On Wednesday Night of Holy Week we are going to have Tenebrae. Its an ancient religious service and is characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles, coinciding with readings, hymns and concluding with a loud noise which takes place when the sacred space reaches total darkness, the final reading having been proclaimed.

We will soon celebrate the six-month anniversary of Maura Gregson’s employment at the parish. We are pleased to have her in the parish office and I know many of you have gotten to know her over the telephone. Maura composes and edits the bulletin. This past week I reviewed the bulletin as I do each week, and it finally occurred to me that sometime prior to Maura’s employment, the collection totals miraculously fell off the page. I assure you this was by accident and this week we have put this section back in the bulletin. We did however, on the suggestion of a parishioner, include a list all the envelopes by number with the annual donation totals in the January 2019 bulletins. I suppose the thought was that it would show others the range in annual offertory gifts. I appreciate everyone’s generosity, if you are able to increase your weekly giving please know our appreciation. The weekly offertory amounts give us a better sense as to how we are meeting our financial goals. If you are away, we would appreciate it if you would think about St Ann’s and make up for that week, as we still experience the same operating costs each week.

Just a reminder that we have put  out the EASTER FLOWER ENVELOPES. Please consider making an offering and remembering a deceased loved one. An EASTER NOVENA OF MASSES will be celebrated throughout the fifty days of Easter for your intentions. We have contacted our landscaping company and they’ll be out during Holy Week for the spring cleanup as well as to edge and mulch the beds at a cost of $1500.00. If our staff and our volunteers are able, we will start planting flowers outside the church. We have placed our Palm & Easter Flowers order with Kane’s Flower World and look forward to providing a cornucopia of colors in the various flowers.

This is the 4th SUNDAY IN LENT and today we celebrate Laudate Sunday, which means rejoice, and there will be much rejoicing when I put on my PINK vestment! It is also a good time for us to measure how well we have lived out Lent up to this midpoint. Please remember the Sacrament of Confession is offered in our Chapel on Tuesday evenings throughout Lent from 5:00-6:00pm as well as Saturdays from 3:00-3:30PM. Confession is also offered at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish and St Christine’s Parish on Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm and at Holy Family, Duxbury on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Consider watching the Daily Homily on FB or Instagram (link can be found on www.stanns.net) and if you want to participate in the rosary or other prayers, just click on the link to Catholic Travelling Prayers.

This year we are resuming the LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS after a 5-year hiatus! Join us on Sunday, April 7th at 6pm in the main church for this 30-minute presentation. Most of the teens who are participating are members of our Youth Ministry program. Also, this coming Advent we are bringing back the Christmas Pageant in the form of a Christmas Narrative.

Don’t forget our Bible Study (Passion and Resurrection Narratives) on Tuesday evenings (6:30pm) or Saturday mornings (8:30am) throughout Lent. Frankly we have not had a lot of folks show up for the Bible Study program, which is rather disheartening. A lot of folks asked me to put one on, but none have showed up. I realize our lives are rather busy, but we put a lot of work into preparing these programs. The more we invest into understanding the bible the deeper we grow in our faith and our ability to communicate God’s message.

On Wednesday Night of Holy Week we are going to have Tenebrae. Its an ancient religious service and is characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles, coinciding with readings, hymns and concluding with a loud noise which takes place when the sacred space reaches total darkness, the final reading having been proclaimed.