From the Pastor’s Desk

The Angelus

As we begin the Advent season, which prepares us to celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation at Christmas, a beautiful spiritual tradition to take up is the daily prayer of the Angelus. The Angelus is a very simple but beautiful way to sanctify the day and to remind us of the great mystery that we celebrate at Christmas. The Angelus Prayer is traditionally prayed three times a day, at morning, noon, and evening, to help the soul recall the great truth of the Incarnation. It contains three verses and responses, each followed by the Hail Mary, and then followed by another verse and response and a beautiful closing prayer:     Continued……

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation

This Friday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. This mystery in the life of Mary and in the life of the  Church is so important that the Church places an obligation on us Catholics to attend Mass. There will be three Masses here on Friday: 7:30am, 12:15pm, and 7:00pm.
The one Holy Day collection goes to support the charitable works of our Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society.

First Reconciliation

On Saturday, December 2nd, fifty-nine of our Faith Formation students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. We ask that you keep these youngsters in your prayers as they continue to prepare for their First Holy Communion.

Prayer Shawls

The Prayer Shawl Ministry has combined the love of knitting and crocheting with prayer to reach out to those in need of comfort, healing, and solace. This weekend, December 2nd & 3rd, Father David will bless the finished shawls at the Masses. Anyone who is interested in receiving a shawl either for themselves or for a beloved family member or friend, should email Donna at prayershawl@stannsparish.org. Shawls will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Sacrament of Baptism

We extend prayerful congratulations to:
Barrett Matthew Carr
son of Matthew and Melanie Carr
James Hazlehurst
son of James Hazlehurst and Andrea Celata
Matthew Elias Rodrigues
Maverick Fontes Rodrigues
sons of Michael and Erica Rodrigues
Nickolas Resendes Rebelo
son of Jason and Jessica Rebelo
who were baptized and welcomed into our faith community during the month of November.

Christmas Pageant

Our annual Christmas Pageant will be held on Saturday, December 23rd following the 4:00pm Mass. An email was sent to all families of children in our Faith Formation program inviting them to join us for this wonderful production. Any Faith Formation students in grades 1-6 who would like to sign up to be in the pageant, or any older students or St. Ann’s parishioners who would like to help with rehearsals or setup/clean up, please use this link to sign up.  https://forms.gle/tyYKLYqofmTopvS9A  or scan this QR  code:

Pageant Schedule
The rehearsal dates are 12/12, 12/20, and 12/21 from 6:00 – 7:30pm and 12/13 from 5:00 – 6:00pm. The Pageant will be on Saturday, December 23rd starting at approximately 5:15pm in the Church.

Upcoming Parish Meetings

Knights of Columbus Council #10289
The next regular business meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00pm in the parish center. All members are encouraged to attend.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
There will be a meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Monday, December 11th at 7:00pm in the Parish Center. All members are urged to attend.

St. Ann’s Sociable Seniors

The St. Ann’s Sociable Seniors Christmas Party is on Tuesday, December 19th at 11:30am at the American Legion Hall on Mill Street. The buffet will include slow roast prime rib, baked haddock topped with bread crumbs and lemon, scalloped potatoes, green beans almondine, tossed salad, rolls, dessert, and a coffee station. The cost is $35. Please send your check to Joe by December 12th. A $10 Yankee Swap will follow.

Christmas Pageant – Help Needed!

This year’s St. Ann’s Christmas Pageant is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 23rd after the 4:00pm Mass. We are looking for adult and middle/high school
student volunteers to help. If you are interested, please reach out to Joan at religioused@stannsraynham.org, or call her at (508)824-9021. We will need volunteers
to help with rehearsals, music, and costumes. An organizational meeting will be scheduled soon. St. Ann’s has always been very fortunate to have dedicated parent volunteers who have continued to work on this annual tradition for years. However, as their own children are aging out of the Faith Formation program, we will need parents of our younger students to step in and help us out. This would be a great year to join us and “see” how everything works while we still have our experienced parents here to help guide us.

Keep Christ In Christmas Poster Contest

The Knights of Columbus, “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest will take place again this year. Students in grades K-8 are invited to participate in this event, with the winner of each age bracket winning a prize! Entry forms and 11″ X 17″ paper are available outside of the Faith Formation office and in the vesting room at the main entrance of the church. All submissions must be returned by noon on December 1st. Please place the poster and your entry form in the box in the vesting room at the main entrance of the church.

The Marian Medal

Each year the parish selects one parishioner who has given extraordinary service over time to the good of the life of the parish. This year’s recipient of the Marian Medal is Donna Clark. Donna has been involved over the years at Saint Ann’s. She is one of our weekly counters, a member of the Altar Society, and a Eucharistic Minister.
Join me in congratulating Donna on this happy occasion. The Marian Medals will be given at a ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral by the Bishop on Sunday, December  3rd.

St Ann’s Grand Annual Appeal

We are grateful for the generosity shown by so many to our “Grand Annual Appeal”! If you have not yet had an opportunity to return your gift card, please consider a donation. We are in hopes to address some necessary and major maintenance projects that will likely come at a significant cost. Every gift is welcome and sincerely appreciated. Additional Annual Appeal packets are available at the main entrance to the church if you need one.

St. Ann’s Prayer Line

Need extra prayer? St. Ann’s prayer line takes requests from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. We are here for your needs whether it be a request for you, a family member, or a friend. Call or text (508)272-4067.