New COVID Protocols

Released today – new COVID protocols!
Please see Msgr Droll’s note following Bishop Sis’s letter. Saturday evening Mass will continue with the current protocols. The others will change.
Deacon Tom
Diocese of San Angelo
Office of the Bishop
P.O. Box 1829
San Angelo, Texas 76902-1829
April 29, 2021
Diocese of San Angelo Enters Phase Two
Dear friends in Christ,
As you know, the current conditions of the coronavirus pandemic in West Texas include lower rates of active cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Therefore, public liturgies in the Diocese of San Angelo will move to the more relaxed Phase Two Protocols on May 8, 2021.
In our new Phase Two Protocols for Public Liturgies, the changes can be summarized as follows:
• Facemasks for attendees are not mandated but are strongly encouraged.
• Every pew may now be used.
• The social distance requirement of six feet is now reduced to three feet.
Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation:
The general dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation expires on the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021. Catholics in the Diocese of San Angelo are dispensed from the obligation ONLY if they:
a. are age 65 or over, or
b. are caring for the sick, or
c. are sick, including those who have tested positive for the coronavirus and those who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, regardless of how well they feel, or
d. have underlying health conditions, or
e. are truly and sincerely fearful that they may contract the coronavirus. A true and sincere fear is one that has prevented a person from attending non-required activities, such as eating at a restaurant, gatherings with family and friends, attending a movie theater, etc.
Those who do not meet any of the above criteria are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. This obligation is not satisfied by watching a virtual or livestreamed Mass.
Accommodations for Maintaining Phase One Protocols:
While the Diocese of San Angelo will utilize the more relaxed Phase Two Protocols for Public Liturgies, each parish or mission cluster is encouraged to offer at least one opportunity for people to attend Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation with adherence to Phase One Protocols. This will accommodate those who are uncomfortable with or leery of the more relaxed Phase Two Protocols.
Phase One Protocols include 6-foot social distance between non-family groups, skipping every other pew, and wearing facemasks.
Options for Phase One Protocol accommodations:
a. Celebrate a separate liturgy that has full Phase One Protocols in place.
b. Reserve an appropriate section within the church or parish facilities that will practice Phase One Protocols.
c. Designate one of the churches or missions in a cluster to use full Phase One Protocols while the others have relaxed protocols.
d. Utilize any other appropriate manner to accommodate those individuals who are not comfortable with the Phase Two Protocols.
The pastor will decide how to offer these liturgies in a way that will work best for his community.
Even considering the current improved coronavirus conditions, all of the Phase One Protocols are still available for use as needed in the judgment of the pastor. Furthermore, in any given parish or area, if a new flareup of the coronavirus occurs, then the parish should move back to a more restrictive option from the Phase One Protocols of December 18, 2020.
You may find the complete set of new Phase Two Protocols in the coronavirus section of our diocesan website at www.sanangelodiocese.org.
I encourage those over the age of 16 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for the sake of public health in view of the common good of society.
May the Holy Spirit help us to revive our participation in the sacraments and to reengage people in active parish life. I am sincerely grateful to all who have been helping in the implementation of our coronavirus protocols, especially our priests, deacons, and other parish leaders.
In the joy of Christ’s service,
AT ST. ANN’S MIDLAND, beginning May 8 and 9, 2021:
Implementing the protocols above at St. Ann’s, each weekend we will have Phase One protocols in the whole church at the Saturday evening Mass. This means all are expected to wear masks and we use every other pew, with six feet of social distancing. We will also use the north transept of the church for Phase One protocols at the Spanish Mass on Sundays.
At all Sunday Masses, we will use the new Phase Two protocols. This means masks are optional (though strongly encouraged). We use all pews and practice three feet of social distancing between families or individuals not of the same household.

4th Sunday of Easter

St. Ann’s is looking forward to seeing you this weekend!  To help you plan ahead, please know that our 10:45am Sunday Mass is the most heavily attended, 8:30 am Sunday Mass is moderately attended, and Saturday and Sunday 5 pm Masses are the most lightly attended.

If you cannot join us in person, please join us LIVE Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1pm (Spanish) which will be live streamed from our  FB page. Worship Aids can be found on our website.

Masses are always available for replay if you can’t be with us live.
Please download the worship aid from our Worship Aid page to follow along in prayer and song during Mass in the Church or from your homes.

3rd Sunday of Easter

St. Ann’s is looking forward to seeing you this weekend!  To help you plan ahead, please know that our 10:45am Sunday Mass is the most heavily attended, 8:30 am Sunday Mass is moderately attended, and Saturday and Sunday 5 pm Masses are the most lightly attended.

If you cannot join us in person, please join us LIVE Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1pm (Spanish) which will be live streamed from our  FB page. Worship Aids can be found on our website.

Masses are always available for replay if you can’t be with us live.
Please download the worship aid from our Worship Aid page to follow along in prayer and song during Mass in the Church or from your homes.

A message from Sister Elsa

A message from Sr. Elsa
Dear Parishioners of St. Ann’s parish,
To everything there is a time and a season. I will be leaving St. Ann’s June 11, to go on Sabbatical, followed by a new ministry elsewhere. I will be on Sabbatical. I will be utilizing my time to renew myself spiritually, physically and educationally. The Covid-19 pandemic has been very hard for so many people. I have held the pain and heartaches of many in my own heart. This has been difficult for me. I also have had a few health concerns and I need time to renew and refresh.
I am both sad and excited at this time. Sadness at leaving such a great place of ministry and friends at St. Ann’s Parish and the Diocese of San Angelo. Excited at moving into a new role that God is calling me to.
I have loved the spirit here in St. Ann’s and the San Angelo Diocese. I know that God’s love and grace is flowing to and from each person. I have loved assisting you and walking with you as we grow toward a deeper understanding of Church.
My special love is for those who serve the poor. My heart is proud of the volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference. These dedicated men and women help poor people know that they are loved and cared for by God and His Church. I have also very much enjoyed walking with the Altar Society of St. Ann’s and knowing that these ladies serve the spiritual heart of our faith- the celebration of the liturgy. Providing opportunities for spiritual growth and greater understanding of our faith to many wonderful people has also enriched me and filled my heart.
I have been enriched by knowing many lovely people and I have been blessed by knowing some of you as good friends. Thank You. I will be studying in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at La Roche University. I will be attending to my physical health, my spiritual growth and a renewed energy. I ask for your prayers and your continued friendship.
Sr. Elsa Garcia, CDP

2nd Sunday of Lent

St. Ann’s is looking forward to seeing you this weekend!  To help you plan ahead, please know that our 10:45am Sunday Mass is the most heavily attended, 8:30 am Sunday Mass is moderately attended, and Saturday and Sunday 5 pm Masses are the most lightly attended.  If you cannot join us in person, please join us LIVE Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1pm (Spanish) which will be live streamed from our  FB page. Worship Aids can be found on our website.

Masses are always available for replay if you can’t be with us live.
Please download the worship aid from our Worship Aid page to follow along in prayer and song during Mass in the Church or from your homes.

1st Sunday of Lent

St. Ann’s is looking forward to seeing you this weekend!  To help you plan ahead, please know that our 10:45am Sunday Mass is the most heavily attended, 8:30 am Sunday Mass is moderately attended, and Saturday and Sunday 5 pm Masses are the most lightly attended.  If you cannot join us in person, please join us LIVE Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1pm (Spanish) which will be live streamed from our  FB page. Worship Aids can be found on our website.

Masses are always available for replay if you can’t be with us live.
Please download the worship aid from our Worship Aid page to follow along in prayer and song during Mass in the Church or from your homes.