Parish News Updates

Fr. John On Retreat

I will be on retreat from Sunday evening (1/20) until Saturday morning (1/26). Each year a priest is required to make a retreat. I will admit to you this is a requirement I am happy to keep! Many folks wonder what a priest does on retreat. For the week I will be spending time in quiet prayer and reflection. There will be daily Mass and I will be meeting with a retreat director once a day. But for the most part, I will be in silence, which is a welcome gift. While a retreat is not a vacation it certainly is more restful than one. Please keep me in your prayers this week as I will certainly keep you in mine.

Mass on Monday at 8:00am

Due to the National holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mass this Monday, January 21st, will be at 8:00am.

Coffee & Donuts on Sunday

Coffee and donuts are available after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses. We would like to thank Daniel Flaherty, Michael Flaherty, Margarita Arcand, Angela McGrath, and Mary Susi 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.

Grade 2 Parent Meeting

On Sunday, February 3rd at 9:30am, there will be a meeting for all parents of 2nd-grade students. Please make every effort to attend.

Weekly Collection Envelopes

A reminder to the Parishioners who use the weekly collection envelopes. Please clearly mark the front of your envelope with your donation amount. This will ensure you receive credit for your donation on the year-end statements you receive in January. The company we use for processing sends back numerous envelopes monthly that have no amounts written or checked on the front of the envelopes, therefore, the year-end statement will not reflect this donation.

Emmaus Retreat

Emmaus is a retreat for men and women (ages 20+) who seek to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, regardless of their present level of faith or practice. We want to invite you to join us on our next Emmaus weekend. You will be welcomed by a loving community, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and celebrate the sacraments. The next Emmaus is February 15-17 at Cathedral Camp in East Freetown, MA. For more information or to apply online, email emmausretreats@gmail.com or visit our website: www.emmausretreats.com.

Healing Mass

There will be a Healing Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle on Thursday, February 14th. The Holy Rosary begins at 6:00pm and will include the Sacrament of Confession. Holy Mass will begin at 6:30pm. It will include praying over people individually and conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.

Hospice Volunteer Training – We Need Your Help!

Hospice Services of Massachusetts is in strong need of volunteers to provide supportive care to hospice patients and their caregivers who are facing a life-limiting illness. Volunteers are invited to participate in a comprehensive training program, after which they will be assigned to care for hospice patients in their area. Volunteers will also be offered on-going training, support, and educational programs for specialized volunteer roles. MAKE A DIFFERENCE! For more information please contact Kate Mahoney, Volunteer Coordinator, at 508-291-0049.

Faith Formation News

There will be no Faith Formation classes from January 20th to January 22nd, due to the long weekend honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Classes will resume on Sunday, January 27th.

Souper Bowl Sunday

On Saturday, February 2nd, and Sunday, February 3rd, our 7th and 8th-grade students will be participating in “Souper Bowl Sunday”, a national youth program. You will find some of these students at the doors of the Church with Soup bowls. As you leave you are asked to drop a dollar or whatever you can spare into the pot. The money that is collected will go to the local soup kitchen and homeless shelter. We thank you for your support.

Our Lady of Lourdes Open House

Have faith in your child’s future. Explore Catholic Pre-School and Elementary education at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Taunton, MA. Come join us at our Open House on January 26, from 10:00am to noon at 52 First Street, Taunton. Visit our website, www.ololtaunton.com or call 508-822-3746 for more information.

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 last Wednesday, we have received a total of $37,579.00 from our parishioners. 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!

Save the Date! 8th Annual Soup & Chili Cook-off!

The 8th Annual Soup & Chili Cook-off will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, February 2nd, at the parish center. Grade 9 students will be selling tickets in January and we are always looking for “chefs” to participate. Please call the Faith Formation office at 508-824-9021 if you would like to enter a special dish. We hope to see you all there!

RCIA

Are you, or someone you know, interested in becoming Catholic? If you’ve never been Baptized, Baptized in another Christian Church or Baptized in the Catholic Church but never received First Communion then please let us know. We can assist you in becoming a member of the Catholic Church or completing that journey. Please contact the parish office (508-823-9833) or email Fr. John (revjmm@gmail.com). We look forward to walking this journey with you!

Our Lady of Lourdes Open House

Have faith in your child’s future. Explore Catholic Pre-School and Elementary education at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Taunton, MA. Come join us at our Open House January 26, from 10:00am to noon at 52 First Street. Visit our website, www.ololtaunton.com or call 508-822-3746 for more information.