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

Together in Christ Collaborative

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


A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

The Church of Saint Ann



COLLABORATIVE PASTORAL PLAN

 

link to Local Pastoral Plan PDF Collaborative Pastoral Plan


***THE LIFE OF OUR PARISHES - Ministries that assist at the Masses

Today we will be concentrating on the ministries that assist at the Masses.

EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINSTERS - assist the priests in distributing the hosts during the masses on the weekends and Holy Days of Obligation throughout the Liturgical Year. Daily mass attendants who have been trained, may also assist at the daily masses. Training is conducted by one of the Deacons or Priests. The only requirement to serve in this role is that you are a confirmed Catholic. A sign up sheet is in the Sacristy so that you can choose the weekends that you are available and the mass time that you prefer. You serve when you are available.

LECTORS - A lector proclaims the first and second reading during the Masses and reads any announcements. A workbook is available for each lector to assist in the readings and pronunciations. The same process of choosing the Masses for which you are available exists for the Lectors as does for the Eucharistic Ministers. You must be a confirmed Catholic to serve in this capacity.

ALTAR SERVERS - Altar Servers are needed during all Masses and Holy Days of Obligation to assist the Priest throughout the Mass. Boys and girls are able to serve as long as they are in the third grade or above. Training is given to anyone interested. It is a wonderful experience for a child to learn about the Mass.

Anyone interested in joining one of these ministries should contact the Rectory for St. John's 508-378-4207 or St. Ann's 508-586-4880.

CHRISTMAS SHARING - Kick-Off - Weekend of Dec. 7th & 8th

Plans are being made for this year's Christmas Sharing Program and we need your help. Each year we give clothing gift cards and toys to children age 16 and younger in needy families. The families must meet one of the following criteria: be parishioners of St. Ann's, live in West Bridgewater, attend West Bridgewater schools, or be recommended by a parishioner of St. Ann's. As always, we rely on you to help us find the families in need of assistance. If you know of a family who is struggling due to a job loss, injury or disability, please call Linda Santry at 508-586-6535, or email her, linda@santry.org.
All information is kept in strict confidence.

We also are updating our list of senior citizens for a Christmas remembrance. We provide small gifts and a goodie basket to senior citizens who are needy or have no family to remember them at Christmas. If you know of someone we should include, please call Linda Santry
PRAYING THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Begin with the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Apostles Creed. Using regular rosary beads, work your way around the five decades with the prayers below.

On the standalone beads, pray: "Eternal Father, I offer you the body, blood, soul, and divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."

On the decade beads, pray: "For the sake of his sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

At the end, pray the following three times: "Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

It is typical to conclude the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the words: "Jesus, I trust in you."
ROSARY MAKERS NEEDED

Anyone interested in learning how to make rosary beads which will be given to both churches and the Missions, please call:

Mary Ann Boyle - 508-378-4704 Or
Rose Penny - 508-583-5045

If you are in need of Rosary Beads, our Rosary Bead makers have them available at the doors of the church.

Please help yourself.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

EVERY FAITH COMMUNITY IS ONLY AS STRONG AS
THE PEOPLE WITHIN IT.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED IN BOTH SAINT ANN’S AND SAINT JOHN’S FOR VARIOUS TASKS. ANY HELP THAT YOU COULD PROVIDE WOULD BE A BLESSING. THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITIES.

WE NEED: PEOPLE TO HELP DECORATE THE CHURCH. PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP WITH DELIVERIES OR LIFTING. SOMEONE TO VACUUM THE CHURCH ONCE A WEEK. SOMEONE TO DO ODD JOBS AT BOTH CHURCHES.

Are you retired and looking for something to fill a few hours? This might be the little thing you are l ooking for. If interested, please contact Debbie or Arlene at the rectory.

FRIENDS OF THE UNBORN

Monetary donations can be sent directly to:
Friends of the Unborn,
P O Box 692246,
Quincy, MA 02269-2246


BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY


St. Ann's is looking to form a Bereavement Ministry.

The Bereavement Ministry would be people from the parish who would be willing to meet with people who just lost a loved one and are planning their funeral. The Bereavement Ministry offers these people a source of solice and support.

Many times the loved ones have fallen away from the Church and do not know how to plan the Funeral Mass. Our job is to gently guide them through this process and offer any comfort while doing so.

If you are interested in offering your service in this way, please contact Arlene Stefano at the Rectory. 508-568-4880

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Our Fr. Peter Francis, who is in residence at Saint Ann’s and is a Chaplain at the VA Hospital in Brockton, is looking for volunteers who would be willing to help patients to and from their rooms to attend Mass on Sundays mornings. If you are interested in helping, please call the Rectory. 508-586-4880.


MY BROTHER'S KEEPER = We will be working with My Brother’s Keeper throughout the year to partner with them in the Christmas Gift Program
and other year round programs.

My Brother's Keeper is a vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry in Easton
and Dartmouth, Massachusetts which delivers furniture and food
to local families in need. Our mission is "To bring the Love and Hope
of Jesus Christ to those we serve." As a gift at each furniture delivery
we offer a crucifix with the message,

"We're just the delivery people...this is the man who sent you the furniture."
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL - NEW MEMBERS

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
is looking for new members

Please Contact
CHRIS BAKER
@ 774-240-8095 or jchbaker@msn.com
HandicappedHANDICAPPED SEATING

The front row on both sides of the aisle has been designated as a reserved section directly in front of the altar. There is room for both the caretakers as well as the handicapped person. Holy Communion will be given to them first. It is hoped that this seating arrangement will provide better visibility and allow for greater participation in the Mass giving the elderly the respect that they so deserve.

LITERATURE RACK
Literature Rack
There is a literature rack in the back of the Church which contains reading materials that may be of interest to you. If you wish, you may keep the publication or return them to the l iterature rack the following week for someone else to read. Some of these are replaced weekly and others monthly.

ST ANN'S PRAYER LINE - God is just a prayer away

Prayer Line

To request prayers from members of Saint Ann’s Prayer Line for yourself, another person in need, or a special intention, please call or email Linda Santry at 508-586-6535 or
linda@santry.org.


If you would like to join the telephone tree or e-mail distribution list, please contact Linda. We would lke to expand our membership for this worthy endeavor.


RENEWING THE RITUAL OF "BRINGING UP THE GIFTS" FOR MASS

The practice of "bringing up the gifts" is being reinstated at Saint Ann's. You or your family may participate at any Mass or an ordinary Sunday or request a special day such as a birthday, anniversary, or a special intention for a loved one who has passed. You may contact one of the following members:

Maria Baker - 508.588.2015 - fbaker6550@yahoo.com
Louise Domingos - 508.586.8458 - louisesunday@comcast.net

FOOD PANTRY - The cupboards are empty


The Food Pantry is in need of help. Please call Calvin Gray at 508-559-6569
if you are able to volunteer.


The following items are needed at the West Bridgewater Food Pantry:

relish coolies tea
peanut butter ketchup canned spaghetti
pudding coffee/tea cranberry sauce
jelly/jam mustard macaroni & cheese
ketchup pasta white & chunk tuna
snacks boxed cereals canned fruits
broth gravy canned carrots
mayonaise canned peas chicken noodle soup
tomato soup baked beans cake mis
stuffing frostings brownie mix
boxed potatoes jell-o salad dressings
cooking oil flour bottled juice
sugar canned ravioli dish detergents
pancake syrup pancake mix flavored rice mixtures
canned green beans    


The cupboards are empty. Please continue your generosity. There are many families in need of assistance.

Cereal, cookies, cake mix, juice, crackers, & pudding are especially needed.
You might want to consider a “gift certificate” from a local grocery store.

The Food Pantry is located at the Spring Street School and is open the first & third Wednesday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

SODA CANS AND BOTTLES - PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CANS OR
BOTTLES ON LOADING DOCK
OF SAINT ANN

You may bring them directly to AARC at 1250 West Chestnut Street in Brockton. It is on the left-hand side at the second intersection with traffic lights after you drive under Route 24. It is the last building on the left at that intersection. Simply tell the staff, they are for Saint Ann's account. They will credit the amount. The money is used by Saint Vincent dePaul to assist the needy of the Parish. THANK YOU!


DEFIBULATOR

A shelving unit has been installed at the rear of the Church to house the new defibrillator which was so generously donated by one of our Parishioners. The shelving was made and donated by another Parishioner.

NURSES' REFERENCE TABLE

There is information on many health issues on the nurse's reference table in the back of the Church. Please take home any flyers that are of interest to you.


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