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St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Advent – December 5, 2021

St. Ann Catholic Church –  Virtual Bulletin 

2nd Sunday of Advent – December 5, 2021

2116 E First Ave Spokane WA 99202

Phone:  509 535-3031     Email:  info@stannsspokane.org

Swahili Mass

Our next Swahili Mass will be this Sunday, December 5th, at 11:00 AM.  All are welcome to join our new parishioners at our Swahili Mass on the first Sunday of each month.  Here are some photos from St. Ann’s Swahili Mass in November.

Swahili Mass at St. Ann – November 7, 2021

Advent theme: “Close to Home”

For Advent this year, our Parish community will be using an Advent Daily Devotional together with the theme “Close to Home.”   There will be a focus on immigration and refugees, with weekly themes that will be included in our liturgies.  Here is the link to the webpage where you can download the digital version of the booklet: https://wp.me/p91S6R-1iT

Social Justice Ministry

During the coming seasons of Advent and Christmas, the Social Justice Ministry will also be focusing on the experience of refugees and immigrants.  Each week we will suggest some reading, quotes and videos for your seasonal reflection.  Just as Jesus and the Holy Family found themselves displaced, leaving for another land to save their lives, so today do growing numbers of people globally share that dangerous journey.   How are we called to respond to their needs?  What is the Good News they need to hear and encounter today?

Quote of the Week: 

“We call upon all people of good will, but Catholics especially, to welcome the newcomers in their neighborhoods and schools, in their places of work and worship, with heartfelt hospitality, openness, and eagerness both to help and to learn from our brothers and sisters of whatever religion, ethnicity, or background.” –  From “Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops”

Additional Reading: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/catholic-teaching-on-immigration-and-the-movement-of-peoples

Hospitality Ministry – Message from the Pastoral Team

What does it mean to be a community rooted in hospitality? Please help us to have this conversation and revitalize the very important Hospitality Ministry by attending a Zoom meeting next Tuesday December 7th starting at 6:30pm (the link will be sent out the day of the meeting). We believe it is the responsibility of all of us to keep the community connected and to share the gift of welcoming and belonging. Please help us to spread love and kindness through the ministry of Hospitality. We hope to see you NEXT TUESDAY DECEMBER 7th at 6:30pm!

Virtual Baby Shower

Aida, a parishioner who is expecting a  baby in December, found out last Sunday that her mother Josefina passed away in Mexico.  Some parishioners have arranged a virtual baby shower to support her and her family. There is a bin in the back room by the entry of the church where we are collecting baby items for Aida.   Items that are needed are: diapers, wipes, bottles, blankets, baby clothes (onesies, sleepwear, outfits…), outerwear for cold weather.   Also, if anyone has an infant car seat or crib they are no longer using, these items would also be appreciated.  Thank you for caring for Aida, and please keep her and her family in your prayers during this time of grief and new life.

Maintenance Ministry

Some parishioners are hoping to revitalize the Maintenance Ministry so it can again become not only a way for some of the maintenance around and in our beautiful church campus to be addressed by parishioners, but also a way for people to come together and share with each other their lives, stories and skills (and probably some tools).  If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please answer a few questions and share your contact info  on a survey.  Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/9bU51Byoxb7S66An7

Catholic Charities Christmas Collection

The annual Christmas Collection is Catholic Charities’ biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds sustain operational costs for programs and services that help 74,000 people annually by responding to crisis, stabilizing lives, and advocating in hope.  If you would like to make a donation to the Catholic Charities Christmas Collection, there are envelopes in the church, or you can donate online here:  https://www.cceasternwa.org/donate 

Raise the Roof –  Wine Sale!

Help support our Raise the Roof fundraiser by purchasing wine from our St. Ann online wine shop.  There will be a sale of wines for the holidays coming soon!  Here is the link for the online wine shop https://www.rimacrafts.com/

Sunday Lunch Program – Donations Needed

During Advent, the two St. Ann Sunday Lunch Program  teams are collecting winter hats, gloves and scarves to give away at the Sunday Lunch Program Christmas dinner on December 18th. Clean and gently used items are acceptable. Please bring donations to church and put them in the baskets in the front pews, or arrange to bring them into the office during office hours. Also wanted are hygiene items, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap; and healthy snacks like protein bars.

Upcoming Important Dates & Parish Events 

Sundays at 7:00 PM – St. Ann Zoom prayer services

Mondays at 2:30 PM – Craig’s Discussion Group meets on Zoom

Thursdays at 4:15 PM – Taize Prayer Service (Contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and Zoom links.)

December 5 – Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM

December 7 – Hospitality Ministry meeting – 6:30 PM on Zoom

December 12 – Reconciliation service after Mass – individual reconciliation available by appointment at a later time

December 15 – Social Justice Ministry meeting at 6:30 PM on Zoom

December 21 – The Longest Night Service on Zoom

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass – Music at 4:00 PM, Mass at 4:30 PM

December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 9:00 AM (no 3:00 PM Mass)

 Zoom links for Parish prayer services are emailed to the parish email list. Zoom links for meetings and other groups will be emailed to members of the group.  If you are interested in joining one of the parish ministries, email the parish office at info@stannsspokane.org

Franciscan Corner

“O Come, O Come Emanuel”. The ancient song is sung in churches throughout the world. Let us go on a journey with St Francis and gaze upon creation. Francis knew the 2 stories of creation in the book of Genesis. The first telling of man’s dominion over all lesser creatures, the other story about humans’ caring and nurturing all creatures, including earth itself. As we sing “O, Come, O Come Emmanuel”, which story resonates with you? Ask yourself, am I called to have dominion over all the rest of creation, or am I called to care and nurture all of creation? O come, O come, Emmanuel, and show us the way.

(Thank you to Sr. Joanne for sharing these Franciscan reflections with us.)

Prayer Requests

Please pray for these community members in need of our support or healing: 

Nancy J.Crystal M.Dianne F. & familyJanet S.
Sunny B.Susan L.Estella L.Andy T.
Daren S.Roberta B’s familyJake S. & familyBob & Shonna B & family
Craig B. & familyGeorgie W.Kerry M’s familyFr. Tom C.
Izzi H.James H.Christian W.Michel, Sonia & family
Theresa W-BEva D.Michelle M’s familySean H’s sister

Please remember our recently departed and pray for their grieving families and friends:

Paul B. Fr. Jim D.Miguel R.Claudia K.
Nancy R. Fr. Robert F. J. Kenneth K.Ron P.
Hal T.Sr. Linda H’s  NephewRoberta (Bobby) BreachKalvin
Betty B.Walter B. JrJudy M.Jean-Marie S.
Lori H.Patricia S.Josefina H.

Mass Times, Office Hours and Staff Contact Info

Information about Mass Times, Staff contact info, and office hours can be found on the home page of our parish website! https://stanncommunityblog.wordpress.com/

Annual Catholic Appeal

Thank you to those who have donated so far!  Please note on your donation that it is for St. Ann in Spokane so that your donation will go towards our goal.  Thank you! 

Diocesan donation page: https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/make-a-donation 

St. Ann tithe.ly page:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739 

ACA Collection as of 11/26/21

Parish Goal $23,691.00

Donations as of 11/26   $7,866.00

Percentage of Goal         33.2%

Percentage Participation      41.5%          

Monthly Collection Totals- September

General Collection $14,354.03

Roof Fund     $822.99

Building Fund     $132.64

Neighborhood Collection     $873.73

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – 1st Sunday of Advent – November 28, 2021

St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin 

1st Sunday of Advent – November 28, 2021

2116 E First Ave Spokane WA 99202

Phone:  509 535-3031     Email:  info@stannsspokane.org

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our young parishioners – Ella, Falisha, Ruby, Thomas, Ciaran, Diego, Ariana, Lisa, Elise, Juan, Edgar, and Fernando – who celebrated the sacraments of 1st Communion and Confirmation on Saturday, November 20th, with Bishop Daly at our 3:00 PM Mass. We would also like to give a huge thank you to Jolie for all her work to prepare our youth for these sacraments. 

Bishop Daly with our young people who celebrated Confirmation & 1st Communion on November 20, 2021

Advent theme: “Close to Home”

For Advent this year, our Parish community will be using an Advent Daily Devotional together with the theme “Close to Home.”   There will be a focus on immigration and refugees, with weekly themes that will be included in our liturgies.  Here is the link to the webpage where you can download the digital version of the booklet: https://wp.me/p91S6R-1iT

Social Justice Ministry: Quotes, videos & readings

During the coming seasons of Advent and Christmas, the Social Justice Ministry will also be focusing on the experience of refugees and immigrants.  Each week we will suggest some reading, quotes and videos for your seasonal reflection.  Just as Jesus and the Holy Family found themselves displaced, leaving for another land to save their lives, so today do growing numbers of people globally share that dangerous journey.   How are we called to respond to their needs ?  What is the Good News they need to hear and encounter today?

 Quotes for the week: 

 Choose one day this week to reflect upon the experiences of our brothers and sisters who are or have been refugees. Each hour, read and ponder one of the following quotes…

A Quote to Share Every Waking Hour:

Hour 1

“To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength, courage, and victory.”

— Tennessee Office for Refugees

Hour 2

“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

— Warsan Shire

Hour 3

“A refugee is someone who survived and who can create the future.”

– Amela Koluder

Hour 4

“Refugees are not terrorists. They are often the first victims of terrorism.”

— António anuel de Oliveira Guterres

Hour 5

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

— Albert Einstein

Hour 6

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

— Emma Lazarus

Hour 7

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Hour 8

“Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.”

— Nadia Hashimi

Hour 9

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”

— Warsan Shire

Hour 10

“Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.”

— Khaled Hosseini

Hour 11

“We have a legal and moral obligation to protect people fleeing bombs, bullets and tyrants, and throughout history those people have enriched our society.”

—Juliet Stevenson

Hour 12

“It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”

— Dina Nayeri

Support refugees living around the world by donating to a vetted nonprofit

Video for at home viewing:  https://vimeo.com/566196474

Additional Reading: https://ireland-calling.com/lifestyle/pope-francis-calls-on-europes-catholic-churches-to-take-in-refugee-families/

Swahili Mass

All are welcome to join our new parishioners at our Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM on the first Sunday of each month. Our next Swahili Mass will be on December 5th.  Here is a link to an article in the Spokesman Review about our Swahili Mass:  Swahili Mass article 

Virtual Baby Shower

Aida, a parishioner who is expecting a baby in December, found out on Sunday that her mother Josefina passed away in Mexico.  Some parishioners have arranged a virtual baby shower to support her and her family. There is a bin in the back room by the entry of the church where we are collecting baby items for Aida.   Items that are needed are: diapers, wipes, bottles, blankets, baby clothes (onesies, sleepwear, outfits…), outerwear for cold weather.   Also, if anyone has an infant car seat, stroller or crib they are no longer using, these items would also be appreciated.  Thank you for caring for Aida, and please keep her and her family in your prayers during this time of grief and new life.

Raise the Roof –  Wine Sale!

Help support our Raise the Roof fundraiser by purchasing wine from our St. Ann online wine shop.  There will be a sale of wines for the holidays coming soon!  Here is the link for the online wine shop: https://www.rimacrafts.com/

Maintenance Ministry

Some parishioners are hoping to revitalize the Maintenance Ministry so it can again become not only a way for some of the maintenance around and in our beautiful church campus to be addressed by parishioners, but also a way for people to come together and share with each other their lives, stories and skills (and probably some tools).  If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please answer a few questions about your skills and interests, and share your contact info, in the following survey.  Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/9bU51Byoxb7S66An7

Sunday Lunch Program – Donations Needed

During Advent, the two St. Ann Sunday Lunch Program  teams are collecting winter hats, gloves and scarves to give away at the Sunday Lunch Program Christmas dinner on December 18th. Clean and gently used items are acceptable. Please bring donations to church and put them in the baskets in the front pews, or arrange to bring them into the office during office hours. Also wanted are hygiene items, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap; and healthy snacks like protein bars.

In past years, Sunday Lunch has had volunteer musicians providing holiday music at the Sunday Lunch Christmas dinners. Might this be an opportunity for your group or family to provide Christmas cheer for our guests? If so, call Spike, 509.290.3666

Lastly, the Sunday Lunch Program has not scheduled a team to cook and serve on 12/26, hoping for volunteers. Again, might this be an opportunity for your family or group to serve the community?  6 or 8 people and a coordinator would be needed. If interested, call Spike.

Catholic Charities Christmas Collection

The annual Christmas Collection is Catholic Charities’ biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds sustain operational costs for programs and services that help 74,000 people annually by responding to crisis, stabilizing lives, and advocating in hope.  If you would like to make a donation to the Catholic Charities Christmas Collection, there are envelopes in the church, or you can donate online here:  https://www.cceasternwa.org/donate 

Taize Prayer Service – Thursdays at 4:15 PM

A Taize Prayer service is offered each Thursday at 4:15 PM on Zoom.  If you are interested in being a part of this service, contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and the Zoom links.

Advent Retreat – December 4

There will be an Advent retreat on December 4th with Sr. Patricia, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM on Zoom.  RSVP by December 2nd, with a suggested donation of $15.  See the flyer below for more info!

Sunday Zoom Prayer Service  – Sundays at 7:00 PM

The Zoom prayer service is on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. The script and the link for the Zoom prayer service is emailed out through the parish email list each Saturday.  (If you are a parishioner who is not receiving these emails, please contact the parish office to be added to our email lists!)

Masks Required at Mass

Following the Governor’s mask mandate for indoor spaces, as well as the wishes of our community, the St. Ann community will continue to protect the most vulnerable by wearing masks, social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing the church after each service, and by continuing to refrain from receiving communion from the cup.  Thank you to all those who have been supportive of our staff working to keep our community safe as we gather at Mass!  

Upcoming Important Dates & Parish Events 

  • Sundays at 7:00 PM – St. Ann Zoom prayer services
  • Mondays at 2:30 PM – Craig’s Discussion Group meets on Zoom
  • Thursdays at 4:15 PM – Taize Prayer Service (Contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and Zoom links.)
  • November 25 – Happy Thanksgiving! 
  • November 28 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 4 – Advent Retreat with Sr. Patricia, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM on Zoom
  • December 5 – Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM
  • December 12 – Reconciliation service after Mass – individual reconciliation available by appointment at a later time
  • December 21 – The Longest Night Service on Zoom
  • December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass – Music at 4:00 PM, Mass at 4:30 PM
  • December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 9:00 AM (no 3:00 PM Mass)

 Zoom links for Parish prayer services are emailed to the parish email list. Zoom links for meetings and other groups will be emailed to members of the group.  If you are interested in joining one of the parish ministries, email the parish office at info@stannsspokane.org

Prayer Requests

Please pray for these community members in need of our support or healing: 

Nancy J.Crystal M.Dianne F. & familyJanet S.
Sunny B.Susan L.Estella L.Andy T.
Daren S.Roberta B’s familyJake S. & familyBob & Shonna B & family
Craig B. & familyGeorgie W.Kerry M’s familyFr. Tom C.
Izzi H.James H.Christian W.Michel, Sonia & family
Theresa W-BEva D.Michelle M’s familySean H’s sister

Please remember our recently departed and pray for their grieving families and friends:

Paul B. Fr. Jim D.Miguel R.Claudia K.
Nancy R. Fr. Robert F. J. Kenneth K.Ron P.
Hal T.Sr. Linda H’s  NephewRoberta (Bobby) BreachKalvin
Betty B.Walter B. JrJudy M.Jean-Marie S.
Lori H.Patricia S.Josefina H.

Franciscan Corner

It is Thanksgiving Day weekend. It is also the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new church year. It’s a season of hope. St Francis was a man of hope, he was a man of longing. During his life’s journey, the focus of Francis’ experience was on the humanity of Christ. Advent is the season when we prepare to celebrate the Incarnation, God becomes human. As we start our journey toward Christmas let us be people of hope. Let us bring hope to a weary world for God is with us! O Come, O Come Emanuel.

(Thank you to Sr. Joanne for sharing these Franciscan reflections with us.)

Pastoral Team 

Father Patrick – Pastor

Craig – PLC/Administrator

Erin – Pastoral Team Coordinator

Elizabeth – Parish Secretary & Social Media

Jolie – Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation

Dianne – Director of Grounds and Maintenance

Office Hours & Staff Contact Info

The Pastoral Team is primarily working from home, with limited office hours, but can be contacted by email any time.  

ELIZABETH is in the office: Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and works from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Hours may vary, so if you need to come into the office, please call or email Elizabeth to arrange a time to meet.  Elizabeth can be contacted at info@stannsspokane.org

CRAIG works from home and can be reached at craig.bartmess@stannsspokane.org

ERIN works from home and can be reached at Erin@stannsspokane.org 

JOLIE can be contacted at Jolie@stannsspokane.org (or by text) if you have any questions about liturgies, sacramental prep, or the Youth & Family Ministries Program.

DIANNE can be contacted at Dianne@stannsspokane.org regarding any issues with grounds and maintenance. 

FATHER PATRICK is available by appointment. Please contact the parish office if you would like to schedule an appointment, to ensure it is on his calendar. Father Patrick can also be reached at barazap@gonzaga.edu 

*** Please note that during Mass is not always the best time to contact the staff about parish issues.  If you have more than a quick question, please schedule another time to talk with someone on the pastoral team so that we can give you our full attention.  Thank you! 

Mass & Prayer Service Times

Saturday Mass is at 4:00 PM (Time change to 3:00 PM starting November 13)

Sunday Mass is at 9:00 AM

Sunday Swahili Mass is at 11:00 AM on the 1st Sunday of the month 

Zoom Prayer Service is on Sunday at 7:00 PM  (Link is sent out to our parish email list on Saturday.)

Online Giving Now Available With Tithe.ly 

You can donate using the direct link here:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739   

There is also a GIVE button on our website on the Contact and Giving page. https://stanncommunityblog.wordpress.com/contact/

Annual Catholic Appeal

Thank you to those who have donated so far!  Please note on your donation that it is for St. Ann in Spokane so that your donation will go towards our goal.  Thank you! 

Diocesan donation page: https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/make-a-donation 

St. Ann tithe.ly page:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739 

ACA Collection as of 11/19

Parish Goal $23,691.00

Donations as of 11/19   $7,716.00

Percentage of Goal         32.6%

Percentage Participation           40%

Monthly Collection Totals- September

General Collection $14,354.03

Roof Fund     $822.99

Building Fund     $132.64

Neighborhood Collection     $873.73

Parish Registration & Communication 

If you would like to register as a parishioner of St. Ann, or would like to be added to our parish email list to receive news and links to Zoom services, please contact Elizabeth in the parish office, or fill out a registration card at Mass.

Thank You For Your Support!

Thank you for your generous support! If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202

Or you can donate online with Tithe.ly (see link above)

Advent Daily Devotional for Advent 2021 – “Close to Home”

Just as Jesus and the Holy Family found themselves displaced, leaving for another land to save their lives, so today do growing numbers of people globally share that dangerous journey.   How are we called to respond to their needs?  What is the Good News they need to hear and encounter today? This Advent, as we focus on the theme of “Close to Home” we will use this Daily Devotional together as a parish community.

Click on the download button below for a digital copy of this devotional.

Craig’s Corner – Reflection for the Feast of Christ the King – November 21, 2021

Craig’s Thoughts for the Feast of Christ the King

Gentle reader,

Every year we end our church year with stories of the end of the world. Stars fall from the sky, plague and famine sweep the Earth, and the last judgment is upon us. When I was growing up I thought of these stories as being out there somewhere in a distant future, they were not really all that relevant to me. After all we’ve gone 2000 years without the world ending there’s a pretty good chance it wasn’t going to end tomorrow. There were always the fundamentalist preachers harping that these were the end times. But even a simple look at history would show that there were preachers saying the same  thing  in every one of the 20 centuries since the book of Revelation was written. I remember my father saying it didn’t really matter when the end times would come because all we had to do is fall off a cliff and that would be the end time for us.

Later as I studied scripture I learned that these writings were really written for the people at that time as a comfort when they faced hard times and persecution. It may feel like the end of the world but God is there with us. An interesting way of approaching these readings but I really only had certain personal times of crisis in order to relate.

The last two years has changed all that. Political crisis, social and economic distress, and a pandemic really have shown us what it’s like to live in end times. In a real way the end has come and our world has changed. We are now faced with the question: has it changed us? Will we approach our lives as if nothing has happened? Or will we be altered by these experiences? Only time will tell.

Also for the first time in my life there has been the possibility that an actual end of the world seems possible. A super volcano might blow up. An asteroid might collide with the Earth, our whole climate and environment might collapse, or sickness might wipe out our species from the Earth. Again how do these possibilities change us? Are we going to approach life aware and taking responsibility for our roles in these potential catastrophes? And what does our belief in the sovereignty of God say to all of this?

As we approach a new church year we will again Begin with anticipation and Hope to be followed by Joy.

Both of these seasons are necessary. They keep us in balance. They show us the way into our future.

And I will be with you even unto the end of time.

Craig

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – Christ the King – November 21, 2021

St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin

Christ the King –  November 21, 2021

St. Ann Church – 2116 E First Ave Spokane WA 99202

Phone:  509 535-3031     Email:  info@stannsspokane.org

Congratulations!

Congratulations to parishioners  Ella, Falisha, Ruby, Thomas, Ciaran, Diego, Ariana, Lisa, Elise, Juan, Edgar, and Fernando who are celebrating the sacraments of 1st Communion and Confirmation this Saturday, November 20th, at our 3:00 PM Mass, with Bishop Daly.

Advent Daily Devotionals

For Advent the parish community will be using the Daily Devotionals from Sanctify Arts, as we did last year. A digital download will be available on our website, however if you would like a printed copy, please sign up at Mass or email the parish office.  There is a suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of printing. 

Saturday Mass Time – 3:00 PM

A reminder that our Saturday Mass is now at  3:00 PM and will continue at that time through the Winter months.

Swahili Mass

All are welcome to join our new parishioners at our Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM on the first Sunday of each month. Our next Swahili Mass will be on December 5th.  Here is a link to an article in the Spokesman Review about our Swahili Mass: https://spokesmanreview-wa.newsmemory.com/?publink=07104b442_1345fd2&fbclid=IwAR1LnP2v1dP-QBFNkAZyct_P4eXlLQGVU0Ztvu6-axhEWgrkuz8u7L5K_gg

Sunday Lunch Program – Donations Needed

For Thanksgiving:

For the Sunday Lunch Thanksgiving meal on November 21st, each Sunday Lunch team is asked to donate items for the meal.  The two St. Ann teams are responsible for 4 Costco pumpkin pies, and 4 Costco apple pies and whipped cream.  Each group is also asked to donate a gallon of milk.  If you are able to help our two teams out by donating some of these items by Friday, November 19th, please contact the parish office to arrange a time to bring them to the hall.  

For Christmas

During Advent, the two St. Ann Sunday Lunch Program  teams are collecting winter hats, gloves and scarves to give away at the SLP Christmas dinner on December 18th. Clean and gently used items are acceptable. Please bring donations to church and put them in the baskets in the front pew, or arrange to bring them into the office during office hours. Also wanted are hygiene items, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap; and healthy snacks like protein bars.

In past years Sunday Lunch has had volunteer musicians providing holiday music at the Sunday Lunch Christmas dinners. Might this be an opportunity for your group or family to provide Christmas cheer for our guests? If so, call Spike, 509.290.3666

Lastly, the Sunday Lunch Program has not scheduled a team to cook and serve on 12/26, hoping for volunteers. Again, might this be an opportunity for your family or group to serve the community?  6 or 8 people and a coordinator would be needed. If interested, call Spike.

Raise the Roof –  Wines Still Available!

Help support our Raise the Roof fundraiser by purchasing wine from our St. Ann online wine shop. There are still wines available from the Fall flyer.  See the flyer below, or look at the online wine shop here: https://www.rimacrafts.com/

Taize Prayer Service – Thursdays at 4:15 PM

A Taize Prayer service is offered each Thursday at 4:15 PM on Zoom.  If you are interested in being a part of this service, contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and the Zoom links.

Advent Retreat – December 4

There will be an Advent Retreat with Sr. Patricia on December 4th, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, on Zoom. RSVP by December 2nd, with a $15 suggested donation. See the flyer below for more info!

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Sunday Zoom Prayer Service  – Sundays at 7:00 PM

The Zoom prayer service is on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. The script and the link for the Zoom prayer service is emailed out through the parish email list each Saturday.  (If you are a parishioner who is not receiving these emails, please contact the parish office to be added to our email lists!)

Masks Required at Mass

Following the Governor’s mask mandate for indoor spaces, as well as the wishes of our community, the St. Ann community will continue to protect the most vulnerable by wearing masks, social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing the church after each service, and by continuing to refrain from receiving communion from the cup.  Thank you to all those who have been supportive of our staff working to keep our community safe as we gather at Mass!  

Upcoming Important Dates & Parish Events 

Sundays at 7:00 PM – St. Ann Zoom prayer services

Mondays at 2:30 PM – Craig’s Discussion Group meets on Zoom

Thursdays at 4:15 PM – Taize Prayer Service (Contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and Zoom links.)

November 20 – Confirmation and 1st Communion at Mass with Bishop Daly

November 21 – Christ the King

November 28 – First Sunday of Advent

December 4 – Advent Retreat with Sr. Patricia on Zoom – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

December 5 – Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM

December 12 – Reconciliation service after Mass – individual reconciliation available by appointment at a later time

December 21 – The Longest Night Service on Zoom

December 24 – Christmas Eve Mass – Music at 4:00 PM, Mass at 4:30 PM

December 25 – Christmas Day Mass – 9:00 AM (no 3:00 PM Mass)

 Zoom links for Parish prayer services are emailed to the parish email list. Zoom links for meetings and other groups will be emailed to members of the group.  If you are interested in joining one of the parish ministries, email the parish office at info@stannsspokane.org

Prayer Requests

Please pray for these community members in need of our support or healing: 

Nancy J.Crystal M.Dianne F. & familyJanet S.
Sunny B.Susan L.Estella L.Andy T.
Daren S.Roberta B’s familyJake S. & familyBob & Shonna B & family
Craig B. & familyGeorgie W.Kerry M’s familyFr. Tom C.
Izzi H.James H.Christian W.Michel, Sonia & family
Theresa W-BEva D.Michelle M’s familySean H’s sister

Please remember our recently departed and pray for their grieving families and friends:

Paul B. Fr. Jim D.Miguel R.Claudia K.
Nancy R. Fr. Robert F. J. Kenneth K.Ron P.
Hal T.Sr. Linda H’s  NephewRoberta (Bobby) BreachKalvin
Betty B.Walter B. JrJudy M.Jean-Marie S.
Lori H.Patricia S.

Franciscan Corner

We know Spokane is in a drought. We know that the whole west coast is in a drought. St Francis said: “Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.”  Sister water—very useful. Think about that. Where would we be without water? Life would not exist without water. So for Francis to say she is useful, is an understatement! But he also said she is precious. Farmers know how precious water is. The people of Flint Michigan know how precious water is. Pope Francis has said “It is also conceivable that the control of water by large multinational businesses may become a major source of conflict in this century.”( Laudato Si #31) Let us not take Sister Water for granted. Let us advocate for access for water for all peoples and for safe drinking water for all our sisters and brothers, rich and poor alike.

(Thank you to Sr. Joanne for sharing these Franciscan reflections with us.)

Pastoral Team 

Father Patrick – Pastor

Craig – PLC/Administrator

Erin – Pastoral Team Coordinator

Elizabeth – Parish Secretary & Social Media

Jolie – Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation

Dianne – Director of Grounds and Maintenance

Office Hours & Staff Contact Info

The Pastoral Team is primarily working from home, with limited office hours, but can be contacted by email any time.  

ELIZABETH is in the office: Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and works from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Hours may vary, so if you need to come into the office, please call or email Elizabeth to arrange a time to meet.  Elizabeth can be contacted at info@stannsspokane.org

CRAIG works from home and can be reached at craig.bartmess@stannsspokane.org

ERIN works from home and can be reached at Erin@stannsspokane.org 

JOLIE can be contacted at Jolie@stannsspokane.org (or by text) if you have any questions about liturgies, sacramental prep, or the Youth & Family Ministries Program.

DIANNE can be contacted at Dianne@stannsspokane.org regarding any issues with grounds and maintenance. 

FATHER PATRICK is available by appointment. Please contact the parish office if you would like to schedule an appointment, to ensure it is on his calendar. Father Patrick can also be reached at barazap@gonzaga.edu 

*** Please note that during Mass is not always the best time to contact the staff about parish issues.  If you have more than a quick question, please schedule another time to talk with someone on the pastoral team so that we can give you our full attention.  Thank you! 

Mass & Prayer Service Times

Saturday Mass is at 4:00 PM (Time change to 3:00 PM starting November 13)

Sunday Mass is at 9:00 AM

Sunday Swahili Mass is at 11:00 AM on the 1st Sunday of the month (Next Mass December 5th.)

Zoom Prayer Service is on Sunday at 7:00 PM  (Link is sent out to our parish email list on Saturday.)

Online Giving Now Available With Tithe.ly 

You can donate using the direct link here:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739   

There is also a GIVE button on our website on the Contact and Giving page. https://stanncommunityblog.wordpress.com/contact/

Annual Catholic Appeal

Thank you to those who have donated so far!  Please note on your donation that it is for St. Ann in Spokane so that your donation will go towards our goal.  Thank you! 

Diocesan donation page: https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/make-a-donation 

St. Ann tithe.ly page:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739 

ACA Collection as of 11/5/21

Parish Goal $23,691.00

Donations as of 11/12   $7,641.00

Percentage of Goal         32.3%

Percentage of Participation         36.9%

Monthly Collection Totals- September

General Collection $14,354.03

Roof Fund     $822.99

Building Fund     $132.64

Neighborhood Collection     $873.73

Parish Registration & Communication 

If you would like to register as a parishioner of St. Ann, or would like to be added to our parish email list to receive news and links to Zoom services, please contact Elizabeth in the parish office, or fill out a registration card at Mass.

Thank You For Your Support!

Thank you for your generous support! If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202

Or you can donate online with Tithe.ly  (see link above)

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – November 14, 2021

St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time –  November 14th, 2021

St. Ann Church – 2116 E First Ave Spokane WA 99202

Phone:  509 535-3031     Email:  info@stannsspokane.org

3:00 PM Saturday Mass Time

A reminder that starting on this Saturday, November 13th, our Saturday Mass time will change to 3:00 PM

Care of Creation

Though the Season of Creation ended with the Feast of St Francis, the St. Ann community will continue to focus on the Care of Creation in the coming weeks by sharing quotes, additional reading, and videos here in the Virtual Bulletin.

Quote of the week:

“Bring the whole human family together . . . for we know that things can change.”   

– Pope Francis (Laudato Si)

Suggested Additional Reading: 

Sunday November 14 Pope Francis is launching his seven year plan called: Laudato Si Action Platform! He’s inviting all people to unite and take action to address the Climate Crisis. Wondering what it is? Here’s a link.  https://laudatosiactionplatform.org/

Scroll down on the first page and find his seven goals. Click the “learn more” link up above, then scroll way down to find the seven sectors, groups of people and institutions he’s asking to get involved. St. Ann’s is invited: our families and the parish.

Suggested Video for At Home Viewing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBOL1A35q7Q

Craig’s Corner

Craig is continuing to write reflections to share with us.  Here is a link to Craig’s reflection for the 32nd Week of Ordinary Time:  https://wp.me/p91S6R-1hI

Swahili Mass

All are welcome to join our new parishioners at our Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM on the first Sunday of each month. Our next Swahili Mass will be on December 5th.  Here are some photos from our Mass on November 7th.

Swahili Mass at St. Ann – November 7, 2021

Parish Council News

The Parish Council would like to welcome our new members – Andy, Crystal  and Tresa.  Thank you for your willingness to serve as leaders in our community!   We would also like to thank Mark,, Elizabeth and Ciara for their years of service to the Parish as members of the council.  Last Sunday at Mass the Parish Council gifted Mark, Elizabeth and Ciara (not pictured) with a thank you gift. 

Mark, Father Patrick and Elizabeth after Mass on Npvember 7, 2021

Sacramental Prep

Please keep the families of our 10 youth and 3 adults who are preparing for the sacraments of 1st Communion and Confirmation in your prayers.  Our community will be celebrating the sacraments with these families along with Bishop Daly on November 20th at the 3:00 PM Mass.

Sunday Lunch Program – Donations Needed

St Ann’s two Sunday Lunch Program (SLP) teams are now collecting winter hats, gloves and scarves to give away at the SLP Christmas dinner on 12/18. Clean and gently used items are acceptable. Please bring donations to church and put in the baskets in the front pew. Also wanted are hygiene items: toothbrushes and toot paste, soap; and healthy snacks like protein bars.

In past years we have had volunteer musicians providing holiday music at our SLP dinners. Might this be an opportunity for your group or family to provide Christmas cheer for our guests? If so, call Spike, 509.290.3666

Lastly, the SLP has not scheduled a team to cook and serve on 12/26, hoping for volunteers. Again, might this be an opportunity for your family or group to serve the community?  6 or 8 people and a coordinator would be needed. If interested, call Spike.

Raise the Roof –  Wines Still Available!

Help support our Raise the Roof fundraiser by purchasing wine from our St. Ann online wine shop. There are still wines available from the Fall flyer.  See the flyer below, or look at the online 

wine shop here: https://www.rimacrafts.com/   

Taize Prayer Service – Thursdays at 4:15 PM

A Taize Prayer service is offered each Thursday at 4:15 PM on Zoom.  If you are interested in being a part of this service, contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and the Zoom links.

Sunday Zoom Prayer Service  – Sundays at 7:00 PM

The Zoom prayer service is on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. The script and the link for the Zoom prayer service is emailed out through the parish email list each Saturday.  (If you are a parishioner who is not receiving these emails, please contact the parish office to be added to our email lists!)

Masks Required at Mass

Following the Governor’s mask mandate for indoor spaces, as well as the wishes of our community, the St. Ann community will continue to protect the most vulnerable by wearing masks, social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing the church after each service, and by continuing to refrain from receiving communion from the cup.  Thank you to all those who have been supportive of our staff working to keep our community safe as we gather at Mass!  

Prayer Requests

Please pray for these community members in need of our support or healing: 

Nancy J.Crystal M.Dianne F. & familyJanet S.
Sunny B.Susan L.Estella L.Andy T.
Daren S.Roberta B’s familyJake S. & familyBob & Shonna B & family
Craig B. & familyGeorgie W.Kerry M’s familyFr. Tom C.
Izzi H.James H.Christian W.Michel, Sonia & family
Theresa W-BEva D.Michelle M’s familySean H’s sister

Please remember our recently departed and pray for their grieving families and friends:

Paul B. Fr. Jim D.Miguel R.Claudia K.
Nancy R. Fr. Robert F. J. Kenneth K.Ron P.
Hal T.Sr. Linda H’s  NephewRoberta (Bobby) BreachKalvin
Betty B.Walter B. JrJudy M.Jean-Marie S.
Lori H.Patricia S.

Franciscan Corner

The weather in Assisi in November is much like ours. Daily highs range from 50 to 68 degrees and night temperatures rarely fall below 35 degrees. Nice fall temperatures. Francis was an outdoors man. He spent much time at the Carceri on Mt Subasio, in prayerful solitude with his first companions, he lived and prayed at Mt Laverna in eastern Tuscany where he received the Stigmata. And he stayed at La Foresta, outside the town of Rieti where he composed the Canticle of Brother Sun. Francis saw God’s handiwork in nature, in the created universe. During these crisp fall days, take a walk thru the fallen leaves, feel the crisp air on your face, and like Francis, bask in God’s handiwork of this beautiful world. 

(Thank you to Sr. Joanne for sharing these Franciscan reflections with us.)

Upcoming Important Dates & Parish Events 

Sundays at 7:00 PM – St. Ann Zoom prayer services

Mondays at 2:30 PM – Craig’s Discussion Group meets on Zoom

Thursdays at 4:15 PM – Taize Prayer Service (Contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and Zoom links.)

November 13 – Saturday Mass begins at 3:00 PM during Standard time

November 17 – Social Justice Ministry Meeting at 6:30 PM on Zoom

November 20 – Confirmation and 1st Communion at Mass with Bishop Daly

November 28 – First Sunday of Advent

December 5 – Swahil Mass at 11:00 AM

 Zoom links for Parish prayer services are emailed to the parish email list. Zoom links for meetings and other groups will be emailed to members of the group.  If you are interested in joining one of the parish ministries, email the parish office at info@stannsspokane.org

Pastoral Team 

Father Patrick – Pastor

Craig – PLC/Administrator

Erin – Pastoral Team Coordinator

Elizabeth – Parish Secretary & Social Media

Jolie – Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation

Dianne – Director of Grounds and Maintenance

Office Hours & Staff Contact Info

The Pastoral Team is primarily working from home, with limited office hours, but can be contacted by email any time.  

ELIZABETH is in the office: Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and works from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Hours may vary, so if you need to come into the office, please call or email Elizabeth to arrange a time to meet.  Elizabeth can be contacted at info@stannsspokane.org

CRAIG works from home and can be reached at craig.bartmess@stannsspokane.org

ERIN works from home and can be reached at Erin@stannsspokane.org 

JOLIE can be contacted at Jolie@stannsspokane.org (or by text) if you have any questions about liturgies, sacramental prep, or the Youth & Family Ministries Program.

DIANNE can be contacted at Dianne@stannsspokane.org regarding any issues with grounds and maintenance. 

FATHER PATRICK is available by appointment. Please contact the parish office if you would like to schedule an appointment, to ensure it is on his calendar. Father Patrick can also be reached at barazap@gonzaga.edu 

*** Please note that during Mass is not always the best time to contact the staff about parish issues.  If you have more than a quick question, please schedule another time to talk with someone on the pastoral team so that we can give you our full attention.  Thank you! 

Mass & Prayer Service Times

Saturday Mass is at 4:00 PM (Time change to 3:00 PM starting November 13)

Sunday Mass is at 9:00 AM

Sunday Swahili Mass is at 11:00 AM on the 1st Sunday of the month (check the bulletin or the home page website for dates.)

Zoom Prayer Service is on Sunday at 7:00 PM  (Link is sent out to our parish email list on Saturday.)

Online Giving Now Available With Tithe.ly 

You can donate using the direct link here:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739   

There is also a GIVE button on our website on the Contact and Giving page. https://stanncommunityblog.wordpress.com/contact/

Annual Catholic Appeal

Thank you to those who have donated so far!  Please note on your donation that it is for St. Ann in Spokane so that your donation will go towards our goal.  Thank you! 

Diocesan donation page: https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/make-a-donation 

St. Ann tithe.ly page:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739 

ACA Collection as of 11/5/21

Parish Goal $23,691

Donations as of 11/5 $7,616

Percentage of Goal 32.1%

Percentage Participation 35.4%

Monthly Collection Totals – September

General Collection $14,354.03

Roof Fund     $822.99

Building Fund     $132.64

Neighborhood Collection     $873.73

Parish Registration & Communication 

If you would like to register as a parishioner of St. Ann, or would like to be added to our parish email list to receive news and links to Zoom services, please contact Elizabeth in the parish office, or fill out a registration card at Mass.

Thank You For Your Support!

Thank you for your generous support! If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202

Or you can donate online with Tithe.ly  (see link above)

Craig’s Corner – Reflection for 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – November 7, 2021

Craig’s Thoughts for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time – November 7, 2021

Gentle reader,

We hear a lot about widows, orphans and the poor both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. It is important to remember these three categories of individuals. But it should also be noted that these words are code words for anyone who is vulnerable, marginalized, kept outside of the boundaries of a culture, family, or any group that protects its own. As Catholics we are taught that God has a preferential option for the poor.

In social science we hear the term social capital. Basically this means that anyone who is in an in-group, has certain advantages, and privileges that those born outside the group don’t have. For example those of us who were born to a middle class family with an average income could expect to go to school at least through High School and probably even Community College. Some of us could even expect to go on to four year University.. It doesn’t mean someone who was born into a poor or abusive family couldn’t do those things. It simply means that the possibility was much harder. The obstacles to be overcome, greater. Then those with more advanced education had greater possibilities for higher paying jobs, healthier lifestyles, increased longevity, etc. In other words social capital has a snowball effect if you have social capital then you have the expectation of getting even greater social capital. Your children will have greater social capital,etc., etc.  Education is only one example of social capital. Other things like race, place of birth, time of peace or war, many many more things affect an individual’s social capital.

In our scriptures the widow, the orphan and the immigrant were all people without social capital. They were outside the protections of a family, tribe and culture.  They were the most vulnerable.. And the message of both Testaments is clear: God protects the most vulnerable. God expects us to treat them as brother and sister. That means more than just feeling good about them. It means extending to them the same kind of social capital we ourselves enjoy.

When I was the director of a couple of neighborhood outreach nonprofits, part of my duties was to go to different churches and seek aid and support. I discovered that in the more affluent churches there was a greater tendency for individuals to downplay the social capital they held. I would often hear the refrain “Why should I help the poor?  I made it on my own. They need to do the same.” An interesting argument which totally misses the point of social capital. None of us made it on our own. We need one another. We need to support and care for one another. The message of the Gospel is clear. Love one another as you would yourself. And especially love those are most vulnerable in our world

Love God with your whole heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Craig

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – November 7, 2021

St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time –  November 7th, 2021

St. Ann Church – 2116 E First Ave Spokane WA 99202

Phone:  509 535-3031     Email:  info@stannsspokane.org

Daylight Saving Times Ends – November 7

Don’t forget to set your clock back one hour on Sunday, November 7th! Also a reminder that starting on November 13th, our Saturday Mass time will change to 3:00 PM.

Care of Creation

Though the Season of Creation ended with the Feast of St Francis, the St. Ann community will continue to focus on the Care of Creation in the coming weeks by sharing quotes, additional reading, and videos here in the Virtual Bulletin.

Quote of the week:

“American Catholics… are learning more, caring more, and doing more about the environment and threats to it. As a community of faith, we are also seeking to understand more clearly the ethical and religious dimensions of this challenge.” 

(U.S. Catholic Bishops, Renewing the Earth).

Suggested Video for At Home Viewing:

Craig’s Corner

Craig is continuing to write reflections to share with us.  Here is a link to Craig’s reflection for All Hallows Eve:  https://wp.me/p91S6R-1hc 

Craig’s Discussion Group

Craig’s Discussion group is meeting on Zoom on Mondays at 2:30 PM.  The group is discussing “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene” by Cynthia Bourgeault.  It’s not too late to join!  Contact the Parish Office if you would like to join, so that we can send you the Zoom link.

Synodal Church Listening Sessions

Here is more information from the Diocese about Synodal Church Listening Sessions:

https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/synod?fbclid=IwAR20oFPnk8Tov-coe24g03A1NlQI-4JQo14bfPnRldXSPeMRm7rgzn-D0kw

Below is a prayer for a Synodal Church from Pope Francis: 

Prayer For a Synodal Church

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,

make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go

and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;

do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity

so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth

and what is right.

All this we ask of You,

who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son,

forever and ever.

Swahili Mass – November 7 at 11:00 AM

All are welcome to join our new parishioners at our Swahili Mass this Sunday, November 7th,  at 11:00 AM. Swahili Mass will be celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.

Annual Catholic Appeal

Thank you to those who have already donated to the ACA so far!  Our parish goal is $23,691.00 and we are currently at 26.2% of our goal, with 29.2% participation. Donation envelopes are available in the church or in the parish office, or you can make a donation online.  Please note on your donation that it is from St. Ann in Spokane so we get credit for your donation.

Diocesan donation page: https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/make-a-donation 

St. Ann tithe.ly page:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739 

Social Justice Ministry – Climate Crisis Subcommittee

St. Ann’s Social Justice Ministry now has a Climate Crisis  subcommittee. Six people have signed up so far and will meet for the first time on zoom Thursday Nov. 4 at 9:30 AM.   Sister Anne B.  is organizing the group. All are welcome. If you’d like to join, contact the office so we can get you the Zoom link. 

Spokane Sustainability Action Plan

Thank you for supporting the Spokane Sustainability Action Plan which passed the City Council and goes into effect in January! Now the real action begins – not just the paper version!

Climate Crisis Action 

Thank you to Pat M. for his thought provoking reflection at Mass this past weekend – and for sharing this list of 8 things we can all do!

Pope Francis & 40 World Religious Leaders Call on Believers to:

  • Deepen our efforts to bring about a change of heart among members of our traditions in the way we relate to the Earth and to other people;
  • Encourage our educational and cultural institutions to strengthen and prioritize integral ecological education;
  • Participate actively in the public discourse on environmental issues;
  • Engage our congregations and institutions with their neighbors to build sustainable, resilient and just communities;
  • Emphasize the importance of reducing carbon emissions;
  • Encourage our communities to embrace sustainable lifestyles;
  • Strive to align our financial investments with environmentally and socially responsible standards;
  • Evaluate the goods we purchase and the services we hire with the same ethical lens.

Sunday Lunch Program – Donations Needed

St Ann’s two Sunday Lunch Program (SLP) teams are now collecting winter hats, gloves and scarves to give away at the SLP Christmas dinner on 12/18. Clean and gently used items are acceptable. Please bring donations to church and put in the baskets in the front pew. Also wanted are hygiene items: toothbrushes and tooth paste, soap; and healthy snacks like protein bars.

In past years we have had volunteer musicians providing holiday music at our SLP dinners. Might this be an opportunity for your group or family to provide Christmas cheer for our guests? If so, call Spike, 509.290.3666

Lastly, the SLP has not scheduled a team to cook and serve on 12/26, hoping for volunteers. Again, might this be an opportunity for your family or group to serve the community?  6 – 8 people and a coordinator would be needed. If interested, call Spike.

Raise the Roof –  Wines Still Available!

Help support our Raise the Roof fundraiser by purchasing wine from our St. Ann online wine shop. There are still wines available from the Fall flyer.  See the flyer below, or look at the online 

wine shop here: https://www.rimacrafts.com/   

Taize Prayer Service – Thursdays at 4:15 PM

A Taize Prayer service is offered each Thursday at 4:15 PM on Zoom.  If you are interested in being a part of this service, contact Shonna B. for more info and the Zoom links.

Sunday Zoom Prayer Service  – Sundays at 7:00 PM

The Zoom prayer service is on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. The script and the link for the Zoom prayer service is emailed out through the parish email list each Saturday.  (If you are a parishioner who is not receiving these emails, please contact the parish office to be added to our email lists!)

Masks Required at Mass

Following the Governor’s mask mandate for indoor spaces, as well as the wishes of our community, the St. Ann community will continue to protect the most vulnerable by wearing masks, social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing the church after each service, and by continuing to refrain from receiving communion from the cup.  Thank you to all those who have been supportive of our staff working to keep our community safe as we gather at Mass! 

Prayer Requests

Please pray for these community members in need of our support or healing: 

Nancy J.Crystal M.Dianne F. & familyJanet S.
Sunny B.Susan L.Estella L.Andy T.
Daren S.Roberta B’s familyJake S. & familyBob & Shonna B & family
Craig B. & familyGeorgie W.Kerry M’s familyFr. Tom C.
Izzi H.James H.Christian W.Michel, Sonia & family
Theresa W-BEva D.Michelle M’s familySean H’s sister

Please remember our recently departed and pray for their grieving families and friends:

Paul B. Fr. Jim D.Miguel R.Claudia K.
Nancy R. Fr. Robert F. J. Kenneth K.Ron P.
Hal T.Sr. Linda H’s  NephewRoberta (Bobby) BreachKalvin
Betty B.Walter B. JrJudy M.Jean-Marie S.
Lori H.Patricia S.

Franciscan Corner

Pope Francis was to go to the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow. He canceled his trip. Like the man whose name he bears, St. Francis of Assisi, the Pope recognizes the beauty of all creation, and has asked the world to take care of our common home, Mother Earth. St Francis saw God’s goodness in all creation, he could sit on Mt Sabasio and watch the sun rise and greet the day, be wrapped in God’s goodness and be caught up in prayers of thanksgiving. Let us join Pope Francis and pray for those attending COP 26, who will tackle the climate crisis through collaboration of governments, businesses and civil society. This is what is ours to do.  

(Thank you to Sr. Joanne for sharing these Franciscan reflections with us.)

Upcoming Important Dates & Parish Events 

Sundays at 7:00 PM – St. Ann Zoom prayer services

Thursdays at 4:15 PM – Taize Prayer Service (Contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and Zoom links.)

Mondays at 2:30 PM – Craig’s Discussion Group meets on Zoom

November 4 – Social Justice Ministry Climate Crisis subcommittee meets at 9:30 AM on Zoom

November 4 – Advent & Christmas planning meeting 6:00 PM on Zoom

November 7 – Daylight savings time ends – turn clock back one hour

November 7 – Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM

November 7 – St. Ann serves Sunday Lunch

November 13 – Saturday Mass begins at 3:00 PM during Standard time

November 20 – Confirmation and 1st Communion at Mass with Bishop Daly

 Zoom links for Parish prayer services are emailed to the parish email list. Zoom links for meetings and other groups will be emailed to members of the group.  If you are interested in joining one of the parish ministries, email the parish office at info@stannsspokane.org

Pastoral Team 

Father Patrick – Pastor

Craig – PLC/Administrator

Erin – Pastoral Team Coordinator

Elizabeth – Parish Secretary & Social Media

Jolie – Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation

Dianne – Director of Grounds and Maintenance

Office Hours & Staff Contact Info

The Pastoral Team is primarily working from home, with limited office hours, but can be contacted by email any time.  

ELIZABETH is in the office: Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and works from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Hours may vary, so if you need to come into the office, please call or email Elizabeth to arrange a time to meet.  Elizabeth can be contacted at info@stannsspokane.org

CRAIG works from home and can be reached at craig.bartmess@stannsspokane.org

ERIN works from home and can be reached at Erin@stannsspokane.org 

JOLIE can be contacted at Jolie@stannsspokane.org (or by text) if you have any questions about liturgies, sacramental prep, or the Youth & Family Ministries Program.

DIANNE can be contacted at Dianne@stannsspokane.org regarding any issues with grounds and maintenance. 

FATHER PATRICK is available by appointment. Please contact the parish office if you would like to schedule an appointment, to ensure it is on his calendar. Father Patrick can also be reached at barazap@gonzaga.edu 

*** Please note that during Mass is not always the best time to contact the staff about parish issues.  If you have more than a quick question, please schedule another time to talk with someone on the pastoral team so that we can give you our full attention.  Thank you! 

Mass & Prayer Service Times

Saturday Mass is at 4:00 PM (Time change to 3:00 PM starting November 13)

Sunday Mass is at 9:00 AM

Sunday Swahili Mass is at 11:00 AM on the 1st Sunday of the month (check the bulletin or the home page website for dates.)

Zoom Prayer Service is on Sunday at 7:00 PM  (Link is sent out to our parish email list on Saturday.)

Online Giving Now Available With Tithe.ly 

You can donate using the direct link here: https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739   

There is also a GIVE button on our website on the Contact and Giving page. https://stanncommunityblog.wordpress.com/contact/

Annual Catholic Appeal

Parish Goal:     $23,691.00

Donations as of 10/29       $6,205.00

Percentage of Goal: 26.2 %

Percentage of Participation: 29.2%

Monthly Collection Totals

September Collection Totals:

General Collection: $14,354.03

Neighborhood Collection:     $873.73  

Building Fund Collection:     $132.64    

Roof Fund Donations:     $822.99

Parish Registration & Communication 

If you would like to register as a parishioner of St. Ann, or would like to be added to our parish email list to receive news and links to Zoom services, please contact Elizabeth in the parish office, or fill out a registration card at Mass.

Thank You For Your Support!

Thank you for your generous support! If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202

Or you can donate online with Tithe.ly  (see link above)

Craig’s Corner – Reflection for October 31st, All Hallows Eve (October 31, 2021)

Craig’s Reflection for October 31st, 2021 – All Hallows Eve

Gentle reader,

This week we celebrate the Eve of all Saints Day, better known as Halloween. All Saints day, November 1st, and All Souls day, November 2nd. In many cultures this is celebrated as the day of the Dead (South American) or Samhain (Celtic). Traditionally this was a time to remember those who have gone before us. This was a very easy tradition to be baptized into the Christian faith. Our belief in the resurrection means that we honor those who have died, we believe that they are still alive and part of God’s kindom. We also believe that they can still hear us and affect our lives. This is confusing to some, who have accused those of a more Catholic tradition of worshiping the Saints. We do not worship the Saints, we honor them and we believe they remember us.

My father who was raised in a more strict Protestant tradition found it difficult to convert to Catholicism. One of his main sticking points was that he was taught the Catholics worshiped St Mary. When I was in the 8th grade he was in a bad automobile accident. As he was recovering at St Mary’s hospital in Walla Walla, he listened to the nuns praying the rosary every morning. Suddenly it dawned on him that they weren’t praying to Mary, they were asking Mary to pray for them. He joined the Catholic Church shortly after that. We pray with the Saints not to them. We Believe that all who have passed and are now with God are Saints. Not just those who have been proclaimed as such by the official Church. That’s why there’s an ALL Saints day. That is why at Saint Ann’s we proclaim the names of our deceased relatives and friends during the month of November. We also believe that those who have been separated from God by their own brokenness or lack of development or other circumstances can still be united with God and be brought into the kindom. That is why we celebrate an All Souls day.

Death may seem the final defeat, the last chance. The darkness from which none can escape. But as Christians we believe this is not true. We believe that there is light beyond darkness. Hope beyond despair. And that God’s love can achieve the impossible.

Pope Benedict once wrote something to the effect that his belief in the Justice of God led him to believe in the existence of hell. But that his belief in the mercy of God led him to believe that it probably would end up empty.

Heaven, hell and purgatory exist in our everyday lives. Death would seem to put a period to all of that. Jesus’s resurrection says that it’s not a period, it’s just a semicolon. And God who is infinite shows us a love and mercy that is just as infinite. So pray for and with the Dead. And celebrate our ancestors. They are still with us.

Death where is your victory where is your sting.

Craig

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time – October 31, 2021

St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time –  October 24th, 2021

St. Ann Church – 2116 E First Ave Spokane WA 99202

Phone:  509 535-3031     Email:  info@stannsspokane.org

Care of Creation

Though the Season of Creation ended with the Feast of St Francis, the St. Ann community will continue to focus on the Care of Creation in the coming weeks by sharing quotes, additional reading, and videos here in the Virtual Bulletin.

Quote of the week:

From St. Augustine (354-430), who told us: “The care of Creation is contemplation of God.”

Pope Francis invites all Christians to realize the importance of caring for God’s creation for our faith. “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (LS 217).

Suggested videos for at-home viewing:  https://www.usccb.org/resources/cst-101-care-creation

Suggested additional reading: https://aquinasemorythinks.com/elizabeth-johnson-creation-and-franciscan-tradition/

Craig’s Corner

Here is a link to Craig’s reflection for World Mission Sunday https://wp.me/p91S6R-1gE 

Synodal Church Listening Sessions

Here is more information from the Diocese about Synodal Church Listening Sessions: https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/synod?fbclid=IwAR20oFPnk8Tov-coe24g03A1NlQI-4JQo14bfPnRldXSPeMRm7rgzn-D0kw

Below is a prayer for a Synodal Church from Pope Francis: 

Prayer For a Synodal Church

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,

make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go

and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;

do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity

so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth

and what is right.

All this we ask of You,

who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son,

forever and ever.

Next Swahili Mass – November 7 at 11:00 AM

Swahili Mass will be celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome to join our new parishioners at our next Swahili Mass on November 7 at 11:00 AM. 

Swahili Mass at St. Ann – October 3, 2021

Annual Catholic Appeal

Thank you to those who have already donated to the ACA so far!  Our parish goal is $23,691.00 and we are currently at 19.4% of our goal, with 22.2% participation. Donation envelopes are available in the church or in the parish office, or you can make a donation online.  Please note on your donation that it is from St. Ann in Spokane so we get credit for your donation.

Diocesan donation page: https://www.dioceseofspokane.org/make-a-donation 

St. Ann tithe.ly page:  https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739

Raise the Roof –  Wines Still Available!

Help support our Raise the Roof fundraiser by purchasing wine from our St. Ann online wine shop. There are still wines available from the Fall flyer!  See the flyer below, or look at the online wine shop here: https://www.rimacrafts.com/

Social Justice Ministry – News

Social Justice Ministry – Climate Crisis Subcommittee

St. Ann’s Social Justice Ministry now has a Climate Crisis  subcommittee. Six people have signed up so far and will meet for the first time on zoom Thursday Nov. 4 at 9:30 AM.   Sister Anne B.  is organizing the group. All are welcome. You can contact Sr. Anne via email at abossermansnjm@gmail.com if you’d like to join. 

Spokane Sustainability Action Plan

Thank you for supporting the Spokane Sustainability Action Plan which passed the City Council and goes into effect in January! Now the real action begins – not just the paper version!

SJM – Action Item

The Social Justice Ministry would like to share a message about the issue of Climate Change from the Catholic Climate Covenant, with an opportunity to take action.  This is especially important as we continue to celebrate Care of Creation. 

“The reconciliation package that the U.S. Congress is now considering provides unprecedented opportunities for our nation to address the root causes of the climate crisis and environmental degradation, while providing people in low-income and disproportionately impacted communities ways to participate in the solutions.

Please consider sending this critical action alert to your U.S. representative and senators TODAY, and include your own story, especially if you or people you love have been directly impacted by the unprecedented wildfires, heat waves, droughts, storms and flooding across our nation and world this summer.

 Send Message to Congress: https://catholicclimatecovenant.salsalabs.org/reconciliationaasept30th/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=77a64b1b-2be1-4b53-85ba-caf8cfbc1539

Now is the time for your U.S. Senators and representative to hear of your support, grounded in the calls of our Catholic faith. Though the path of the reconciliation package has obstacles, your support for climate action and environmental justice will resound and elevate that which we hold dear for our children, the generations to come, and all of God’s creation.

Thank you for your witness inspired by our shared Catholic faith.”

– Catholic Climate Covenant

Here is a link to the Catholic Climate Covenant website, with more information and opportunities for action. https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/

Taize Prayer Service – Thursdays at 4:15 PM

A Taize Prayer service is offered each Thursday at 4:15 PM on Zoom.  If you are interested in being a part of this service, contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and the Zoom links.

Sunday Zoom Prayer Service  – Sundays at 7:00 PM

The Zoom prayer service is on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. The script and the link for the Zoom prayer service is emailed out through the parish email list each Saturday.  (If you are a parishioner who is not receiving these emails, please contact the parish office to be added to our email lists!)

Masks Required at Mass

Following the Governor’s mask mandate for indoor spaces, as well as the wishes of our community, the St. Ann community will continue to protect the most vulnerable by wearing masks, social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and sanitizing the church after each service, and by continuing to refrain from receiving communion from the cup.  Thank you to all those who have been supportive of our staff working to keep our community safe as we gather at Mass!  

Prayer Requests

Please pray for these community members in need of our support or healing: 

Nancy J.Crystal M.Dianne F. & familyJanet S.
Sunny B.Susan L.Estella L.Andy T.
Daren S.Roberta B’s familyJake S. & familyBob & Shonna B & family
Craig B. & familyGeorgie W.Kerry M’s familyFr. Tom C.
Izzi H.James H.Christian W.Michel, Sonia & family
Theresa W-BEva D.Michelle M’s familySean H’s sister

Please remember our recently departed and pray for their grieving families and friends:

Paul B. Fr. Jim D.Miguel R.Claudia K.
Nancy R. Fr. Robert F. J. Kenneth K.Ron P.
Hal T.Sr. Linda H’s  NephewRoberta (Bobby) BreachKalvin
Betty B.Walter B. JrJudy M.Jean-Marie S.
Lori H.Patricia S.

Franciscan Corner

“For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” We are in a time of transition now, from the Season of Creation to ordinary time. Francis of Assisi traveled thru the seasons as well. He too traveled with the falling leaves, cooler days, and welcomed rains as he walked the hillsides of Assisi reflecting upon the beauty of God’s creation. Each season had its own beauty and its own message from God. Francis could read those signs and break out into praise of the Creator for the wonder of creation that was about to burst forth. “For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven”. Do you hear the message God is whispering to you? What new adventures does God have in store for you in the future that lies ahead? Ready yourself to welcome it with an open heart knowing that God is already there waiting for you!  

(Thank you to Sr. Joanne for sharing these Franciscan reflections with us.)

Upcoming Important Dates & Parish Events 

Sundays at 7:00 PM – St. Ann Zoom prayer services

Thursdays at 4:15 PM – Taize Prayer Service (Contact Shonna at Bartletts@gonzaga.edu for more info and Zoom links.)

November 1 – Craig’s Discussion Group meets at 2:30 PM on Zoom

November 4 – Advent & Christmas planning meeting 6:00 PM on Zoom

November 7 – Daylight savings time ends – turn clock back one hour

November 7 – Swahili Mass at 11:00 AM

November 7 – St. Ann serves Sunday Lunch

November 13 – Saturday Mass begins at 3:00 PM during Standard time

November 20 – Confirmation and 1st Communion at Mass with Bishop Daly

 Zoom links for Parish prayer services are emailed to the parish email list. Zoom links for meetings and other groups will be emailed to members of the group.  If you are interested in joining one of the parish ministries, email the parish office at info@stannsspokane.org

Pastoral Team 

Father Patrick – Pastor

Craig – PLC/Administrator

Erin – Pastoral Team Coordinator

Elizabeth – Parish Secretary & Social Media

Jolie – Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation

Dianne – Director of Grounds and Maintenance

Office Hours & Staff Contact Info

The Pastoral Team is primarily working from home, with limited office hours, but can be contacted by email any time.  

ELIZABETH is in the office: Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and works from home Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Hours may vary, so if you need to come in to the office, please call or email Elizabeth to arrange a time to meet.  Elizabeth can be contacted at info@stannsspokane.org

CRAIG works from home and can be reached at craig.bartmess@stannsspokane.org

ERIN works from home and can be reached at Erin@stannsspokane.org 

JOLIE can be contacted at Jolie@stannsspokane.org (or by text) if you have any questions about liturgies, sacramental prep, or the Youth & Family Ministries Program.

DIANNE can be contacted at Dianne@stannsspokane.org regarding any issues with grounds and maintenance. 

FATHER PATRICK is available by appointment. Please contact the parish office if you would like to schedule an appointment, to ensure it is on his calendar. Father Patrick can also be reached at barazap@gonzaga.edu 

*** Please note that during Mass is not always the best time to contact the staff about parish issues.  If you have more than a quick question, please schedule another time to talk with someone on the pastoral team so that we can give you our full attention.  Thank you! 

Mass & Prayer Service Times

Saturday Mass is at 4:00 PM (Time change to 3:00 PM starting November 13)

Sunday Mass is at 9:00 AM

Sunday Swahili Mass is at 11:00 AM on the 1st Sunday of the month (check the bulletin or the home page website for dates.)

Zoom Prayer Service is on Sunday at 7:00 PM  (Link is sent out to our parish email list on Saturday.)

Online Giving Now Available With Tithe.ly 

You can donate using the direct link here: https://tithe.ly/give?c=2044739   

There is also a GIVE button on our website on the Contact and Giving page. https://stanncommunityblog.wordpress.com/contact/

Annual Catholic Appeal

Parish Goal: $23,691.00

Donations as of 10/22 $4,605.00

Percentage of Goal: 19.4%

Percentage of Participation: 22.2%

Monthly Collection Totals:

July Collection Totals:

General Collection: $9,181.31

Neighborhood Collection:   $968.73   

Building Fund Collection:     $72.03    

Roof Fund Donations:   $515.87

August Collection Totals:    

General Collection:   $6,952.03

Neighborhood Collection:     $850.73   

Building Fund Collection:       $72.03    

Roof Fund Donations:     $669.79

Parish Registration & Communication 

If you would like to register as a parishioner of St. Ann, or would like to be added to our parish email list to receive news and links to Zoom services, please contact Elizabeth in the parish office, or fill out a registration card at Mass.

Thank You For Your Support!

Thank you for your generous support! If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202

Or you can donate online with Tithe.ly  (see link above)