April 30 Update

Dear Parishioners, April 30, 2020
​We have survived the month of April! As we prepare to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, we thank God for His love and care for us, His flock. We continue to pray for His mercy, in ridding the world of the coronavirus, supporting us in difficulty, and guiding us in our return to a new normal.
​Here at St. Ann’s Parish, we will expand our Parish Office hours, beginning May 4. We will have our office open to the public Monday through Thursday mornings, 8:00am to 12:00 Noon. Meanwhile, our religious education and school staffs are working diligently to maintain contact and keep things moving. Care Calling and emergency assistance have provided outreach. We have broadcast Masses on a daily basis.
​We are working on re-opening the church to weekend Masses. Before we can do this, we have to plan how we will practice social distancing in the church, how we will sanitize the church between Masses, and design the many details of the liturgy with safety in mind. Before we can open, we have to send a checklist to the bishop, demonstrating that we can conform to diocesan guidelines for public services. Meanwhile, we continue to broadcast the weekend Masses on St. Ann’s Facebook page and on our website: 5pm on Saturday in English and 1pm on Sunday in Spanish. Then, of course, you can view them on any day and time.
​Ceremonies for groups, like Infant Baptisms, First Communion, Confirmation and RCIA initiation have not been forgotten; they will come at a later phase of re-opening. Meanwhile, individual Baptisms, First Communions, weddings, quinceañeras and funerals can be planned, usually with smaller groups of people in attendance; these can be arranged by calling the Parish Office.
​These days of isolation are good for some things: more time to pray, first of all. Secondly, more time to connect with loved ones. But also, accomplishing detailed planning in visioning the new normal, emerging stronger than ever from this time of crisis. We still want to put into effect, for example, the priorities of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, “a future full of hope” Jeremiah 29.11. Even our Family Fair (last weekend of September) picks up on that theme of hope!
​Coming soon: Mother’s Day! We thank God for all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all women who nurture children in a motherly fashion. Our intention for our Sunday Masses on Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10 are for all moms.
Msgr. Larry J. Droll