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


LENTEN REGULATIONS

Abstinence -- Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday
and on all Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be
used at all.

Fast -- Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the days of fasting. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices
are allowed.

Regarding other weekdays of Lent, participation in daily Mass and the voluntary observance of fasting is recommended.

Commendable, particularly during Lent, is generosity to local, national and world programs of sharing our abundance, the traditional Lenten Devotions and all the self-denial summed up in the Christian concept
of "mortification."
LENTEN SCHEDULE


THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU (Confession Schedule)
6:30 - 8:00 pm
St. Ann's - March 13, March 27, April 10
St. John's - March 20, April 3, April 17

EASTER SCHEDULE:
Holy Thursday - St. John's - 7 pm
Good Friday - St. Ann's - 7 pm
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) St. John's - 8 pm

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
FRIDAYS DURING LENT
At St John's after the 9:00 am Masses
At St. Ann's - 7:00 pm

EASTER SUNDAY
St. Ann's - 8:30 & 10:30 am
St. John's - 8:30 am

LENTEN SACRIFICE PROJECT


FORTY DAYS - FORTY ITEMS

LENTEN SACRIFICE PROJECT

I have a challenge for you!
Each day of Lent, remove one item from your closet that you no longer wear or need and put it into the trash bag provided. At the end of the forty days, donate these items to a place that can share them with someone who can really use them.

The collaboration has made arrangements with The St. Vincent de Paul Society. The week after Easter, bags can be dropped off for pick up at St. Ann's.

Specific drop off details to be announced.


TEEN MASSES ARE BACK!!!!

Saint Ann`s Teen Masses

March 10th

Saint John`s Teen Masses

March 24th

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC

SAINT ANN’S is bringing back the BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC AFTER ALL THE MASSES THE FIRST WEEKEND OF EACH MONTH.

We are still in need of certified nurses or nursing assistants to help with this mission. Please call the rectory and leave a message if you can help.

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

St. Ann's Annual
Baby Shower

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 - 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 like 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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