“We write as your pastors; we write also at a critical moment for the Catholic Church in Massachusetts, in the nation and throughout the world. The issue which confronts us all, but especially confronts us as bishops, is the sexual abuse crisis that has again enveloped the life of the Church. ”
Grade 9 students will be attending their Confirmation Retreat on Saturday, March 2nd and on Saturday, March 9th from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The retreats will be held at our Parish Center and end with the 4:00pm Mass. Please keep the Candidates in your prayers.
Due to the school vacation week, there will be no Faith Formation classes from Sunday, February 17th, through Tuesday, February 19th. Classes will resume on Sunday, February 24th. We hope everyone enjoys the break!
Coffee and donuts are available after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses. We would like to thank Nina Triolo, Fred Sylvia, Nancy Cabral, and Barbara Owens 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 next meeting for the St. Ann’s Sociable Seniors will be on Tuesday, February 19th at 10:30am in the Parish Hall. Lt. Jeff Kelleher of the Raynham Fire Dept. will speak on the history of fire service. Soup, sandwich, and dessert will follow. Cost is $7.00 per person. Send check to Joe Bettencourt at 300 Church St., Apt. 189, Raynham, by February 12th. Food for the month – kids cereal or snacks.
Every so often it’s good to be reminded of the importance of not only attending Mass but also the manner in which we attend. Are we rushed in getting here, making it difficult for us to enter into the beauty of what God is offering in the Sacrifice of the Mass? Are we distracted by leaving our phones on, anticipating a call or message? Are we in a hurry to leave? There are some folks who have made it a habit of leaving right after Holy Communion.
There may be some times when this is a genuine need but it should never be a habit. Some folks leave and stay talking in the parking lot which truly interrupts the “Communion” Jesus gives to us in His Eucharist, which we have just received. It’s wonderful to see so man good people and families attending Mass here at St. Ann’s. It truly is a faith-filled and welcoming parish. Together, let us be more attentive to how we worship our Lord.
The 8th Annual Chili and Soup cook-off sponsored by our 9th grade Confirmation candidates was a great success! There were 15 delicious entries tasted by over 100 guests. The Grade 9 confirmation students provided the fantastic desserts and were the servers and crew for the event. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the cookoff. A special thank you to Jenn Murphy for overseeing this event and to all our fabulous chefs.
1st place: Joe Harnois with his Super Bowl Chili
2nd place: Maddie and Jim Murphy with their M.A.D. Dog Chili
3rd place: tied between the Solorzano Family’s Solo Chili and Luke Buckley’s St. Luke’s Chili.
1st place: Cora and John Grace with their Chicken Pot Pie Chowdah
2nd place: Jerry Williams BBQ Bacon Meatball Soup
3rd place: Rico Pasquale’s Brisket Beef Stew and Smoked BBQ Chicken Noodle Soup.
Because of your generosity, we collected $812.00. This money will be donated to a parish charity.
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!
On February 2nd & 3rd, our Faith Formation students participated in “Souper Bowl of Caring”, a national youth program. The students collected $2,161.37 due to your generosity! This money will go to the local soup kitchen and homeless shelter. We thank you for your support!
It’s not too early to make your plans to attend the annual Lenten Women and Men’s Conference sponsored by the Fall River Diocese, set for Saturday, March 9, at Stonehill College in Easton. The Conference will feature talks by three dynamic speakers and an opportunity to interact with them through a group panel discussion.
On the program are CatholicTV Network President Bishop Robert Reed of Boston; Scripture scholar and author Dr. Mary Healey of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit; and Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann, a writer, producer and radio/TV host from Salt + Light Media of Canada. In addition, the Conference includes prayer, music, time for reflection, vendors, lunch, and more. It concludes with Mass celebrated by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. Join Catholics from throughout the Diocese for this day of spiritual renewal and enrichment. For details, pick up a registration form at the parish or visit www.fallriverdiocese.org.
Are you a Baptized adult who has received First Communion but has never been Confirmed? Now is your chance! The Diocese is offering a 6-week session to prepare adults for Confirmation, beginning February 16 at Holy Family in East Taunton. Please contact Fr. John at 508-823-9833 if you are interested.
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 email@example.com.
Walking with Purpose was founded by Lisa Brenninkmeyer. Walking with Purpose offers spiritual, scripture-based studies that are fresh and relevant to today’s women. There is no experience needed to attend these studies. Our goal is to have these ongoing studies offered here at St. Ann’s beginning Wednesday, March 13 from 7:00pm to 8:15pm and continuing every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in attending a Catholic bible study to deepen your faith and experience peace in your heart, we would love for you to join this spiritual opportunity. Please email your interest to Rhonda and Lorraine at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20.00 for materials. Thank you and God bless.
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Altar Servers are asked to consult your schedules and let us know when you will NOT be available during the months of April, May, and June. Please send us a note via email at email@example.com, the mail or the basket with the dates by Sunday, February 24th, so the new schedules may be drafted.
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!
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 race 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-822-6015. For runners information and to register for the event go to https://bit.ly/2mH7ND1
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.
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 (email@example.com). We look forward to walking this journey with you!