Parish News

Faith Formation News – 2022-23 Calendar

Please print out a copy of the calendar so you have it for reference by clicking here.
In the event of weather impacts, we will make every effort to email families and we will have it broadcast on Boston Channel 7. WHDH.
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St. Ann’s Grand Annual Appeal

Every parish family should have received a letter from Father this week asking for a contribution to our “Grand Annual Appeal” to help offset our operating deficit. The participation of ALL parishioners is essential for the success of this effort. Please return your gift card today. Thank you!

St. Ann’s Choir News

St. Ann’s Adult Choir will begin rehearsals for the Christmas season on September 27th at 7:00pm in the choir loft. The choir meets every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

We are currently looking for new members. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to attend. No auditions are necessary. The choir sings every Sunday at the 9:30am Mass and for special occasions throughout the season. Please think about joining us this Tuesday.

Knights of Columbus Council #10289 Monthly Business Meeting

The next regular Knights of Columbus business meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00pm in the parish center. All members are encouraged to attend.

Interested in Becoming a Knight?
The Council is seeking to increase its membership. Any practicing Catholic man 18 years of age or older wishing to join the Knights should contact Grand Knight, Chris Buckley at 918-406-6199 or email Chris at For additional information visit our website at

Coffee & Donuts After Mass

Coffee & donuts will be served in the Parish Center after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses beginning September 18th. We are grateful to Bev Morgan for agreeing to coordinate this activity. We are currently looking for adult helpers, it’s a nice way to make friends and meet new people. If you are interested in helping, please call Bev at 508-823-9183.

Faith Matters (or Matters of Faith)

One of the fruits of last winter’s Parish Synod was the polling of parishioners on what sorts of topics people would like to see addressed in the forum of Adult Education.

Father Jim along with the Deacons Joe & Paul have suggested a series of “conversations” open discussions on various topics. One of the topics suggested was the whole issue of Clergy Abuse Within The Church. There have been very few opportunities for Catholics to voice their feelings… hurts… questions… confusion…
about clergy abuse.

On Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm in the Parish Center, all parishioners are invited to participate in a discussion on the topic of Clergy Abuse Within the Church. Coffee…prayer…conversation on the topic. This is NOT a class… just an opportunity to listen to one another and perhaps gain some insight on the topic. Fr. Jim will facilitate.

Faith Formation News – Teachers Needed

We are still in need of teachers for grades 1 through 7. Our program runs successfully due to the generosity of the parishioners who are willing to volunteer their time working with the children of the parish as they grow in their Catholic religion.

Classes for these grades are either:
Sunday mornings (9:15am to 10:45am) or
Monday evenings (5:15pm to 6:45pm) or
Tuesday evenings (5:15pm to 6:45pm)

If interested, please call Joan at (508)824-9021 or email her at

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, October 10, 2022
The St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus is sponsoring its annual Columbus Day Blood Drive on Monday, October 10th in the Parish Center. Appointments are available from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the Red Cross will accept walk-ins, so appointments are necessary. To register, please visit and click on “Donate Blood” and then “Find a Blood Drive”. Enter “Raynham” and “Oct 10” and the St. Ann’s drive will be listed. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS and ask for the St Ann’s Community Blood Drive. Please contact John Donahue by email at or phone (508) 822-6015 or Ed Mahoney at with any questions or for help with registering for an appointment.

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 carry them out with appropriate reverence. They must have received First Holy Communion and they must attend Mass on a regular basis.

If you are interested in becoming an altar server and are, in the fall, beginning 4th grade or higher, please contact the Parish Office to indicate your interest in serving. (508-823-9833) You will then be notified concerning attendance at two training sessions, to be held in December. In these sessions, we will review the duties one performs as an altar server and address any questions you may have about your responsibilities. In November, another opportunity to express an interest in becoming an altar server will be offered in fourth-grade faith formation classes.

Join Us For The Women’s Fall Faith Study

We meet to deepen our faith in the community and will be reading CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The book and study guide can be purchased through Amazon.
Wednesdays from 10:00am to 11:30am
or Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

We will meet for 12 weeks for this study:
(Wed: 9/21 to 12/14 or Thurs: 9/22 to 12/15) Please email Karen Toste at if you have any questions.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic, we are forming a group here at St. Ann Parish, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, to assist those who seek to become Catholic. Whether you are unbaptized, baptized in another denomination and like to become Catholic, or baptized a Catholic and never really catechized further after baptism, then this program is for you. If interested, contact Karen Toste at or speak to Father Jim.

Attention All Volunteers – In-Person Safe Environment Training

If you are a volunteer here at St. Ann’s and have not yet completed the online Safe Environment Training required by the Diocese of Fall River call Joan at 508-824-9021 or Deb at 508-823-9833 in the office with any questions. CORI forms may also be completed.

Daily Mass & Church Hours – Mass Live Stream Information

A reminder, the church is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm for you to stop by and pray. Please exercise social distancing while in the church. Daily Mass is live-streamed on our website & Facebook at 7:30am each weekday, 8:00am Saturdays, and holidays.

The Daily and Sunday Mass is recorded for your viewing!

On Youtube:

To view on Facebook, visit:
and the live-stream appears under the Video section.

The Parish Facebook page is also embedded on this site at

The live stream video is compatible with all desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Prayers for the Sick

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

Denise Cabral-Bumpus, Karen Cavanagh,
Kevin Ellis, Shirley Ellis,
Paul Kane, James McGann, Regan Piotti, Roberta Santos,
Helen Smith, Thomas M. Timkoh

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

St. Ann’s Online Giving

Many have been so thoughtful and concerned during these days about how we can continue to support our Parish. Many thanks to all who have mailed in or dropped off their contributions. We also have a new method – online giving. To sign up for that simply go to or click the “We Share” icon above. There you will be able to set up weekly, monthly, or a one-time contribution. It is very simple to use and very secure.

Sign Up for St. Ann’s “Flocknote”

If you wish to receive regular updates regarding St. Ann’s Parish and what is happening with Mass schedules, etc… please text the words StAnnRaynham to 84576. You can also sign up using this link:

Parish Prayer List

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.

Anyone who would like to make arrangements for a baptism is asked to see Fr. Jim, Deacon Joe, or Deacon Paul after Mass.  Baptisms are held the first three Sundays of each month.

What Are The  Requirements To Be 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.  Please see Fr. Jim after Mass to have a sponsor form signed.

Welcome New Parishioners!
A word of welcome to our new parishioners!  Please introduce yourselves to Fr. Jim, Deacon Joe, and Deacon Paul 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.

Diocesan Television Mass

The Fall River Diocese sponsors a televised Mass each Sunday at 11:00am on WLNE-TV, ABC Channel 6, New Bedford-Providence. The Mass is re-aired at 12:30pm on Comcast cable channel 95 in Fall River. On the air since September 1963, the Television Mass serves members of the faithful who are unable to attend Mass at a parish church because of illness or infirmity.

Mass Online:


Parish Mailing Address

Please keep in mind that the mailing address for all parish business, including Faith Formation or for Fr. Jim is:
St. Ann’s Parish
PO Box 247
Raynham Center, MA 02768-0247

“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

At St. Ann's, we all work together to protect our children. Please visit the Diocesan SafeEnvironment page for information on how we protect the faithful, and the steps involved to minister, work,or volunteer in the Diocese.