From the Pastor’s Desk – February 18, 2024

Lenten Intentions

The holy season of Lent has begun, and we join the Church throughout the world in this annual time of preparation to celebrate the Paschal Mystery, the mystery of our redemption. The season of Lent is a time of prayer, penance, and almsgiving. It’s also a time of spiritual discipline, sacrifice, and good resolutions. Many people find that their discipline is strong in the first days of Lent, but then, as the season goes on, it can become more difficult to sustain our good resolutions of sacrifice, prayer, and charity.
One suggestion that can help to sustain and fulfill our Lenten resolutions is to decide on some definite and specific intentions for the whole season of Lent. We can decide and announce to the Lord in our prayer that we will take up and offer our Lenten disciplines for certain intentions, whether particular or general. For example, if someone abstains from a cherished daily cup of coffee during Lent, the sacrifice could be offered for a sick relative or friend. Or, if we resolve to pray the Rosary each day during Lent, we can offer it for those who have lost their faith, or for those who are suffering from tragedy or war, for example. Then, when we feel weak or lazy, or when the temptation comes to skip our Lenten disciplines, we can recall our stated intentions and think of those we are trying to help by our prayers and sacrifices.
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Souper Bowl Sunday Totals

On February 10th & 11th, our Faith Formation students participated in “Souper Bowl Sunday”, a national youth program. They collected $2,525 due to your generosity! This money will be sent to the local soup kitchens and a homeless shelter. We thank you for your support, and we would like to thank Joan Lynn, Sharyn Pasquale, and Jenn Murphy for coordinating this event!! We would like to send out a special “thank you” to all of the Faith Formation students who volunteered their time for this event!

The Season of Lent

The holy season of Lent, which began last Wednesday, February 14, is a time to help us prepare to celebrate the mystery of our redemption at Easter. It’s a season of spiritual discipline, penance, and conversion, designed to help us deepen our faith and grow in holiness. The traditional disciplines of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The more we commit ourselves to these spiritual disciplines, the more we will be ready to honor Christ and thank Him in celebration at Easter.
Lenten Regulations
The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. The law of abstinence applies to those who are 14 years of age and older, and an individual is to abstain from meat on those days.
Lenten Spiritual Exercises 
For those for whom it is possible, attendance at daily Mass during Lent is highly encouraged. Likewise, the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all during Lent. Here at St. Ann’s:
Confessions are heard each week on Wednesday, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, on Saturday, from 2:45pm to 3:45pm, and on Sunday, from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Stations of the Cross will also be held each Friday during Lent at 7:00pm.
In addition, all are encouraged, if possible, to visit Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday each week, anytime between the hours of 8:00am to 6:00pm.
40 Days for Life
As part of our Lenten observance of prayer, the St. Ann’s Pro-Life Committee invites you to join in the praying of the Rosary each day at Angell Park in Attleboro, from February 14 to March 23. Please consider joining in prayer and fasting for an end to abortion and in faithful witness to the Gospel of Life.
Vigil Location:
Four Women Clinic,
150 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA
Vigil Hours: 6:00am to 6:00pm daily

President’s Day Mass

The daily Mass on Monday, February 19th, will be held at 8:00am in recognition of Presidents’ Day. The Parish and Faith Formation offices will be closed.

Faith Formation News

There are no Faith Formation classes this week due to Presidents’ Day. Classes will resume next Sunday & Monday, February 25th & 26th.

Lenten Taize’

Walking toward Emmaus – Join us on Sunday, February 18th at 7:00pm, St. John Neumann Church, 157 Middleboro Rd., E. Freetown.

WeShare Account Statements

To all parishioners who give electronically through WeShare: Your year-end contribution statements for your taxes were emailed to you on 1/29/24. Also, second collections have been added to WeShare.

St. Ann’s Women’s Faith Study

We meet to deepen our faith in the community and will be reading:
The Eight Doors to the Kingdom: Meditations on the Beatitudes by Fr. Jacques Philippe. We will meet to discuss our reading.

We have 2 day/time options for you to choose from:
Wednesdays from 10:00am to 11:30am starting February 7th
Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm starting February 8th
If you have any questions email Karen Toste at StAnnsWomensFaithStudy@gmail.com.

34th Annual K of C Charity Road Race March 10

The 34th Annual St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council #10289 Charity 5 Road Race and Family Fun Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, March 10th at 10:00am. The race starts and finishes at the Raynham Lions Club on King Phillip Street. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. Free race t-shirt for all runners registered by 2/15. Full pancake breakfast for participants 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 and to fund scholarships for college-bound Raynham students. Volunteers interested in helping with the race and those interested in sponsorship opportunities or donations can contact Race Director, John Donahue at john.donahue64@gmail.com or 617-620-1246, or call
Ed Mahoney at 508-245-0644. For runners’ information and to register for the event, visit https://www.northeastracers.com/raynham-charity-5-miler/.

Not a runner or walker? Click here if you wish to help the Knights raise money for the Scholarship Fund!  Click on the “Get Tickets” link and donate any amount you wish. The Knights of Columbus Council #10289 thank you!

Snow Cancellation Reminder

If there is a snowstorm, please use your best judgment about attending Mass. Mass will not be canceled but can be watched from home via livestream if it is unsafe to travel. The live stream can be accessed from this website. Scroll down through the Mass Schedule, and under “Mass Livestream” click on “our YouTube channel.”
The Daily Mass, 4:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass, and 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass is live-streamed on our Facebook page and our Youtube channel.

Handcrafted Rosary For Sale

Beautiful handcrafted Rosaries are for sale in the Parish center Monday-Thursday, 8:30am to 2:30pm. The cost is $25 each. All proceeds will go to St. Ann’s.

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.