Sunday, July 23, 2017 Bulletin

My Dear Parish Family,


Happy Feast Day! It is with great joy that our parish family comes together each year to celebrate the feast day of our Patron, Saint Anne. Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes to make our celebration so special! For the first time, our feast day celebration is bringing together our band, our choir, and our coro for what is sure to be a great celebration of the rich diversity of our parish family. And we once again join together after Mass in Father Sweeney Hall for our Feast Day Dinner. Many thanks to everyone who is cooking and bringing in a special dish to share at our dinner. I hope that you willbe able to join us to celebrate the gift of love that is our parish family. May Saint Anne continue to watch over us and guide us on our pilgrim way to the Kingdom of Our Lord!

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. Children from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade are invited to participate in this year’s program: Hero Headquarters. Please pick up your registration form in the back of the church and return your completed form to the Religious Education Office. Please see page five for more information. Many thanks to Monica and her team of dedicated volunteers for working so hard to put this wonderful program together for the young people of our parish!

As our summer continues, I am looking forward to taking some extra time away from my regular routine here at the parish for my annual “staycation”. Even though I do not travel anywhere, I try to spend some extra time in prayer, reading, and relaxing here at the parish. This summer, I will also be using my staycation to work on continuing the development of our new parish website. While the basic framework of the site is already in place, there is much more work to be done. I am looking forward to the quiet of the summer to spend some time working on the more creative aspects of the site, and populating it with pictures, news, and other information about the many ministries and organizations . Please see page six for more information about our website and how you can help me develop it over the coming weeks. Visit our new site at:  www.saintanneparish.org

Even as we roll out our new parish website, we continue to ask all of the members of our parish family to download and use the “OneParish” app. It is a free download available both on Google Play and iTunes. Please be sure to install this free app on your phone or tablet. The app automatically detects the default language of your device and will present itself in English or in Spanish. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with this wonderful app and its many faith building features, and use it as a way to stay connected to our parish family even when you can’t be here with us for Mass.

Yours In God’s Love,

Father Ralph

Sunday, July 16, 2017 Bulletin

My Dear Parish Family,

On Monday, July 17th, we begin to pray as a parish family our nine-day novena to our Patroness, Saint Anne. There are many versions of this novena that are available. Perhaps you have a favorite that you have been praying for many years. If this is the first time you are praying the novena, I have printed the version that is in the prayer book used by the seminarians at the North American College in Rome. There are also copies of the novena available in the back of the church. Please be sure to take the time each day to pray this powerful novena. Pray for your own intentions of course, but also pray that our precious Saint Anne will watch over and protect our parish family. May she appeal to her daughter and to her grandson on our behalf. Through her intercession, may we grow ever closer in love for God, for Our Lord Jesus Christ, for their Most Holy Spirit, for our Blessed Mother Mary, and for Saint Anne herself. May our love for them show forth and bear much good fruit in our love and care for one another!

Our parish family laid to rest one of our dear Waterford parishioners this past Monday. + Betty Duggan came on the bus to Mass with the other residents not knowing anything about our parish. About five minutes later, she was in love with all of you! She couldn’t stop talking about how loving and welcoming all of you were, and how you made her feel right at home from that very first day. Betty has been on hospice for the past month. Elaine and I had the grace of visiting her at the time she was first admitted. She talked for an hour and a half, not about herself, but once again about how much she loved Saint Anne. Her nephew, Pastor Jim Hearne, one of my former students from Saint Joseph Seminary, gave a wonderful portrait of his Aunt Betty at the funeral Mass. We will miss her smiling face, but we know that we have a new intercessor for our parish family in God’s Kingdom!

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered as part of our outreach ministry on last week’s Service Saturday and on this past Wednesday’s visit to Pinecrest Nursing Home. Our Service Saturday volunteers made our church and kitchen cleaner than clean, and thanks to Dan Lippe, Jack and Max Dunlavy, Father Sweeney Hall looks brand new with a fresh coat of paint. The visit to Pinecrest was highlighted by a magic show by our own Chuck Gruberman. Chuck now lives in Michigan, but still comes to be with us here at Saint Anne whenever he can. Many thanks to Chuck for making this special trip to entertain the residents. You are the greatest!

Please see page five for more information about our upcoming Feast Day celebration on Sunday, July 23rd, and page six for our Vacation Bible School which begins on July 31st! Saint Anne, pray for us!

In God's Love, your friend and brother,

Father Ralph