in December. In these sessions, we will review the duties one performs as an altar server and address any questions you may have about your responsibilities. A second opportunity to express an interest in becoming an altar server will be offered in late November when Deacon Joe will visit fourth-grade faith formation classes.