March 17, 2019 Second Sunday of Lent

As we are in the beginning of our Lenten Journey, here is a reflection from Matthew Kelly, to assist us in our endeavor to grow in holiness:

Who Will You Be This Easter?
by Matthew Kelly

What can you do with forty days?
That’s 57,600 minutes.
With that kind of time, you could binge watch 2,618 sitcom episodes (without commercials). Or you could read 192 books (assuming three hundred pages per book at one page per minute).
You could write a book. Or drive across America, coast-to-coast (2,700 miles at an average speed of sixty miles per hour) . . . twenty-one times.
Obviously, these figures are inflated because they assume you aren’t sleeping, but you get the point. You can accomplish a lot when you’ve got forty days and a dream.

This Lent, I encourage you to ask yourself two important questions:
What can I do with forty days?
Who can I become in forty days with God’s help?
When you wake up on Easter Sunday, will you be a different person than you are right now? Will you be closer to or further away from the-best-version-of-yourself—or about the same?

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Snow Cancellation Reminder

For your safety, Daily Mass will be cancelled if Bridgewater-Raynham has a school delay or cancellation. If the schools are closed there will be no Faith Formation classes or activities.

Parish News Updates

Grade 9 Retreat Rescheduled

As the March 2nd retreat was cancelled due to inclement weather, we have been working to find the best time to reschedule. After much discussion we have determined that there is not enough time to reschedule this spring with many calendars booked solid with parish events, sports and activities. For this reason, we have rescheduled the retreat for the Fall date of September 28, 2019. This will take place at the Parish center at 11:00am and end with 4:00pm Mass.

Coffee & Donuts

Coffee and donuts are available after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses. We would like to thank Louis Miller, Charlie McElroy, Nancy Chase, and Marie Wahl for assisting this weekend. We are grateful to Bev Morgan for overseeing this activity, and Tim Holick, George Pike, and Mark Maimaron our “bakers.” We are always looking for helpers and it’s a nice way to make friends and meet new people. Please call Bev Morgan at 508-823-9183 if interested.

The Season of Lent

Lent is a time for us to grow in holiness and grace. There are many ways for us to do this; prime among them is prayer, Mass and Confession. Please utilize the resources being made available for Lenten Devotions. Come to the additional times of prayer — Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings and the Holy Hour on Wednesday evenings. As God offers us His mercy we must then offer love and mercy to others through the Spiritual and Corporal works Of Mercy. Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, may we grow in holiness this Lent so that when Easter arrives we will be able to celebrate fully the mystery of Christ’s Resurrection.

Lenten Mission for the Taunton Deanery

What Will Bring Me More Fully to Life This Lent?
The very word “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon lengthen, referring to the lengthening of the light. From this original meaning, confirmed in the movement from winter’s darkness to spring’s vitality, we are invited to move out of our own personal lethargy to vitality, from ashes to the Paschal Feast. Lent, in short, is about coming to life in new ways. It’s about growth. What will bring me and others more fully to life this Lent?

The Mission is from Sunday, March 17 to Wednesday, March 20. The evening begins at 7:00pm Sunday at St. Ann’s with a Holy Hour; Monday at St. Ann’s and Tuesday at St. Andrew’s, Taunton there will be Mass. Wednesday at St. Andrew’s will conclude with a Penance Service. Please join us! All are welcome!

Lenten Schedule of Activities

To assist us on our Lenten journey, we will be having the usual daily Mass at 7:00am Monday through Friday, and Mass at 8:00am on Saturday.  On Fridays at 7:00pm we will be having the Stations of the Cross.

Lenten Regulations

There are two days when the law of fast and abstinence apply: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The law of fast applies to those individuals of the ages 18 to 59, and it means that an individual may have one meal and may take nourishment (other than meat) twice during the day sufficient to maintain strength. Taken together, these two other opportunities for nourishment should not equal another meal. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. The law of abstinence applies to those who are 14 years of age and older, and an individual is to abstain from meat on those days.

St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry

With the Easter season approaching, our food pantry is in need of some restocking. We can use some canned sliced pineapple, canned baked beans, canned kernel corn, canned peas, mustard, Easter candy (jelly beans, peeps, etc.), as well as $10 food vouchers to Market Basket or a local supermarket. St. Vincent de Paul thanks you for your continued generosity and support!

29th Annual K of C Road Race

The 29th Annual St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council 10289 Charity 5 Mile Road Race and 2.5 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 13th, at 8:30am. Back by popular demand is the 2.5 mile Fun Run/Walk. This shorter distance is suitable for both runners that might not want to try the longer distance as well as those that like a nice long walk for a great cause.

The race starts and finishes at the Raynham American Legion on Mill Street. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. Free race t-shirt for all runners registered by 3/15. Full pancake breakfast after the race! This is the main fundraising vehicle for the St. Ann’s Knights Council. All proceeds are used to support local families and charities in need as well as to fund scholarships for college-bound Raynham students. Volunteers interested in helping with the race and those interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Race Director, John Donahue by email at john.donahue64@gmail.com or call 508-822-6015. For runners information and to register for the event goto: http://bit.ly/KofCRoadrace.

Hop To It!

The Office of Faith Formation is planning an Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday, April 13th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. We are planning on an afternoon of hunts, crafts, face painting and a variety of furry friends to visit. If you are interested in helping with this event please contact Jenn Murphy at 508-824-9021 or email religioused@stannsraynham.org.

Annual Appeal

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. As of this past Tuesday, we have received a total of $39,279.00.  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!