Pastor’s Pen – December 29, 2013 | St. Ann Catholic Church | St. Louis, MO

In 2014, the city of St. Louis will celebrate its 250th anniversary and the 800th birthday of our patron, Saint Louis IX, King of France. As part of the year-long celebration to commemorate the founding of St. Louis and the birth of our beloved patron, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is partnering with the group, STL250, to host special events throughout 2014. More information will follow in the months to come, but mark your calendars now for a very special way to usher in the New Year…

At 11:00 p.m. on December 31, 2013, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Most Reverend, Edward M. Rice will offer a New Year’s Eve Holy Hour and Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis for anyone interested in participating in a “spiritual kick-off” to the city’s 250th anniversary. All are welcome.

For more information on CatholicSTL250 events, visit

I would like to say a word of THANKS to two people whose services are nearly invisible, but who make a huge difference in our celebration. Karen Hubbard has been writing the prayers of the faithful and dutifully bringing them up on Saturdays for the past – “I don’t even remember how long” – years. Thank you for your ministry of leading our prayer.

After nearly 12 years of service to our St. Ann Com-munity, Janis Henricks is ‘retiring’ from her role as the coordinator, trainer, and facilitator of the Lector and Eucharistic minister schedules. That ministry has been a huge labor of love for her – and one for which I am extremely grateful. To have holy ministers and folks with “well trained tongues” is a huge blessing to our communal celebration of the Eucharist. Thank you, Janis, for your ministry among us that has been so faithful and enduring these years.

Thanks, too, to Laura Zamborsky, who has graciously agreed to step into those shoes and continue the work of scheduling. If you know of someone in the parish, whose example of faith and/or ability to pro-claim the word catch your attention, please let me know – I will be happy to discern with them a possi-ble invitation to these ministries for our St. Ann family of faith…