Sunday September 20, 2014



Second Collection This Week

We have all witnessed the tragedy and horror inflicted upon so many by the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  Christians, and people of other faiths, have been displaced, persecuted and killed by this evil organization.  We have been responding by our prayers and now it's time that we respond with material and financial assistance.  At the request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services there will be a second collection this weekend to assist those who have been victimized.  If this means giving less in the regular parish collection, then so be it. Please be as generous as possible.

Installation of Bishop da Cunha

This Wednesday, September 24th, Bishop Edgar da Cunha will be installed as the 8th Bishop of Fall River.  This is an exciting time for our Diocese. This will take place during a Mass at 2:00pm at The Cathedral of St. Mary of The Assumption in Fall River.

During this Mass Bishop da Cunha will "take possession" of the Diocese.  At that moment he becomes the chief shepherd and teacher of our faith in the Diocese of Fall River. Please pray for him and our Diocese as we grow together in faith.  May God grant health, joy, fidelity and happiness to Bishop Edgar da Cunha.  

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Classes Begin

Kindergarten Sunday October 5th 9:45am – 10:30am
Grade 1 Saturday October 4th 9:15am – 10:15am
Grade 2 Sunday September 28th 9:45am – 10:45am
Grade 3 Saturday October 4th 10:30am – 12:00 noon
Grade 4 Saturday October 18th 10:30am - 12:00 noon
Grade 5 Monday September 29th 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Grade 6 Monday October 6th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Grade 7 Tuesday September 30th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Grade 8 Tuesday October 7th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  Mandatory parent Meetings:  
Grade 1 Saturday October 4th 9:15am – 10:15am
Grade 2 Sunday September 28th 9:45am – 10:45am
Grades 3 - 8 Saturday October 4th 10:30am – 12:00 noon
OR ---> Monday October 6th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Home School Tuesday October 14th 6:30pm

Faith Formation Calendar

The 2014-2015 Faith Formation Calendar is available for download or viewing by clicking here.

Faith Formation Substitutes Needed

The Faith Formation program is in need of substitute teachers for our program in grades 1-8. We are also looking for an adult office volunteer to help out on Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 10:45am.  If you are interested in this wonderful volunteer opportunity please call the Faith Formation office at 508-824-9021. 

Teen Choir


Attention incoming 8th graders through incoming Seniors.  Do you like to sing?  Do you play an instrument?  

If so, we’d love to have you join our Teen Choir. Our Choir is made up of teenagers who enjoy sharing their voices on the Altar at the 5:00pm Mass on Sundays from September to June. Rehearsals are held the hour before Mass.

If you're interested, please join us Sunday, September 14th at 4:00pm (or any Sunday at 4:00pm) in the Church basement to find out what we are all about. What a wonderful way to worship the Lord!  If you have any questions, please contact: Sue Catalano at (508) 822-9365 or

Youth Choir

Boys and girls in grades 3 through grade 7 - Do you like to sing?  Would you like to actively participate in the Celebration of Mass each week?

Then please consider joining St. Ann’s Youth Choir. What a wonderful way to Worship the Lord! The Choir sings at the 11:00 Mass on Sundays, September to June. Rehearsals are held the hour before Mass from 10:00am to 11:00am.  If you're interested, please join us on Sunday, September 14th at 10:00am in the Church basement (or any Sunday at 10:00am) to find out what we are all about.  

If you have any questions, please contact: Sue Catalano at (508) 822-9365 or

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 already have received Holy Communion for the first time and they must attend Mass on a regular basis.

If you are interested in becoming an altar server and are, in the fall, beginning third grade or higher, please contact the rectory to indicate your interest (508-823-9833 or 9834). You will then be notified concerning attendance at two training sessions, to be held in the October - December time period.

The purpose of these sessions is to review the duties one performs as an altar server and to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions concerning your responsibilities. A second opportunity to express an interest in becoming an altar server will be offered in a few weeks, when Deacon Joe will visit all third and fourth grade religious education classes.

Parish News & Events

Parish News

The new offices are up and running!  Many thanks to the wonderful parish staff here at St. Ann's and some volunteers who helped make the transition to the parish center so smooth. It is our hope that this will assist us in serving you better.


Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic?  Please let us know!  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey of faith and understanding.  The process begins in the fall and concludes at the Easter Vigil.  Please contact Fr. John at the parish office (508-823-9833) if you would like to learn more. 

Coffee & Donuts On Hiatus

We are giving the bakers and the workers a well-deserved break as a way of saying thanks for their help this past year. We want to thank Bev Morgan for overseeing this activity, and Tim Holick and Ed Ennes, our “bakers.”  We are grateful to all of the volunteers who assist in this social activity. Coffee and Donuts will return in September.

Parish Necrology

Each week, our parish necrology – a listing of the anniversaries of those parish members who have gone before us – is published. We ask that you keep these folks in your prayers, particularly on the anniversary of their death.  
Fr. John

Note - Click here to see the necrology for August.

Parish Social - Save The Date!

This year’s Parish Social will be held on Saturday, October 18th, at the Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House in Raynham. 

Prayers for the Sick

Please remember in your prayers all who are facing illness at this time: 

Fred Lincoln
Jennifer K. Strachan

and those whose names are listed in the book of prayers for the sick.

Praying for the sick is something we are called to do as disciples of Jesus.  In an effort to assist us in doing that we are asking if you or a loved one is ill and needs to be prayed for.  We will maintain the practice of keeping the prayer book by the tabernacle.  But we will also be adding another way of praying for those who are sick. Every other week the names of those for whom we are praying will be listed in the bulletin, with the permission of the person who is sick or their family. Please forward your prayer requests to Roberta Santos ( When making the request please leave your name and phone number. Should you wish to keep the name private, that will be honored.  Thank you!

Fall River Diocese 
Area Schools

Fall River Diocese 
News and Events

Area Daily Mass Schedules

St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater   St. Jude the Apostle, Taunton
Monday – Friday 7:00am & 9:00am,
Saturday 9:00am
  Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday 9:00am
Holy Cross, South Easton    Holy Family, East Taunton
Monday – Friday 9:00am   Monday – Saturday 8:00am

Marriage Encounter Weekend

If we believe, Jesus will give us all the food we need for our marriage. Enrich your marriage on the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on September 19 - 21, 2014, and October 24-26, 2014. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at

St. Ann's On Facebook

St. Ann's Parish is on Facebook! Click the "Like" button below. Fr. John will be posting to the group on a regular basis, so come converse with him on Facebook!  

Community Information
and Announcements

Hope Hospice Volunteers

Hope Hospice is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients and families.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available that match your specialized expertise, unique talents and interest in caring for others.  Volunteer opportunities include providing emotional support and companionship, respite care to caregivers, pet therapy, Reiki, massage and administrative assistance.  All Volunteers participate in a comprehensive training program.  To learn more: contact,  call (508) 957-0270, or visit  Hope Hospice is part of the HopeHealth family of services. 

Become a Mentor Foster Parent

Make a difference in the life of a child from your own community. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in yours. As a foster parent, you will receive $350 tax free weekly stipend per child, 24/7 support and On-Going Skill Development. Foster Children have their own insurance and additional money that is available for clothing allowances, birthday’s & holidays. To change a life of a child in need in your community call today! Massachusetts MENTOR visit or call us at 508-995-3251 ext 5619.

Choose Life

St. Ann's Respect Life Ministry has a great suggestion for parishioners to take a stand for life.  All you need to do is change your license plate! The Massachusetts "Choose Life" license plate is a wonderful way to raise public awareness and much needed funding to support the positive choices of adoption and safe havens. To order "The Choose Life" plate, or for more information, visit Click on the "Purchase a Choose Life Plate" link for the Massachusetts RMV webpage.  It's easy and goes to a great cause - and you don't have to wait in line!

What Are The Requirements To Be A Godparent Or Sponsor?

In order to serve as a Godparent or sponsor, you must be a confirmed Catholic, at least 16 years old, registered in a parish and practicing your faith by weekly participation at Mass. If you are married your marriage must be recognized as valid by the Church.  If you have any questions about this, see either Fr.John or Deacon Joe.

Brookhaven Hospice Volunteer Training

Free Hospice Volunteer Training. We are seeking compassionate, caring people who would like to volunteer for our hospice company.  If you have spare time, would like to give back, or need volunteer hours, you could fulfill all of those, while enriching the lives of hospice patients.  We need people who would provide companionship, friendliness, and a kind heart to those who end of life patients.

If you, or someone you know, would like to attend a free training on being a hospice volunteer, please contact us.  Here at Brookhaven we believe in Celebrating Life.  For more information contact: Jenn Fenuccio Volunteer Coordinator at 855-820-4801.  Visit our web site


The Cancer Care Community Advisory Board – the CABbies – is an all volunteer group with a commitment to help patients and survivors of the greater Taunton area from their cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We assist with short term financial assistance and a variety of other needs.

Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Morton Hospital Cafeteria Annex or call Mary Machado at 508-823-4608 or Ginny Starvish at 508-828-7920 for assistance or more information.

The Office for Child Protection

The Office for Child Protection would like to remind those in ministry with our children to maintain appropriate boundaries at all times. Meeting alone in isolated areas, e-mailing or calling too much, being involved in too many of the minor’s activities, showing favoritism or giving special gifts and communicating with our youth over social networking sites such as MySpace and Face Book, violates appropriate boundaries in our relationships with young people.

If you would like more information about what types of interactions are inappropriate, please call Debora Jones at 508-674-4681.

The Sunday Mass

The Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family Channel from 6:30am to 7:00am each Sunday morning.

The Sunday Mass is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers of New York City and is available on DirecTV (channel 311), DishTV (channel 180) and Comcast Cable (channel 26/HD 826). To early for you? Tivo it or watch it online at

Adoption by Choice

Adoption by Choice, a program of Catholic Social Services, provides confidential supportive pregnancy counseling to individuals experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. An unplanned pregnancy can sometimes mean making difficult but very important decisions. Our licensed counselors are available to meet with individuals and their families whenever they might need someone to share concerns about an unplanned pregnancy and the future of the baby.

Please call 508-674-4681 if you or someone you know might want to explore the agency’s services, and ask to speak with a pregnancy counselor. The Catholic Social Service website also provides additional information on our services:

Traveling? Mass Schedules Nationwide

For nationwide Mass times and locations, you may call 1-410-676-6000 or visit

Catholic TV On The Web

 Or click here to visit

New Words, Same Mass

Examining the New English Translation of the Mass

Why a new translation? Which prayers are changing? How will it affect our celebration of the Mass?

A video presentation explaining the changes to the Mass, given by Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, director of the Office for Worship of the Fall River Diocese and the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield, is available for viewing on Youtube in a five-part series. Links to the video are here:
Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5


Some of the weekly images on are copyright © 2014

A Word of Welcome to New Parishioners!

Please introduce yourselves to Fr. John or Deacon Joe so that we can better serve you.
We hope that you will become involved with our parish,
and we look forward to your presence and participation each week.
Sacrament Preparation
For information regarding Sacrament Preparation click here
Parish Bulletin
Parish bulletins can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here
We want to keep in touch with our parishioners 
It is important to let us know when one becomes homebound or enters a nursing home or long-term care so that we can touch base and see if they would like to receive Holy Communion.
Please help keep us informed of these changes.

August Necrology

August 3 Joyce Wynn 1971 August 10 Kathleen Eramian 1991 August 15 Simone Plante 2012
  Brian S. Perry 1986   Mary A. Hayston 1998 August 16 Kelley J. Andrews 1984
  Mary Ann Rocha 1996   Daniel Cabral 2009   Helyn Delano 2006
  Eugene B. Garner 1998   Lorraine Cahoon 2009 August 17 Eva Lucey 1974
  Marie P. Gonsalves 2002   Arlene Almeida 2011   Della S. Burgess 1997
August 4 Agnes M. Landgraf 1995 August 11 Dorothy Cooke 1975   Robert J. Gomes-Pereira 2000
August 5 Sophie Sylvia 2006   Deborah Engermann 2003   Mary Patrice White 2013
August 6 Donald A. Wotherspoon 2004   Edward Maloof 2008 August 18 Robert J. Murray 1979
  Giovanni Dinorcia 2007   Robert P. DeBourke 2013   John F. Martin, Jr 2002
August 7 Edward J Reilly 1961 August 11 Clement D. LaBelle 1986 August 20 Mary E. White 1978
  Joseph M Varao 1983   John Correia 1998   Dorothy Nottre 1986
  Josephine V. Gilbert 2004   Albert Healey 2008   Antoinette Yellen 2005
  Lea A. Merrion 2013   Alfred Machado 2010 August 21 Henry A. Brazil 1978
August 8 Jeanne A. Cook 1981 August 12 John McGrath 1962   Elizabeth H. Grogan 1983
  Alfred J. McConnell 1991   James E. Keffer, Jr. 1997 August 22 Paul Soares 1977
  John Carnes 2009 August 14 Alice E. Wilbur 1976   Pauline M. Cleary 1997
  Jacqueline Campbell 2012   Elizabeth Wirth 1978   Giuseppina Cantafio 1998
August 9 John J. Alden 1980   Anna M. Phillips 1995   Leo Luis Patrick 2002
  Anne T. Scanlon 1987 August 15 Manuel Aranjo 1986   R. Michael Whitty 2007
August 9 Louis DeCosta 1990   Teresa R. Wholley 2010 August 23 Dennis Costa 1972
              Mary Cady 2007


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