Pastor’s Page

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.