Pastor’s Page

VBS 2018- Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Vacation Bible School. Thanks to the parents, catechists, youth and children who made this year’s VBS an enjoyable and inspiring week for all.

Father Peter will be away on vacation from August 13th to 22nd.

The Feast of Mary’s Assumption, Wednesday, August 15th. There will be a vigil Mass in Spanish, Tuesday evening, Aug 14th at 6:30 p.m.   and Masses in English, on Wednesday at 12:10PM and  6:00PM Mass.  There will also be a Mass in Spanish, Wednesday evening at  7:30PM  

French Boys Choir, Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 pm- Join us for a free concert with “Les Petits Chanteurs de Nogent-sur-Marne” also known as ‘Les Moineaux’, the boys choir that has been singing and travelling in France and all over the world for 65 years. They regularly give concerts of their repertoire of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, etc. in prestigious places, and  for humanitarian causes. Les Moineaux will be on tour in the  United States this Summer 2018. They will be here at Saint Ann’s Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 pm offering a free concert that includes music of the sixteenth century as well as favorites such as “Hallelujah” from Handel, “Ave Maria” from Gounod and musical pieces from French folklore.   This choir of 16  boys, from 10 to 18 years old, is conducted by François OLIVIER, who is also the Titular of the Choir Organ at the prestigious church St. Eustache at Paris (France).

 Ben Albanese, our parish Seminarian, will be here at the Masses next weekend for our Farewell Receptions after Mass. Join him for All night adoration Fridayevening the  17th after the movie. 

Paul, Apostle of Christ: Movie, (Rated PG-13), 7:00 pm,  Friday, Aug 17th    Join the Knights for this special event!

Mass and Carolina Mudcats Game: Parish Youth Activity, Sunday, August 19th. After the 11:00 am Mass join other youth as we head off to an afternoon of fun with the Carolina Mudcats.  Call the parish for more information.

Weekend of July 21st, 22nd, 2018

Saint AnnNovena    Honor our patroness and come to her Novena and Feast Day. Pray the powerful prayer to Saint Ann and be blessed with her relic. We celebrate her feast with a 7pm Eucharist this Thursday, July 26th. We lead up to her feast by celebrating the feast of the Passionist Martyrs (Monday), Saint Charbal (Tuesday) and Saint James (Wednesday)

I want to thank our Novena Committee for organizing this year’s novena. They are doing a great job. This past week we welcomed our Bishop Luis and we had services for children and adults. Special thanks to Abby Steele for allowing a visit to her horses and to Isabela Frike for bringing her award winning sheep for our children.

SALA: Professional Tutoring at Saint Ann’s Learning Academy (SALA) begins July 30th. There is still time to register. Sign up and get that extra boost you need to succeed!

Migrant Workers: Our youth will be helping the men in the Benson area fields this Friday. Thank you for your donations of food, clothing and fans!

Santa Ana Novena: Honra a nuestra patrona y ven a su Novena y Fiesta. Reza la poderosa oración a Santa Ana y sé bendecida con su reliquia. Celebramos su fiesta con una Eucaristía a las 7pm este jueves, 26 de julio. Nos dirigimos a su fiesta celebrando la fiesta de los Mártires Pasionistas (lunes), San Charbal (martes) y Santiago (miércoles)

Quiero agradecer a nuestro Comité Novena por organizar la novena de este año. Ellos están haciendo un gran trabajo. La semana pasada recibimos a nuestro Obispo Luis y tuvimos servicios para niños y adultos. Un agradecimiento especial a Abby Steele por permitir una visita a sus caballos y a Isabela Frike por traer a sus ovejas ganadoras de premios.

SALA: La tutoría profesional en la Academia de Aprendizaje de Saint Ann (SALA) comienza el 30 de julio. Todavía hay tiempo para inscribirse. Regístrese y obtenga ese impulso adicional que necesita para tener éxito.

Trabajadores migrantes: Nuestros jóvenes ayudarán a los hombres en los campos del área de Benson este viernes. ¡Gracias por sus donaciones de alimentos, ropa y ventiladores!

Weekend of July 14th, 15th, 2018

  • Groundbreaking for new Rectory: Thursday, July 19th, at 7:00 p.m. with Bishop Luis. Join as at the northwest corner of our property for the groundbreaking ceremony.
  • This week we begin our Novena in honor of our patroness Saint Ann.
  • Each day we will have a service in English at 12 noon and at 6pm
  • On weekends the novena will be part of the regular Sunday Mass.
  • Novena services in Spanish are at 10 am and 7:30 pm each day.
  • Join us this Thursday as Bishop Luis celebrates a bilingual Mass at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards we will have refreshments and a chance to chat with the bishop.
  • On Friday we will have an outdoor concert with Catholic singer Jon Carlos at 7:00 p.m.
  • On Saturday we will have a soccer tournament at 9:00 am on the parish lawn.
  • SALA (Saint Ann Learning Academy)  Sign up for our Parish Tutor Program with professional educators. Classes start July 30th. The Academy Director is Professor Martin Dramou.


Weekend of June 24th, 2018 

International Food Festival- The International Food Festival is 3 months away. We need your help to make the 10th Anniversary Festival the best ever.  Support your heritage and volunteer to help out at one of our national food tents. Visit our IFF website at Pick up your Raffle Tickets, fill out the stubs along with your donation and be eligible for an early-bird prize! Get your relatives and friends to help by purchasing a ticket. Start enjoying the fun of this annual festival!

A New Rectory- Find out why we need a new rectory and why this is the best time to take action. After Mass this weekend come to the Parish Center for refreshments and a very brief presentation! Father Peter and Fr Philip will both be residing at our temporary rectory at 214 W Davis St, Smithfield, until completion of the new rectory.

Changing of the Guard- This Tuesday, June 26th, Father Rafael will take on his new responsibility as pastor of St James in Henderson and Fr Philip will join us as or new full-time parochial vicar. Congratulations, prayers and best wishes to both of these fine priests.

Sweet 16 Celebration- Next weekend we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of our parish church. It was 16 years ago that Bishop Gossman dedicated our church on June 30, 2002. Congratulations to all whose prayers, sacrifices and donations made it possible.

Atlanta and Panama-  Our youth are invited to attend this year’s Retreat in Atlanta, from July 6th to the 8th.   Looking ahead to January 24, 2019 we are planning to bring a small group of our youth to the World Youth Day in Panama. The cost is $1700 (which is $1,000 LESS than other tours from our diocese). This is an inspiring once in a lifetime opportunity. Space is very limited. Your $500 deposit will reserve your place.

New Priests for the Diocese- Congratulations to our new priests:  Michael Coveyou,  Chris Koehn and Marlon Mendieta who were ordained this weekend by Bishop Louis Raphael.  You may remember we hosted their ordination to the Deaconate on April 22 last year when Archbishop Wilton Gregory visited our parish.


May 26-27th, 2018

Congratulations to our newly elected members of the parish pastoral Council!

I want to thank Kevin PILOTTE, Louise LUPO, Victor SANCHEZ, and Juana LUNA on their election. Congratulations also to Laura 0LMEDO who has also been appointed a new member of our parish council. I also want to thank Susan Warren for her dedicated service to the pastoral Council.

Bishops annual appeal

I want to thank You for your support of this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Because of your sacrifice, generosity, and thoughtfulness we have reached our goal. Congratulations! If you have not yet made your contribution there is still time. Any money donated over our goal will literally come back to us. Your donations will not only help the good works of the diocese but will also benefit us here at Saint Ann’s.The money collected around the diocese will support our seminarians and will help us in our parish projects. Our food pantry every year receives a grant because of the bishop’s annual appeal. This year our respect life ministry has also requested a grant made possible by the bishop’s annual appeal. Catholic charities, which is funded by the BA, is still searching for a family counselor to assist our people here at our parish. Thank you for helping this worthy cause.

New Rectory 

This past week we sold the old Rectory on Hancock Street in Smithfield and bought a 1 acre parcel of land adjacent to the north west corner of our church property. That parcel will be the site of our new parish Rectory. I want to thank those generous parishioners who have already contributed to this new project. A new rectory will be a necessary element in our parish mission as we look to the future. We are young parish. The largest group in our parish is our children under the age of 18. The next largest group are our young adults aged 18 to 35. The Bishop has blessed us with a new parochial vicar, Father Philip Johnson. He is young and not even two years ordained. A new rectory will hopefully attract more young priest to serve our parish family in the future. Thank you for contributing to the support of our new rectory.

May 19-20, 2018

Confirmation with Bishop Luis

Congratulations to all who received the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Thank you to all who assisted in helping our young people come to this day, especially our parents and catechists.

Cross Project

Did you notice the beautiful wooden cross outside the church? I want to thank a group of our Confirmation students for designing, funding and erecting this beautiful symbol of faith and courage.

First Communion

Congratulations to all who this month receive our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time. May our Lord bless your parents, relatives, friends and catechists for bringing you to Jesus in this wondrous sacrament.

Congratulations Father Rafael and Fr Phil

Congratulations to Fr Rafael for his new assignment as Pastor of St James in Henderson. Congratulations to Fr Philip Johnson who comes to us from Sacred Heart in Pinehurst to  be our new parochial vicar here at Saint Ann’s.  We also congratulate Fr Rafael for receiving his canon law degree from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Pastoral Council Elections

This weekend we elect new members of our parish Pastoral (Parish) Council. Thanks to all who are willing to serve the parish in this important ministry.

Catechists and Faith Formation

Thank you to all our Catechists for their generous service in bringing so many of our parishioners closer to our Lord through our faith formation programs. Thanks especially to Mr Patrick Ginty, our Director of Religious Education , for his love and dedication.

Rectory Construction

Next Sunday we will have a pre-bid information meeting for professionals interested in assisting with the construction of our new parish rectory. Thank you for your generosity in assisting with this major parish project.

Staff Fair

Next weekend the members of our Parish Staff will host a Staff Fair to reflect on the role of our various Staff members in assisting the Parish. Stop by the Parish Center next weekend.

Pentecost Vigil

Next week we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. We will have a prayer vigil on Saturday night from 8:00 p.m. to midnight to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives.

First Penance and Reconciliation

This Thursday a number of our young people will receive the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time. Thank you to all for preparing our young people for this beautiful gift of mercy and healing.