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: email@example.com
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.
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”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.)
Please pray for these community members in need of our support or healing:
|Nancy J.||Crystal M.||Dianne F. & family||Janet S.|
|Sunny B.||Susan L.||Estella L.||Andy T.|
|Daren S.||Roberta B’s family||Jake S. & family||Bob & Shonna B & family|
|Craig B. & family||Georgie W.||Kerry M’s family||Fr. Tom C.|
|Izzi H.||James H.||Christian W.||Michel, Sonia & family|
|Theresa W-B||Eva D.||Michelle M’s family||Sean 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 Nephew||Roberta (Bobby) Breach||Kalvin|
|Betty B.||Walter B. Jr||Judy 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