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St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin Holy Trinity Sunday – June 7, 2020

St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin
Holy Trinity – June 7, 2020



Sign up link for Mass – June 6 & 7
Thank you to Father Patrick and Jolie, and the St. Ann staff and volunteers, who worked last week to make sure we were ready and able to have Mass at St. Ann this past weekend.

Because of the strict rules we must follow in order to re-open for Mass, there are a limited number of slots available, and you must sign up ahead of time if you wish to attend. The sign up link is below. If you need help with signing up, please contact the parish staff. Please be considerate of others wishing to attend Mass and only sign up to attend one Mass this weekend. Staff will be checking people off the sign up list as they enter, and making sure everyone is wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer. Thank you for your understanding.   Sign Up link for Masses on June 6 & 7

If you would like to review the restrictions and rules we are following at St. Ann as we resume Mass, here is a link to last week’s letter to the parish from Craig and Father Patrick:   Letter from Father Patrick & Craig about re-opening for Mass

Prayer Service on Zoom – Sunday at 11:00 AM
Thank you to all who joined the St. Ann Prayer service to celebrate Pentecost on Zoom last weekend. Thanks especially to Jolie for her powerful and challenging reflection, to Father Patrick for leading us in prayer, to Dave & Sue for sharing the gift of their music, to Marie for leading us in the Alleluia, and to all the wonderful readers! Thank you to all those who stayed afterwards for a challenging and thoughtful discussion session. And thanks to Mark W and Mark W-B for making it possible for us to join together virtually.

We will continue to offer the Prayer service on Zoom for those members of our community who are unable to attend Mass, to continue to gather together in prayer. The time of this service has been moved to 11:00 AM on Sunday, so that those involved in Mass and the Zoom prayer service are able to be a part of both.

A Message from Craig About Upcoming Zoom Prayer Services
The reflection and subsequent discussion at last weeks Zoom prayer service touched on powerful and disturbing realities in our culture and society. Events that followed both here in Spokane and in the country at large demonstrate just how important this discussion has become. During our discussion, a parishioner mentioned a phrase that he said has stuck in his head, “White silence matters.” St Ann Parish has a history of confronting difficult questions of social justice and cultural ethics. We invite all of you to join in this important dialogue. During the next couple of Sundays, the reflection time during our Zoom prayer service will be open to group sharing. Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi Sunday (God as relationship and Christ’s broken body identified with his broken people.) Father Patrick and I will briefly introduce these two themes and then open the reflection time to your thoughts, prayers and concerns. In preparation we ask that you read and pray over the following letter from Cardinal Cupich. Our silence really does matter.
Link to letter: Message from Cardinal Cupich

Readers Needed for Mass and Zoom Prayer Services
Now that St Ann Parish is celebrating Mass again, we are looking for readers.  We only need one reader per Mass to do 1st and 2nd readings, the responsorial psalm in between, and the prayers of the faithful (found in the red missal book) following the homily.  If you will be attending Mass and would like to read, use the link below to sign up. We are also looking for readers for the Zoom services. If you are interested, there are also slots open for those. Thank you for your participation!

Sign up for Readers for Masses and Zoom Prayer Services

Prayer Requests
*Please pray for Crystal M, who suffered a cardiac arrest this week, for healing and for her family.

*Please continue to pray for Nancy J. as she recovers from surgery, and for Peder as he cares for her.

*Also please pray for Pat S. – her son Jake says she is struggling with the isolation of being during the closure.

*Please pray for all those – known and unknown – in our community who are feeling isolated and alone and are in need of our prayers during this time.

Church Roof Fundraising – T-shirts!
The Church Roof Fundraising committee has designed St. Ann t-shirts as a fundraiser for the Church Roof. Adult sizes will be $20 and children’s sizes will be $10. Keep an eye out for more information about pre-orders!

From the Parish Staff
The staff are working on consolidating the contact information for parishioners collected in the directory and registration cards. If you need to update any of your contact info, or didn’t fill out a new registration card this past Fall, please contact us at communityofstann@gmail.com or leave a message on the office phone. (535-3031) Now more than ever, it’s important for our community to stay connected. Help us stay in touch with you.

The staff have also been reaching our to parishioners with phone calls and cards. If any parishioners would like to reach out to the members of our community – particularly members of groups or committees you are a part of – let us know how we can help. If you are in need of addresses, cards, or stamps in order to do so, please call the parish office and leave us a message! (535-3031)

If you have any announcements or prayer requests you would like included in the St. Ann Virtual Bulletin, please let us know by Wednesday mornings. Thank you!

Franciscan Corner
Many people have a statue of Francis of Assisi in their gardens. He’s peaceful there, watching over the flowers, being a perch for birds, smiling at the world. Some will say it’s sentimental, some will say we have trivialized Francis. Perhaps, but is there a deeper meaning, what does Francis have to say to us as he stands there just looking out? If you have a statue of Francis in your garden, the next time you look at the statue, say hello to him. The statue should remind us of a man who lived in the 13th century, who struggled with society, who became a loner, who found God in a simple sunflower or the complexity of the human person. Say hello, you may be surprised to hear him respond.
(Thank you to Sr. Joanne for sharing these Franciscan reflections.)

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Thank you!
Father Patrick and the staff would like to thank you for your continuing generous donations during the closure. We so appreciate you and are grateful for your support.

If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202

April Collections Totals:
April General Collection:                         $11,040.00
April Neighborhood Collection:               $1,035.00
April Building/Roof Fund Donations:     $1,130.00

Reflection on the Statement of Cardinal Cupich on the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath

The reflection and subsequent discussion at last weeks Zoom prayer service touched on powerful and disturbing realities in our culture and society. Events that followed both here in Spokane and in the country at large demonstrate just how important this discussion has become. During our discussion, a parishioner mentioned a phrase that he said has stuck in his head, “White silence matters.” St Ann Parish has a history of confronting difficult questions of social justice and cultural ethics. We invite all of you to join in this important dialogue. During the next couple of Sundays, the reflection time during our Zoom prayer service will be open to group sharing. Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi Sunday (God as relationship and Christ’s broken body identified with his broken people.) Father Patrick and I will briefly introduce these two themes and then open the reflection time to your thoughts, prayers and concerns. In preparation we ask that you read and pray over the following letter from Cardinal Cupich. Our silence really does matter.

– Craig

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the murder of George Floyd and its aftermath

May 31, 2020

The past nights I have watched in great personal pain as the pent-up anger of our people caught fire across our country. I saw the city where I was born, the cities where I have lived, the city I pastor now, catch embers from the city where I was educated and burn. Was I horrified at the violence? Yes. But was I surprised? No.

As the saying goes, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. What did we expect when we learned that in Minneapolis, a city often hailed as a model of inclusivity, the price of a black life is a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill? When we added another name to the list of those murdered for being black or for caring about the marginalized?

I will not pretend to speak with any authority about the challenges people of color experience in our society.  I do not share the fear they put on when they and their children leave their homes every day. I do not know what it means to be “other.” But I know there is a way to fix it.  And the fix begins when we stop talking about the proportionality of “their” response and start talking about the proportionality of “ours.” Surely a nation that could put a man in space, his safety assured by the brilliance of black women, can create a fair legal system, equitable education and employment opportunities and ready access to health care. Laws do not solve problems, but they create a system where racism in all its forms is punished and playing fields are leveled.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a great equalizer. It has been even more a great revealer of societal cancers as deadly as the virus. As others have pointed out, health insecurity kills, and poverty is poison.  We can and must make a society that views the soaring of a child’s potential with more joy than the soaring of a rocket.

I stand ready to join religious, civic, labor and business leaders in coming together to launch a new effort to bring about recovery and reconciliation in our city.  We do not need a study of the causes and effects. Those answers can be found on the shelves of government offices and academic institutions across our burning nation. No, we need to take up the hard work of healing the deep wound that has afflicted our people since the first slave ships docked on this continent. And we need to start today.

https://www.archchicago.org/en/statement/-/article/2020/05/31/statement-of-cardinal-blase-j-cupich-archbishop-of-chicago-on-the-murder-of-george-floyd-and-its-aftermath?fbclid=IwAR1yexkAEdUl6Nu7Hhy5RtmFCz1izRUcbDmlYqDpqyx82yKXggOjKR9Y8lE

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – Pentecost

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin
Pentecost Sunday – May 31st, 2020

Messages regarding the re-opening of Mass this weekend

Here is a link to Bishop Daly’s video message about re-opening Mass:  https://vimeo.com/423399423

Here is a link to the letter from Father Patrick and Craig about what re-opening for Mass will look like for St. Ann: https://stanncommunityblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/letter-to-st-ann-parishioners-regarding-the-re-opening-for-mass-this-weekend/

Sign up for Mass on Saturday or Sunday
If you would like to attend Mass at St. Ann this weekend, we are asking that you use the link below to sign up. Because of the strict rules we must follow in order to re-open for Mass, there are a limited number of slots available. Please be considerate of others wishing to attend Mass and only sign up to attend one Mass this weekend. Staff will be checking people off this list as they enter, so you must sign up if you wish to attend. Thank you!  Sign Up Genius – Pentecost Masses

Sunday Morning Prayer Services via Zoom – Sunday at 11:00 AM
Since there will be Mass at St. Ann at 9:00 AM, the Sunday Prayer Service on Zoom will be at 11:00 AM this week.. While this prayer service is not a replacement for Mass, many have found it to be very meaningful during the suspension of Mass. For those who are in vulnerable or at risk groups, or who have concerns about attending Mass, this prayer service does provide a chance to pray and connect with the community. Thank you to Jolie for putting together a wonderful Penecost celebration for us. As always, the invitation link will be sent out via the parish email list the night before.

We would also like to thank everyone who joined us for our Sunday Morning Prayer Service on Zoom last week! A special thanks to Pat M. for his wonderful reflection, Dave & Sue for their beautiful music, Sr Joy for putting together the liturgy for us, Marie for leading us in song, Father Patrick for leading us in prayer, to all the wonderful readers, and to Mark W and Mark W-B for making it possible for us to join together on Zoom. It is so nice to see the faces of so many members of our community each week!

Notes from the Parish Staff
The staff are working on consolidating the contact information for parishioners collected in the directory and regisstration cards. If you need to update any of your contact info, or didn’t fill out a new registration card this past Fall, please contact us at communityofstann@gmail.com or leave a message on the office phone (535-3031) Now more than ever, it’s important for our community to stay connected. Help us stay in touch with you – we would love to hear from you!

If you have any announcements or prayer requests you would like included in the St. Ann Virtual Bulletin, please let us know by Wednesday mornings. Thank you!

Church Roof Fundraising News
Even though we are not celebrating Mass in person, the need to replace the Church roof in the next two years reamins. The Church Roof Fundraising committee is continuing to meet via Zoom and have come up with some fun virutal and socially distant fundraising plans. Keep an eye out for annoucements about these upcoming community events!

Prayer requests
Please keep Marisella in your prayers as she heads towards graduation next weekend. Let us also pray for all the seniors who are facing graduation without the usual celebrations.

Franciscan Corner
The heavens are telling the glory of God, and all creation is shouting for joy! Praise for the sun, the bringer of day, praise for the wind that blows thru the trees, praise for the rain that waters our fields, praise for the earth that makes life to grow…praise Brother Sun and Sister Moon, praise Brother wind and Sister water, praise Brother fire and Sister Mother Earth. All creatures of our God and king, praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility! (Francis of Assisi)

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

Thank you!
Father Patrick and the staff would like to thank you for your continuing generous donations during the closure. We so appreciate you and are grateful for your support.

If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202
April Collections Totals:
April General Collection:                        $11,040.00
April Neighborhood Collection:              $1,035.00
April Building/Roof Fund Donations:     $1,130.00

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Letter to St. Ann Parishioners regarding the re-opening for Mass this weekend.

May 28, 2020

Parishioners of St. Ann Parish – Spokane.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ;

This coming weekend May 30th and May 31st (the Feast of Pentecost), we will again be celebrating the Eucharist in our parish church. After such an extended absence, this is an occasion of great joy. However, we can only open our churches if we follow some strict regulations provided by the State of Washington and our Bishop. A video of the Bishop announcing this reopening and explaining the restrictions that are needed can be found on the diocesan website and at https://vimeo.com/423399423. There will also need to be some specific norms for our parish, which we wish to share with you in this letter.

First, the Bishop makes it very clear that the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains in effect. Vulnerable, at risk, or otherwise concerned persons must stay at home. Anyone who has even the slightest symptoms or feelings of sickness must remain at home. There are a limited number of people allowed in the church at this time. At St. Ann this will be 45 persons per Mass for the next few weeks. We will have a 4:00 pm Saturday Mass and a 9:00 am Sunday Mass. We will also continue to have the Zoom prayer service for all parishioners but the time will be changed to 11:00 am on Sundays.
In order to offer an equal opportunity for parishioners to attend Mass, we will provide a online registration for the services. Only those who have pre-registered will be able to attend the service. We are asking if you attend Mass on a weekend that you wait a least one weekend before attending another.

During Mass the following safety rules will be in effect:

A distance of no less than 6 feet must be maintained between households. You will be asked to keep at least two rows of pews apart.

The names and contact information of those attending Mass must be kept on file in the parish office for 30 days.
Please do not congregate before or after Mass.
Parishioners must wear face masks. Children must wear face mask, if they can’t or are unable to keep them on, they should not attend.
Hand sanitizeris will be provided and you are asked to use them as you enter the church.
Doors to the church will be propped open to increase natural air flow.
The church will be sanitized after each sevice.
Pew missals, envelopes, song books, etc. will be removed.
Holy water fonts will remain empty.
The Sign of Peace will be omitted.
The collection basket will be placed in a central location.
Congregational singing is prohibited.
Parishioners are encouraged to receive Holy Communion on a flattened hand.
Households approaching for Holy Communion should be separated from other households following the six-foot separation guideline.

We are very aware that all these rules and procedures are difficult and seem to be contrary to the spirit of St. Ann Parish in particular and Christian community in general. Be assured that we would not require these things unless they were absolutely necessary and they will be relaxed as soon as possible.

We remain yours in Christ Jesus,

Fr. Patrick Baraza, Pastor
Dr. E. Craig Bartmess, PLC\Administrator

 

If you would like to attend Mass, please sign up at this link for either the Saturday or Sunday Mass here: Sign up Genius for Pentecost Saturday and Sunday Masses

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Washington Bishops’ Statement – May 22

Here is the Bishops of Washington’s statement about reopening churches safely:

https://wacatholics.org/_ui/img/global/WSCC-Statement-on-the-Re-Opening-of-Churches-05-22-2020.pdf
May 22, 2020

In response to President Trump’s statement today regarding church re-openings, the Bishops of Washington state would like to provide a unified response. We want to let you know that the public celebration of Mass was suspended, not out of fear, but out of our deepest respect for human life and health. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be instruments of God’s protection for the vulnerable and the public common good. Our love of God and neighbor is always personal and not partisan. While we share the desire to bring people back to Mass as quickly as possible, we will wait to schedule our public worship when it is safe and we are prepared to do so.
The bishops across the state are working through the Washington State Catholic Conference to engage the Governor on a plan and schedule for safely gathering. Based on expert guidance from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Thomistic Institute and public health experts, we created practical guidelines outlining how we can safely return to public worship, while ensuring reverence and respect for the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. It is our understanding that these are in review with the Governor’s office now. We look forward to his rapid response.
At the same time, we are now preparing parishes across the state for re-opening. Parishes must create an environment that is not only safe, but is liturgically reverent. Right now, we do not have a date or determination of size for Mass gatherings.
It is our hope that our right to responsibly and safely gather for worship will soon be honored so we can collaborate in a manner that respects both our Catholic tradition as well as our civic responsibilities. We eagerly await the Governor’s response to our suggestions on this so we can proceed together with our re-opening plans.
We look forward to welcoming people back into our parishes.

In the heart of Christ,

Most Rev. Paul D. Etienne Archbishop of Seattle
Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson Bishop of Yakima
Most Rev. Thomas A. Daly Bishop of Spokane
Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S. Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle
Most Rev. Daniel H. Mueggenborg Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

St. Ann Virtual Bulletin – Ascension of the Lord – Sunday, May 24, 2020

St. Ann Catholic Church Virtual Bulletin
Ascension of the Lord – Sunday, May 24, 2020

Zoom Sunday Morning Prayer meetings – 9:00 AM
The St. Ann community will continue to meet on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM through the month of May for a morning prayer service. This has been a very lifegiving experience for many – if you have not yet joined us, please consider joining us on Sunday! The invitation link is sent out through the parish email list. You can sign in as early as 8:30 AM – to get help with signing in or just to visit with members of the community. There is also a discussion group in a separate “room” afterwards.

Thank you to all who joined us for the St. Ann Sunday morning prayer service on Zoom last Sunday. It was so good to see so many St. Ann faces. Thank you to Jolie for putting together a wonderful liturgy, to Fr. Patrick for his reflection, to Michelle for her music, to Marie for leading us in the Alleluia, and all the wonderful readers leading us in prayer. Thanks also to Mark W and Mark W-B for helping us to gather on Zoom each week. What a blessing to be able to pray together.

Notes from the Parish Staff
The staff are working on consolidating the contact information for parishioners in the directory and registration cards. If you need to update any of your contact info, or didn’t fill out a new registration card this past Fall, please contact us at communityofstann@gmail.com or leave a message on the office phone. (535-3031) Now more than ever, it’s important for our community to stay connected – and we would love to hear from you!

If you have any announcements or prayer requests you would like included in the St. Ann Virtual Bulletin, please let us know by Wednesday mornings. Thank you!

Franciscan Corner
“Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field and sing, sing of the glory of the Lord!” Marty Haugen, the composer of the hymn “Canticle of the Sun” echoes Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Creatures”. Francis would dance in the forest, and play in the field. He loved with God’s creation. Some say creation was God’s first book. Francis knew how to read it. Can we look at creation and see God’ loving caress? These days can we take time to sit in our backyards or on our front porch and really look at God’s creation, and read that book that He gives us every day and thank the Giver for giving “us the flowers and trees that help us to know the Heart of love”.

Thank you!
Father Patrick and the staff would like to thank you for your continuing generous donations during the closure. We so appreciate you and are grateful for your support.

If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E 1st Ave Spokane WA 99202
April Collections Totals:
April General Collection:                           $11,040.00
April Neighborhood Collection:                 $1,035.00
April Building/Roof Fund Donations:       $1,130.00

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Virtual Bulletin – 6th Sunday of Easter

St. Ann Catholic Church – Virtual Bulletin
Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 17, 2020

Thank you!
Father Patrick and the staff would like to thank all those who have been sending in donations to the parish during the closure. We appreciate you, and are so grateful for your support during this time.

If you would like to send in a donation, our mailing address is: 2116 E First Ave Spokane, WA 99202

Social Concerns
Last weekend was the second weekend of the month, when we usually have our second collection to help those in need in the parish and the neighborhood. During the closure the staff will be using our social concerns fund primarily to help parishioners in need. If you would like to make a donation to the social concerns fund, please write social concerns on your check. If you would like to make a donation to help a specific individual or family, make a note of that, too. Thank you for your generosity!

Notes From Our Parish Staff
It is important during this time that we reach out to each other in our community. If you aren’t in the current parish directory or didn’t fill out a registration card this Fall – please contact the parish office staff so we can update your contact info! Also, if you would like to reach out to a parishioner but don’t have their contact info, contact Craig or Elizabeth and we will try to help. We are checking the office phone messages remotely and emails periodically. (509 535-3031 or info@stannsspokane.org ) Or you can also contact Elizabeth at communityofstann@gmail.com or via social media if you need a response more quickly.

Father Patrick is available to parishioners who need to talk to him during this time. You can contact him at Barazap@gonzaga.edu

Sunday Morning Prayer Services on Zoom – 9:00 AM
We will continue to gather together for prayer services on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM through the month of May. The invitation link to these liturgies is sent out through the parish email list the night before.

Thank you to the liturgy committee – especially Jolie – for putting together a wonderful prayer service for us this week. Thank you to Father Patrick and Craig for their leadership, to Michel & Sonja, and to Marie, for the gift of their music, Dianne for her reflection, to all the volunteer readers, and to our youth who decorated a crown of flowers for Mary for us – and to those who have joined with us each week. Thank you also to Mark W. and Mark W-B for all their help to bring us together on Zoom. It is such a blessing to be able to join together in prayer during this time when we can not be together in person for Mass.

Livestream Masses
If you would like to watch a livestream Mass after our Sunday morning prayer service, there are links to local parishes offering Mass on their facebook pages and websites on the diocesan website: https://dioceseofspokane.org/mass-at-home

Franciscan Corner
Pope Francis has designated this week as “Laudato Si” week. It is a week to celebrate Sister Mother Earth and be grateful for all that has been given us. It is a week to look and see if “all creation is shouting for joy” or if there are parts of creation that need our help, our care. Is the sky blue, are the waters clear, is the air pure, and the heavens telling the glory of God? Francis of Assisi called upon Sister Moon and the stars, Brother Wind, Sister Water, Brother Fire to praise the Lord. Let us pray: “Good and gracious God, we stand in awe of your power to create a magnificent world for us to enjoy during our lifetime. Open our eyes and enlighten our minds to understand the power we hold and the responsibility we have to keep it as a gift, a gift that we only borrow for our lifetime, and a gift that we must return to you and pass on to the generations to follow. Send your Holy Spirit to be here as we heed our call to keep this treasure, your Earth, safe from harm. Amen. (A Franciscan’s prayer)

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

March Collections Totals:
March General Collection:                       $6,441.75
March Neighborhood Collection:            $1,432.00
March Building/Roof Fund Donations:   $3,644.20

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