March 29 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Season of Lent

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PARISH ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Lent is a time for us to grow in holiness and grace. There are many ways for us to do this; prime among them is prayer, Mass and Confession. Please utilize the resources being made available for Lenten Devotions. Come to the additional times of prayer -- Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings.

As God offers us His mercy we must then offer love and mercy to others through the Spiritual and Corporal works of Mercy. Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, may we grow in holiness this Lent so that when Easter arrives we will be able to celebrate fully the mystery of Christ's Resurrection.

Lenten Regulations
There are two days when the law of fast and abstinence apply: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law of fast applies to those individuals of the ages 18 to 59, and it means that an individual may have one meal and may take nourishment (other than meat) twice during the day sufficient to maintain strength. Taken together, these two other opportunities for nourishment should not equal another meal. 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.

Operation Rice Bowl
One of the ways that we can sacrifice during Lent is to participate in the Rice Bowl project. This allows us to identify with the hungry by cutting back on some of our meals and donating the money to Operation Rice Bowl. The proceeds are given to Catholic Relief Services to assist the hungry throughout the world.Please note -all ChurchPl;

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Baptisms

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

Parish News Updates

Updated Directives from Bishop da Cunha

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., has issued further directives addressing various aspects of Liturgical and Sacramental practices in parishes in the Fall River Diocese in the midst of this Coronavirus outbreak.

In a letter to priests of the diocese dated March 26, 2020, Bishop da Cunha writes, “In recent weeks, our diocese has joined with others across the country and around the world in taking unprecedented action in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. “It is my fervent prayer that these steps will help in the prevention of the further spread of the virus and in the overall support of the health and well-being of all persons in our communities.”

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A Message From Fr. John

Dear Friends,

As you know, earlier this week Governor Baker issued a “stay at home” advisory. This went into effect on March 24 and remains in effect at least until April 7. As a result of this our Parish Center and offices will be closed and locked until then.

During these challenging times, we need prayer. Please pray as a family. The Rosary and other devotions are very appropriate at this time. A suggestion for families with children; create an outdoor “Stations of The Cross”. Lent is a time that we are called to meditate on the Passion of our Lord. What better way is there to teach the children about this?

I’ve been very moved by the number of people who have called, stopped by or emailed asking how we can still support our Parish during this time. While I know there are many who are struggling financially right now for many reasons, I certainly am not addressing this to those who are in that situation. There are a couple of options we have to be able to send in parish financial support. The first is simply mailing in your financial support. This past week I set up “online giving.” I am including the link in this message. It’s fairly simple to set up. I signed up myself and already have money coming out of my checking account weekly to support the parish. I can assure you this is a safe and secure setup. The company which is providing this is our bulletin company, LPI. They have a program called “We Share”.

Here is the link: http://stannsraynham.weshareonline.org/

During these challenging times, I will offer a recorded Sunday Mass via our website, Facebook page, and Flocknote. Please share this information with other parishioners and encourage them to sign up for the Flocknote updates. Please be assured I am offering Mass privately every day. I am offering these Masses for the intentions people have requested for the Daily Mass but I am also offering the Mass for each of you and for an end to this health crisis. You are also in my daily prayers. Let us pray for one another during these days.

God bless you all,

Fr. John

A Message from Jenn Murphy, Director of Faith Formation

Dear Families:

Without a doubt, this season of Lent feels like none I have ever experienced. With COVID-19 keeping everyone at a social distance, things are rather unsettling. My husband and I were talking the other night; we feel stressed and overwhelmed by all the unknowns and mixed messages on the news and social media. Knowing this is how we feel, we recognize how deeply this is impacting our children.

As adults seek to gain control over this situation buy purchasing a years’ worth of toilet paper and assortments of canned products that they hope to never need to eat, many children are left feeling a bit out of control. However, there is so much our children can do for others. Here are a few suggestions:
https://stannsraynham.org/faith-formation/

Stay In Touch With A Text!

If you wish to receive regular updates regarding St. Ann’s Parish and what is happening with Mass schedules on your phone please send a text with the message StAnnRaynham to 84576.

Faith Formation News – Canceled Activities

We are continuously monitoring the impact of COVID-19. At this time, we have cancelled all in-person Faith Formation activities scheduled through April 7th. We are aware that there are many questions regarding First Communion and Confirmation. Where these events are in May, we will keep an eye on how things unfold before making any decisions.

We will continue to update you with additional changes as needed, by email, our website at www.stannsraynham.org, and updating this message and our voicemail at 508-824-9021 – Thank you

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council #10289

Thank you to John Donahue and his committee members that worked hard to make the March 8th Road Race a Success! Many thanks to the volunteers and runners as well as the road race sponsors! A video recap of the race is here: https://youtu.be/7Vrqy8P1rDQ

Thank you to all the Knights that attended the Installation and Advancement ceremony on February 25, 2020.

A monthly Business meeting reminder will be emailed to all members 2-3 days prior to the meeting in an effort to increase meeting attendance.

The Council is continuing to conduct a campaign to recruit new members.

The St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the St. Ann’s parish center at 7:00 PM. Any practicing catholic man 18 years of age or older wishing to join the Knights should contact Grand Knight Ron Pagels at 774-281-2429 or email rnpnekvt114@gmail.com. For additional information about the Knights of Columbus, visit our website www.kofc.org.

Stay In Touch With Flocknote Email

During this time staying in contact and receiving updates is important. A “Flocknote” account has been set up for St. Ann’s Parish. You can sign up here: https://flocknote.com/StAnnRaynham

Messages about Mass, schedule changes and other items will be sent out as needed. Your information will not be shared with anyone else. Simply click the link and follow the instructions. Thank you! Please spread the word and stay in touch with Flocknote.

Our Lenten Mission

St. Ann’s Parish Council is proud to present to our parish the first of hopefully many Lenten Community Service projects. As a community, we would like to support a local organization, School on Wheels, with their quest to support homeless children in Massachusetts. Please join us in our mission to supply School on Wheels of Massachusetts with NEW books for the homeless children they service.

Why NEW books? These books are given to children during one of the most difficult transitions of their lives. They are given as a gift for a fresh new start. For details on making donations, please see the flyers available at the church entrances.

Are you able to help our parish with this mission? Please sign up at the main entrance of the church to assist with collecting and delivering books or to join us in a parish book sort. Dates and times will be listed on the sign-up sheets.

St.Vincent De Paul Thanks You!

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is grateful for your overwhelming generosity and support of all our work in helping those in need. Our food pantry is just about stocked for the Easter Season. We can still use some Easter Candy (jelly beans, peeps, etc.), as well as $10 food vouchers to Market Basket or any local supermarket. Items may be placed in the bins at the doors of the church. Thank you again for all you do!