Parish News

Fr. Jim’s Message

Dear Friends:
This week my words are all words of GRATITUDE for all the generosity shown toward last Sunday’s PARISH PICNIC. A wonderful time was had for the (over) one hundred people who gathered for the Mass in Honor of Saint Ann and for the cookout that followed. Then over THIRTY baskets which were donated by parishioners were raffled off… it was a fun afternoon… even with the heat the parish hall was air-conditioned and made for a comfortable setting. Words of gratitude go to:
Chris Buckley and the Knights of Columbus spearheaded the event… to those who shopped and donated the bulk of the supplies and food for the cookout. To the ladies who put together the BASKETS FOR RAFFLE… and to those who donated WHOLE baskets, many thanks for your generosity. Thanks, too, to those who donated money for the occasion… those who bought tickets for the raffles, those who set up and took down… the servers… the cooks, and those who brought food
and desserts.

Though many of you have been a part of the PARISH PICNIC in the past, it was a first for me since I landed here last year. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I  witnessed the generosity of Saint Ann’s Parish up and close. Sunday was “Parish” at its best!
Good Saint Ann, pray for us!
Father Jim

First Friday Adoration

A wonderful tradition here at St. Ann’s is the First Friday Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament. This Friday, August 5th, following the 7:30am Mass, the Eucharist will be available on the altar so we can spend time with our Lord in prayer. Thank you to all those who spend time in prayer with our Lord. Please take advantage of the opportunity for prayer.

The online sign-up website link is

Please signup for First Friday Adoration online to ensure that all the hours are covered for Adoration.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

This is the process by which a nonCatholic who feels called to join the catholic church is welcomed to join a group of already Catholics to study the faith and eventually receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism…Holy Eucharist…Confirmation) at Eastertime. The group typically meets weekly on Sunday mornings for class and Mass with other parishioners who share the truths, customs, and joys of Catholicism with those seeking to become Catholic. In addition, anyone who was simply baptized, but never received Holy Communion or Confirmation is also welcomed to join us in order to be fully received into the Church.

If you or someone you know might be ready to become a Catholic at this time of their lives, we are more than delighted for you to join us. A meeting for those willing to be a part of the RCIA team as catechists…sponsors…those who would like to provide hospitality, etc. will be held on TUESDAY, AUGUST 9TH at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish center. For more information contact Karen Toste at or see Fr. Jim.

Save the Date: Saturday Night At The Movies!

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council #10289 presents

“Saturday Night At The Movies”
August 27 at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.
“Facing The Giants”

The film, released in 2006 by a church in Albany Georgia, has become one of the highest-grossing Christian films ever made. From the film’s website:
After six consecutive losing seasons, high school football coach Grant Taylor believes things can’t get any worse. He’s wrong. After his best player transfers and his Eagles lose to the worst team in the conference, Grant discovers a group of fathers – and one of his coaches – is plotting to have him sacked. Barely making ends meet as it is and unable to start a family with his wife, who longs to be a mother, Grant Taylor has no help in sight, until …

With fear and failure seemingly defeating him at life’s every turn, the downtrodden coach and husband turns to God in broken desperation. Trusting that God can somehow do the impossible, Coach Taylor and his Shiloh Christian Eagles soon discover how faith plays out on the field … and off.

This is a film for the entire family, with exciting football action and an uplifting message for all. View the trailer:

The second movie from Sherwood Pictures was a surprise theatrical hit and is the best-selling resource in Christian stores in 2007. It’s been shown in thousands of churches worldwide and now it comes to St. Ann’s! Presented in wide-screen high definition video and audio!

Kids under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult; a donation of $10 per adult is requested. Kid’s tickets, when unaccompanied by an adult, are $6.00.
Popcorn, candy, and soft drinks will be available for purchase.  Get tickets on Eventbrite:

Attention All Volunteers!

The Diocese of Fall River mandates that all our volunteers take the “Safe Environment ONLINE Training” course for Lay Volunteers, and complete a CORI  background check.  Anyone who volunteers in any capacity at St. Ann’s: Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Faith Formation teachers/volunteers, members of Saint Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus, Choir, and any other parish organization must complete a CORI form yearly and take the Diocesan Safe Environment Training
every six years.

Safe Environment Training
This is an online program you can do from home. The link is on our website or printed directions are in the vesting room at the front of the church. When you finish, we will need a copy of the “Certificate of Completion”. For anyone without access to a computer, we have one in the parish center for you to use. Please contact Joan
Lynn in the Faith Formation Office, 508-824-9021, or Deb Korotsky in the Parish Office, 508-823-9833, to schedule a convenient time.

This year there will be an in-person group session for the Safe Environment Training, on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30pm in the Parish Center. Sign up now at the entrance to the church, or call Joan or Deb in the office to reserve a spot. CORI forms may be completed and turned in at this time.

CORI Screenings 
CORI screenings must be renewed yearly. This only takes a few minutes but you will need to bring the completed form to the parish office in person with your identification. The parish office is open Monday – Thursday, 8:00am to 3:00pm. CORI forms can be printed from the church website, picked up at the parish office or
the vesting room in the front of the church.

Knights of Columbus Council #10289

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. The next Rosary will be on August 24th 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.

Monthly Business Meeting
The next regular Knights of Columbus business meeting will be Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00pm in the parish center. All members are encouraged to attend.

Interested in Becoming A Knight?
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

Faith Formation Reminders

First Communion and Confirmation are two-year programs. Children must be parishioners of St. Ann’s and their families should be registered at the church. If you are not yet registered, please call the Parish Office (508) 823-9833. Children are required to attend BOTH years to receive the sacrament in the spring of year 2. Children attending parochial schools in grades 1-8 and planning on receiving First Communion at St Ann’s are only required to attend the second year of Faith Formation classes (Grade 2). We would encourage them to attend Grade 1 but as they participate in daily religion classes at their parochial school, the first year of faith formation is not mandated.

Students preparing for Confirmation at St. Ann’s and attending parochial schools ARE required by Diocesan statutes to attend both years of the Faith Formation Confirmation prep program in their home parishes to be eligible to receive the sacrament in the spring of the second year.

The schedule for the Grades 1-7 is below. Students will attend either week A or week B and attend either Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday for the entire year. Selection of day is completed during registration.

Week A – Grades 1- 7 will meet every other Sunday (9:15am to 10:45am) or Monday (5:15am to 6:45pm)
Week B – Grades 1-7 will meet every other Sunday (9:15am to 10:45am) or Tuesday (5:15am to 6:45 pm)

The schedule for Confirmation involves grades 8 and 9 meeting together this year as we transition toward the sacrament eventually being received in 9th grade.

Week A – Grades 8 and 9 will meet every other Sunday from 12 noon to 1:30pm.
Week B – Grade 10 will meet every other Sunday from 12 noon to 1:30pm.
We plan to start classes in mid-September. The calendar will be published on the website by the middle of August.
Homeschooling is an option for grades 1, 3-7 only. It is not available for the sacramental programs.

St.Vincent De Paul District Food Pantry

The district is looking for volunteers to help with food distribution to families in need. These food donations allow us to help our brothers and sisters who are struggling. They depend on each and every food item and on your prayers. They are looking for individuals to help at the food pantry on these days and times:

Tuesday (9:00am-11:00am)

Thursday (9:00am-11:00am)
Saturday (9:30am-11:00am)

Each parish within the Taunton area will be looking for individuals to help. Once we have our list, it will be provided to the District Food Pantry president who will coordinate with these individuals. We expect this
to start up sometime in September of this year. If you have any interest, please email Bev Vargas at

13th Annual Golf Classic

The Diocesan Health Facilities 13th Annual Golf Classic will be held on August 22nd at LeBaron Hill Country Club in Lakeville. All proceeds will benefit the over 700 individuals we serve in our skilled nursing rehabilitation centers. For more details call the Diocesan Health Facilities Office at 508-679-8154.

Women’s Summer Faith Study

A 9 Week Study – MARY, The Bible and the Mother of God; Augustine Institute

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:
Wednesdays, 10:00am, July 6th to August 31st or Thursdays, 7:00pm, July 7th to September 1st. A wonderful opportunity to spend time learning more about the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will meet weekly this summer.

We will be ordering the books in bulk and can be picked up and paid for on the first day of the study. The cost will be approximately $10 per book. Any questions, please contact Karen Toste at

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.