9 Days for Life

Will you join us in a praying a Novena for the protection of human life?

 

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Pray to Protect Human Life!

January 19 – 27, 2022

9 Days for Life is an annual novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.

Participants can download the novena or sign up to receive the daily prayers via email or text message.

Sign up here!

​https://www.respectlife.org/9-days-signup

 

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are looking forward to celebrating Mass with 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. Masks are strongly encouraged at all Masses at St. Ann’s due to the recent rise in COVID cases in Midland. As cases increase, so does the importance of keeping our nose and mouth covered when gathering. Masks and additional social distancing are required at the Saturday evening 5:00 p.m. Mass. Those with concerns about the recent disease trends or with underlying health conditions are encouraged to attend the Saturday evening Mass. https://stannsparish.us/mass-live-stream/ https://www.facebook.com/stannsmidland

Texas Rally For Life

The Texas Rally for Life will be held in Austin on Jan. 22, 2022.
Choose Life Midland is sponsoring busses to transport locals to the state capitol for the one-day trip. For more information, call Mike Hernandez at 432-638-2375 or Choose Life Midland at 432-695-6955.
To learn more about the Texas Rally for Life, or to volunteer in local pro-life ministry, please contact your local pro-life coordinator:
Diocesan Director: Jerry Peters, jmpoutdoorsmen@aol.com, 325-374-5300
Abilene Area Coordinator: Jim Sulliman, sulliman@camalott.com, 325-692-4976
Midland Area Coordinator: Faustino “Tino” Rodriguez, tinorodriguez777@gmail.com, 432-638-9299
Odessa Area Coordinator: Dcn. Edward Gonzalez, egonzalez@sanangelodiocese.org, 432-413-6156
San Angelo Area Coordinator: Stephanie Socha, stephaniesocha@yahoo.com, 325-277-3652

Baptism of the Lord

We are looking forward to celebrating the Baptism of the Lord with 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. Masks are strongly encouraged at all Masses at St. Ann’s due to the recent rise in COVID cases in Midland. As cases increase, so does the importance of keeping our nose and mouth covered when gathering. Masks and additional social distancing are required at the Saturday evening 5:00 p.m. Mass. Those with concerns about the recent disease trends or with underlying health conditions are encouraged to attend the Saturday evening Mass. https://stannsparish.us/mass-live-stream/ https://www.facebook.com/stannsmidland

Happy New Year!

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.
Masks are strongly encouraged at all Masses at St. Ann’s due to the recent rise in COVID cases in Midland. As cases increase, so does the importance of keeping our nose and mouth covered when gathering. Masks and additional social distancing are required at the Saturday evening 5:00 p.m. Mass. Those with concerns about the recent disease trends or with underlying health conditions are encouraged to attend the Saturday evening Mass.

Pastor’s Message

PASTOR’S MESSAGE—UNITED IN GOD’S LOVE

A cross etched in the center of the 1896 cornerstone of our original church proclaims St. Ann’s Parish as a community “with Christ as the cornerstone”(Ephesians 2:20), a people “united in God’s love.”  We rejoice in a distinguished history of 125 years.  With our offertory commitment program, which I will address today, we pledge our stewardship to carry on this legacy.

 

We are a community of believers, united in God’s love, who are striving to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.  When we keep this mission at the forefront of our thoughts, words and actions, everything falls in place.  There is so much to be done to serve our own parish community and to keep us moving forward:  celebrating the sacraments, offering faith formation in a full service school and in religious education programs, in various retreats and scripture studies, encouraging marriage and family life, tending the sick and dying, and caring for our buildings and property.  And we also have a mission directed outside of ourselves to others:  serving the poor, working with our partners in Honduras, evangelizing through the Guadalupe Radio Network, supporting pro-life causes, giving witness to Christ in the Midland community–in so many things we reach out to others to spread the Kingdom of God.

 

You make this possible.  You are very generous in the offertory collection and in your support of the parish in general.  You also respond to special needs as they arise.  And even in the midst of a pandemic, we have been able to build a beautiful Youth Activity Center to engage the youth of our parish in the life of the Church, in a marvelous facility with great programs.  I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you!

 

None of us can do this alone.  But “united in God’s love” we each do our part, offering time, talent and treasure to build up the Kingdom of God.  In order to live our mission, we invite all parishioners to join together.  The basic stewardship message is this:  Everything we have is a gift from God, so we are grateful and we support God’s work by offering a percentage of our income to the parish.  This is love in action.

 

In a few days, you will receive information in your regular mail about the offertory.  Please check your mailbox, study the brochure, pray about your response and bring the Commitment Card with you to Mass on November 13 & 14.  If you don’t receive a Commitment Card in the mail, you can pick one up in the church that weekend.  And if you won’t be present that weekend, you can always return it to the Parish Office.

 

As you fill out your commitment card, you might reflect on your current level of donations and then decide on your commitment for the next twelve months.    If an increase is possible, that will be welcomed.  If your income has decreased, perhaps your commitment will be less.  Another way to calculate a commitment to the offertory and general parish support would be to figure out a percentage of your income, say 5%, and commit to that.

 

We use the phrase “offertory collection” which is the way most people donate, using the weekly envelopes.  However, we do encourage on-line giving for this purpose.  These days, fewer people carry cash and write checks.  You can call our parish office about on-line giving or automatic bank withdrawals, or just follow the instructions on the brochure.

 

The commitment we are making when filling out the Commitment Card does not include special collections taken up after Holy Communion.  The commitment does not include payments on pledges for the Youth Activity Center.  We still encourage you to fulfill your pledges to that or even to make new gifts for the Youth Activity Center.  Our parish has a debt of just under half a million dollars to pay back.

 

One new feature that is on the Commitment Card this year is a place to note a one-time gift to be given with the Commitment Card.  Maybe you missed opportunities to give during the Covid shutdown over the past year and this could help fill that gap.

 

Our offertory gift at Mass is a sacrifice of praise to God.  We thank Him for our life, our families and our faith.  And so, we give to God some of the first fruits of our income, to express thanksgiving and to support His work in the Church to carry out our mission.

 

United in God’s love, we pledge our stewardship to carry on the wonderful legacy of St. Ann’s Parish.  So please pray about these things and formulate a plan to give a certain percentage of your income for the next twelve months.  Then come to Mass on November 13 or 14 with your Commitment Card.

 

​​​​​​–Msgr. Larry J. Droll, pastor

Life Teen and EDGE

Hi all!  We would like you all to know that Edge and LifeTeen are still in full swing!  We have an amazing group of volunteers (we can always use more….) that have agreed to help keep it strong and growing as we look for a new Coordinator of Youth Ministry.  Please share this with anyone that you feel may or may not check emails, the church website, or social media. (Forward this email to whomever you think would benefit!)  LifeTeen WILL meet this Sunday Oct 31st.  Edge will NOT meet next week Nov 3rd (We are hoping you will all join us for our 125th Anniversary Trivia Night at the YAC that evening.  More dates to follow.  Please email me back with any questions, concerns, or to volunteer to help.  Thanks for your patience and please pray for our search for a new Coordinator of Youth Ministry.

Thank you!

Thank you for making the 73rd Annual St. Ann’s Fair a success!

COVID Concerns

COVID CONCERNS
August 23, 2021
All of us are concerned about the situation of Covid in the Midland community. I want to assure our parishioners that we at St. Ann’s Parish are carefully monitoring the situation from every angle and adapting as needed.
It may be helpful for you to know that since Mother’s Day weekend of 2021, the Saturday evening 5:00pm Mass at St. Ann’s has required everyone to wear a mask and to practice social distancing of six feet between households. This past Saturday, only 123 people attended this Mass, so there is plenty of room for your family to attend, if you wish.
At all our other Masses, we encourage people to wear masks, we provide masks if they don’t have them, and we encourage social distance of three feet between households; but masks are not required. During our four Sunday Masses this past weekend, we had 1000 people attending Mass under these conditions. The Mass with the fewest people was Sunday at 5:00pm (only 150), so there was plenty of room for people to spread out.
Obviously, with 1100 people coming to Mass each weekend, there is hunger for worshipping together, so we don’t want to cancel Masses. As Catholics we believe in the centrality of the Eucharist. So we try to design the liturgy with many safety features in mind. We do offer one English and one Spanish Mass each weekend online. We constantly encourage people to get their vaccinations.
Secondly, according to the diocesan protocols, while the general dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and holydays of obligation expired on the weekend of May 23, 2021, Catholics in the Diocese of San Angelo are dispensed from the obligation if they are over 65, are caring for the sick, are sick (including those who have tested positive for the coronavirus and those who have had close contact with someone who as tested positive for the coronavirus, regardless of how well they feel), have underlying health conditions, or 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.).
As for special programs, meetings and such, we encourage masks and social distancing. There are usually very few people at these programs and meetings. Some are offered on zoom.
We are currently discussing postponing in person religious education (PSR) until a later date; the program for this Fall has not has not started yet. We are monitoring the Covid situation constantly. We offer the religious education program for elementary level students on-line and with at-home materials; just contact Kristin Atkinson to register the children. We will probably offer in person classes eventually, because many children get no religious education if they don’t come to any class.
St. Ann’s School has its own very strict protocols for classroom and other activities.
I hope some of the things I have mentioned are helpful. Please feel free to contact me or others in the parish administration with your questions are concerns.
May God heal the sick, give strength to our health care workers and delivers us from the pandemic.
​​​​​​Msgr. Larry J. Droll
​​​​​​Pastor

COVID Mass Information

Masks are strongly encouraged at all Masses at St. Ann’s due to the recent rise in COVID cases in Midland.  As cases increase, so does the importance of keeping our nose and mouth covered when gathering.  Masks and additional social distancing are required at the Saturday evening 5:00 p.m. Mass.  Those with concerns about the recent disease trends or with underlying health conditions are encouraged to attend the Saturday evening Mass.