How blessed this parish is to have so many generous benefactors and volunteers! We raised $1300.00 for the Youth Missions program from the recent Turkey Sandwich Fundraiser!

I want to thank Jack Hanratty, Barbara Caruso and Joe Cochrane for assembling and packing the sandwiches. A special thank you to Joe MacDonald who carved the turkeys, made stuffing, and acquired the bread for the sandwiches. We were blessed with the generous donation from Gerard Turkey Farm for donating two 20 lb. stuffed turkeys (which are always in short supply during the summer months). The bread was donated by The Little Bread Store in Duxbury (just down the street from the High School, and he sells the best bread I have ever had). This summer, please become acquainted with Gerard Turkey Farm, located  on Ocean Street just beside the Elks, as well as the Little Bread Store in Duxbury. Thanks for making it a successful event.

Our next Fundraiser for the Youth Missions Group is in August, and this is the Lobster Roll event. We have increased the price to $25.00 as the cost of lobster has increased significantly and because we may not have access to the same number of lobsters as in past years. I hope everyone understands, and the price is still lower than many restaurants. Given the smaller number of rolls to sell, I would like to suggest folks place an order to guarantee that they will be ale to purchase a roll. We have put an order form in the bulletin for you to fill out and return. Thanks!

And it’s that time of year when we start taking orders for the Fish Pond Memorial Garden bricks. We have one order so far and hope to send out an order by mid August. The sooner we get the order in- the quicker we get the bricks back. It would be nice to see if we can accomplish this by the Columbus day Weekend.  See the brick order form on page 6 of the bulletin.

This week we celebrated a Funeral Mass of Resurrection for Josephine Desmond, a longtime parishioner who was very active in various ministries. She was the President of the Crafters and ran the annual Christmas Bazaar. Josephine was an educator and served in the Second World War as a Marine. She was very close to Father Steve Healy, a former parochial vicar here at St. Ann’s, and was very supportive of all the priests who ministered here in Ocean Bluff. She loved being Catholic and very much loved her parish and church.  It is always sad when the parish loses a piece of its legacy, but we are called to be happy for her in Heaven.

We continue to receive pledges for the Grand Annual – thanks to  everyone for your support. The first deposit of checks has been made and “thank you” notes will follow. This is an important annual drive for the parish and everyone’s gift, including those who are only able to give a smaller  amount, helps further the mission of our parish to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people.

On a different note, I received word that we received a gift to the Catholic Appeal that has helped us reach our goal, and for which we will receive a larger rebate check in the winter.

I was swimming this past Tuesday & Wednesday at Sunrise Beach, the water is warm! Pray for more sun and good weather.

Father Carmichael