I received word from Steve Geraci that his mom Phyllis recently passed away in Naples, Florida. Our condolences go out to her husband and children. Phyllis and her husband Frank have a home in Rexhame but winter in Naples. She was active at St Elizabeth Seton Parish in Naples, a summer Communicant here at St. Ann by the Sea, an active member of the Rexhame Beach Association and a volunteer at the Marshfield Senior Center. It was always nice to see Phyllis and Frank attending the Vigil Mass. How generous of the family to have our parish remembered with “gifts in lieu of flowers” which in turn will be earmarked for the healthcare work of the Constanza Medical Mission. Please keep her family in your prayers, and we will celebrate a Months Mind Mass for her next Sunday at the Sunday 7:30am Mass.

We have received a recent order of memorial bricks and hope to install them along the fishpond this week. This is a popular way to memorialize a loved one.  The fishpond began from the hard work of Father Steve Healy and Father Sean Connor (who was in seminary at the time) and has grown over the years with a new fiberglass pond, landscaping and upgraded equipment. It pleases me to see the kids visiting the fish, and especially to see so many adults visiting to say a prayer for a departed loved whose brick is laid along the path. We have lighted the path at night and put in an eternal candle, albeit lighted by solar power. If you would like to have a loved one remembered with a brick, just email us at office @stanns.net. There is still room for additional bricks.

Next week, May 1st  and 2nd , we will be visited by Father Tom Hagan from Helping Hands, a nonprofit missionary project based in Haiti. As we take up only one collection at the Masses, I would ask, if you want to make a contribution, to write the check to the Propagation of the Faith.

 If you would like to make a cash donation please request an envelope from one of the Knights of Columbus and put it in the envelope along with your regular offering – this will make it easier to direct your gift to the correct entity. The parish will also supplement the check that is sent along to the P.O.T.F. for the work of “Hands Together.”

Given the warmer weather, I have removed the partitions from the Church. I want to thank everyone for the sacrifices they have made over the fall and winter. I am glad to see easing of restrictions but do caution everyone to still be aware of the safety precautions, and continue to socially distance. Pray. We continue to read about the continued spread of the virus despite the immunizations, and it is still best to wash our hands often and continue to wear our masks. We will continue with our safety protocols.

As we enter Spring, take some time to enjoy all the Spring flowers that are beginning to bloom, especially the apple and cherry trees on the property. We need to see if we can save the Rose of Sharon bush, and will remove the stump by the handicap ramp and replace it with an Alberta spruce I purchased at Kennedy’s last October (at 70% OFF!).  The Pink Easter Lilies are finally blooming and hopefully will be around for the feast of Pentecost.

Father Carmichael