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



link to Local Pastoral Plan PDF Collaborative Pastoral Plan


CHRISTMAS SHARING PLANNING

Christmas Sharing has to be different this year, due to the Pandemic. This year we are asking you to purchase gift cards that will be distributed to the families, Project Grad Teen Moms, and senior citizens.  The following stores are preferred: Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Amazon.

We are asking for gift cards in any amount up to $50. This will allow us the flexibility to give an amount appropriate to the family, teen mom or senior citizen. We will also need $25 Trucchi’s or Market Basket cards for families and Senior Citizens. All gift cards should be placed in an envelope marked “Christmas Sharing” in the St. Vincent dePaul boxes at the doors of the church, or sent to Linda Santry.

They must be received by December 13th, to allow the parents time to purchase gifts before Christmas. See the handout on November 21/22 for more details. If there are any questions, please call Linda Santry: 508-586 6535 or Contact Linda at Email

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TOGETHER IN CHRIST PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

A Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body in dioceses and parishes of the Roman Catholic Church that serves to advise the parish priest or bishop about pastoral issues. Meetings are once a month and usually don't extend more than an hour. Members from both churches serve on this Council.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of this Council, please call the Rectory.
508-378-4207 OR 508-586-4880

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***SPOTLIGHT ON MINISTRIES
Counters

Counters - The service rendered to the Parish by this group is that of counting the money collected at the weekend Masses. They record accurate contributions received and prepare it for deposit at the bank. The Guild is made up of very dedicated parishioners who observe the strictest confidentiality.

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Cleaners Ministry

Cleaners Ministry - The service rendered to the Parish by this group is that of cleaning the Church and Sacristy in preparation for the Masses each week. People work in teams of two or three on a rotation of weeks. It generally require one day per four or five week rotation. No heavy lifting is required.
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Building and Maintenance Commission

It is the mission of the Building Commission to provide the skill and resources to keep the structure and grounds in a neat, safe, respectful condition for the purpose of serving the community and members of Saint John the Evangelist Parish and Saint Ann's Parish with a place to reflect, pray, meet, teach, and socialize. The Building Commission will help the Pastor by suggesting modifications and seeking to upgrade the building and grounds of Saint John the Evangelist Parish and Saint Ann Parish when the need a rises. This is a vitally important ministry which needs to be comprised of people with background knowledge of facilities maintenance - People with knowledge of what needs to be done and who to go to for the completion of the work.
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The Collaborative's Social Committee

The Collaborative's Social Committee is seeking individuals who enjoy planning events. If you have creative ideas, enjoy planning events and want to be part of the parish, but don't know where to plug in your creativity, then the Social Committee is just for you! We need help with Vicariate luncheons, open houses etc.
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St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul Society - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic voluntary organization dedicated to the sanctification of its members by serving the poor and disadvantaged. St. John's St. Vincent de Paul Society provides a good pantry for the community of East Bridgewater in the hall of the church, as well as helping with emergency needs on a necessary basis. The Pantry meets the first and third Mondays of the month and can always use extra help. Please contact the Food Pantry Hotline if you are interested in becoming a member. 508-378-3760. St. Ann's St. Vincent de Paul Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. If you have been looking for a way to participate, please come to a meeting and see what we are all about! The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 11th. For more information contact Chris Baker at 774-240-8095.
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Fundraising Commission

Fundraising Commission - St. John's and St. Ann's are looking for people willing to serve on the Fundraising Committee. If you are creative, have experience with fundraising (or don't) and know how to bring a community together, please consider joining the Fundraising Committee. Fundraisers are needed to add a cushion to the Parish budget, to meet payroll obligation, to maintain and grow our parish services, and to make needed repairs to the church, rectory, grounds, The Fundraising Committee needs new ideas. Please consider joining. Call the rectory if you are interested 508-586-4880 or 508-378-4207.
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Family Life Ministry

In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus tells us that "where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst" (MT 18:20). In that same way, when we gather to minister to God's people, Jesus is there with us. FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY The Family Life Ministry is committed to creating a supportive atmosphere for the growth and development of family life by addressing the spiritual and social needs of families in our parish and community. Members of this ministry monthly provide activities to the patients at Sachem Nursing Facility, donate money to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, bring communion to the patients at Sachem, organize and run both the annual picnic and Easter Egg Hunt, and maintain the lending library in the basement of the church near the CCD Office. They meet once per month on the 2nd Tues of each month and are always looking for new members. If you think this ministry might be a good fit for you, please call the Rectory for St. John's 508-378-4207 or St. Ann's 508-586-4880.
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Choirs (Children, Teens and Adults)

In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus tells us that "where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst" (MT 18:20). In that same way, when we gather to minister to God's people, Jesus is there with us.

Children's Choir - The Children's Choir sings Sunday at designated 10:30 am Masses during the school year. Rehearsals are Monday nights from 6-7, as scheduled. Any child who has received First Holy Communion is welcome to participate. Children who play an instrument are also welcome. Children who are not able to make a weekly commitment may join us seasonally for Christmas and Easter. The Children's choir also sings at the First Communion Masses. For more information please contact Paul Hoffman.

Teen Choir - The Teen Choir sings at the Sunday 6:00 pm Teen Mass, as scheduled. Rehearsal time is at 5 pm, prior to Mass. For more information please contact Paul Hoffman. The Teen Choir also sings on Christmas Eve Mass and for Confirmation Masses.

Adult Choir - The Adult Choir sings at select Masses. Rehearsal times is usually one hour prior to Mass. The choir also meets Monday evenings during Advent and Lent in preparation for Christmas Eve and The Paschal Triduum. For more information please contact Paul Hoffman.

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.

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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.

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*** SPOTLIGHT ON MINISTRIES
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.

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EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS FOR HOMEBOUND

Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers are needed to bring communion to the Homebound. Training will be available for anyone who is interested and Current Eucharistic Ministers serving who are already trained may want to participate, as well.
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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."
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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.

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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 looking for. If interested, please contact Debbie or Arlene at the rectory.

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FRIENDS OF THE UNBORN

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

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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
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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."
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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

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HANDICAPPED SEATING

The front row on both sides of the aisle has been designated as a reserved section 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.

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

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.

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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


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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!


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