Pastor’s Pen – July 4, 2010

Published on 04. Jul, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen

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Thanks…

Sr. Dorothy informed me that once more the people of St. Ann have been amazingly generous to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Thank you so much for not only meeting our parish goal, but exceeding our challenge goal. (The challenge goal is the amount that we raised last year.) Thank you for believing in the mission of the larger Archdiocese enough to support it and become a part of ALL the ministries that are larger than the boundaries of this parish. On behalf of the many agencies that are served by the Appeal, (especially our little Newman Center here) let me say a profound word of thanks. (and if you still praying over your response to this appeal, you have a bit of time left. Your last chance will be a letter from the Archbishop via the mail, coming sometime soon…

Thanks once more to our Chairman Bob Beckring, for all his hard work in organizing our efforts here. Thanks to Sr. Dorothy for ‘leaving the convent’ (only for a while) to help with the collation and sending in of the pledge cards. Thanks to Audrey Hughes for opening her house and her heart to Sr. Dorothy, allowing her to stay in her home away from the convent. It is an amazing hospitality and grace she offers.

There is one more appeal that is in my heart before this fiscal year closes. It is the “Pay it Forward” appeal, that will be going out to St. Ann Alumni and parishioners. As you remember, last year was the first year of this appeal, designed to help keep tuition affordable. We invited all those alums and friends of St. Ann school to ‘pay forward’ to the next generation of Students and parents the gift of the education they received here at our beloved St. Ann.

I am always aware of the many demands on your charity and generosity. But because I believe in the education and religious formation that happens in our school on a daily basis, I am honored to ask people to support what we do with the gift of their time, talent and mostly treasure.

A letter will be going out in the next week or so letting you know the particulars of that appeal.

Thanks SOOO much for your amazing support and generosity. You have had multiple opportunities to continue the work of our Savior by your support. Thanks for stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run this year!!!

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Pastor’s Pen – March 21, 2010

Published on 21. Mar, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen

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Generosity…

You may know the Knights of Columbus for their tootsie roll drive for the mentally handicapped or their roses for life or the carnations they offer on Mothers Day. At St. Ann, you also know them as the folks who are selling the scrip coupons in the back of church, or ice cream at the parish picnic. What you do not see is their charitable nature. Quietly, behind the scenes, they do a lot to help this parish.

I want to thank them in your name for their recent generosity to the parish. They provided the stipend we gave to Mrs. Heather Vento who spoke to our parents as a part of our Family Life program. They helped defray the costs of a hymnal for the children – replacing the “Singing our Faith” with “Choose Christ”. They are helping to subsidize the upcoming Confirmation Retreat for our 7th and 8th grade students preparing for the sacrament. And like many of you, they are also a Sponsor to the St. Ann Dinner Dance. In your name, let me say a heartfelt THANK YOU from a grateful parish…

Bob Beckring and I attended an orientation meeting for the upcoming Annual Catholic Appeal on Tuesday night. Though it seems like we just finished last year’s appeal (that was in August) and recently completed the Visitation Drive, as well as the hugely successful Faith for the Future Campaign (thanks again for your amazing generosity), on a parish level, we begin planning for the appeal which begins in about a month. The success of the appeal is only brought about through prayer. This year’s theme is “Do this in memory of me.” In the video Archbishop Carlson said: If we pray about it, we are asking God: “What does God want to do in the world through me?” If we listen for the response, then how can the appeal not succeed – because we’re doing what God wants us to do.”

So I ask you to begin to pray about this year’s appeal. Here is the ‘official prayer’ of the ACA..

Lord God,

We thank you for the untold blessings You have bestowed upon us. We offer these blessings back to you.
We lay before You the labors and fruits of the Annual Catholic Appeal. We pray that our sole desire be to serve Your holy will.
United as Catholics, let us be reminded
of our baptismal call to follow our Lord Jesus Christ in His service to others.
We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen


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