Parish News

First Communion / The Sacrament of Confirmation

This year we will be celebrating two First Communion Masses here at St. Ann’s, May 14th and May 21st. On May 31st Bishop da Cunha will be joining us to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. While these Masses will be limited to the students and their guests, they will be live-streamed on the parish’s Youtube and Facebook channels so that all may witness these beautiful events. Please keep our First Communion students and Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they continue their journey of faith.

The First Communion Mass of May 14th can be viewed here:

Pope Pius X Youth Award

Each year a young adult from each parish in the Diocese of Fall River is selected to receive the Pope Saint Pius Youth Award for their service to their parish. This year the recipient from Saint Ann Parish is Gabrielle “Gabby” Fielding, daughter of Mary Fielding and granddaughter of John Kourtz. Gabby is a regular server at the altar at the Sunday 8:00am Mass. She is also a Catechist in our Faith Formation Program as well as an assistant in the Faith Formation Office. The award was presented to Gabby on May 9th by Bishop Edgar da Cunha at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River. Our congratulations go out to Gabby and her family…. we are so grateful for your presence and your work here at Saint Ann’s!!!

Welcome Home Collegians!

We want to extend a warm welcome home to our collegians that have completed their studies for the year. We look forward to their presence among us. To those who graduated, we extend our heartiest congratulations, and we wish them the best for the future.

Lectors – Eucharistic Ministers – Altar Servers

Please check your email or the parish website for the revised copy of the May/June server schedule. If you normally serve at the 9:30am or 11:00am Mass, you will be assigned to the 10:00am Mass rotation for the summer, beginning May 29th. Please call the parish office at 508-823-9833 if you need a printed copy of the revised schedule mailed to you. Thank you!

Summer Mass Schedule

Beginning Sunday, May 29th, the summer weekend Mass schedule will begin.

Saturdays at 4:00pm
Sundays at 8:00am

This schedule will go through Labor Day weekend.

Diocese To Launch Eucharistic Revival

Save The Date – June 18
The Diocese of Fall River will join dioceses across the country in launching a multi-year Eucharistic Revival this year on the weekend of the Feast of Corpus Christi. Save the date of Saturday, June 18, and plan to take part in a special Mass along with a Procession and Adoration at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, to begin at 4:00pm. Additional information to follow. Visit to learn more about the Eucharistic Revival project.

Our Lady of Fatima Procession

St. Anthony Parish in Taunton will sponsor a candlelight procession in devotion to Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 14th. The procession will begin with a bilingual Mass at 7:00pm followed by the procession at about 8:00pm. We will recite the rosary during the procession.

Spring Plant Sale

On Saturday, May 14th, from 8:00am to 2:00pm. at St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, 499 Spring Street, North Dighton. There will be Native Perennials, Annuals and Herbs, Vegetable and House Plants. There will also be a Plant and Gift Certificate Raffle.

Knights of Columbus Council #10289

“Baby Shower” for Birthright
The St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus is conducting a baby shower during the month of May to assist Birthright of Greater Taunton. Please bring any donations with you to Mass during May and leave them in the boxes that will be at each entrance to the Church.

Items needed include new baby clothes (018 months), blankets, and sheets, plastic baby bottles, diapers, baby wipes, baby powder, new and updated maternity clothing, and gift cards to local grocery stores. A financial donation may be made to “Birthright of Greater Taunton”. Thank you for your generosity!

Rosary For Life
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a monthly devotion to pray the Rosary with special intentions for the dignity, sanctity, & protection of all human life, from conception to natural death. The Rosary will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the church. This month, the Rosary will be on April 27th and begin at 7:00pm with Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction following the Rosary. A Rosary will be provided for you to keep and all are welcome to join us as we gather to pray.

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 about the Knights of Columbus, visit our website at

Faith Formation News

Our Faith Formation classes have concluded for this year. We would like to thank all our teachers, classroom assistants, table leaders, and volunteers who assisted! A special thank you to our new director of Religious Education, Joan Lynn, for the great job she has done continuing our program and events this year. We look forward to our second-grade students making their First Holy Communion in May, as well as our tenth-grade students making their Confirmations! Please keep them all in your prayers!

2022 – 2023 Class Registrations
Registration for the 2022 – 2023 Faith Formation classes has begun. Please check our website, under the Faith Formation tab for information about online registrations. If your child is already in the program, emails were sent this past week with the information and the link. Please note, that our First Communion and Confirmation programs are a two-year commitment. Children must attend both years in order to receive the sacrament in the spring of the second year.

Our program would not be able to run if it were not for the generosity of our volunteers who give their time and energy to the students of the parish. If you would like to volunteer to help us next year, please email the Religious Ed office at

St. Ann’s Women’s Easter Season Study

Please consider joining us for our Easter Season study. The women’s faith study group will be reading 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy This is a book and study guide set and can be ordered at

We will meet weekly at the Parish Center. Our meeting days/times for 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy:
Wednesday mornings at 10:00am
April 20th to June 8th
Thursday evenings at 7:00pm
April 21st to June 9th
If you have any questions about this study, please contact Karen Toste at

Spring Plant Sale

On Saturday, May 14th, from 8:00am to 2:00pm at St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall, 499 Spring Street, North Dighton. There will be Native Perennials, Annuals and Herbs, Vegetable and House Plants. There will also be a Plant and Gift Certificate Raffle.

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.

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.

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.