Sunday September 28, 2014
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bishop Edgar da Cunha

This past Wednesday hundreds of religious, faithful and clergy gathered at The Cathedral of St. Mary of The Assumption for the installation of Bishop Edgar da Cunha as the Bishop of Fall River.  It was a beautiful Mass which incorporated the languages and liturgical customs and music representative of the multicultural makeup of our Diocese.
Having a bishop does not seem to have a tremendous impact on our daily lives as Catholics.  Currently there are dioceses in our country that are awaiting an appointment of a bishop and things seem to be running just fine in those dioceses.  However, a bishop is more than just an administrator and manager of the priests, parishes and people.  He is a shepherd and spiritual father.
As Catholics we believe the bishops share in the fullness of the priesthood, which means they can pass the priesthood onto others in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The bishops are the successors to the Apostles.  It also means that as a bishop he is the chief shepherd and teacher of the flock.  Each priest shares in the ministerial priesthood of the bishop.  Thus the bishop is connected to the priest who then serves the people of the parish or ministerial setting to which he is assigned.
The diocesan bishop is also our connection to the Bishop of The Diocese of Rome -- The Pope, The Vicar of Christ and Successor of St. Peter.  So, in that regard, the bishop is the sign of unity in the diocese and the sign of union with the Universal Church.
Bishop da Cunha's own personal history reflects that universality. He comes to us from Brazil, having made a "stop" in the Archdiocese of Newark for about 36 years.  As we welcome Bishop da Cunha let us pledge our prayers and support to him.  May he lead and serve us faithfully and joyfully for many years to come.

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. 

Have You Taught Faith Formation?

If you have taught in our Faith Formation program in the past could you please check to see if you have any Catechist guides that you are not using?   We routinely collect them in the Spring, have checked our closet and could use a few extra.  If in your fall clean up you find any, please drop them off at the Faith Formation office.  Thank you very much! 

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.

St. Ann's Knights of Columbus

2nd Annual Coat / Winter Clothing Drive

As you're preparing for the winter months, think about the clothing you've stored away for the winter season. Whether you have excess, stuff that no longer fits or you're buying something new, help those who are less fortunate to stay warm in the months ahead by donating that clothing. 

Donation day will be the weekend of October 4th and 5th.  The collection will be before and after each of the weekend Masses. The Knights will be in the parking lot to assist with your donations. Your donations will have an immediate impact throughout the community of the less fortunate. The Knights of Columbus would like to thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity with this charitable event.

First Friday Adoration

A wonderful tradition here at St. Ann's is the First Friday Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament. This Friday, October 3rd, following the 7:00am Mass, the Eucharist is available on the altar so we can spend time with our Lord in prayer.  First Friday Adoration will now conclude at 9:00pm. Thank you to all those who coordinate the schedule and many thanks to those who spend time in prayer with our Lord. Please take advantage of this opportunity for prayer.  For more info, contact Lucille Silva at 508-824-7345.

Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors Altar Servers

Your new schedules for October, November, and December are ready and can be picked up in the foyer this weekend. Schedule is also on this website here and may also be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.

Adult Choir

Do you enjoy singing?  Are you one of the voices we hear singing out at Mass on the weekends?  Then why not join St. Ann’s Adult Choir?

Rehearsals for the Christmas season will begin on Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00pm. New members are cordially invited to attend.  No auditions are necessary. The Adult Choir sings at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday and throughout the year.

If you would like more information, please see Paul Bowen after the 4:00pm Mass on Saturdays, the 9:30am Mass on Sundays, or speak to one of our choir members.

Coffee & Donuts Returns!

Coffee and Donuts are available after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses. We thank John & Sharyn Pasquale, and Bill & Bev Morgan for assisting this weekend.

We are always looking for helpers and it’s a nice way to make friends and meet new people. If you are interested please call Bev Morgan at 508-823-9183.

St Ann's Parish Social

Please take home the insert in this weekend’s bulletin for the annual St. Ann’s Social which will take place on Saturday, October 18th at the Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House.  To reserve a seat, please fill out the form and return by mail to Diane Miller.  We hope to see you there!

The reservation form may also be downloaded and printed using this link


If anyone would like to donate a door prize for the upcoming Parish Social on October 18th, please contact Diane Miller at 508-828-1153.

Join Scouting!

There is a Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or a Venturing Crew in your area that is just waiting to give you the adventure of a lifetime. Boys from age 7-21 can join either Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers based on age and Girls age 14-21 can join Venturing.

These fun filled adventure and learning based programs will give your son or daughter the confidence and life skills they need to succeed. Contact your local council at 508-286-9202 Ext 202 or visit for more information on how to join.

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 September.

St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

The following items are needed:  Canned peas, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, and pasta sauce.  Thank you for your generosity!


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. 

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!

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.

Coyle & Cassidy High School & Middle School


Coyle & Cassidy High School and Middle School division is holding an Open House on October 19 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. View the informative flyer by clicking here.

2nd Annual Glory Road Race

Immaculate Conception Church, N. Easton
We’re excited to announce the 2nd Annual Glory Road Race will be held at Borderland State Park on Saturday, November 1st, at 10:00am! The course is a 5K (3.1 mile) run / walk through the beautiful grounds of our local Easton gem.  It’s a family friendly environment which we know everybody will enjoy!  We are now using official bib chip timing.  The cost is $22.00 per person, register online at You may also call ICC at 508-238-3232 or email us at for more information.

The March for Life

The March for Life will be held in Washington DC on January 22nd 2015. Trip planning is underway, so reserve your spot.

The buses are leaving the evening of January 21st and returning on January 23rd. The bus fare and hotel rooms are included in the ticket price. If interested in attending. contact Paul Spearin at 508-567-7155, or

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 October 24-26, 2014. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at

Catholics in Recovery

The next meeting of the Calix Society will take place on October 1st, at the Holy Family Parish, 370 Middleboro Ave, Taunton. The meeting will start at 7:00pm with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. Kevin Cook.  As part of the liturgy, blessing with Oil of St. Joseph with a prayer for generational healing will be offered.  Confession will also be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fellowship and sharing will take place after Mass.

The Emmaus Ministry

Weekend Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents Losing a child under any circumstance is horrific.  Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Please join us Friday, November 7th through Sunday, 9th, 2014 at Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA.

For more information call Diane at (617)542-8057 or see

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!  

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.

Aug 31 Kathleen A Roza 1964 Sept 10 Joseph P Mulhern 1964 Sept 21 William P. Willette 1984
  Walter E. Nevitt 1990   James C. Comiskey 1966   Ann C. Januse 1999
  Eileen Stanton 1991   Herbert A. Lee 1967   Robert M. Marotte 2009
Sept 10 Jennie Perry 1991   Thomas Whalen 1978   Michael J. Tierney 2011
  James Stanton 2005   Margaret F. Bryan 1995 Sept 22 Louis F. Champagne 1994
  Salvatore A. Tomase 2005   Mary Cravenho 2001   Brenda Campbell 2000
  Margaret Gamache 2006   Natalie Goslin 2010   Joseph G. Quill, Jr. 2003
  Eric J. Kivlan 2011 Sept 12 William Silvia 1971   Thomas C. Winters 2003
Sept 20 John Silva 1984   Angelo Romani 2011   Mariano Pereira 2007
  Gladys F. Machado 1985   Frederick Harris 2011   Alexina Ouellette 2009
Sept 3 Louise M Bumila 1991   Kathryn Maloof 2011   Louis Ghelfi 2009
  Frank Ventura 2006 Sept 14 Alice Aguiar 1988 Sept 23 Jeremiah G Callahan 1964
Sept 4 Michael C. Lopresti 1976   Patricia F. Cordeiro 1995   Leroy Gregg Jr. 1991
  Thomas Joseph Bourget 1994   Robert H. Crimmins 1998   Florence P. Viles 1997
  Alec c. Ormond 1995   Alice Carey 2008   Mary T. Dooley 2003
  Ernest Palladino 2009   Mary Elizabeth Govain 2011   Lorraine McCormack 2010
  Richard E. Rodier, Sr. 2009 Sept 16 Jose Teixeira 1980 Sept 24 Eleanor Grosso 2005
Sept 5 Francis Yelle 1982   Napoleon H. Miller 1985   William Costa 2005
  Marion O'Handley 1984   Joseph O. Machado 1987 Sept 25 Joseph E. Keough 1987
  Natalie Ann Emery 1996   Thomas L. Filosi 1996   Anne Marie Gordon 2003
  Janice Ferrara 2000   Anne J. Yule 1999   Carmine Carucci 2006
  Kathleen M. Peterson 2011 Sept 17 John Albert Furtado 1992   George Cleary 2006
  Martin Newfield 2011   Thomas Brown 2000   Lawrence Rosenquist 2010
Sept 6 Leona McCaffrey 1982   Eric Huskins 2006 Sept 26 Judith P. Lafond 1982
Sept 7 Gary A. Emery 1984 Sept 18 Manuel DeMello 1984   Marion Phillip 1993
  Mary T. O'Donoghue 2002   Charles J. Gangi 2003   Frank A. Bedford 1998
  R. Lucille Bousquet 2005 Sept 20 William J. Kennon 1979   Francis Paul Costa 2002
  Thomas Zaks 2010   Edgar A. Chamberland 1988 Sept 27 Frank C. Marino, Jr. 2001
        William Flaherty 2005   Eleanor M. Neas 2003


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