Parish News

Daily Mass Monday and Tuesday at 8:00am

Monday morning mass, January 17th, will be held at 8:00am due to the National holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday morning mass, January 18th, will be held at 8:00am for the St. Ann’s Sociable Seniors.

St. Ann Annual Appeal

Thank you to everyone who has given to the ANNUAL APPEAL. As of now, approximately $34,690.00 has been raised. The “ANNUAL” will be ongoing. If you are not on the mailing list, extra mailings are at the doors of the church, feel free to take one!!! God bless your generosity.

First Communion Attire Sale

The Prospect Hill Company is having a sale on First Communion Attire. There are brochures at the entrance to the church for any of our First Communion families that may be interested.

Holy Family Adoration

Holy Family Church in East Taunton offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Monday Friday from 11:00am to 8:00pm and on First Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the parish center chapel, located at 438 Middleboro Avenue. Currently, we are looking for substitute adorers in the local area to help us continue to offer Adoration every weekday. If you are interested in being a substitute adorer or would like a permanent weekly hour, please contact our Adoration Coordinator, Merle Coughlin, at 508-813-3634, or merlecoughlin@comcast.net. Please know that you are always most welcome to visit anytime that the chapel is open to spend some time in prayer.

St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s Catholic School, 330 Pratt St, Mansfield, MA 02048, is hosting an Open House for prospective families! Sunday, January 30 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Please join us to tour the school, meet with teachers and staff, and get to know SMCS. We hope you can join us for a visit! Applications for the 2022 – 2023 school year are now available on our website! Visit www.stmarymansschool.org/admissions to learn more.

Religious Education Update

We are very excited to be welcoming our in-person students back to the parish center for their Faith Formation classes. With the extended Christmas vacation and the additional one missed class (half of the in-person students missed the week of December 5 and the second half missed the week of January 5), it does seem like it has been a long time since there were students in the building. Our home school program was not impacted and those students have continued to follow their schedule of lessons, assignments, and due dates.

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Religious Education News

Mark your calendars for the reopening of our Parish Religious Education program. Students will continue to follow the same schedule as before we broke: same day, same time.

Sunday, January 23rd – Group 2 (9:15am – 10:45am)
Confirmation 10 (12:00pm – 1:30pm)
Monday, January 24th – Group 5 (5:00pm – 6:30pm)
Lifeteen 2 (7:00pm – 8:15pm)
Tuesday, January 25th – Groups 4 & 6 (5:15pm – 6:45pm)

The classes will be divided into groups according to the proper grade level. Books will be distributed (you’ve already paid for them) to be brought home for any assignments and then brought back to class each week.

There will be a meeting of all teachers, volunteers, including those who would like to teach and volunteer this Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00pm in the parish center with Joan Lynn, our new Religious Education Director, and Father Jim.

Here is a revised calendar for the in-person class schedule for January and February.  Please note that the days and times have not changed for class meetings.   There is no impact or changes to our  Home School program that continues to follow the schedule of assignments and due dates that was outlined in the fall.  https://stannsraynham.org/religious-education

Other activities outside of the class meeting times – like Grade 2 reconciliation are not included on this calendar yet.    Father Jim and I are working to schedule those events and will get that information to you as soon as possible as we realize that families are busy and calendars get booked quickly.  We appreciate your patience as we work through this transition.   If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office (508) 824-9021

Thanks for your service, and your understanding and cooperation during this time of readjustment!!

New Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Several parishioners also have come forward and expressed interest in distributing Holy Communion at parish masses, as well as to the homebound. A training session and discussion with questions will take place on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00pm in the church. New Eucharistic Ministers who signed up, as well as veterans, are welcome to be present. A history of this ministry will be presented as well as the proper way to administer Holy Communion will be offered.

New Lectors For The Parish

As you know we’ve been inviting new lectors (readers) to serve at mass for the last several months. There will be a training session on Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00pm in the church. We’ll discuss methods, delivery of the Word of God, schedules, etc. Veteran lectors are also invited.

St. Anns’ Women’s Faith Study

Join us for the New Year and a new book. We will be reading: How To Pray like Mary by Sonja Corbett. We meet at the Parish Center. Join us on Wednesdays at 10:00am or Thursdays at 7:00pm.

Our upcoming schedule is:

Wednesday, January 12 / Thursday, January 13: Lectio Divina (Jan 16 Mass Readings)

Wednesday, January 19 to Wednesday, February 23: How to Pray Like Mary

Thursday, January 20 to Thursday, February 24: How to Pray Like Mary

Please contact Karen Toste at ktoste@comcast.net with any questions.

St. Ann’s Sociable Seniors

Our January meeting will be our Annual Communion Breakfast on Tuesday, January 18th. Mass will be at 8:00am followed by a catered breakfast by DeAvila’s. The cost is $11.00. Checks should be mailed to Joe Bettencourt by January 9th.

Synod on Synodality

Synod

Synod Overview
Over the next several years, the Church around the world will be participating in a process called the Synod on Synodality. The Holy Father will be meeting with Bishops from across the globe in 2023 to discuss ways of improving the process by which the church communicates on all levels, and is open to hearing the voices of people from all walks of life. The long-term goal is to rebuild the local church in decision-making processes through communion, participation, and mission.

Listening Survey
The process begins here in Raynham now, with asking as many people as possible to take a simple survey. The survey will be sent out to each parishioner’s home and/or can pick up a copy at each Church door. Please complete the listening survey and drop it in the collection basket during Mass or in the collection box at the main entrance of the church throughout the workweek or weekend. The survey is available on this website here. All responses are anonymous, no contact information or personal disclosure specifics are required.

The Listening Survey ends Sunday, January 16, 2022.

Synod Initiative
The preparatory step in the synodal phase is the gathering of the faithful individually, as a parish family. Hopefully, with the information we collect through listening, gathering, sharing about our faith journey and its importance, we may benefit from a deeper faith and a stronger relationship with our Lord, each other, and our church.

Three Synodal Invitations
All sessions will be held in St. Ann’s Parish Center on Saturday’s (Noon to 3:00pm) January 29th: “Baptismal Mission, journey to invite others to Christ” February 26th: “Lenten Journey “Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving” what could that look like June 4th: “Pentecost, walking with the Holy Spirit”

Synodal Event Planning Team
Inviting you to be part of planning these special events by sharing your time, sharing your creative ideas, or sharing the treasures of your faith with this gathering or possibly at one of the upcoming Synodal Invitations. Please contact Deacon Paul Spearin by email at deaconpaul2018@gmail.com or cell 508-567-7155.

RSVP
Please sign up for the Saturday, January 29th session by January 21st. It is very important that we have a number of how many are attending so we can plan the event.

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Monthly Business Meeting
The next regular business meeting will be held in person on Wednesday, January 12th at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.

March for Life
In solidarity with the National March for Life, please join us in a march from St. Vincent’s, 71 Linden Street,
Attleboro, MA 02703 (directions) to St. John the Evangelist, 133 Main St, Attleboro. (directions)

Following the march, there will be a Praise and Worship at St. John’s. January 15, 2022 at 6:00pm.

Starting at St. Vincent de Paul and ending at St. John the Evangelist.
6:00 pm: The walk is around 1.5 miles (35 to 45 minutes)
7:00 pm: Praise and Worship. Should last about 30 minutes.

Rides will be available back to St. Vincent de Paul after Praise and Worship. If you cannot do the walk, you could just go to St. John’s by 6:50 pm for Praise and Worship. All family members and friends are invited.

Al-Anon Meetings

Al-Anon Adult child meetings are held in our Parish Center each Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Open to all.

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, Regan Piotti, Helen Smith, and those whose names are listed in the book of prayers for the sick.

Snow Cancellation Reminder

If in-person classes are canceled or delayed for the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District, daily morning Mass at St. Ann’s will also be canceled.

Bereavement Support

The Diocese continues to offer online support groups and hopes to begin offering live sessions in the Fall. These online virtual programs are being offered through Catholic Social Services on Tuesdays at 4:30pm and at 7:00pm.

To register online for either of these one-hour sessions, go to: https://www.cssdioc.org/bereavement-support/. In addition to the online sessions, one-on-one sessions are also offered via phone. For more information, contact Rose Mary Saraiva at (508)674-4681 ext. 1111 or (774)253-4097, or email rsaraiva@cssdioc.org

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community? Catholic Social Services may be the answer. We need volunteers to help serve guests at our Soup Kitchen in New Bedford, as well as cooks and food preparers. We also need volunteers who can help clients with translation and document preparation at our food pantry.

If you or someone you know is looking for a way to give back and serve the community, call Rose Mary Saraiva at 508-674-4681 ext. 1111 for more information.

St Mary Recycle Mission Group

Has been working with Catholic churches, convents, schools, homes, and other organizations in helping to recycle any Religious items that are no longer needed. We all have those old prayer books (not missalettes), rosaries, crosses, medals, framed pictures, small statues. objects that were blessed have no use for anymore we don’t know what to do with. Saint Mary Recycle Mission group will take these old Religious items and either repair or refurbish them and then offer them to places that so desperately need them. (I.E.) In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many people who lost so many of their beloved crosses, rosaries, etc. were the beneficiaries of the religious objects donated to Saint Mary’s Recycle Mission Group.

***If you find you have religious objects that you need to dispose of, don’t throw them in the dumpster….bring them to church and leave them in the containers located at the doors of the church. Thanks!

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 8:00am each day.

The Daily and Sunday Mass is recorded for your viewing!

On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/StAnnsParishRaynham

To view on Facebook, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/stannsraynham
and the live-stream appears under the Video section.

The Parish Facebook page is also embedded on this site at
https://stannsraynham.org/facebook-page/

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

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 stannsraynham.weshareonline.org 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: https://flocknote.com/StAnnRaynham.

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 (jachan499@comcast.net). When making the request please leave your name and phone number.  Should you wish to keep the name private, that will be honored.

Baptisms
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: http://www.fallriverdiocese.org/tv-mass/

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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. https://www.fallriverdiocese.org/office-of-safe-environment