St.  Ann and Mary
The Church of Saint Ann
"The Little Church That Could...and DID"

Together in Christ Collaborative of
Saint Ann and Saint John
the Evangelist

West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Parish Office: 508-586-4880

A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

The Church of Saint Ann
Joyful Welcome

My Dear Friends In Christ,

After much consultation with Staff, Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Councils, and "Reopening Committee" members, it has been determined that we will celebrate our first slate of Masses on this upcoming weekend of Pentecost, and they will be held at St. John's at 4 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday. In case you are wondering why we are not using both worship sites, I determined (after speaking to these groups) that to open both sites simultaneously would be too daunting a task at the outset of reopening. Also, St. John's was chosen for a variety of reasons, including traffic flow in/out of the church, ease of reception of Communion, and the ability to maintain "social distancing" in the most effective way (since, due to Archdiocesan directives, we are limited to 40% capacity, with people not of the same household remaining six feet apart).


Please call St. Ann's at 508-586-4880 or St. John's at 508-378-4207 to reserve a place at one of this weekend's Masses. Masses will take place at Saint John's on Saturday 4 pm and Sunday 10:30 am. Please be prepared to provide the following information when calling: your name, phone, email, number of people attending and desired Mass time. We are working on alternate systems of reservation and plan to have them in place for subsequent weekends.

As we resume public Mass, the following list is intended to let you know the precautions we are taking to provide a safe, clean worshipping space as well as the social distancing guidelines that will enhance everyone's safety. Be assured that the church will be cleaned with authorized disinfectant following each Mass


* In order to limit social gathering and allow time to seat registered parishioners, those attending Mass should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes and no later than 15 minutes before the start of Mass.

* One entrance: Entry into church will be front right and left side doors (no entry through middle doors).

* All parishioners must wear masks. There are several exceptions, such as: children under the age of two, and people with underlying health conditions. The wearing of masks for children between the ages of 2-5 is based on the parents' discretion.

* Parishioners should bring their own hand sanitizer if possible. The church will have limited supply.

* Parishioners must maintain 6 feet of social distance between each other at all times. This does not apply to families that live in the same household.

* Appropriate social distancing spaces will be designated on the floor/in the aisles. Ushers will provide guidance.

* Everyone will enter church using front doors and leave church using side doors. Those closest to the front doors will leave first

* There will be no sign of peace, offertory collection or singing during Mass. Baskets for financial contributions will be available as you leave church.

* Special instructions on receiving Holy Communion will be presented during each Mass.

* To prevent close contact, the clergy will employ minimal entrancing in or recessing out of the church.

* Public gatherings before or after Mass are not permitted outside church.

While we recognize that this may appear to be "strange," it allows us to pray together, receive the Eucharist and be safe.


If you are uneasy about attending such an event, please remember that the Dispensation from Reception of Communion is still in effect. If you are in the "vulnerable/at risk" category, please remember that you need not (nor would I want you to) risk your health and well-being. It is for this reason that I will still be taping Sunday Mass (broadcast on EB-CAM and posted on Facebook/parish websites) and live-streaming Daily Mass on Facebook.

As we begin to come together, let us continue to pray for one another, especially those adversely by the events of these months.


Fr. Paul

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        Pastoral Plan PDF Collaborative Pastoral Plan


4:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Daily Mass
9:00 a.m.
Monday @ St. Ann
-Rosary after Mass-
Tuesday @ St. Ann
-Rosary after Mass-
Wednesday @ St John
Thursday @ St. John
Friday @ St. Ann & St. John

Marriage & Baptism:
Please call the Rectory

Confession: Saturday -
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
and at anytime by

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
following the
9:00 a.m. Mass
concluding with
Benediction at 10:30 a.m.

The Church of Saint Ann
103 No. Main Street
West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Reverend Paul Ring

Reverend Michael Harvey
Parochial Vicar

Brendan A. Fitzgerald
(Sr. Deacon)

Joseph J. Hopgood

Christopher Connelly

Parish Office: 508.586.4880

Religious Education Office:

Collaborative Ofice Hours
9am - 4 pm
Monday - Thursday ,
103 No. Main St. West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Church of Saint John, The Evangelist

210 Central St.,East Bridgewater 02333
Office - 103 N. Main St., West Bridgewater - 508-378-4207
e-mail -

Web Site -

Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday Mass:
8:00, 10:30 am
See Daily Mass Times Above


May 31, 2020

(Daily Mass at 9am with Father Ring on Facebook Live) In these times of uncertainty, we are assured that the Lord is present to us at ALL times. During this time with the practice of public Masses suspended, we can tune in on television/internet and make the following 'Act of Spiritual Communion' while viewing the Mass

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.


Act Of Spiritual Communion


One of the things which I'm most looking forward to when we move into this "new normal" of which everyone is speaking is holding First Communions! While we will have to "think outside the box", with regards to these (and other) events to be sure, I can assure you that they will be held! In anticipation of, and preparation for, this event I, along with Deacons Chris Connelly and Joe Hopgood, filmed a series of videos, highlighting the different parts of the Mass.

I invite our 2nd grade families, along with all other interested parties, to view this (these) video(s), and then leave questions and/or comments below. Along with a second showing of the video(s), I will tackle these comments/questions each Wednesday evening in a Facebook Live Event at 7:00 from my chapel..I look forward to being with you each Wednesday evening, when we can further "unpack" these videos.

So, after "online school" is dismissed, and supper is served, I invite you to join me each Wednesday evening, in my chapel by way of Facebook Live as we "Explore The Mass".


Cardinal Sean encourages Catholics to participate in the daily and Sunday Masses broadcast from the Catholic TV chapel. Daily mass aires live at 9:30 am and is rebroadcast at 7 pm and 11:30 pm. Sunday Masses air throughout the day
at 10 am, 4 pm, 7 pm and 11:30 pm.

Viewers can watch these Masses on demand at anytime at
Also visit
Year of The Eucharist

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